Do you want to study about anime, games, or perhaps become a pâtissier Do you want to study business in a Japanese university? Do you want to continue your studies in graduate school in Japan? There are a lot of students who, like you, want to achieve their dreams. Everything starts here. Let’s go for our dreams!
Interview with Kudan Graduates
My name is Caroline and I come from Sweden. I studied 1 year and 9 months at Kudan Institute before getting into vocational school in Japan.
自主学習→九段日本語学院 6か月→ 専門学校（東京アニメ・声優専門学校） Self study → Kudan Japanese Institute(6months study) → Tokyo School of Anime and Voice actor.
Student at Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Japan
What is Study Support?
We will give you advice on where to go (graduate schools, universities, or vocational and technical colleges) and how to get there while you are still in our school.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
- After I graduate, what kind of options are there for me in Japan?
- You can go to graduate schools or universities, or if you have a specialized field you are interested in (for example, Fashion, Anime, or IT), there are vocational or technical schools for that as well. For technical colleges, depending on the course and length of study, you can get either an “associate diploma” or “advanced diploma (equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree).”
- I would like to enter a Japanese university. What should I do?
- For those who wish to enter a Japanese program in a university, Japanese Language Proficiency Exam (JLPT) or an Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) score is needed. Both exams are done twice a year. Please refer to the following websites regarding each exam:
- I would like to enter a graduate school in Japan. What should I do?
- In a graduate school, you will do research on what you have studied as an undergraduate student. For this, you would need to submit a research proposal, and undergo a test on the course major. Hence undergoing a graduate school exam is considered difficult.
- I would like to enter a technical college or vocational school in Japan. What should I do?
- For technical colleges especially, a written exam, interview, and essay writing are conducted in Japanese. For this reason a JLPT N2 level is needed.
- Are there schools in Japan that have English as the teaching medium?
- With regards to universities and graduate schools, there are some schools that offer their exams and classes or courses in English. Please check out the website below for more information.
- When is the start of the school year?
- In Japan, the start of the school year is generally in April.
There are some schools that start in September or October, but those are relatively few.
- When are the entrance exams held?
- For schools that have April as the start of the term, the applications generally start in September or October the previous year. For schools that start their year in autumn, the date of application depends on the school. Make sure to check the school website to get more accurate information.
- If I would like to consider further studies in Japan, when is the best time to start my studies in Kudan Institute of Japanese Language and Culture?
- To enter a Japanese program in a university or graduate school, N2 level is needed. For those who are studying Japanese for the first time, or are in the beginner levels, it will at least take a year and a half of intensive study of the Japanese language to achieve the appropriate level that is required for taking the entrance examinations.
- I’m an absolute beginner in Japanese. Will I be able to receive Study Support? Can I actually continue my studies in Japan?
- The Study Support will be in Japanese, so we would advise you to at least reach a daily conversation level of Japanese beforehand. For those who will apply for their studies in Japanese, a minimum of JLPT N2 level is required. Even if you will do your studies in a university or graduate school in English, since you will be living in Japan, a certain level of Japanese is a necessity. It is best to establish your Japanese level first before resuming with school applications.
- I want to continue my studies, but I do not know what I want to study. Is that okay?
- Of course. It’s about your future after all. Let’s look at your different interests, collect information regarding the options you can take, and go from there. We will support you all the way.
- I would like to avail of the Study Support, but I am not a student of Kudan. Is it possible?
- Unfortunately, only students of Kudan Institute of Japanese Language and Culture are able to avail of this service.
- I’m worried about the expenses. How much does it usually cost to continue my studies in Japan?
- It depends on what type of school you are going for. For the first year of university or graduate school, the cost will usually be around 800,000 to 1,500,000 JPY, while for vocational schools or technical colleges, the cost will be around 800,000 to 1,300,000. Of course, there are other expenses for daily life to be considered as well. However, recently, there are many scholarships offered for students who have an excellent attendance record and grades. For those who are considering further studies, it is best to ask about this directly to the school of your choice.
At Kudan Institute of Japanese Language and Culture, what is the flow of study support?
Our Study Support Staff always welcomes inquiries regarding admissions to graduate schools, universities, and/or vocational schools or colleges.
- One-on-one counseling
- Provision of admission information
- Implementation of briefing sessions in the school regarding admissions
- Introduction of briefing sessions outside the school (If needed, the staff will accompany you to the venue)
Every School Term
- Offer questionnaires regarding options after graduating from our school
- One-on-one counseling
After Deciding on School of Choice
- Checking of application documents
- Interview guidance
- Admission procedure guidance
Is it possible to have one-on-one counseling sessions for Study Support?
Of course! There are many of our students who are either troubled about what to do about their future, or those who are unsure of the processes needed for school admission. We are here to help you. With one-on-one counseling, we can give you advice on what your possible options are, and we can help you with your admission processes (documents, interview preparation, etc.) as well. Please do not hesitate to ask us about this anytime.
Process Until Admission（For Universities and Vocational/Technical Colleges）
10 Months Prior
- 1．Think about what you like, and what your interests are.
- 2．Think about what you would like to be in the future.
8 Months Prior
- 3． Look for different schools
- 4． Acquire documents and information from the schools you are interested in
- 5． Observe different schools
6 Months Prior
- 6． Decide on the school
- 7． Preparation of application to the school
- 8． Submission of application
- 9． Entrance Exam
- 10． Announcement of Results of Exam
- 11． Admission Process (You will receive a certificate of admission)
From the Study Support Staff
There are numerous opportunities in Japan.
You have many options to achieve your dreams.
Join briefing sessions and gather information. Also, it is very important that you have a clear image of what you want to do. Please think carefully as well of what you would like to discuss during counseling sessions.