International students

Information for students from Japan

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Entry requirements

Foundation courses

Holders of the Japanese Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate are normally required to take a foundation programme.

Our foundation courses

We offer foundation courses for international students who are not qualified for direct entry to our undergraduate degree courses.

These courses are available at the University of Nottingham International College, just next to University Park Campus, in partnership with Kaplan International Colleges.

Find out more about the courses, entry requirements and progression options on Kaplan's website:

Applications and enquiries for these courses are handled by Kaplan and the college.

International foundation courses


Undergraduate courses

Full-time courses across our five faculties typically last for three to four years, although some degrees such as medicine and architecture have a longer duration.

Undergraduate entry requirements

Normally applicants from Japan are required to successfully complete a foundation programme.

Alternatively, applicants who have undertaken at least one year of study at a University in Japan, and those who have completed a Vocational Degree (Senmonshi) or an Associate Degree (Jungakushi) could be considered for Year One entry. Typical minimum requirements are 65% (C+) to 75% (B+). 

Our Undergraduate Prospectus lists entry requirements for A levels and International Baccalaureate students for each course.

Students taking APs or SATs should refer to our entry requirements for the USA.

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Masters courses

We offer a wide range of postgraduate masters degree programmes across our five faculties. Full-time masters courses typically last for one year.

Masters entry requirements

Applicants should hold a bachelors degree (Gakushi) of a good standard from a recognised university, usually in a relevant subject area. Check course details in our Postgraduate Prospectus to see whether your chosen course requires the equivalent of an Upper Second Class (2:1) or Lower Second Class (2:2) degree.

Our entry requirements for degrees from Japanese universities vary depending on the university where you have studied and the course you are applying for at Nottingham. The summary below is provided as guidance but requirements may vary for individual courses and we do require higher grades from some universities.

Grading System

Upper Second Class (2:1)

Lower Second Class (2:2)

Letter grade

B C+

GPA out of 4.0

3.0 2.5


75% 70%


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Research courses

Our PhD courses, available across a wide range of subject areas, typically include three years of full time research followed by an optional writing-up period of one year to complete your thesis.

PhD entry requirements

Applicants should hold a masters degree of a good standard from a recognised university in a relevant subject area.

See the masters section for guidance on the grades we typically require from Japanese universities. These will vary depending on the university where you have studied and the course you are applying for at Nottingham.

You should identify possible supervisors at Nottingham before applying and prepare a research proposal to submit with your application.

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English language requirements

Scholarships and funding


Japanese students at Nottingham

  • A vibrant Japanese student community including the Japanese Society, which also has a Facebook page
  • Celebrations, festivals and social events throughout the year
  • Outstanding sports facilities and support with over 70 sports clubs
  • Exchange programmes and study abroad links with more than 200 partner universities worldwide
  • Excellent careers support including work placements, part-time work opportunities and regular careers fairs on campus
  • The Nottingham Advantage Award offers students the chance to get involved in a wide range of extra-curricular and co-curricular modules designed to enhance employability, personal and professional development.
  • A range of Support Services for students, including Chaplaincy and Faith Support and prayer facilities on campus
  • Japanese cuisine is widely available in Nottingham, and vegetarian and vegan diets are catered for in many cafes, pubs and restaurants in Nottingham and on campus
  • Museums, theatres, art galleries, music venues and a wide range of sports venues, the city of Nottingham is vibrant, affordable and only 15 minutes from campus

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"I have made so many friends from different countries here at the University of Nottingham. For example, something ordinary such as having dinner together or going for a walk sparks conversation and you learn new things from them. I think that's something that I wouldn't get to experiencehad I stayed in Japan."

Yusuke Goto, studying BA Sociology and Social Policy as an exchange student


"I chose this University for the unique course of Pharmaceutical Sciences, where in the final year I have the opportunity to do a masters and a year in industry at the same time. The reputation for the school of Pharmacy was also very good in terms of advanced research and teaching.

One of my favourite things about the University is the amazing scenery on campus, there are plenty of instagram opportunities! I also think the free bus is great, as it can take you to the different campuses as well as into the city center, so you can explore the city without having to pay travel fees."

Sarasa, studying MSci Pharmaceutical Sciences (Integrated Masters)


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Dean Pike 

Dean PikeInternational Relations Manager for Japan

Contact Dean

Official representatives

Our official representatives in Japan can assist you with applying for our courses, visa processes and preparing to study with us.

About our overseas representatives

 Meet us 

In Japan

We regularly travel to Japan to meet with prospective students and their families, visit schools and to attend education fairs and other events each year.

Meet us in the Japan

In Nottingham

You are also very welcome to visit our campuses in Nottingham for an open day or an independent visit.

Visit us in Nottingham


Get in touch or connect online 


International Student Recruitment

C Floor, YANG Fujia Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK

+44 (0) 115 951 5247
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