Japan is an island nation that sits in the Pacific Ocean on the east coast of Asia. It shares borders with several bodies of water including the Seas of Japan, Okhotsk and East China. Its closest neighbors are Taiwan, North and South Korea, China and Russia. It consists of four large islands and 6,852 (yes, 6,852!) total islands.
If you decide to pack your bags and study abroad in Japan with the 130 million locals of Japan, you’ll need to secure a passport, student visa and, if you decide to work, a work visa. Contact the Japanese consulate or embassy at least six months before you leave for Japan to make sure you have your documentation in order. Working or interning while you study abroad in Japan can allow you to collect Japanese Yen (the colorful currency of Japan) meet new people, and discover how video games, hybrid vehicles, and components of iPods are made.
Why Study Abroad in Japan?
Studying abroad in Japan is a learning experience for any student; especially those studying science, technology, finance or industrial design are of interest to you. Japan is amongst the most technologically advanced in the world and its manufacturing of electronics, appliances and motor vehicles is quickly changing the world. It is home to companies like Nintendo and Toyota and is leading the world in scientific and technological research. Its stock exchange and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are amongst the most prestigious and aggressive in the world.
As a study abroad student in Japan, you will have the opportunity to learn or hone your Japanese language skills. Learn to use the Japanese Kanji (or Chinese character), two sets of Kana (simplified Chinese characters), the Latin alphabet and Arabic numerals. If learning Japanese doesn’t expose you to enough linguistic challenge, you can find your way to parts of rural Japan where languages like Ryukyuan and Ainu are spoken but quickly disappearing.
Top Five Reasons to Study Abroad in Japan:
1. You can explore new and interesting sports like karate, judo and sumo wrestling or enjoy old favorites like surfing, diving and baseball when you study abroad in Japan.
2. Japan is home to anime, manga, and karaoke—why not brush up on your drawing skills, read a Japanese comic book and sing your heart out while you’re studying in Japan?
3. There are approximately 30 million people living in Japan’s largest city, Tokyo. Living in a large Japanese city will expose you to its dynamic culture, heritage and world-renowned cuisine. Studying in Japan will afford you the opportunity to engage in the art of Miyabi, study the art of the Samarai, and practice the arts of origami, calligraphy and woodblock printing.
4. Japan is decorated with stunningly beautiful scenery and architecture. Simply opening your eyes while you’re studying abroad in Japan will make for a breathtaking experience.
5. The advertising study field in Japan offers an opportunity to participate in the country's beautiful design industry.
Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU):
EJU is designed to test the eligibility of international students desiring to take up undergraduate level studies in universities or other higher educational institutions in Japan. The test determines whether or not the students possess necessary Japanese language skills and basic academic abilities essential for studying at such institutions. Subjects, like Japanese as a Foreign Language, Science (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology), Japan and the World, and Mathematics, comprise the question paper. Depending upon the requirements of the university they are applying to, students have to select the subjects while taking the test.