University of Birmingham and Japan

The University of Birmingham offers a very warm welcome to students from Japan. Our first Japanese student graduated in 1906, and we now have 150 Japanese students following a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. We also have a Japanese language website.

The student experience

Find out about student life and how to get involved in the student community to make the most of your time here.


Find out more about scholarships and financial support.

Entry requirements

The following information is for guidance only and should be used together with the University's general entrance requirements and any specific degree programme requirements.  If you are unsure about the acceptability of your qualifications for entry to Birmingham please contact us for further details.

Foundation Pathways

We will consider students who have obtained an average of 4/5 GPA in the Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (Senior High School Leaving Certificate), to include 4/5 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or at least 4/5 in Biology for our MLGS pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree.

Please visit the Foundation Pathways website for more information on our foundation programmes. 


The University will consider students who have taken A Level examinations and the International Baccalaureate (IB) for entrance to undergraduate programmes.

Many students who have studied in Japan have followed a 12 year education system. For admission onto an Undergraduate degree programme, the University of Birmingham requires all applicants to have studied for 13 years, and therefore you may need to take a foundation year before commencing your undergraduate programme. 


Students with a 4-year Bachelor degree from a recognised university in Japan will be considered for entry to a postgraduate Masters degree provided they achieve a sufficiently high overall score in their first (Bachelor) degree. A GPA of 3.0/4.0 or a B average from a good Japanese university is usually considered equivalent to a UK 2:1.

Students with a Master’s degree from a recognised university in Japan will be considered for PhD study. A high overall grade will be necessary to be considered.

English Language

You may be required to provide evidence of your English ability. See the entry requirements for specific programme requirements. 

Contact us 

Japan-beo-fair-2013-AHThe University of Birmingham contact for Japan is Alexa Haslam.

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact Alexa or one of the International Recruitment team by sending an email to

Exchange Links with Japan

Japanese students undertaking a 4-year Bachelor degree in Japan or having graduated from a Japanese university with a good bachelor degree are invited to apply for the Study Abroad Programme (also known as Junior Year Abroad).

For more information please see the Study Abroad and Exchanges section.

Birmingham representatives in Japan

The University of Birmingham works closely with beo in Japan, who are trained by the University of Birmingham to assist you in your application:


5th floor, Forecast Shinjuku South Bldg,
4-3-17 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku,
Tokyo, 160-0022
Tel +81 (0)3 5367 3315


3rd Floor Inoi Building 2
2-9-19 Shibata, Kita-ku,
Osaka, 530-0012
Tel: +81 (0)6 6371 1116

British Council

The British Council has offices in many countries throughout the world which are able to provide you with advice about studying in the UK. Most offices also have an education library and Internet facilities where you can consult university material. The British Council can also provide advice about funding opportunities.

For more information visit the British Council's website.


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