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School system of Japan

For international students who want to study in Japan, it is better to know basic School system of Japan. Especially it is essential to know the differences between home countries.

The school system of Japan is often described as “6, 3, 3, 4 system” which means that it consists of 6-year primary school, 3-year junior high school, 3-year high school and 4-year university school. 9 years of primary school and junior high school is compulsory education. As exceptions of universities, junior colleges last for 2 or 3 years and medical universities last for 6 years. Special training colleges last for from 1 to 4 years.

According to “Study in japan comprehensive guide”, Master degree programs last for 2 years and doctor degree programs last for 5 years which are usually divided into 2 years first period and 3 years latter period (2016).


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan 2016, Study in japan comprehensive guide, viewed 12 December 2016, <>

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