Aston University provides a welcoming and multi-cultural learning experience to approximately 10,000 students, many of whom live on our safe and friendly city centre campus. The University has more than 2,300 international students from over 120 countries studying a wide range of subjects.

Aston University's links with Japan

Japanese students have been studying at Aston for number years and each year we welcome many more new students. We currently have 57 Japanese students studying at Aston University.

Academic staff regularly visit Japan to work with our partner institutions, Kansai University, Kanagawa University, Tottori University and Toyo Gakuen University and many more to take part in international conferences. Our School of Languages & Social Sciences takes part in the annual JALT (The Japan Association for Language Teaching) Conference.

A list of all of our partner institutions can be found here.

Japanese community on campus & in Birmingham

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There are a number of societies which may be of particular interest to Japanese students including a Japanese Anime/Manga Society as well as a number of societies which bring students from similar religious backgrounds together. For full details of all Aston's societies please check the students guild website.  

Birmingham is a multi-cultural city and there is a strong Oriental community. You'll find Japanese and other Asian restaurants and much more in the city.

Meet us in Japan

Staff from the International Office visit Japan several times per year to take part in British Council Education UK Exhibitions and agent fairs, visit schools and colleges and to meet with students through our official representative's offices.

Upcoming visits

Forthcoming dates and locations can be found here.

Aston Ambassadors

Aston University Alumni Ambassadors provide help and advice to students all over the world who are considering studying at Aston. They also offer help and a friendly face to any Aston alumni who may be re-locating.

Feel free to email our Ambassadors if you have any questions about:

  • Aston University
  • Living in the UK/Birmingham
  • Living or working in their specific country

In order to find out how to contact one of our Ambassadors, please visit: http://www.astonalumni.org/alumni

International Foundation Programme

Japanese students holding the Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho with a minimum GPA of 3.5 must first study our International Foundation Programme, which has streams available in Business/Social Sciences, Engineering, and Health Science/Science.
Find out more about our International Foundation Programme.


At undergraduate level the most popular courses with Japanese students include: BSc Mathematics with Economics (Major/Minor) and BSc International Business And Management
Find out more about all our undergraduate courses.

Postgraduate taught

At postgraduate level the most popular taught programme choices with Japanese students include: MSc Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language, Dip/MSc in Investment Analysis and The Aston MBA.  
Find out more about all our postgraduate taught courses.

Postgraduate research

We also welcome Japanese students to undertake research degrees working with some of Aston's key research groups.  
Find out more about research degrees at Aston.

Preparatory English

Students from Japan who do not meet the English language requirement for their academic study come to Aston for Preparatory English Programmes.


There are a number of Aston University scholarships available for international students.
You can also have a look to the list of external funding providers.


See our full list of our course fees

International Foundation Programme

Japanese applicants holding either the Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho or the Daiken qualifications will be required to complete a recognised Foundation Programme.

For entry to the International Foundation Programme we would require an overall average score of 3.5 in the Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho.  Individual subject marks may also be required as well as evidence of your English language ability. 


You may apply for Year 1 of an undergraduate degree upon completion of a recognised Foundation Programme or upon graduation with an Associate Degree from a recognised Japanese College. 

Some degree programmes, such as engineering, sciences and languages, require specific subject backgrounds.  Others, including business and some social sciences, are appropriate for students from any previous subject combination.   

English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

Postgraduate – Taught

You can apply for a 1 year masters programme with an undergraduate degree (Gakushi) from a recognised Japanese university (Daigaku). 

You should have at least a GPA of 3.0 from a Japanese university.  The specific percentage requirement will vary depending on the course you are applying for at Aston and the Japanese university from which you have graduated.

If you are applying for finance, engineering, science or social science based subjects; you must have studied a similar field in your undergraduate degree.  There are a number of conversion programmes in business and management which are appropriate for students from any subject background. 

English language requirements for taught postgraduate programmes.

Postgraduate - MBA

You can apply for the MBA programme with an undergraduate degree, in any subject area, from an overseas institution and a minimum of three years post graduation managerial work experience. You should have at least a first class degree from a Japanese University.

English language requirements for MBA. 

Postgraduate - Research 

You can apply for a research degree programme with an Masters degree from a recognised Japanese university (Daigaku). 

You should have at least a GPA of 3.0 from a Japanese university.  The specific percentage requirement will vary depending on the course you are applying for at Aston and the Japanese university from which you have graduated.

Each of Aston's Schools of Study has a number of research groups with the potential to host PhD students. Research specialisms include finance, economics, marketing, organisational psychology, bioenergy, knowledge engineering, photonics, languages, biomedical sciences, neurosciences, health sciences and more. 

You have to submit a detailed research proposal outlining your intended research topic, its objectives, proposed method of research and an indication of how the proposed research topic relates to previous work by other researchers. Find out more on Aston's Postgraduate research pages

English language requirements for postgraduate research programmes.

A list of our Overseas Agents & Representatives for Aston University can be found >>Here
How to apply

Staff Profile

Staff Profile

David Tobin

Senior International Officer

David can help you with your enquiries and advise you on the application process. David visits Japan several times a year.


Guaranteed accommodation for international students

Guaranteed accommodation for international students

Aston is able to guarantee you University accommodation for the duration of your studies, providing you apply by the deadline each year.

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