Entry requirements for Japan
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we want to ensure the welfare of our staff and students. Our staff won't be able to attend international exhibitions or events at this time but you can still get in touch.
Our entry requirements will vary depending on your level of study, the course you are interested in and your English language proficiency.
International Foundation Programme
If you have graduated from the national high school system, you will be required to successfully complete a one year International Foundation Programme before entering our undergraduate courses.
You will be required to successfully complete the Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate or Kotogakko Sotsugyo Schomeisho with an overall average of 4/5 or 8/10 and at least 4 or 8 in key subject areas to be considered for admission on to our International Foundation Programme.
Some subjects, such as healthcare allied professions, will require higher grades. Please contact the International Office for more information.
You will be required to successfully complete an International Foundation Programme or successfully complete A-levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma with appropriate grades to be considered for admission to our undergraduate degree courses.
Postgraduate taught courses
If you have a good four year bachelor's (honours) degree from a recognised university in Japan, you will be considered for postgraduate study at diploma or master's level.
Postgraduate research courses
If you are applying for research courses from Japan, you will be required to provide evidence that you have already carried out research, usually via the successful completion of a relevant master's degree.
You will be considered for our research courses if you have a good master's degree from a recognised university in Japan.
You will need to have a relevant English language qualification to satisfy the English language requirements for your course. The minimum admissions requirement is usually IELTS 6.5 but for some courses we may ask for higher grades.
You can improve your level of English language to meet the entry requirements for your course through our in-house English for University Study programme, a full-time course for international students planning to study at a UK university. The minimum entry requirement is IELTS 4.0 for September entry, 4.5 for January and 5.0 for April. The Exit Test results from this course are accepted as IELTS equivalents for entry to all degree courses at Cardiff University.
We also offer summer pre-sessional courses for applicants with academic offers that are conditional on improving their level of English language proficiency.
If you are unsure of your qualifications or entry requirements, please contact us.