Experience Study Abroad in Japan

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Sophia University, Tokyo.
Sophia University, Tokyo

Studying in Japan gives you the opportunity to learn about a modern, innovative society. It can be a path to living in Japan or just a way to enhance your overall education experience.

Japan is something of a mono-culture in that foreigners tend to stand out in the island nation. Most university courses are taught in Japanese as well.

Being fluent in Japanese is a definite advantage but you can still have a good study experience without it. You can move in international circles where English is the main language spoken. A little Japanese allows you to comfortably do things such as shopping and using public transport.

Here are the top 3 reasons for studying abroad in Japan.

1. To Sample Life in Japan

Illustration of a Japanese festival.
Illustration of a Japanese festival

Most international students in Japan have a strong interest in the Japanese culture. It is unique and only really exists in Japan.

  • Japanese culture hasn’t spread like British, French, Spanish and Chinese.
  • You must go to Japan to understand what Japanese living is like.

Studying in Japan is a good way to find out if you would like to live there, perhaps for career and lifestyle reasons. Japan has a big economy and offers plenty of job opportunities.

  • Many large, multi-national companies are based in Japan or have a strong presence in the country.
  • A study trip lets you sample Japanese living without committing to stay beyond the course.

2. To Learn or Research at a Japanese University

Scientist Haruko Obokata.
Scientist Haruko Obokata

Japan is known for having a high-quality education system and some of the world’s top research institutes.

  • The country’s amazing economic development in the latter half of the twentieth century was driven by technology and innovation.
  • Japanese universities are equipped with excellent research, computer and library facilities.

Your options for studying in Japan are unlimited if you are proficient in Japanese.

  • Note that few people who start out learning Japanese reach high levels.
  • It may be more realistic to reach a sound level of fluency, achieved by 2 or more years of intensive study. This is enough to enrol in courses tailored for international students.

3. For an International Study Experience

Tokyo.
Tokyo

Even if you don’t maintain a long-term connection with Japan, studying in Japan has benefits.

  • Studying and living in Japan expands your perspective and promotes more flexible thinking.
  • Living in a different kind of culture also boosts personal development.

The social side of Japanese student life centres more on clubs and societies than on campus activities. Campuses typically don’t contain much beyond academic facilities.

  • It’s important to do things away from university.
  • International students often come together through clubs or by sharing accommodation.