Study in Japan

At the crossroads of tradition and modernity, the land of the rising sun fascinates more than one. Settling and studying in Japan may seem like a distant dream, but it is a country of study accessible to Moroccan students.

If you are a confirmed Japonism, and you are passionate about everything related to Japanese arts and culture, studying in Japan will be a great opportunity for you. This country has a quality education system that opens up several international career opportunities.

Study in Japan

A unique lifestyle

Japan especially attracts by its unique culture, both the traditional heritage and the new forms of culture that the Japanese are constantly developing. Japanese culture revolves around the notion of ritual. The ritual is vital, it comes to a rhythm all the events of life and gives them all their meaning.
We find particular rituals for tea tasting, reception, relaxation or sport. The Japanese have a real art of living which is rooted in the principles of Zen philosophy. Studying in Japan means getting involved in this art of living and learning new ways to organize your days.

A lively student life

Modern Japanese culture provides a lot of entertainment for young people. Studying in Japan will give you the opportunity to explore the bustling city centers that offer unusual experiences. The cafes stand out for their inventiveness, offering the customer a unique experience.
Some cafes give you the opportunity to pamper cats, others to read the manga or play video games, still, others are inspired by sci-fi sets.
You will also have the opportunity to visit original centers of attraction such as the Joypolis of Sega, the Namja Town where you can taste ice creams with bizarre flavors, or even the Fuji Q Highland whose roller coasters give a panoramic view. from Mount Fuji.

The Japanese university system

Perhaps the biggest difference from other university systems is this: the Japanese academic year begins in April and ends in March of the following year. Students are entitled to a one-month summer vacation, as well as winter and spring vacation.
Besides, the studies follow a classic LMD scheme (License, Master, and Doctorate). There are three types of universities in Japan: national universities that are directly funded by the Japanese state, public universities and private universities. It is a quality and highly selective education system. In fact, several Japanese universities are between the 300th and 500th places in the world ranking.
Overall, the Japanese education system is distinguished by the importance given to general culture and the arts, as well as a rigorous study framework that prepares students for the world of work.
To apply to a Japanese university: Registrations are made between the beginning of November and the end of January, each university sets its own application and registration procedures. It is therefore important to inform each university in advance. After obtaining confirmation, you can begin your Visa process by contacting the Japanese Embassy.

Admission criteria

School curriculum
Generally, to be able to study at a Japanese university, students must demonstrate 12 years of elementary and secondary schooling. In addition to this, foreign students must pass a general entrance examination to demonstrate their level of knowledge and language.


Moroccan students can access Japanese universities directly, without competition, if they have a scholarship. It can be cooperation, research or excellence grant. For more information, you can consult the website of the Embassy of Japan in Morocco, as well as our article on MEXT scholarships in Japan.
Japanese language
To study in Japan, the foreign student must master the Japanese language. For this, you can choose to do one or two years of language study in Japan. This will allow you to learn Japanese in full linguistic immersion.
In fact, some Japanese universities offer pre-university preparatory years within their establishment.
Apply as part of a partnership: We always advise younger students to take this route to study in Japan. As part of its trade agreements with other countries, Japan has several partnership programs with European and American universities. This will allow you to simplify the procedures and test a stay in Japan to see if this experience suits you in the long term.

The cost of studying in Japan

University fees
Before deciding to study in Japan, it is important that you have an idea of ​​the cost of such a business. Between application fees, admission fees and registration fees, a university course in Japan can be costly. They can vary between 7000 and 8000 dollars for the first year of study. Thereafter, you will have to pay on average 5000 dollars per academic year.
The average price of accommodation in a university residence is between 600 and 700 dollars per month. Colocation can be a good alternative to save money, especially since places in university residences are limited.
In large cities, transportation can be relatively expensive. Also, note that there are no student discounts. Generally, a metro ride will cost you 3 euros. You can opt for a rechargeable card and it will cost you 200 dollars per month.
Daily expenses in terms of food are generally 1000 yen per day or 7.50 dollars. Count therefore between 200 and 250 euros for your monthly food.
Telephony and internet
Internet and telephone plans in Japan vary from operator to operator. But generally, it takes an average of 22 dollars for a telephone subscription. You will likely have internet access on your campus. Otherwise, you will need to provide 33 dollars for an ADSL internet subscription.

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