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Study in Japan

Japan has so many aspects of that are attractive for study abroad students. The Land of the Rising Sun has a rich history, unique culture, and society, and is a developed country home to the third largest economy in the world. With its immense influence in lucrative industries such as automobile manufacturing, electronic goods, and technology; Japan is a natural home to a lot of talent and innovation. 

With partner schools in Tokyo and Beppu to name a few, Filipino international students have a lot to choose in pursuing their international studies.

We have over 2 Japanese schools and universities on our website that you can search and apply from!

Why study in Japan?

Japan is an ideal destination for Filipino international students thanks to its top-ranking universities and futuristic community. There are a handful of reasons why Filipinos should study in Japan.

  • High Educational Standards
  • Amazing Standard of Living
  • Rich Culture and History

Schools in Japan

Japan's exceptional education system is ranked 10th in the QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings 2018.

Life and Culture in Japan

Studying in Japan can sound exciting and fun thanks to its rich culture, advanced technology, and safe environment. There are notable challenges that international students will face should they decide to study abroad in Japan.  

Study and work opportunities in Japan for Filipinos

Filipino international students can work part-time once they have received a Shikakugai Katsudo Kyoka (Permit to Engage in Activity other than that Permitted by the Status of Residence Previously Granted).  The school or university should be able to help students acquire this permit. International students can also file applications at the nearest Regional Immigration Bureau.

Once you have that permit, you can work up to 28 hours per week when school is in session or up to 8 hours per day during school breaks.

Student and work visa requirements in Japan

Learn all the requirements, processing time, fees, and everything Filipinos need to know to apply for a study and work visa in Japan. Discover how you can apply for a student and work visa in the Land of the Rising Sun. 

A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting a Student Visa in Japan

5 Questions to Ask if You’re Applying for a Post-Study Work Visa in Japan

Scholarships in Japan

Tuition fees can be a major deciding factor for Filipinos who are interested to study in Japan. Fortunately, Japan has a merit-based tuition fee exemption system. There are also scholarships provided by universities themselves. In fact, both the government of Japan and the Philippines provide scholarship grants to Filipino students who are looking to study abroad.


Partner Schools

Studying in Japan

Why should I study in Japan?

Apart from sushi and ramen, clean streets and public bathrooms, fast trains and friendly people, Japan is well-known for its internationally recognized education. Out of its 780 universities, 20 were able to hold on to the top 100 spots of  Times Higher Education’s Asian University Rankings, with the University of Tokyo being ranked number one.

It currently houses 200,000 international students, and it aims to attain 300,000 by 2020. To achieve this goal, the Japanese government has simplified the application process for foreign students, and they have also organized more courses to be taught in English.

Moreover, many Japanese companies plan to hire more international students into their workforce, and some even have as much as a 10 percent quota.


How do I choose a school in Japan?
Schools in Japan offer many undergraduate and graduate programs in every academic field. After deciding (1) What your career goals are and (2) What academic programs can help you achieve those goals, it's time to do some research on which school is best for you! There are schools in Japan that are looking for Filipino students just like you! Explore them here.
What are the required languages for studying in Japan?
Although Japanese is the native language of Japan, several colleges, such as the University of Tokyo offer courses in English. Sophia University is the first and only university in Japan to teach courses exclusively in English. However, if you wish to maximize the range of courses that you can choose from, we recommend that you have a basic understanding of Japanese.

If you’re worried about your English language proficiency, check out our partner language centers that can help you improve your skills!
Are there scholarships available for studying in Japan? How can I finance my studies?
There are many scholarships offered by the Japanese government and even the schools themselves. Visit the Edukasyon profiles of the schools you are interested in to check if they are offering any scholarships.

There are also some international student loans available from different loan giving bodies. University representatives usually work in tandem with their financial aid department that focuses on helping students find options to finance their education. Explore our partner schools here, and click "Send Inquiry" to get connected with your university representative.
Do I need a visa to study in Japan? How do I get it?
If you’re a Philippine passport-holder, you’re going to need a student visa to attend school in Japan. The process involves:
  1. Completing the online application form
  2. Gathering all the required documents
  3. Submitting them to the Japanese authorities
Note that you can’t start processing your student visa until you get accepted by a school in Japan. For the full list of details, please visit the Japanese embassy website or contact the Japanese embassy in Manila.

Living in Japan

Are there Filipinos living in Japan?
As of June 2014, there are around 200,000 Filipinos living in Japan, and most of them are centered in Tokyo and Aichi.     
How much is the cost of living in Japan?
Tokyo is known as one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in. Average prices here are doubled, or even tripled, compared to other cities in provinces. But if you still insist on living in Tokyo because of its convenience, here are the average prices of your basic needs:
  • Rent: 22,000 JPY
  • Food: 72,000 JPY
  • Utilities: 61,000 JPY
  • Transportation: 49,000 JPY
  • Others: 62,000 JPY

Living expenses in the other regions of Japan are much lower compared to Tokyo. Here are their average prices:
  •     Rent: 18,000 JPY
  •     Food: 61,000 JPY
  • Utilities: 52,000 JPY
  • Transportation: 51,000 JPY
  • Others: 62,0000 JPY

Working in Japan

Can I work while I’m studying in Japan?
To be able to work part-time as a college student, you will need official permission from the immigration bureau. This does not apply to student or research assistants who work based on a contract with their university.
The application process is free of charge; however, you will need to submit the following documents:
  • Application form
  • Legal documents
  • Proof of employment
  • Identification card
  • Residence card

University students are only allowed to work for 28 hours a week during the academic year, and 8 hours a day during a school holiday/break.
What are the benefits of graduating from a school in Japan?
Graduating from a school in Japan can greatly benefit your future career! Depending on your school and their industry connections, your university could connect you to some of your dream Japanese companies, internships, and maybe even foreign companies. Schools in Japan are also generally high in quality and are recognized all over the world. You can also expand your set of languages and expand your network by meeting fellow students from all walks of life. These, among other factors, can improve your employability once you graduate!