Study Abroad in Japan

Study abroad in Japan can be an exciting experience for international students. Japan is one of the leading nations in the fields of scientific research. It is rated 12th of 178 countries in the Ease of Doing Business Index 2008.

Quick Facts:
Capital: Tokyo
Area of Japan: 145,898 sq mi
Geography: Japan is an island country of over 3,000 islands
Currency: Japanese yen (¥)
Language: Japanese

Entrance to Japan's higher education institutions is very competitive, especially for the top two ranking universities in the nation: University of Tokyo and Kyoto University. According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2009, The University of Tokyo is ranked No. 1 in Asia/Pacific and in the top 20 globally, followed by Kyoto University (2nd in Asia/Pacific and 24th in the world).

Rankings of Japanese institutions:

(1) ARWU 2009:
National Rank, Institution, (World Rank)
1 U of Tokyo (20th)
2 Kyoto University (24th)
3 Osaka University (71st)
4 Nagoya University (82nd)
5 Tohoku University (84th)
6 Tokyo Institute of Technology (101-151st)
7 Hokkaido University (152-200th)
7 Kyushu University (152-200th)
7 University of Tsukuba (152-200th)

(2) THE - QS World University Rankings 2009:
National Rank, Institution, (World Rank)
1 U of Tokyo (22nd)
2 Kyoto U (25th)
3 Osaka U (43rd)
4 Tokyo Institute of Technology (55th)
5 Nagoya U (92nd)
6 Tohoku U (97th)
7 Keio University (142nd)
8 Waseda University (148th)
9 Kyushu University (155th)
10 Hokkaido University (171st)
11 University of Tsukuba (174th)
12 Kobe University (218th)
13 Hiroshima University (259th)
14 Chiba University (307th)
15 Hitotsubashi University (364th)
16 Showa University (368th)
17 Yokohama National University (377th)
18 Nagasaki University (392nd)
19 Osaka City University (399th)

* Suggested Reading:

Japanese Universities in Asian Top 200

Top Universities in Japan for Engineering

Japan JASSO Scholarship