How to apply
International students apply to the university in the same way as UK students, but there are different application procedures for different types of courses:
Read more about our courses and find out how to apply
- undergraduate study
- postgraduate study
- research study
- university preparation courses and pre-masters programmes
- English language programmes.
Details of the academic and English language requirements for your course are on our course finder. We help many students from Japan to improve their qualifications to meet entry requirements.
We require students taking the Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) to take and successfully complete an international foundation year or equivalent.
We require applicants to hold either a bachelor degree (Gakushi) with a high GPA or a master’s degree (Shushi) from a prestigious Japanese university.
If you have further questions about a particular institution in this country, please contact the International Office on +44 (0)1273 642409 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Japanese degree classification (%)
||Japanese degree classification (grade)
||Japanese degree classification (description)
||English translation or equivalent
||S or A
||Shū 秀 Outstanding
||A or B
||Yū 優 Excellent
||B or C
||Ryō 良 Good
English language equivalency
We will not accept a Japanese English language qualification as meeting our minimum English language proficiency requirements.
Improve your academic and English language ability
If you don't have the correct grades or qualifications to meet our entry requirements, we can help you improve them.
Academic preparation courses at our International College Successful completion of one of our International College courses offers guaranteed progression to degree courses at the university.
Find out more about foundation certificate or pre-masters courses at our International College. Let us know if you would like to speak with other students from Japan.
English language preparation courses at our Language Institute The University of Brighton Language Institute provides a comprehensive range of academic English language preparation courses for students who need to improve their English before starting a UK university degree.
Successful completion of one of our English courses guarantees your progression to a degree course at the University of Brighton.
Find out more about our academic English language preparation courses.
Immigration and visas
Generally, prior entry clearance (ie a visa) is required for students coming from Japan. To obtain a visa you will need to have an unconditional offer of a place at the University of Brighton and your CAS number from the university. You will need to prove that you have the funds to pay your tuition fees and living expenses.
To make your visa application in Japan, contact the UK Home Office.
For advice and help from our immigration advisers, and for further information visit our immigration and visas page.
British Council office
If you would like to talk to a trained counsellor about studying and living in the UK, please contact the British Council in Japan.
There are scholarship opportunities that are offered by many organisations in addition to the University of Brighton scholarships.
For students from Japan, this includes:
Daiwa Foundation Tohoku Scholarships - from a Foundation with the broad purpose of supporting closer links between the UK and Japan and with a specific educational remit. In partnership with the British Council in Japan. For post-secondary level Japanese students from any part of Tohoku who may wish to study in the UK or who are currently studying in the UK.
For University of Brighton scholarships, see the following:
If you have any questions about studying at the University of Brighton or need more information contact us online