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UPDATE | January 30, 2019

【Examination Guide】 Information for admission to "Junior College" for international students

It is Basic information for foreign international students to advance to "junior college". Let's get ready for junior college education by roughly checking the characteristics of Japanese junior college, main application conditions, entrance examination method, cost etc.

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● Features of "Junior College" in Japan

There are two types of junior colleges in Japan: "public" established by local governments, etc., school corporation or "private" established by a corporation. Currently, there are no national schools, mostly private schools.

The term of study is two years in principle, but in the case of a school that aims to acquire professional national qualifications such as medical technology and nursing, it will be three years.


Junior college is a familiar higher education institution in the region, and is an educational institution in which education to be acquired at the university and professional education based on it are conducted in a short period of time.

Since its founding, junior college in Japan has played a role as a place for women's popularization of higher education and practical vocational education. Therefore, about 30% of schools are currently female Junior College. There are many junior colleges in various fields, but there are many schools that train kindergarten teachers, nursery teachers, nutritionists, and care workers who have many female workers because there are many women.


There are schools named "junior college department" in part of the school where the university is located, but "junior college" is also named "junior college department", not one department that is in line with the faculties of the university Every school will be the same junior college.

The difference between junior college and university is its guidance policy. Characteristic features of the guidance policy of junior colleges are: (1) "Small Group Education" with fewer students and more precise education and guidance, (2) reinforcement of basic academic abilities for students who plan to enter the university and adaptation to student life "Education education" that supports not only academic subjects but also "homeroom teacher system" to support each and every student's life, ④ "coaching guidance" widely ranging from liberal arts education, professional education, vocational education to qualification acquisition and employment support I will.


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● Difference between junior college and Professional Training College

Although it is a junior college that seems to be playing a role close to a Professional Training College , such as a term of study and a qualification that can be acquired, the following are the merits of junior colleges.


1: Establishment of "major department"

The major is a curriculum which can only set "university", "junior college" and " Professional Training College college" among higher education institutions.

It is a curriculum that enables deeper research on graduates or those with equal academic ability as graduates, and the number of years of employment is one year or more. Whether it is installed or not depends on each school.

Furthermore, after completing a major department that is certified to have a level equivalent to university education called "certified department", you can also obtain a bachelor's degree equivalent to university graduation after the examination .


2: Broad course after graduation

In the case of Professional Training College, after graduation it is mostly a job directly linked to the content learned, but in the case of a junior college, there are plenty of choices, such as entering the university or going to major in the major in case of a junior college .

In fact, about 10% of junior college graduates go on to higher education. Approximately 50% of university entrants are transfer studies from junior colleges. This is because there are many junior colleges attached to the university, and it is in an environment that is easy to enter.


3: Educational institution closely tied to the area

One of the educational objectives of junior college is "training personnel who will become the foundation of local community".

As junior college students go on to high school enrollment rates in their own prefecture, junior college aims "to learn from local students and contribute to local business". Therefore, there are many job offers from companies in the region with strong relationships with the region.

It can be said that it is a great merit for international students who are considering going to a certain area in Japan and going to work.


> Find out about " Professional Training College "

● Conditions necessary to enter junior college

One of the following conditions must be satisfied.


1: Those who completed a 12-year course in school education in a foreign country

2: Those who have passed the academic ability certification test equivalent to the completion of 12 years in a foreign country and have reached the age of 18

3: In Japan, those who have completed a foreign school designated as foreign high school equivalent and have reached 18 years of age

4: Those who completed a course designated as Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology for more than 11 years in a foreign country

5: Holds the International Baccalaureate, Abitur, French Baccalaureate qualifications, or those who have reached the age of 18 who satisfy the results individually determined by the school on the GCEA level test

6: Those who completed the 12-year course of educational facilities accredited by international evaluation groups (WASC, CIS, ACSI) and reached 18 years of age

7: Those who passed the high school graduation degree certification exam and reached 18 years old

8: School Education Law Sound Definition A person who meets any of the conditions for admission other than the above

9: Those who have acknowledged that there is equal or higher academic ability than those who graduated from high school by individual examination of entrance qualification at school, those who reached 18 years of age


For ※ 1 to 3, in the case of a school curriculum less than 12 years, and in a foreign country, if you have not completed the designated course, you will be able to complete the specified preparatory curriculum or the training facility of the training facility etc It may be necessary.


● Conditions for graduation and completion of junior college

For those who graduate that satisfy the following conditions, you can earn a "junior college degree" degree.


Acquisition unit
2年課程 More than 62 credits
3年課程 93 units or more

Required courses designated by department are included in acquisition units. In addition, you may need to take a certain period of practical training to acquire qualifications.

● Expenses for entering junior college

The list below is the average amount of Japanese first-year delivered money (Japanese student) of Junior College in Japan.

The first year delivery amount is the expenses for entering the entrance including entrance fee, tuition fee, facility and facility fee etc, and the amount displayed here is the cost before applying scholarship etc. .


public ¥604,973
private Art science ¥1,349,001
engineering ¥1,244,692
Science and science ¥1,131,515
Humanities ¥1,094,436
Education and child care ¥1,101,093
家政学 ¥1,098,724
Legal · Commerce · Economics · Sociology ¥1,080,987
Physical education ¥1,043,429

Source: MEXT / JASSO (2018-2019 Student Guide to Japan)


Apart from those first-year payments, there are application fee fees that apply at the time of application, travel expenses and staying expenses if you are going to take an exam from Japan abroad, travel expenses if you are going to live near a junior college you enroll And expenses for moving in are required.


Some scholarships can not be used for these, so you may want to examine what when and how much you will spend in addition to what you can put in school, and when and how much you can use the cost support system.


> Find out about 'scholarship'

● Documents necessary for application at Junior College

Required documents to be submitted vary by each school. If the school is decided, please be sure to confirm necessary documents by application guidelines, website, direct inquiries etc.

Documents generally required for many junior college entrance examination are as follows. Documents that take time to publish and the time it takes for postings vary from region to region, so let's prepare with a margin.


1: Application for admission (designated by the school)

2: Certificate of graduation (prospective) of senior high school in your country

3: Transcript of academic records of your upper secondary school or final school

4: Letter of recommendation from the principal or faculty member of the high school from your home country

5: Japanese language ability or English proficiency certificate


As a certificate of Japanese proficiency, the results of "TOEFL®", "TOEIC®", "IELTS", etc. as a certificate of English proficiency such as "EJU Examination for EJU" (JLPT) Submission is often required.

There are junior colleges and departments where you can graduate in English only, but many Japanese colleges will give lectures in Japanese only. If you are worried about Japanese language, it is also a good idea to consider enrolling in "Department of International Student (Department of Japanese Studies)" attached to Junior College before taking the exam.


> Explore the "EJU Examination for EJU" (EJU)
> Study about 'Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)'

● Contents of Junior College Entrance Examination

Although it is also possible to take the same exams as Japanese examinees, most of the schools conduct special tests for international students.

Although the contents of the examination differ for each junior college, in many cases, a combination of the following is done.


1: Document examination (application documents)

2: Academic ability test (written examination of designated subjects)

3: Interview (direct or online)

4: Essay and Writing

5: Inspection concerning other abilities and aptitude etc.

6: University examination center exam

7: Practical skill (depends on department such as piano and drawing)


● Junior College Education Exploring Entrance Examination Sites and Web Sites

For junior colleges in Japan, it is necessary to decide the desired faculties and departments at the time of application.

Although it may be possible to transfer to another department or course after enrollment, it is very difficult that you need to take an exam for incorporation, or you have decided which faculties or departments you can transfer.


From early on, what kind of departments and departments do you want to learn, what kind of school you can learn, what kind of school you can learn, Scholarship Program, presence of dormitory etc, support system for international students It is important to compare whether it is fulfilling or not and see if it is likely to be able to continue through 2 years or 3 years.


When studying what kind of school there is, it is important, as well as consulting with the teacher of the school that you are going to and the person you know, but you can search the school by specifying the conditions on the website like " アクセス日本留学 " Let's participate in the " Schools Guidance for International Students " where you can talk with the person in charge of direct junior college.

And, if you find some schools you care about, join the "Open Campus" etc. as much as possible and take a look at your own eyes. By actually going to school, you may see another appeal.


> Join the briefing session for admission

> Search schools by specifying conditions


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アクセス日本留学Editorial Department.アクセス日本留学" where foreign students can request materials to find Japanese schools, and hold "advancement information sessions for foreign students".

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