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Foreign Credential Ealuations (in genral)

Q:How should qualifications awarded by international schools be evaluated?

A:Graduation from a school for foreign nationals in Japan qualifies as admission qualification for universities if the school is designated as being equivalent to upper secondary schools of foreign countries by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. If the completed school education is less than 12 years, the person must also complete a designated college preparatory course.

Schools for foreign nationals designated in Japan as being equivalent to upper secondary schools of foreign countries (in Japanese)

The admission qualification is also recognized if, regardless of its location, a school is accredited by one of the international accreditation agencies stated below and the program leads to 12 years of education.

1. If a school is accredited by either of Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Council of International Schools (CIS), or Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), its qualification is recognized for admission to universities and Professional Training Colleges in Japan.

  1. WASC: Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    Directory of Schools
  2. CIS: Council of International Schools
    Membership Directory
  3. ACSI: Association of Christian Schools International
    Find a School

2. If a school is not accredited by any of the above agencies, you need to examine if the completed program has lead to any admission qualification. For example, some international schools provide International Baccalaureate programs. Please refer to submitted certificates to make an assessment.

In some cases, a student is eligible for admission based on an institution’s individual admission qualification assessment.