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Paths for Coming to Study in Japan (Advantages and disadvantages of each path)


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Three Paths

There are several ways in which one can go to a Japanese college, vocational school, undergraduate course or graduate school. Here they have been divided into three methods.
Method A: Gaining admittance after studying in a language school in Japan
Method B: Coming to Japan to take an entrance examination
Method C: Taking an entrance examination outside of Japan, and then obtain permission to come to Japan to study.
Depending on the path you choose for coming to study in Japan, the procedures for obtaining a visa will also differ. Likewise, the expense to cover your studies and life in Japan will also differ. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages. Here these advantages and disadvantages have been gathered.

Method A

In Method A, you come to Japan after getting permission to enter a Japanese Language School, study Japanese at the school in Japan, and then take entrance examinations of universities or vocational colleges.
Advantages of Method A:
No need to study Japanese in your home country
The period required for Japanese study is from six month to two years. Your basic Japanese ability will be very strong.
You will have time to get used to life in Japan during your Japanese studies.
Obtaining information about schools is easier in Japan than searching for schools from your home country.
Disadvantages of Method A:
The time and financial requirements up to graduation are very high. The overall expenses for this kind of study in Japan will be high.
The allowed period for studying Japanese is two years. If you are not admitted by universities or vocational schools after two years, you will have to return to your home country.

Method B

First apply from your home country and get an admission ticket to an entrance examination. Come to Japan in the designated period to take the entrance examination. Then, return to your home country to wait for the result. If you are admitted, you return to Japan again.
Advantages of Method B:
The time period from entry into Japan until graduation is shorter than in Method A. The overall cost will be lower than in Method A.
In the case where you do not pass the entrance examination, because you can wait in your home country for the next chance to apply, there is a much smaller financial burden in that period.
If you can take the entrance examination, pass it, and complete enrollment procedures during your first visit, you can change your visa status to "Foreign Student" and remain in Japan without having to return to your home country.
Disadvantages of Method B
You have to study and master Japanese (or English) in your home country.
If application from abroad is impossible for your school of choice, you will have to ask friends or relatives in Japan to send your application for you.
If you have to take both the EJU and the entrance examination of the school of your choice, you maybe have to make round-trips from your home country to Japan several times. The cost of staying for a long time in Japan, or the fee for round-trips should be taken into account.

Method C: obtain permission to enroll before your arrival.

Some of colleges or universities give enrollment permission to applicants depending on the result of the EJU taken outside Japan. However, currently the EJU cannot be taken in China.
Likewise, some colleges and universities do not use the results of the EJU, and instead they screen candidates by examining their academic records and application. This kind of screening is called "Pre-arrival Admission".
Advantage of Method C
Compared with Method A, it takes less time to graduate and the total expense of studying in Japan will be less.
There is no need to come to Japan to take an examination like in Method B, requiring less time and expense.
Study in your field of choice starts as soon as you come to Japan.
There are many public graduate schools that give admission to candidates by screening their applications.
Disadvantages of Method C
You have to study and master Japanese (or English) in your home country.
There are few schools where Method C can be used, so you will have fewer schools to choose from.
The information you get in your home country may be not sufficient. You may find the school is different from what you expected.

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