Our Recommendation! Studying in Japan
The Easiest Way to Study Abroad

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Studying abroad in Japan can give you a surprisingly economical and attractive lifestyle.

Compared to other popular destinations such as America, Australia, and the UK, many people think that studying abroad in Japan is more expensive. But, you may be surprised to find out that Japan is the cheapest place to study abroad. Furthermore, longer hours of part-time work are allowed in Japan, and there are many opportunities for extra income, around 560,000 yen ($4,746) per year. You’ll also gain experience working in Japan, brush up your language skills, and learn more about the culture.


Japan also has a reputation for safety, and is 8th on the Global Peace Index. Japan has the 3 most important factors for easy living: easy to learn, easy to work and easy to live. Compared to other famous study abroad destinations, Japan often receives special recommendations for study abroad.

Advantages of studying in Japan simplified chart

We collected information on living expenses when working part-time as an overseas student, by country.
While these actual living expenses are only reference values, it is easy to see that Japan is easier on the wallets of overseas students, when compared with other countries. (Please refer to the  "comment field*2" for more information on how actual living expenses were calculated.)

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Japan

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Average Tuition (Language Study Abroad) Per Year
¥700,000($5,932)
Living Expenses Per Year (※1)
About ¥1,200,000($10,169)
Tuition + Living Expenses For One Year (① + ②)
¥1,900,000($16,102)
Available Time Per Week For Student Part-time Jobs
28 hours
Part-time Job Income Per Year (※2)
¥1,340,000($11,356)
Actual Living Expenses (④-③)
About ¥560,000($4,746)
Global Peace Index (of 162 countries)
#8
Difficulty Obtaining Student Visa
No interview required; obtaining a visa is getting easier.

America

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Average Tuition (Language Study Abroad) Per Year
¥1,750,000
Living Expenses Per Year (※1)
About ¥800,000
Tuition + Living Expenses For One Year (① + ②)
¥2,550,000
Available Time Per Week For Student Part-time Jobs
20 hours (campus only)
Part-time Job Income Per Year (※2)
¥720,000
Actual Living Expenses (④-③) 
About ¥1,830,000
Global Peace Index (of 162 countries)
#101
Difficulty Obtaining Student Visa
Very difficult; interview required. Very likely to be denied a visa after the interview.

Australia

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Average Tuition (Language Study Abroad) Per Year
¥1,500,000
Living Expenses Per Year (※1)
About ¥1,000,000
Tuition + Living Expenses For One Year (① + ②)
¥2,500,000
Available Time Per Week For Student Part-time Jobs
20 hours
Part-time Job Income Per Year (※2)
¥960,000
Actual Living Expenses (④-③)
About ¥1,540,000
Global Peace Index (of 162 countries)
#15
Difficulty Obtaining Student Visa
From Japan: Easy
From Indonesia: Normal
From Vietnam: Difficult
From China: Difficult

United Kingdom

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Average Tuition (Language Study Abroad) Per Year
¥1,600,000
Living Expenses Per Year (※1)
About ¥1,150,000
Tuition + Living Expenses For One Year (① + ②)
¥2,750,000
Available Time Per Week For Student Part-time Jobs
30 hours (max. 40 hours)
Part-time Job Income Per Year (※2)
¥1,440,000
Actual Living Expenses (④-③) 
About ¥1,310,000
Global Peace Index (of 162 countries)
#47
Difficulty Obtaining Student Visa
Not classified by country of origin. In some cases a visa is denied due to the lack of documents.

China

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Average Tuition (Language Study Abroad) Per Year
¥300,000
Living Expenses Per Year (※1)
About ¥500,000
Tuition + Living Expenses For One Year (① + ②)
¥800,000
Available Time Per Week For Student Part-time Jobs
Part-time job not possible
Part-time Job Income Per Year (※2)
N/A
Actual Living Expenses (④-③)
About ¥800,000
Global Peace Index (of 162 countries)
#108
Difficulty Obtaining Student Visa
Visas are not clearly classified by country of origin, but in some cases an interview may be required. Sometimes there are cases where the visa is denied.

Korea

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Average Tuition (Language Study Abroad) Per Year
¥500,000
Living Expenses Per Year (※1)
¥1,200,000
Tuition + Living Expenses For One Year (① + ②)
¥1,700,000
Available Time Per Week For Student Part-time Jobs
20 hours
Part-time Job Income Per Year (※2)
¥570,000
Actual Living Expenses (④-③)
About ¥1,130,000
Global Peace Index (of 162 countries)
#52
Difficulty Obtaining Student Visa
No interview required; application only with documents is possible.

Singapore

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Average Tuition (Language Study Abroad) Per Year
¥935,000
Living Expenses Per Year (※1)
¥1,950,000
Tuition + Living Expenses For One Year (① + ②)
¥2,885,000
Available Time Per Week For Student Part-time Jobs
16 hours
Part-time Job Income Per Year (※2)
¥280000
Actual Living Expenses (④-③)
About ¥2,605,000
Global Peace Index (of 162 countries)
#25
Difficulty Obtaining Student Visa
Submitting the documents. You must be registered through the school you wish to attend; the visa is issued formally after entry.
<< Remarks >> ※1:Regarding living expenses The living expenses considered in this item include rent, utilities, communication, transportation, meals, books, and other expenses necessary for daily life. ※2: Regarding Part-time wage ●Part-time job income formula Annual income of part-time job = basic hourly wage x maximum uptime x 4 weeks x 12 months ●Part-time wages range in each countries <Japan> Part-time wage Calculated at ¥1,000 an hour
Part-time wages range from ¥800 to ¥1,200 an hour. <America> Part-time wage Calculated at ¥750 an hour In the case of the F-1 visa issued to foreign students, taking up a part-time job off campus is restricted.
※ Part-time wages range from ¥500 to ¥1,000 an hour. <Australia> Part-time wage Calculated at ¥1,000 an hour
Part-time wages range from ¥900 to ¥1,300 an hour. <United Kingdom> In the case that you have obtained a temporary visa valid for one year (not a student visa), taking up a part-time job is prohibited.
* Part-time wage Calculated at ¥1,000 an hour
A part-time job may take up a maximum of 40 hours a week, but is calculated at 30 hour a week
Part-time wages range from ¥850 to ¥1,200 an hour. The actual income is believed to be less than the described amount. <China> There are two types of visa being issued to students: The X visa and the F visa. However, in both cases obtaining a work permit is not permitted. <Korea> In case of language study abroad, it is necessary to obtain the “Permission to Engage in Activity Other than that Permitted by the Status of Residence Previously Granted”.
※ Part-time wage Calculated at ¥600 an hour
Part-time wages range from ¥500 to ¥600 an hour. The actual income is believed to be less than the described amount. <Singapore> ※ Part-time wage Calculated at ¥360 an hour
※ 3: Tuition fee classification
A: In the case of no subsidy and pure tuition costs
B: In the case of receiving tuition assistance by the Office of Education
However, in case you receive tuition assistance, you will be required to sign a certificate of indebtedness to the government stipulating that after graduation you will work in Singapore for three years.
Holding a part-time job when you have obtained a student visa is prohibited by law except for regular students in higher educational institutions (22 schools) specified by the immigration office, including universities, graduate schools, polytechnic schools, and international schools. Therefore, it is prohibited to work in part-time positions (including unpaid internships) during your language study abroad.
Part-time wages range from ¥330 to ¥400 an hour. The actual income is believed to be less than the described amount.