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Examination for Foreign Students

Special Selection for Foreign Students

In most entrance examinations for undergraduate courses, graduate schools, and vocational schools, special entrance examinations are held for foreign students. Compared to entrance examinations made for Japanese students, the content and subjects required are easier and the test is shorter. It is better for foreign students to take this entrance examination.

Content of Examination

In most entrance examinations of junior colleges, undergraduate courses, graduate schools, and vocational schools, special entrance examinations are held for foreign students. The evaluated selection criteria are as follows:

Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)
Japanese-Language Proficiency Test
TOEFL, etc
Written Examination
Short Essay in Japanese
Interview

Depending on the school you apply, the content of examination varies. Please refer to each school's web site.

Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)

95% of national universities require applicants to take the EJU, while 65% of public universities require applicants to do so. Even 44% private universities require the results of the EJU. If you do not take the EJU, your range of universities you can choose from will be narrow. Therefore, it is in your best interests to try to take this test.
The EJU will be held twice a year, in June and in December, both in Japan and in some countries located in Asia.

EJU Testing Locations

The EJU is held in the following areas in Japan and cities overseas.
Domestic: Hokkaido, Miyagi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Ishikawa or Fukui, Shizuoka, Aichi, Kyoto or Shiga, Osaka, Hyogo, Okayama or Hiroshima, Fukuoka, and Okinawa
Overseas: India (New Delhi), Indonesia (Jakarta, Surabaya), South Korea (Seoul, Busan), Singapore, Sri Lanka (Colombo), Thailand (Bangkok), Taiwan (Taipei), Philippines (Manila), Vietnam (Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City), Hong Kong, Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Myanmar (Yangon), Mongolia (Ulaanbaatar), Russia (Vladivostok)

EJU subjects and fees

According to the requirements of the university they want to enter and the course of study they want to pursue, examinees select from the subject tests showed below.
1. Japanese as a foreign language: 120 minutes, score range of 0-400
2. Science (2 of the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry, and Biology):80 minutes, score range of 0-200, or Japan and the World: 80 minutes, score range of 0-200
3. Mathematics Course 1 for liberal arts faculties or Course 2 for faculties where a higher level of mathematics is required: 80 minutes, score range of 0-200
The examination fees of the EJU are as follows, but this may change without notice. In the case of taking the EJU in Japan, examination fee for one subject is 6,960 yen while taking two or three subjects costs 12,920yen.These fees include sales tax, but do not include postage costs. Please refer to the following web site for testing held outside of Japan:
http://www.jasso.go.jp/en/eju/examinee/contact/index.html 

Designated subjects of the EJU

Generally speaking, applicants applying for liberal arts faculties must take Japanese as a foreign language, Japan and the world, and Mathematics course 1. Similarly, applicants applying for science faculties must take Japanese as a foreign language, Mathematics course 2 and two subjects from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. However, there are other combinations, which are described on this web site.

English Examinations

Some faculties do not require an English examination.
There are two kinds of English examinations. The first kind of English examination is that the English examination carried out by universities for their own applicants. The other kind is the university asks applicants to send the result of a standard English examination, such as the following:
TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, Cambridge ESOL

Japanese-Language Proficiency Test

Up to the year 2000, many universities and vocational schools required the submission of Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) results, but from 2001 the EJU was offered, and so requests to submit JLPT scores have dropped. However, some graduate schools and vocational schools still require the submission of JLPT results.
The JLPT is held in July and December. Applications are made available at bookstores nationwide in April (for testing in July) and in August (for testing in December). The application booklet costs 500 yen, and the application fee is 5,500 yen. The deadlines for applications submissions are April 30th (for testing in July) and October 1st (for testing in December). Testing is held in the following prefectures in Japan:
Hokkaido, Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Niigata, Toyama, Fukui, Ishikawa, Yamanashi, Nagano, Gifu, Shizuoka, Aichi, Mie, Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara, Shimane, Wakayama, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime, Kochi, Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita, Miyazaki, Kagoshima, and Okinawa (for 2014).
Applications can also be made online. The following web site has detailed information about JLPT testing in Japan.
http://info.jees-jlpt.jp/
The JLPT is also held overseas. Detailed information can be found on the following web site.
http://www.jlpt.jp/application/overseas_list.html

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