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Interview with an Exchange Student in Japan: Melissa

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SAT, TOEFL, IELTS: standardized tests

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Taking entrance exams without coming to Japan

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Taking entrance exams without coming to Japan
Differently from the U.S. and other countries, where you can take a standardized test and apply for a university, most Japanese universities require students to take an unique exam for each university they want to attend. Different test dates, distance and other obstacles can prevent students from coming to Japan to study. In order to increase accessibility for international students to enter Japanese universities, some universities started adopting a system that allows international students to be accepted without going to Japan.
This system exists so the international students can prepare themselves for exams at home and take exams in their home countries under a more relaxed environment, while also saving their time and money and receive visa acceptance without worrying (too much). It’s possible to divide these universities in two groups: the ones that uses EJU, the standardized test for international students in Japan, and the ones that don’t.

EJU: the standardized test for international students.
EJU is an exam which enables you to certificate your Japanese language skills and basic academic abilities needed to study at the undergraduate level at Japanese universities. It is held twice a year in June and November (case of 2014). Currently more than 70 universities are using this method, according to JASSO. This number is more than 120 if you include other forms of educational institutions. The test is available in Japan, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
The equivalent of EJU’s in other countries would be the SATs in the US, and the baccalaureat in France. However, the EJU can only be taken by non-Japanese students.

Other methods
Taking the EJU is still limited to certain areas. Aware of this demand, some Universities open admissions for students using their own method. Some of these universities are The University of Tokyo, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Akita International University and International Christian University. Each of them uses a different method of selecting their future students, but the most common ones are documents screening, self-introductory video, and online interview. For more information, check directly with the higher educational institutions of your choice.

If you thought it was impossible to study in Japan without coming here to take exams, we hope this article was useful to make you believe that it is possible to study there without going there.
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