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The University of Tokyo tops in QS Japan University Rankings 2019.

QS Japan University Rankings 2019

If you fancy studying in Japan, the homeland of the bullet train, Nintendo Wii, instant noodles and karaoke, you’ll be pleased to know Japan wants you too.

The government is keen to attract more international students, and has set a target of having 300,000 foreign students in the country by 2020 (it reached the 100,000 mark in 2003). As a result, universities are focusing on making life easier for foreign students, from the application process all the way through to finding a job after graduation.

The University of Tokyo tops in the QS Japan University Rankings 2019 in Japan and overall rank 23rd. Kyoto University ranked 2nd position in Japan and overall rank 35.

One thing that will certainly help to attract international students is the introduction of more courses taught partly or entirely in English. Other schemes to attract more overseas students include:

  • Hiring special staff to support international students
  • Allowing students to start courses in September (instead of April, which is when Japan’s academic year usually starts)
  • Recruiting more teaching staff from outside Japan
  • Increasing exchange programs with universities in other countries

Aware that living and studying in Japan is expensive compared to many countries, the government has also introduced additional financial support for foreign students. Various university scholarships and grants are available through the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).

There are approximately 780 universities in Japan, of which about 80% are private. There are also specialized schools and colleges that provide more vocational types of degree.

Rank in Japan

Overall Rank

Universities in Japan

1

23

The University of Tokyo

2

35

Kyoto University

3

58

Tokyo Institute of Technology

4

67

Osaka University

5

77

Tohoku University

6

111

Nagoya University

7

126

Kyushu University

8

128

Hokkaido University

9

198

Keio University

10

210

Waseda University

Source: https://www.topuniversities.com



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