Welcome Japan



If you have any questions about applying to, studying at, or living in Aberystwyth, please contact the regional officer for your country:

Contact: Victoria Conroy
Email: vic11@aber.ac.uk 
Phone: +44 (0) 1970 62 2905

Entry Requirements


Entry Requirements


International Foundation Certificate

  • 30-week: Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate with a 3/5 overall and in relevant subjects.
    Candidates who narrowly miss the academic entry requirements may be considered subject to interview.
  • IELTS: for UKVI 4.5 - 5.0 depending on the pathway selected.
  • 15-week: Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate with a minimum GPA of 3.5/5 overall and in relevant subjects.
    Candidates who narrowly miss the academic entry requirements may be considered subject to interview.
  • IELTS: for UKVI 5.0-5.5 depending on the pathway selected.

Applicants must have an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity College SELT from a UK government approved test centre in order to get a CAS / Tier 4 Visa for a Foundation Course in the UK. Contact tesol@aber.ac.uk


Good grades in the Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho) plus a 1-year Foundation Programme is required.


Because of the wide range of Associate degrees and other Training/ Vocational certificates available, each application will be viewed on an individual basis.


Minimum of 70% in a bachelor programme from a recognised university in Japan. You can find the breakdown below.

UK 2ii Honours standard  

Good 2ii Honours

 UK 2i Honours standard 

 UK 1st Class Honours standard

Bachelor degree (Gakushi): cGPA 2.00 or average of 67% or at least C grades in 90% of the courses Bachelor degree (Gakushi): cGPA 2.65 or average of 72.5% or at least B grades in 70% of courses Bachelor degree (Gakushi): cGPA 3.00 or average of 75% or at least B grades in 90% of the courses Bachelor degree (Gakushi):
cGPA 3.70 or average of 85% or at least A grades in 90% of the courses


English Requirement

IELTS score of at least 6.0 - 7.5


If you require help or assistance with your English then our International English Centre will be pleased to offer assistance and guidance. The Centre offers an intensive full-time course available before you commence your degree and provides ongoing support throughout the duration of your studies.

Please note each course may require specific entry grades from the qualifications highlighted above. Some courses may also require an additional portfolio or interview.


Award Value & Benefit Further Information

International Accommodation Award

(Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate)

International students are eligible to receive inclusive or discounted university accommodation for each year of studies. Subject to availability. *Terms and conditions apply.

See our International Accommodation Award page for more information.


Caru Aber International Award

This award gives a £1,000 tuition fee discount to any international fee-paying students who spent a period of time studying with us as an associate student.

See our Caru Aber International Award page for more information.

AberDoc Scholarship Competition

(PhD students only)

Grant for up to 3 years covering fees and maintenance with access to a conference fund.

See our AberDoc Scholarship Competition page for more information.

International Family Award

£1,000 tuition fee discount available to international fee-paying students who have a family member that has studied, or is studying, at Aberystwyth University.

See our International Family Award page for more information.

Chevening Scholarships


Chevening Scholarships provide full funding for a one-year Master’s degree in any subject.

See our Chevening Scholarships page for more information.

Entrance Examinations & Merits Award


Worth up to £2,000 and a chance to receive an unconditional offer.

See our Entrance Examinations & Merits Awards page for more information.

Departmental Awards

Worth up to £500 per year.

See our Departmental Scholarships page for more information.

For further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and scholarships page or contact the International Recruitment & Development Office at international@aber.ac.uk.

Student Tour of Aber

Student Profiles

Momoka Suzuki

(BSc Tourism Management / Marketing)

What do you love about Aberystwyth and Aberystwyth University?

I love the atmosphere and people here. Aberystwyth is small and a student town so people in Aber are friendly to students! Also, the town is located nearby the sea so I love the beautiful scenery from the seafront especially during the sunset! If anyone is interested in nature, this city is a great place for you :)

What have you enjoyed most about your course?

In one of my module's weekly seminars, the teacher questioned everything relating to the subject. I felt nervous about it every time, but it encouraged me to speak my opinions up to others. 

How did you find adjusting to life in Aberystwyth?

Going outside and trying new things is important. In my first semester, I explored the town and tried new things such as going on a night out, hiking mountains, watching the sunset, eating out at a café. These experiences bring me to find out what I like, what I don't like, what makes me more comfortable.

What advice would you give someone considering studying at Aberystwyth University?

Enjoy your new life and this moment! There are not many Japanese students in Aber, which means you will experience unique things that many people never do. It will be the memory of a lifetime!

Have you joined any clubs or societies here at Aber?

I joined kick boxing club for enjoying sport and relieving my stress from school work and the new life in a new city. It brought me a wider community and I got to know lots of people thanks to the club. I highly recommend joining some societies or clubs - it will be a wonderful experience for you!


Alumni Profiles

Yuko Nakauchi

(BA Welsh and Theatre & TV Studies)

What do you remember most about your time at Aber?

Beautiful scenery and people. Aberystwyth was very different from where I came from. I grew up in the centre of Tokyo where people hardly know their neighbours, so I instantly fell in love with the friendly atmosphere in the town. I felt people were so close to each other - I would always be bumping into someone I knew and start chatting on the street or on the campus, which does not happen very often in Tokyo. I felt very comfortable and secure in Aber and never felt homesick.

What are you doing now career-wise and how has your Aberystwyth Degree helped?

I did a joint course in Welsh and Film & TV Studies and took both courses through the medium of Welsh. Since I returned to Japan I have worked for S4C and BBC Wales as a fixer and translator. I am also a radio presenter in Japan. As I am the only Welsh speaker in Japanese media, I have been given opportunities to interview great Welsh artists such as Super Furry Animals, Katherine Jenkins and Duffy.

I am so grateful that my degree at Aber gave me such unique experience and skills and I am proud that what I'm doing now is very much related to what I studied there. I have also been appointed as the Education UK Ambassador by the British Council (Japan) after winning a UK Alumni Talent Contest to find alumni in Japan who best demonstrate the value of a UK education through their skills.

What advice would you have for a student doing your course now?

Aberystwyth is a great place to focus on your studies and build close friendships. Focus on what you like and pursue it - you may find something more that interests you. Remember lecturers and university staff are always ready to help you. Enjoy your Aber life!



Aberystwyth University carefully selects overseas representatives and will only work with companies and individuals who meet our high standards of professionalism and service. For guidance on how to choose an agency please see the Student Guide to Choosing an Education Agent.

For further information, please also refer to the British Council's guidance for agents, the UKCISA Code of Ethics and the QAA's Quality Code for UK higher education.

Our Agents in Japan:


BEO (Osaka)

Tel: +81(0)6-6371-1116
Email: study@beo.jp 
Web: www.beo.jp 

BEO (Tokyo)

Tel: +81(0)3-5367-3315
Email: study@beo.jp 
Web: www.beo.jp 

CSI (Coordination Services International)

Tel: +81 (0) 92 844 4572
Email: csi@nifty.com
Web: www.092csi.com  


Tel: +81-3-5463-7546 
Email: hiromi@isa.co.jp 
Web: www.isa.co.jp/univ/   

Ryugaku Information Center

Tel: 0120-053-530
Web: www.ryugaku-johokan.com 

Ryugaku Journal

Tel: 03-5312-4421
Web: www.ryugaku.co.jp 

SI-UK Osaka

Tel: 06-6147-5681
Email: osaka@ukeducation.jp
Web: www.ukeducation.jp

SI-UK Tokyo

Tel: 03-5272-9143
Email: tokyo@ukeducation.jp
Web: www.ukeducation.jp

Study Abroad Association

Tel: 03-6691-0226
Email: info@ryugaku.or.jp
Web: www.ryugaku.or.jp 

Wing Japan

Tel: +81(0)985-35-1070 
Email: info@wingjpn.net
Web: www.wingjpn.net