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Branko Said,
May 21st, 2014 @10:39 am  

it is not appropriate for you to study in japan unless you know japanese language very well , in japan they all use japanese for teaching for shopping etc ,for english it is their foreign language .maybe you can find an english teaching job in japan ,although i was born in english speaking countries , i am not japanese, i can speak some japanese , even i did not think about going to japan to live though my japanese level is level 2(japanese ability test) ,anyway i think you are young you cannot go abroad as for the fees application it was not expensive for americans perhaps you need a college degree or high school degree plus language grade .i am not sure how the specific ‘qualifications ‘ or evaluations are ,however i suggest you to ask professional workers.

if you want to go abroad you can come true through schools mediums of companies you can stay in dorms of schools or yourself rented a house . you’d better go abroad with friends with relatives or classmates which is good and helpful for you

Louis Irving Said,
May 21st, 2014 @11:14 am  

I teach at Tsukuba. Please ignore Branko. He does not know what he is talking about.

I will try to give specific answers to your questions.

1) You need to be 18 years old when you enter, and have 12 years of full time education. We focus more on attitude than academic performance, but it would be good to have a GPA minimum of about 3.

2) You apply on the website (, in the application section. Applications are in the fall before you are due to start (Apply in Oct / Nov / Dec, enter the following September). There is a web form to fill in, and several documents. There is a pdf on the site with specific instructions

3) At Tsukuba, currently, the 1st year is free – no admission or tuition fees. After that, you pay domestic fees, which at the time of writing are 535,800 yen per year. With current exchange rates, that’s about $7000 a year. Many scholarships cover fees, and we have a good fees waiver scheme if finances are difficult (depending on academic performance).

4) You should aim to make savings and scholarships your primary method of funding. Work hard at school and get the best GPA you can. You can also get a part time job, for example tutoring English, which can pay $20 – 30 per hour. There are companies which can help you find students.

5) All classes are taught in English.

6) The G30 program exists at the behest of the Japanese business community. They want graduates to have better English. Many are committed to employing more foreigners – for example, Sony has publicly stated that from 2013, 30% of new positions in Japan will be aimed at foreigners. However, of course, no promises can be made. You should be able to find a job, especially if you improve your Japanese sufficiently.

7) Sure. It’s as good as anywhere else, and much cheaper than studying at a comparable US university. But then, I would say that, right?
8) You apply for the first year Tsukuba scholarship when you apply to the university. You will be told when the entrance results are sent if you have a scholarship. When you arrive, the university will pay the money into your bank account monthly. If you do not get a scholarship, when you arrive at the university, the International Student Center will apply for a bunch of scholarships on your behalf. Hopefully, you’ll get one. You will need good grades. If you have good Japanese that helps for many scholarships (but not all). Financial need is also strongly considered. We want to help those people who are excellent, and who really need the help.

9) So far, our students seem to enjoy the place. You can see some videos of current students here
and read our student blog at

10) Tsukuba has around 4000 dorm rooms available for students. We can accommodate about a quarter of all students at the university. Dorm fees are low ($200 / month), and while the dorms could not be described as palatial, they are quite adequate for students. Private apartments are also available in town.

I hope that answers your first round of questions. Feel free to email me with questions.

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