Frequently Asked Questions

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Application

Do I need to take the TOEFL/IELTS if I want to study English-based undergraduate/postgraduate programs in Japan?


Most universities would usually exempt Singaporean from TOEFL/IELTS, although if Singapore is not on that list, you may need to ask your educational institution that you have received an English education in Singapore.




Where can I find study abroad scholarships?


We've compiled a handy list of popular scholarships that are available to Singaporeans here.




What scholarships can I apply for in Singapore and in Japan?


The MEXT Scholarship, Nagoya-JUGAS Scholarship, as well as the JCCI Scholarship and MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship are applied for in Singapore. Most university scholarships are applied for in Japan.




How do I get my Japan student visa? How do I apply for a visa?


For a step by step walkthrough, refer to SSAJ's Student Guide to Japan.




What are the Admission Requirements for entering universities and graduate schools?


Take a look at the Applications page for more information.





General

Are Japanese qualifications recognised in Singapore?


Basically, allJapanese qualifications are recognised in Singapore except for some specialized degree courses such as Denristry and Medicine.

Only 3 medical schools from Japan: the University of Tokyo School of Medicine, Kyoto University Faculty of Medicine, and Osaka University Faculty of Medicine are recognised by Singapore Medical Council for medical registration to practise in Singapore.

Dental Degrees from Japan are not recognised by the Singapore Dental Council (SDC) for registration to practise in Singapore.




How long do undergraduate/graduate/postgraduate programmes last?


Undergraduate programmes typically run for four years, graduate programmes run for two years, and postgraduate programmes can run from three to five years depending on the university and field.




How much does it cost to study in Japan?


For tuition fees and the average monthly living cost, you can refer to this page The tuition fee at a national university is typically cheaper than studying in Singapore's local university. Monthly living expenses are also lower than that of the US or Europe.




What is the average living cost of a student in Japan?


Depending on your lifestyle, students typically spend around $1,500 to $2,000 a month on living expenses including accomodation, transportation and food. For more information you can see this page.




Can international students work in Japan after graduation?


Yes, you can apply into the Japanese job hunting system after graduation.




What are the thing to be done before departure and after arrival?


A step by step guide has been compiled by SSAJ, and you can view it at SSAJ's Student's Guide to Japan.





Living in Japan

What are the accommodation options available in Japan?


You can stay in the school's hostel, a sharehouse (sort of like a public dormitory, prrivate rooms with common facilities), or a private apartment. For more information, see SSAJ's Student's Guide to Japan.




Will the university assist me in finding a place to stay?


This largely depends on the university, but most universities will not guarantee its students a place to stay. Typically you apply for hostels through the university. For private apartments, the university may have a partnership with a real estate company to assist its students in finding an apartment. For more information on how to get accomodation in Japan, check out SSAJ's Student's Guide to Japan




Can international students work part-time while studying abroad in Japan?


Yes, you can work up to the maximum 28 hours per week limit (34 hours during school breaks). This is assuming you have applied for the part-time work permit when you entered Japan. For more information on part-time work in Japan, check out SSAJ's Student Guide to Japan.





MEXT Scholarship

When and how can I apply for MEXT scholarships?


We've compiled a handy guide for you here.




Is there any bond or contract attached to the MEXT scholarship?


No, there is no bond tied to the MEXT scholarship. Most scholarships for Japan do not entail a bond, or a condition to work in Japan either. For more information, see this page for MEXT and this page for scholarships in general.




What are the MEXT written examinations like and how are they different/ same as the EJU (Examinations for Japanese University Admission for International Students)?


You can find details about MEXT Examinations here. In terms of MEXT Exams vs EJU, they are similar but not the same. They are both based off Japanese High School subjects, and thus can make for good reference materials for each other.




Where can I get the Materials to prepare for the MEXT Written Examinations?


You can find past year MEXT written examination papers here.




Can MEXT grantees work part-time while studying in Japan?


Yes, you can work up to the maximum 28 hours per week limit (34 hours during school breaks). This is assuming you have applied for the part-time work permit when you entered Japan. For more information on part-time work in Japan, check out SSAJ's Student Guide to Japan.




What are the Japanese Language institutes in difference prefectures authorised by MEXT?


Students taking Humanities majors will study at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS), and STEM majors will study at Osaka University (Handai). For more information, see this page.




Is it necessary to have Japanese language proficiency when applying for MEXT?


MEXT does not require proficiency in the Japanese language at the time of application. However, if you are aiming to pursue your undergraduate studies in Japanese language, it is good to learn or brush up the language.