Higher studies in Japan

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Japon offers two types of higher education studies: universities, called daigaku, and senmongakk, which are specialized schools. Universities are much more sought after. Many students choose to spend one or two years in a preparatory school, in order to enter pass the University entrance examination. It's specifically the case for foreigners, which can also learn Japanese at the same moment.

In Japan, public universities (kokuritsu) are more prestigious than private universities. There are about 200 in the country, more or less equally balanced between National and Public Universities. The best and largest Universities are the National Universities. There are more than 500 private Universities in Japan, with some of which can boast a worldwide reputation.

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MBA degrees in Japan

Regarding MBA studies, Japan does not have any University ranking in the world top 100. The first MBA only started in the late 1970s. Among the best MBA in Japan are UCB in Nagoya, Waseda Business School in Tokyo and Doshisha Business School in Kyoto.

Carlos Ghosn with Keio's MBA students

As a foreigner, you might need to learn Japanese because it will serve you during you stay in Japan and also later for doing business with Japan. If you can get to follow a right guided approach, you can learn to work around with any language in a matter of a few weeks. However this does not really work with Japanese.

Learning Japanese in Japan

Students have the biggest difficulties with mastering things like Japanese Grammar and Vocabulary. Learning pronunciation is a tricky issue too. Language schools such as in Tokyo solve these issues effectively with an adapted methodoly, based on interactive sessions. Grammar, vocabulary (including colloquial usage) and pronunciation are equally covered. Other thing that helps you learn fast is that you can learn at your own pace, with different exercices for different groupes in the classroom session.