What is a Professional Training College (Senmon Gakko)?
What is a Professional Training College (Senmon Gakko) in the Japanese educational system?
In the Japanese educational system, a professional training college is positioned as “a higher education institution,” which is the same as a university or junior college.
A professional training college has taken on an important role in vocational education, on the level of Japanese higher education. Some 8 million graduates have gone on to become active in a variety of ways.
The title of “Diploma” is granted to students who have completed more than a 2-year term of training (more than 1,700 school hours), and the title of “Advanced Diploma” to students who have completed more than a 3-year term of training (more than 3,400 school hours). People earning a “Diploma” are eligible to transfer to universities, and people with an “Advanced Diploma” are eligible to enter graduate schools.
Differences between a Japanese-language school and professional training college
A typical institution for foreigners to learn Japanese in Japan is the Japanese Language Department and Japanese Language School, which are established as specialized courses at vocational schools like this school.
- Purchase of commuter passes (Discount rate varies depending on the route and mode of transportation.)
- Purchase of student discount transportation tickets (If there is more than 101km one-way, discount rate is 20%.)
- Work student deduction (tax deduction is available when you have a certain amount of salary income or less)
- Eligibility for Japan Student Services Organization Reservation Program for Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students