Student numbers

Undergraduate 10
Postgraduate Taught 8
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.

Next visit to Japan

Full visit schedule

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

Our Representative

We have dedicated representatives in Tokyo and Osaka, SI-UK, who provide free and comprehensive advice on studying in the UK.

Country visits

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

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 one of our former students. 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

If you have completed 12 years of education in Japan and attained the Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho), then you will need to complete a foundation programme to progress on to a Bachelor’s degree.

We recommend our International Foundation Year for high school graduates; it is the ideal preparation for undergraduate studies.

Undergraduate Degrees

A Level or International Baccalaureate (IB)

We welcome applications from students taking A Level examinations, the International Baccalaureate (IB) and certain other internationally recognised qualifications for direct entry into undergraduate programmes.

We have in the past received applications from students attending international schools in Japan as well as Japanese students undertaking their schooling in the UK.

Detailed entry requirements can be found in the undergraduate prospectus.

Entry from a Japanese University

It is sometimes possible to apply for Year 1 entry to an undergraduate degree if you have studied for one year at a university in Japan. Entry requirements will depend on the subjects you have studied, your grades and the university you have attended.

The University may also consider students with good passes in their vocational degree (Senmonshi), an associate degree (Jun-Gakushi) or Junior College Certificate of Graduation (Tanki Daigaku Shuryo Shoshois) for entry to Year 1.

Postgraduate Taught Degrees

Bachelors degree from a recognised institution

We will consider holders of a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university in Japan. Grade requirements vary as we consider a number of factors, such as subject of study, scores in individual classes, and the institution at which you obtained your degree.

As a guideline we look for a GPA of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0) or 3.75 (out of 5.0) in your undergraduate degree (Gakushi). Details of the entry requirements for each of our postgraduate taught degrees are provided in the postgraduate prospectus.

Please read them carefully, as there can sometimes be additional requirements, such as the need for work experience or a very specific academic background.

Applicants will not be asked to provide a GMAT report except in certain circumstances for the MBA programme.

For the MBA: where applicants have less than 4 years of relevant, postgraduate, management experience or do not have a first degree, but have a significant number of years relevant management experience -– a good GMAT score (minimum 600) is required.


Postgraduate Research Degrees

Masters level qualification

We generally require a Masters level qualification (Shushui) from a recognised university in Japan for MPhil/PhD entry.

We usually expect evidence of some research experience (for example through a Master’s degree project) and in addition to the standard application papers, you need to submit a research proposal outlining how you intend to go about your research.


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 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.