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Study uni in Japan after A Level

Is it possible to go to universities in Japan after A Level? I don't speak Japanese and I wonder if there is any uni or courses that use English 90-100% for non-japanese speaker.
The issue is even if the course is taught in English, nothing else will be. You'll still need to get by living in Japan where all the signs will be in Japanese, all the things in stores will be in Japanese, all the other people will speak Japanese and even Japanese students on your course may very well speak Japanese outside of when it is required. You can't get by living and studying in another country without knowing the native language to some extent, even if the course itself is taught in English - you'd realistically need at least B2-B1 equivalent I would expect just to get by.

If you want to study in Japan, I'd suggest looking at studying a degree in Japanese, which will normally include a year abroad in Japan. This will give you the intensive language tuition you need to become conversant in Japanese, so when you do go to study in Japan you will be able to make the most of it (and develop your language skills even further!) :smile:
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Original post by artful_lounger
The issue is even if the course is taught in English, nothing else will be. You'll still need to get by living in Japan where all the signs will be in Japanese, all the things in stores will be in Japanese, all the other people will speak Japanese and even Japanese students on your course may very well speak Japanese outside of when it is required. You can't get by living and studying in another country without knowing the native language to some extent, even if the course itself is taught in English - you'd realistically need at least B2-B1 equivalent I would expect just to get by.
If you want to study in Japan, I'd suggest looking at studying a degree in Japanese, which will normally include a year abroad in Japan. This will give you the intensive language tuition you need to become conversant in Japanese, so when you do go to study in Japan you will be able to make the most of it (and develop your language skills even further!) :smile:

Thank you very much for your advices ♥️ tbh im kinda sick of England rn and just wanna leave asap so Im wondering if Japan is a good idea. Learning Japanese before uni is not a big problem for me but I don't know if I can get to uni in Japan after A-Levels qualification, especially the top ranking uni.
Original post by thaotran.p
Thank you very much for your advices ♥️ tbh im kinda sick of England rn and just wanna leave asap so Im wondering if Japan is a good idea. Learning Japanese before uni is not a big problem for me but I don't know if I can get to uni in Japan after A-Levels qualification, especially the top ranking uni.


You may be overestimating how hard it is to learn Japanese - it takes a lot if people a full degree with intensive language instruction to acheive near native proficiency.

Also you may find that going to uni offers you a chance of pace (and place) that satisfies your desire to move to begin with, and you will be able to experience living there during hour year abroad and have that experience to help understand what you need to do to move there long term if ghats your goal.

I think ultimately you do need to be realistic though about language acquisition. Also bear in mind usually universities charge very high fees for international students (which you would be studying in Japan) and you don't get any funding from student finance for studying at a uni outside of the UK except for a year abroad...
Hello, there are courses that are offered in 100% English in Japanese universities. I'd recommend you look at the websites of universities you are interested in; most will have an English website where you can find information on courses offered in English. However, as above mentioned, it will be very hard to get by without Japanese proficiency.

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