Studying at a College in Japan

While it can be quite difficult to enter a Japanese university, it is much easier to apply to a two-year technical college. If you study on GenkiJACS' one-year student visa course, you should be able to meet the entrance requirements for some or all of these schools.

Two-year technical colleges in Japan offer a variety of exciting courses such as game design, manga, and much more.

We have made a list of schools that offer courses interesting to our students, along with their entrance requirements. Note that most schools only take in new students in April, the Japanese school year start, so if you wish to move straight from GenkiJACS to a college, we recommend starting with us in April. Classes at these schools will be held in Japanese, and you will be studying alongside mostly Japanese people.

Graduating from a Japanese college gives you the equivalent of an associate's degree. Usually, to receive a working visa in Japan, you must have a full four-year degree. In many cases it is possible to move to a university after graduating from the technical college.

"N2" in the table below means having passed level N2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). This test is held in July and December each year. To pass N2, it is recommended to have studied at least 600 classroom hours of Japanese, or roughly 1600-2800 total hours including homework, etc. GenkiJACS' one year course has 800 classroom hours, plus roughly 400 hours of homework, so if you have a good amount of prior study, passing N2 is not impossible. However, your achievement will depend on your study effort, and we cannot guarantee that you will pass. If passing N2 is your main goal, tell your teacher, and we will be happy to give you extra support.

GenkiJACS is happy to help long-term students apply to the school of your choice, even if it's not on this list.

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Please note: this information was taken from the public websites of these schools, and was valid in February 2016. Schools may change their entrance policies, courses and other details without notice. Confirm with the school directly. Completion of GenkiJACS' one year course does not guarantee entry to these schools.

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Game design schools

School name Location Japanese level requirement Entrance dates
HAL Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya At least 6 months study at accredited Japanese school April, October
Tokyo Net Wave Tokyo At least 6 months study at accredited Japanese school April
Nihon Kogakuin College Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school + N2 equivalent April
Fukuoka Design Communication College Fukuoka At least 6 months study at accredited Japanese school April
Sapporo Visual Arts  Sapporo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
SCA (Sendai Communication Arts) Sendai N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Digital Arts Tokyo School Tokyo N2 or above April
Tokyo Communication Art College Tokyo N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Yokohama Degital Arts College Yokohama N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Nagoya Designer Gakuin Nagoya N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Kyoto Institute of Design Kyoto N2 or above April
Osaka Communication Arts College Osaka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April

 

Game programmer schools

School name Location Japanese level requirement Entrance dates
Sapporo Visual Arts Sapporo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
SCA (Sendai Communication Arts) Sendai N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Tokyo Design Technology Center (TECH.C.) Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Digital Arts Tokyo School Tokyo N2 or above April
Yokohama Degital Arts College Yokohama N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Yoneyama Fashion Business College Kawasaki N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Nagoya Designer Gakuin Nagoya N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Trident College of Information Technology Nagoya N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Osaka Communication Arts College Osaka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
ECC Computer College Osaka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school and great attendance April

 

Graphic design schools

School name Location Japanese level requirement Entrance dates
HAL Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya At least 6 months study at accredited Japanese school April, October
Tokyo Net Wave Tokyo At least 6 months study at accredited Japanese school April
Nihon Kogakuin College Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school + N2 equivalent April
Fukuoka Design Communication College Fukuoka At least 6 months study at accredited Japanese school April
Sapporo Designer Gakuin Sapporo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
SCA (Sendai Communication Arts) Sendai N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Tokyo Design Technology Center (TECH.C.) Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Machida Design College Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Nihon Designer Institute Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Tokyo Design Academy Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school with good grade and attendance  April
Japan Design College Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Tokyo Communication Art College Tokyo N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Yokohama Degital Arts College Yokohama N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Yoneyama Fashion Business College Kawasaki N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Nagoya Sogo Desgin College Nagoya N2, Certificate of graduation at accredited school April
Trident College of Design Nagoya N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Kyoto Institute of Design Kyoto N2 or above April
Osaka Communication Arts College Osaka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Osaka Mode Gakuen Osaka N2 or more than 6 months at accredited school  April, October
ECC Computer College Osaka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school and great attendance April
Art College Kobe Kobe N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April

 

Manga/Anime schools

School name Location Japanese level requirement Entrance dates
Tokyo Net Wave Tokyo At least 6 months study at accredited Japanese school April
Nihon Kogakuin College Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school + N2 equivalent April
Fukuoka Design Communication College Fukuoka At least 6 months study at accredited Japanese school April
Sapporo Manga Anime Gakuin College Sapporo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
SCA (Sendai Communication Arts) Sendai N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Tokyo Design Technology Center (TECH.C.) Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Tokyo Animation College Tokyo N2 or above April
Machida Design College Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Nihon Designer Institute Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Tokyo Design Academy Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school with good grade and attendance  April
Japan Design College Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Degital Arts Tokyo School Tokyo N2 or above April
Tokyo Communication Art College Tokyo N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Nagoya Designer Gakuin Nagoya N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Trident College of Design Nagoya N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Manga Geijutsu Gakuin Nagoya N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Kyoto Institute of Design Kyoto N2 or above April
Osaka Communication Arts College Osaka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
ECC Computer College Osaka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school and great attendance April
Art College Kobe Kobe N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April

 

Illustration design schools

School name Location Japanese level requirement Entrance dates
Nihon Kogakuin College Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school + N2 equivalent April
Sapporo Designer Gakuin Sapporo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
SCA (Sendai Communication Arts) Sendai N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Tokyo Design Technology Center (TECH.C.) Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Machida Design College Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Nihon Designer Institute Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Tokyo Design Academy Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school with good grade and attendance  April
Degital Arts Tokyo School Tokyo N2 or above April
Tokyo Communication Art College Tokyo N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Nagoya Designer Gakuin Nagoya N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Trident College of Design Nagoya N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Manga Geijutsu Gakuin Nagoya N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Osaka Communication Arts College Osaka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
ECC Computer College Osaka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school and great attendance April
Art College Kobe Kobe N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April

 

Character Design schools

School name Location Japanese level requirement Entrance dates
SCA (Sendai Communication Arts) Sendai N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Tokyo Design Technology Center (TECH.C.) Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Japan Design College Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Degital Arts Tokyo School Tokyo N2 or above April
Nagoya Designer Gakuin Nagoya N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Trident College of Information Technology Nagoya N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Kyoto Institute of Design Kyoto N2 or above April
Osaka Communication Arts College Osaka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
ECC Computer College Osaka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school and great attendance April

 

Japanese cooking schools

School name Location Japanese level requirement Entrance dates
Fukuoka Design Communication College Fukuoka At least 6 months study at accredited Japanese school April
Tokyo Chourishi College Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school + more than 85% attendance April
Ecole De Patisserie De Tokio Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school + more than 90% attendance April
Hattori Nutrition College Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Tokyo Belle époque Cooking Institute Tokyo N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Kyoto Pastry Art College Kyoto N2 or above April
Kyoto Culinary Art College Kyoto N2 or above April
Tsuji Institute of Patisserie Osaka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Tsuji Culinary Institute Osaka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Hiroshima Suishin Cooking College Hiroshima N2 or above April
Fukuoka school of Culinary Arts Fukuoka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April

 

Sweets/Pastry Chef schools

School name Location Japanese level requirement Entrance dates
Tokyo Chourishi College Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school + more than 85% attendance April
Tokyo Sweets&Café Career College Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Hattori Nutrition College Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Tokyo Belle époque Cooking Institute Tokyo N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Kyoto Pastry Art College Kyoto N2 or above April
Tsuji Institute of Patisserie Osaka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Hiroshima Suishin Cooking College Hiroshima N2 or above April
Fukuoka school of Culinary Arts Fukuoka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Aso Language Tourism and Patissier College Fukuoka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Nakamura Culinary School Fukuoka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April

 

Music schools

School name Location Japanese level requirement Entrance dates
HAL Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya At least 6 months study at accredited Japanese school April, October
Fukuoka Design Communication College Fukuoka At least 6 months study at accredited Japanese school April
Sapporo Visual Arts Sapporo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Tokyo School of Music Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Osaka Dance & Actors College Osaka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Osaka School of Music Osaka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Fukuoka School of Music and Dance Fukuoka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April

 

Fashion schools

School name Location Japanese level requirement Entrance dates
Sapporo Designer Gakuin Sapporo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Tokyo Fashion Institute Tokyo N2 or above April
Mejiro Fashion & Art College (MF&AC) Tokyo Certificate from accredited Japanese language school or N2 or above April
Yoneyama Fashion Business College Kawasaki N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Nagoya Designer Gakuin Nagoya N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Nagoya Fashion College Nagoya N2, Certificate of graduation at accredited school April
Kyoto Institute of Design Kyoto N2 or above April
Osaka Bunka Fashion College Osaka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Ueda College of Fashion Osaka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Osaka Mode Gakuen Osaka N2 or more than 6 months at accredited school  April, October

 

TV/film schools

School name Location Japanese level requirement Entrance dates
Nihon Kogakuin College Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school + N2 equivalent April
Sapporo Visual Arts Sapporo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Osaka School of Music Osaka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Fukuoka School of Music and Dance Fukuoka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April

 

Translation/ Interpreting schools

School name Location Japanese level requirement Entrance dates
Trident College of Languages, Hotel and Bridal Nagoya N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
ECC Kokusai Gaigo College Osaka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school and great attendance April

 

Hotel management schools

School name Location Japanese level requirement Entrance dates
Ohara College Hokkaido At least 6 months study at accredited Japanese school + more than 90% attendance, recommendation from a Japanese teacher, and N2 or above  April
Sendai YMCA International Hotel College Sendai N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Trajal Hospitality & Tourism College Tokyo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school  April
Trident College of Languages, Hotel and Bridal Nagoya N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
International College of tourism Nagoya Nagoya N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Carriere College of Hotel, Bridal and Travel Management Kyoto N2 or above April
ECC Kokusai Gaigo College Osaka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school and great attendance April
Sundai College of Hospitality & Foreign Language Osaka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school with over 85% attendance April
Aso Language Tourism and Patissier College Fukuoka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Nakamura International Hotel school Fukuoka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school  April
Nishitetsu International Business College Fukuoka N2 or above April

 

Nail Technician schools

School name Location Japanese level requirement Entrance dates
Sapporo Beauty Art College Sapporo N2 or above, or 6 months at accredited school + more than 80% attendance April
Kyoto Institute of Design Kyoto N2 or above April
ECC Artist College Osaka N2 or above, or more than 6 months at accredited school and great attendance April

 

Calligraphy schools

School name Location Japanese level requirement Entrance dates
Japan Calligraphy College Tokyo At least 6 months study at accredited Japanese school April
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