Studying in Japan

According to, there are approximately 300k international students currently studying in Japanese universities, junior colleges, professional schools and other Nipponese institutions.

However, the majority of these students are from neighbouring countries within Asia, such as China and Vietnam, and the contingent of UK students in that mix is relatively slim. As such, Japan remains a relatively untapped resource for Brits looking to study abroad.

Boasting a respectful culture, low crime rates and a unique mix of tradition and futuristic technology, Japan is a truly great country to visit and an equally fantastic place to study.

Why Study in Japan?

While the country of Japan can be a huge draw in its own right, there are a number of other valid and reasons that make Japan an attractive destination for those seriously considering studying abroad.

Japan is globally-recognised for its status as a high-quality educational destination. In fact, both Kyoto University and the University of Tokyo are commonly ranked within the top 100 universities in the entire world by Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings, achieving positions of 65 and 36 respectively in the 2020 standings.

That being said there’s more to Japan’s educational institutions that just those in THE’s rankings. When it comes to the best Japanese universities for international students, factors like English-speaking lecturers and exchange partnerships with global institutions can play a huge role.

Cost of Study in Japan

According to international student resource site Japan Study Support, monthly expenses for international students in Japan comes to about 138,000 yen on average. That translates to just under £1k/month.

While that figure may seem expensive, it’s important to remember that it also includes tuition fees, which are typically between £3k and £5k a year for most pubic universities. As such, living expenses are typically between £550 and £650 a month, depending on where you are based.

By contrast, Times Higher Education reports that international students attending university in the UK paid between £10,000 and £35,000 annually for lecture-based undergraduate degrees in 2017, without even taking into account the cost of living.

How to Study in Japan

Anyone looking to spend a prolonged amount of time in a foreign country should keep in mind the relevant visa requirements of the destination in question and Japan is no different.

While a British passport will allow you to enter Japan as a visitor for up to 90 days; however, international students wishing to study in Japan for longer than three months will need to apply for a visa.

Before you can apply for a Japanese visa, applicants will require their educational institution to act as their sponsor, while applicants will also need to prove they are financially prepared to cover the relevant living expenses associated with their stay.

A Japanese study visa can be obtained from the Embassy of Japan in the UK. Applicants must visit the embassy – located in London – in person, bringing the required documentation (passport, visa application form, etc.) with them for processing.

Applicants living in Scotland or select districts in northern England (e.g. Newcastle upon Tyne) are able to apply in person at the Consulate General of Japan in Edinburgh, with similar requirements necessary.

Temporary visitors are not permitted to engage in any paid activities while staying in Japan unless stated otherwise by the immigration office. Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that even if permission is granted, it’s likely there will be a limit placed on those working hours.

Money in Japan

Once you have arranged a Japanese visa and your journey is beginning to take shape, you may find that you need to transfer money to Japan prior to touching down on Japanese soil. This could be for a variety of reasons, such as paying for fees and services ahead of time (e.g. accommodation).

At Universal Partners FX, we know that opting to study in Japan is a big decision, requiring substantial planning, preparation and patience in the build-up. As such, we aim to take the pressure off by making transferring money to Japan a piece of jiggly cake, with no hidden transaction fees and no nasty surprises along the way.

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Benefits of Studying Abroad

Taking the plunge and making the move to study abroad can be a big decision for anyone to make.

Fear of the unknown is an understandable apprehension to have and willingly signing up for an extended period in a foreign land can be a daunting prospect.

With that being said, life’s biggest journeys start with a single step and there is a myriad of benefits of studying abroad that far outweigh the initial nerve-racking jitters.

How so? Read on to find out.

Why Study Abroad?

In addition to the obvious education benefits of studying abroad, the experience itself brings with it a whole host of perks that can quite literally change your life for the better.

To prove just that, here are a few of the biggest benefits of studying abroad:

Personal Development

Perhaps the most obvious of all the perks of studying abroad, the personal development that life in a new land brings is virtually unrivalled.

Studying abroad can bring with it a world life experience, from the independent qualities of living life without a parental safety net to the social aspects of fitting in and making new relationships in a fresh environment.

Living abroad for an extended period of time can also open your mind to new perspectives and lifestyles, making you a more well-rounded individual as a result, while the enlightening influence of different cultures can also be something that stays with you for the rest of life.

Learn a New Language

The living embodiment of the phrase “jumping in at the deep end”, the “sink or swim” mentality of immersing yourself in a foreign culture may be a bold approach to learning but it can also be the most effective way to pick up a new language.

After all, what better way to improve your local linguistics than by going straight to the source? You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can sharpen your skills and improve your dialect as a result.

Mastering the foreign tongue simply from a textbook or in a classroom can be difficult without the real-world practical use to support and maintain it. Conversing with native speakers can not only reinforce your language skills but also vastly improve your pronunciation.

Once you return, you could be virtually fluent in your new foreign language which not only looks good on the CV but also opens you up to an avenue of international jobs that would otherwise be inaccessible.

International Career Opportunities

Speaking of jobs, studying abroad also presents a world of new career opportunities as well.

Following a prolonged spell of study, it’s not unusual for ex-pats to remain in their adopted homeland once their educational period has ended. As such, the fact that education was achieved within that country can be valuable and help exponentially when it comes to securing a job.

What’s more, travel itself can be a window to the job of your dreams, with certain locations being more relevant to a particular industry than other; for example, Berlin is famed for its technology jobs.

In addition to the primary career opportunities, it can present abroad, studying abroad can also have a variety of incidental, slow-burning professional perks; for example, the international network of contacts you will be able to create. Those connections could prove fruitful down the line if you do wish to consider professional exploration abroad.

Boost CV Domestically

While studying abroad can be a clear entryway into professional life overseas, it can also have a positive influence on your career prospects if and when you return home.

Studying abroad shows domestic employers that you are open-minded and not adverse to change to ensure progression. These characteristics are seen by employers as extremely valuable and can make your CV stand out from a crowded stack instantly.

Meanwhile, the fact that you had the motivation and discipline to study abroad also shows that you are both driven and adaptable – two transferable skills that many employers look for from in their candidates – as well as someone who welcomes a challenge.

See the World

Travelling the world and getting to see the sights outside of your home shores is a dream of many and what a lot of people consider a key ingredient of a happy and fulfilling life. The experiences at your fingertips when exploring life abroad can be unlike anything you can achieve back home.

Not only will you get to see the world but you’ll also get to experience your destination in an entirely different way to a traditional holiday. Studying abroad allows you to truly immerse yourself in the culture and soak up the local lifestyle over the long-term while you’re there.

Meanwhile, students that study abroad may also find it easier to travel further to additional countries during their excursion and/or once their study is over. The temptation of continuing your journey further afield can be easily achieved if funds allow.

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