Student numbers

Undergraduate 10
Postgraduate Taught 23
Postgraduate Research 3

Your contact in Bath

Zoe Whittle

Zoe Whittle

Zoe is the country manager for Japan, based in the International Relations Office at Bath.

Please do not hesitate to contact Zoe if you have any questions.

Studying here

Find out more about studying at a prestigious university that is both intellectually and culturally stimulating.

Our International Relations Office provides support before you arrive and throughout your studies.

Key facts

Country visits

We visit Japan twice a year to meet with prospective students, parents, school counsellors and university staff to advise on the opportunities we have to offer. 

Pre-departure briefings

We host a pre-departure briefing each June for our incoming students. It is a good opportunity to meet each other and make sure all preparations are in place for a smooth transition to academic life here.

International Student Advice Service

Our international student advice team support all our international students during their studies. They have drop-in sessions or appointments on campus and have a number of useful services available:

  • pre-arrival advice and support
  • cultural and social orientation
  • advice and checking service for visa applications and extensions
  • general advice on invalid visas, refusals and appeals
  • welfare and support issues


During your studies it is important to feel involved with university life. You will find a wide range of societies here where you can meet people and participate in events and social occassions.

  • the Japanese Society  is very active and attracts both Japanese and non-Japanese students interested in culture, events and socials.

Japan Alumni Chapter

University of Bath has nearly 300 alumni living or working in Japan. They are a well-connected and lively group and often come to events to talk to prospective students to offer advice and share their experiences of Bath.

Links with Japan

There is a long-running link between our English Language Centre and Fukuoka University. Each summer a group of students from Fukuoka comes to Bath to take part in our tailor-made course in English & Culture.

We have excellent links with Japanese institutions through the sport of judo, including a long-standing exchange programme with Tokai University. In fact, a famous Tokai graduate, Kosei Inoue is a former student here. The programme was initiated by Professor Yasuhiro Yamashita, former Olympic Judo Champion.

There are excellent research links with The National Institute of Fitness and Sport at Kanoya University. We also host an annual visit from Nagoya International High School.

Our School of Management has an undergraduate exchange agreement with the College of Business at Rikkyo University in Tokyo which enjoys outstanding links with leading Japanese and foreign companies in Tokyo


It is important to consider your career options when deciding where to study.

The University of Bath offers support and careers guidance to home and international students as well as assistance in finding part-time work:


Entry requirements

These requirements will vary from subject to subject. You also need to look at course entry requirements in our undergraduate and postgraduate prospectuses.

Foundation Programmes

Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho

The Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate or Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho is not sufficient for direct entry for undergraduate study here.

Students are required to complete either an appropriate foundation year or the first year of a Japanese university degree. We offer the one year International Foundation Year, which is ideal preparation for entering our undergraduate programmes.

Undergraduate Degrees

A Level or International Baccalaureate (IB)

We welcome applications from students taking A Level examinations and the International Baccalaureate (IB) for direct entry into our undergraduate programmes. Details of entry requirements can be found in our undergraduate prospectus.

Postgraduate Taught Degrees

Bachelors degree from a prestigious university

Applicants for our masters programmes are required to hold a bachelors degree (Gakushi) from a prestigious university.

We are looking for students who have performed very well throughout their degree. Typically, students will have received A or B grades for most of their classes, an overall mark of at least 75-80% or more, or a GPA of 3.0+.

Entry requirements vary so please check our postgraduate prospectus.


Postgraduate Research Degrees

Masters level qualification from a prestigious university

In many cases, we require a masters level qualification from a prestigious university for PhD entry. We expect evidence of some research experience (for example through a masters degree project).

Before applying to us you should identify a potential supervisor in the department to ensure that we have the expertise and resource you need.

We are a major research university in the UK and we have a research portfolio of around £92m.



English language requirements

To study on the International Foundation Year you will need a minimum IELTS score of 5.5.

The minimum English Language requirement for our undergraduate courses is IELTs 6.0 - 7.0 or an equivalent qualification.

All postgraduate taught applicants must meet our English requirements (IELTS 6.5-7.0) You can do this by taking IELTS or TOEFL exams or by attending a pre-sessional programme in our English Language Centre.

More information about English Language requirements.


Scholarships and funding

Prospective international students are eligible for a number of scholarships. Most of these are for postgraduate taught students. Departments may also offer specific scholarships for their students. Find out more about Scholarships and Bursaries.

These are some of the scholarship and funding options available to students from your country:

International Scholarship Scheme

We are offering 75 postgraduate scholarships worth £3,000 each. This will be offered as a discount in tuition fees. The scholarships are for one year only.

More details of the International Scholarship Scheme

Next steps

Choose a programme of study


Applications for all of our programmes of study can be made online.

Complete an application for the Bath Foundation Year.

You should apply through UCAS for all of our undergraduate programmes.

Postgraduates should apply directly to the University.

Already applied

If you have already applied for a programme of study then you can check on your progress using Application Tracker.


Find out about undergraduate accommodation and postgraduate accommodation options.