Around 300,000 international students are currently studying at universities, junior colleges, professional schools and other educational institutions in Japan. Their numbers have been increasing rapidly since the 1980s, with a majority of the students coming from China and Vietnam. Most university courses in Japan are only available in Japanese. However, a small number of universities offer four-year undergraduate degrees with courses taught entirely in English. Furthermore, several universities offer one or more English courses at a master's and/or doctoral level.
Monthly living expenses (including tuition) in Japan for international students on average nationwide comes to about 138,000 Yen. Regionally, the Shikoku region has the lowest living expenses at 104,000 Yen, while the Kanto region has the highest living expenses at 154,000 Yen.
International students intending to study for more than three months in Japan will need to apply for a student visa. For this, a Certificate of Eligibility is needed, which will be applied for on your behalf by the Japanese institution.