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Royal Holloway has been welcoming students from Japan for many years, and we now have around 58 students from Japan on our campus every year.

Japanese students at Royal Holloway take courses at all study levels, from undergraduate, to Masters, to research and also university preparation. The subjects they study are also very varied.

A representative from Royal Holloway visits regularly during each admissions cycle to meet with our applicants and prospective applications interested in studying at Royal Holloway. Please have a look at our travel calendar to see when our next visit is. You can also contact us by email at StudentRecruitment@royalholloway.ac.uk if you would like any information or assistance with making an application.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Applicants to Royal Holloway come from a diverse range of backgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications to our courses. Each applicant is considered carefully on their individual merits, but please see below for the standard minimum entry requirements for students from Japan.



School Leaving Certificate (Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho)

Students who have completed their School Leaving Certificate in Japan will need to take our one year International Foundation Programme, or the equivalent from another institution, before beginning their undergraduate studies.

Bachelor Degree

Students who have successfully completed one year of a Bachelor degree in Japan with good grades will be considered for direct entry to the first year of a Royal Holloway Bachelor's degree programme


A levels & International Baccalaureate (IB)

Students who have taken A levels or the IB Diploma will be considered for direct entry onto our undergraduate programmes. Specific grade requirements can be found in the course finder entry for your chosen course.

Our International Foundation Year, run by Study Group, is a programme of academic and English language study skills for international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements for undergraduate study.



Bachelor Degree (Gakushi)

Students who have successfully completed a Bachelor degree (Gakushi) in an appropriate subject with good grades/GPA and at a reputable university will be considered for entry to a Royal Holloway Master's degree programme. Exact requirements will depend upon the programme you are applying for but most departments will ask for between 70-75 per cent or a B or B+. 

Masters Degree (Shushi)

Students who have successfully completed a Masters degree (Shushi) in an appropriate subject with good grades/GPA and at a reputable university will be considered for entry to a Royal Holloway MPhil/PhD programme. Exact requirements will depend upon the programme you are applying for but most departments will ask for at least 75 per cent/B+.


English Language

IELTS score
Students will need to be able to prove that they have a minimum level of English language proficiency.

Students who do not meet the English language requirements may be able to take a Pre-sessional English Language Programme (PELP).



For undergraduate students, applications are made online via UCAS. Students applying for a University preparation course or a postgraduate course apply to Royal Holloway directly.

You can find further information on how to apply in the Study here section of the Royal Holloway website.

Royal Holloway is pleased to offer a number of prestigious International Excellence Scholarships to outstanding Undergraduate or Masters students each year. 

For information on these as well as other general scholarships that students from Japan may be eligible to apply for, please see our international scholarships page.

Meet us in your country

Royal Holloway frequently makes trips to Japan, so why not take the opportunity to meet us in person? You can find out more details about the next Royal Holloway visit to Japan on the calendar on the Meet us in your country page.


3rd floor Inoi Building 2
2-9-19 Shibata
Osaka 530-0012
Tel: +81 6 6371 1116
Email: info@beo-study.com
Website: www.beo.co.jp

2F Nissei Building East 
2-2-13 Shibata
Osaka 530-0012
Tel: +81 6 6147 5681 
Email: Osaka@ukeducation.jp
Website: www.ukeducation.jp


5th Floor Forecast Shinjuku South Bldg
4-3-17 Shinjuku
Tokyo 160-0022
Tel: +81 3 5367 3315
Email: study@beo.jp
Website: www.beo.co.jp

5F Boulevard Building 
1-16-3 Jinnan 
Tokyo 150-0041
Tel: +81 3 5272 9143
Email: Tokyo@ukeducation.jp
Website: www.ukeducation.jp


Institutional partnerships

Royal Holloway has exchange agreements with the following Japanese insitututions:

  • Keo University
  • Ritsumeikan University
  • Waseda University.

Please see our partner institutions page for more details.

Royal Holloway offers a range of scholarships for our international students. You can find out which ones you're eligible for on our undergraduate scholarships page and postgraduate scholarship page.  

If you are considering postgraduate study at Royal Holloway, you can also find out about the external funding that is available to you.



The local Japanese community

There is a strong International community at Royal Holloway and a range of clubs and societies available for Japanese students to join, including a Japanese Society. Please email Japanese@su.rhul.ac.uk for information.

For details of  other societies and sports clubs, ranging from Anime & Manga to Thai Boxing, please see the Students' Union website.

Alumni Ambassador

There is a Royal Holloway Alumni Chapter in Tokyo who co-ordinate a popular 'drop-in' party once a month for University of London alumni. Our Regional Alumni Ambassador for Tokyo helps to organise these events and is also available to answer questions from prospective students and attend local exhibition events. For more information and contact details please see the Alumni Chapters section in the Alumni Getting Involved page 

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