A GUIDE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS LOOKING TO STUDY MEDICINE IN JAPAN

This article aims to inform you about what it is like when an international student is looking to study medicine in Japan.  

OVERVIEW 

  • Just like in most countries around Europe, in Japan, it usually also takes about 6 years to complete a degree in medicine. 
  • The first 4 years focus on the pre-clinical aspect of education, and the last 2 focus on the clinical. In the clinical years, you will learn to apply the knowledge you have gained in the pre-clinical years in medical settings 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 

  • You need to have scored at least 50% in you’re AS-Levels. And studied maths, chemistry, biology and physics. Or anything equivalent to this. 
  • If you are a non-native English speaker and are applying for a course taught in English, you will need to take one of these tests, IELTS Academic, TOEFL iBT, PTE Academic.  
  • If your course also requires you to prove your Japanese proficiency you can do so by completing the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test. 

ENTRANCE EXAM 

  • International students need to sit the examination for Japanese University Admission for international students.  
  • The exam tests your basic knowledge of topics like maths and science and more, you choose which ones to take depending on the requirements of the course and university you are applying for. 
  • Additionally, you could also be asked to sit the NEET. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE 

  • When applying to a university in Japan, you will need to do it directly through the website of the university you want to apply to. 
  • You will need to provide them with documentation proving your identity, so a copy of your passport or a birth certificate. They will also ask for evidence and information about your education.  
  • If needed you will be asked to prove that you have paid the application fee.  
  • Provide a passport-sized photo of yourself.  
  • Provide them with a recommendation letter.  
  • And lastly, you will need to write a motivation letter/a personal statement.  
  • Keep in mind that the requested documentation may differ depending on what university you are applying to. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE 

  • The deadline depends on when your course starts. If your course starts around September, the deadline for applying is in April.  
  • And November is the deadline for those whose course starts in spring.  

FEES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS 

  • The fees for international students studying medicine in Japan are around £3,690 a year.  
  • But depending on what university you are studying at it might be less. 

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS 

  • The MEXT Scholarship will cover the recipient’s tuition fee and accommodation, provide a monthly living allowance, and pay for the plane ride from your country to Japan. 
  • To receive this scholarship, you need to be from a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. you need to be between the age of 17 and 25 and have completed 12 years of education. 

We hope this article helped adequately inform you on what to expect if you decide to apply to a university in Japan. If you would like to have a look at other countries before you make your final decision, please don’t hesitate to look at our other articles on this topic, as well as look forward to our future articles. 


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