Economics is an important social science discipline allowing the learner to master the art of making choices, in terms of societies, governments, businesses, households, and individuals. Studying Economics in Japan is definitely an ideal academic path as Japan is one of the leading economic powerhouses of the world and the hustling and bustling capital city Tokyo being one of the global financial centers. In this article, we selected the most prestigious 5 Japanese Universities for Economics across the nation that have an English degree program that you might want to consider.

Hosei
Hosei University Campus

School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Waseda University’s Political Science and Economics (PSE) department history root into as early as 1882, making it one of the most prestigious PSE departments in Japan. Waseda started offering English Degree Program since 2010. Students can study a wide range of subjects that apply the theoretical tools of economics and in addition, through seminars, students practice how to debate and formulate ideas and arguments. The faculty pursue broad-ranging, cutting-edge research in economics, and engage in interdisciplinary collaboration with colleagues in neighboring disciplines such as political science. In 2018, the average SAT score was 1403.7, ACT (composite) score was 30.9 and IB Diploma (including predicted grades) was 37. Also, in 2018, 295 people applied to the program and 184 were accepted.  The academic year starts in September. 

Tuition fee: 1,199,000JPY

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Study plan at PSE

PEARL Program, Keio University

Location: Tokyo, Japan

PEARL Program is an all English Economics degree program offered by Keio University’s Department of Economics. This department has its roots back to 1890, now one of the most respected Economics Department in Japan. PEARL offers a world class education in Liberal Arts and Advanced Economics. Admission is limited to 100 students and the academic year starts in September. The program is named PEARL because it is designed to grow minds in wisdom and knowledge just like pearls grow in beauty and lustre. IB, SAT (essay) and ACT are treated equally in admissions procedure. IELTS/TOEFL are also required for non-native speakers of English. PEARL students will study at campus in Hiyoshi for their first and second years, and then at the Mita campus for their third and fourth years. There are 3 application periods and no interview. 

Tuition: 1,318,350JPY (First year) 1,118,250JPY (Second year and above)

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The Mita Campus of Keio

College of International Management APM, APU

Location: Oita, Japan

APU’s College of International Management and Graduate School of Management are accredited by AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) – an internationally recognized organization evaluating the business schools. The 4 year program offers Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Strategic Management and Organization and Innovation and Economics majors. There are two enrollment semesters – Spring (April) and Fall (September). The yearly intake is limited to 660 students. In 2017, the job offer acceptance rate was 97%, making one of the highest in Japan. Applicants must meet one of the criteria – TOEFL IBT 61, TOEFL® PBT 500, TOEIC® L&R 700, IELTS 5.5, EIKEN Pre-1, PTE Academic 45 or Cambridge English Language Assessment (for 2019 applicants) FCE. 

Tuition: 1,328,000 JPY (First year) 1,412,000 JPY (Second year and above)

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(You can find SchooLynk article Graduate Interview from APU College of International Management (APM) here)

The main entrance of APU

Institute for Global Economics and Social Sciences (IGESS), Hosei University

Location: Tokyo, Japan

IGESS was opened in September 2018, offering English-based degree programs at the Ichigaya Campus and Tama Campus. All liberal arts and major subjects will be taught in English, with graduates earning bachelor’s degrees in economics. IGESS is intended to support the development of globally-minded experts in economics and social sciences toward the formation of a sustainable society. One of IGESS specialty is that you can join (paid) international internships and (paid) international volunteer programs offered by HOSEI University and earn academic credit. 20 students are accepted every year and there are two application periods. The academic year starts in September. You can use your TOEFL IBT, TOEIC® L&R and IELTS score to apply – no recommended score is set. 

Tuition: 1,436,000 JPY (First year) 1,196,000 JPY (Second year and above)

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IGESS Study Plan

Department of Economics, Nagoya University

Location: Nagoya, Japan

Founded in 1871, Nagoya University is one of the National Seven universities (equivalent to Ivy League) of Japan. Nagoya offers an English based Economics degree program opened under the Global 30 project, focusing on theoretical studies on Economics and management from introductory to advanced level. The acceptance rate in 2018 was 13%. The highest New SAT total score was 1490 and the lowest was 1230. For ACT Composite the was highest 34 and lowest 24. For IB it was 39 and 34. For TOEFL the highest was 117, 87 being the lowest. Lastly, for the IELTS 8.5 and 5.5 were the maximum and minimum. There are two application periods and the academic year starts in September.

Tuition: 817,800 JPY (First year) 535,800 JPY (Second year and above)

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Study Plan at Nagoya University

Sources:

https://www.waseda.jp/inst/admission/assets/uploads/2018/08/TuitionFees-for-undergraduate1.pdf

https://www.keio.ac.jp/en/admissions/undergraduate/pearl/

https://admissions.apu.ac.jp/costs_scholarships/enrollment/

http://en.apu.ac.jp/home/study/content7/

https://edu.career-tasu.jp/p/digital_pamph/frame.aspx?id=3942400-3-3&FL=0

http://admissions.g30.nagoya-u.ac.jp/upload/d_news/files/StandardizedtestHighLow_admitted2015to2018.pdf

http://admissions.g30.nagoya-u.ac.jp/undergraduate/#unpro_14