Travelers always tell you: Japan is full of surprises. You have to experience it yourself. You will find machines in the street where you can buy a tie, you can dress up like a manga-figure, you can daily follow the news about when and where the cherries are blossoming. You can walk in nature and not meet a soul, you can ski or sunbathe, you can come to yourself or simply disappear in the enormous crowd that walks every day across the famous Shibuya Crossing.
The Japanese are very controlled but they can also get wild, for example on a festival like Gion in Kioto. When you don’t know how to react anymore, you can always cry out: sugoi, the universal cry when something is fantastic or horrible or just worth the yell.
Yes, Japan has it all — bustling cities with cutting-edge fashion and technology, serene snow- capped peaks, tropical beaches, 23 World Heritage Sites, not to mention the world-renowned cuisine, hot springs, cherry blossoms and summer festivals. If you want an extraordinary experience in an incomparable setting, then Japan is the country for you.
Japanese universities have a global reputation for excellence and innovation, with 10 institutions ranked in the world top 200 by the QS World University Rankings 2020. High quality education and cutting-edge research make Japan an appealing study abroad destination, and Japanese Universities are increasing access for international students as part of efforts to meet the government’s target to internationalise university campuses by welcoming 300,000 overseas students annually by 2020.
You may ask, “But I don’t speak Japanese, so how can I study in Japan?” Not a problem! Even if you don’t speak a word of the language, there are still hundreds of study options available as Japanese universities now offer short-term programmes delivered entirely in English — and the number of courses grows every year.
You will of course have the opportunity to take Japanese classes on the side.
Tuition fees in Japan compare favourably to those in the UK, as well as in most other study abroad destinations. And despite what you might think, living expenses are comparatively low in Japan.