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Entry Requirements and Applications

International students can study at a Japanese KOSEN (College of Technology) via government financing or on your private finances.

A) Government Financed International Students

1. Japanese Government Scholarships

MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) offers scholarships to international students who wish to study at a Japanese KOSEN under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program.
The grantees are exempted from tuition fees while they are receiving MEXT scholarships.

→MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) website about scholarships:


2. Foreign Government Scholarships

All KOSEN admit Malaysian students on Malaysian Government Scholarships.
→Embassy of Japan in Malaysia website:


B) Privately Financed International Students

Third Year Admission

  Applicants who have completed an academic curriculum equivalent to upper secondary school enter the third year (equivalent to the third year of high school) at age 18 in Japan's school system. Students coming to KOSEN are usually older than the age of 19 at that time, having missed the first two years in Japan. They will thus be at a slight disadvantage, as Japanese students begin their practical training from the age of 16. Moreover, they might think that attending KOSEN entails an extra year to graduate compared to their Japanese counterparts. The third year for those students is worthwhile, however, in order to catch up with acquiring knowledge that other students have already learned since entering KOSEN.



  This examination is conducted to facilitate an application for admission to certain KOSEN participating in this system, in order to efficiently offer convenience to privately funded students and KOSEN.

Schedule of Entrance Examinations:

          January 6-12, 2012    Application
          January 24, 2012        Interview
          February 15, 2012      Notification of results
                      Enrollment procedures will be informed at notification of result

List of KOSEN

 Please refer to: http://www.kosen-k.go.jp/pdf/230617-sankakosen.pdf(Japanese only)

Admission Requirements

  Individuals with non-Japanese nationality and without permanent residency who fulfill the following qualification and requirements by March 31 of the year of admission:

1) Qualification
  Individuals who fulfill one of the following qualifications will be qualified to apply:
  Individuals who have completed or will complete a 12-year program of school education in a
    country other than Japan or equivalent as recognized by MEXT
  Individuals who have reached 18 years of age and fulfill one of the following requirements:
    ▪  Individuals who have been granted an International Baccalaureate Diploma from the
       International Baccalaureate Organization, a non-profit educational foundation founded
       under the Civil Codes of Switzerland, in a country other than Japan

2) Requirements
  Applicants are required to fulfill all of the following requirements:
  Applicants who have taken the following subjects of the Examination for Japanese
    University Admission for International Students (EJU), administered by the Independent
    Administrative Institution Japan Student Services Organization during the past two years;
     ※Japanese must be selected as the examination language.
      ・Japanese as a Foreign Language
      ・Science (two subjects from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology),
      ・Mathematics (course 2)
  Applicants who have taken TOEIC or TOEFL during the past two years
      For more information, please refer to our website (Japanese only):


  Applicants are selected based on the required documentation, results of EJU and TOEIC or
TOEFL, and an interview.

Guidelines for applicants

  "Guidelines for applicants" are distributed through our website (Japanese only).
  Please refer to: https://telemail.jp/?gsn=1059455&des=105941

Another Admission

  Some KOSEN conduct different admission from this system. Please check the entry
requirements and applications on each KOSEN's website.