Japanese Colleges/Universities

If you were to draw a line representing the intensity of work or amount of work required by schooling in America on a graph vs a line representing the amount of work required by Japanese students throughout their schooling years they would look quite different. The American line would look like a straight and steady increase from pre-school to college. The Japanese line on the other hand would be a much sharper increase up until about the middle-end of high school and then it would sharply decrease in intensity. Once you are accepted into a college or university in japan you are set. Japanese take 10 to 15 classes per semester but they only meet once a week per class for like an hour or hour and a half per class. American’s take 3-6 but meet several times a week for each class. It is common for students to skip class and not pay attention (also quite common in America). The difference between the two is that more seriousness is present in America and the focus is on skills you develop. In Japan its more about where you went to college and less about how you preformed there, because it’s so hard to get into college’s and universities they look at potential as opposed to what you have developed or accomplished.

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  1. MeriInJapan Said:

    I wrote about the differences in colleges as well. I think what classes you take and how well you do in them are important indicators for how prepared you are for a particular job. They shouldn’t be the sole determinate of whether you get a job or not, but they should carry some weight. The Japanese system seems to think that’s not as important, which I don’t really like.

  2. fleuritta Said:

    I found it very unusual for the japanese to move as a group, and that when Waseda University, for instance, admits a group of students, it becomes responsible for graduating them despite their poor work. Even more striking is the fact that withdrawing from university is not viable. I think that this way of proceeding indicates the collectivistic structure of society! Odd!


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