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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