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Cardiff University has historical links with Japan and is pleased to welcome Japanese students to study on various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Cardiff Business School houses a Japanese Studies Centre and has exchange programmes established with many top universities throughout Japan. The University also has extensive research and industrial links, especially in the area of Optometry and Medicine.

Undergraduate courses

You will be required to successfully complete your Kotogakko Shomeisho at a B average to qualify for Cardiff University's undergraduate programmes.

If you have A-levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma, you will be considered for direct admission to undergraduate degree programmes.

If you have studied in the Japanese education system, you will be required to attend a one year International Foundation Programme before entering our undergraduate programmes.

Postgraduate taught courses

If you have a good four year bachelor's (honours) degree from a recognised university in Japan, you will be considered for postgraduate study at Diploma or master's level.

Postgraduate research programmes

If you are applying for research programmes from Japan, you will be required to provide evidence that you have already carried out research, usually via the successful completion of a relevant master's degree.

You will be considered for Cardiff University's research programmes if you have a good master's degree from a recognised university in Japan.

English language

A relevant English language qualification is also required — normally a minimum of 6.5 IELTS, however, this may vary from course to course.

If you are unsure of your qualifications or entry requirements please contact the International Office.

Representatives from the International Office visit Japan regularly throughout the year. Details of our next visit will appear here shortly.

For further information regarding our visits please contact us at

Tokyo 東京都

Company Contact name Address Contact details
SI-UK Education Council
Tokyo Office
Welleslay Zhang 5F Boulevard Building,
1-16-3 Jinnan, Shibuya,
Tokyo 150-0041, Japan
Tel: 0352729143
Fax:: 0352729146
Tokyo Office
Ms Cao Yi
Office Manager
5th floor Forecast Shinjuku South Bldg.
4-3-17 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku,
Tokyo, 160-0022
Tel : 03-5367-3315
Fax : 03-5367-3316

Osaka 大阪府

Company Contact name Address Contact details
SI-UK Education Council
Osaka Office
Koji Yamamoto 2F Nissei Building East,
2-2-13 Shibata, Kita-ku,
Osaka, 530-0012
Tel: 0661475681
Fax: 0663455797
Osaka Office
3rd floor Inoi Building 2,
2-9-19 Shibata, Kita-ku,
Osaka, 530-0012, Japan
Tel: 06-6371-1116
Fax: 06-6371-1165


Company Contact name Address Contact details
SI-UK Education Council
London Office
3rd Floor
211-213 Regent Street

Tel: 020-7287-7040
Fax: 020-7287-7030

Oxford Office
Clarendon House
52 Cornmarket Street
Tel: 01865 522669
Fax: 01865 304001
Yoshihiko Kanezaki

Yoshihiko Kanezaki

Course Title: Diploma in Business Administration
Country: Japan

Year of Graduation: 2005
Current Employer: ABeam Consulting Ltd

Yoshihiko is very active in promoting Cardiff Alumni groups and encourages all prospective Japanese students to speak to a member of the Japanese Cardiff Alumni before coming to Cardiff. Reminiscing on his extensive travel and rigorous academic schedule, he above all, remembers the friendships gained in Cardiff.

As a Student at Cardiff University
Did you enjoy the time spent in Cardiff? Tell me about your time here.

Of course, absolutely! I did a Diploma in Business Administration. The course was quite intense, sometimes I think it was harder than a master’s degree! But studying in Cardiff was fun and interesting to me because I did something equivalent to a fundamental business degree: accounting, human resources, marketing, solution management, international management, touching on every aspect of the business. I really liked what I studied in Cardiff and went on to obtain a master’s after that.

Cardiff isn’t a big city but it is sufficiently big. It’s quite relaxed – so it’s not as busy as a place like Tokyo or London. People are friendly and also my classmates were from across the globe like Hong Kong, France and Malaysia. I would say that that’s the most important thing about student life.

Did you enjoy your course? And how did it help in your career?

I think the studies were a fundamental to accounting, it helped me understand how companies and businesses work. But more importantly, the diploma gave me skills in analytical thinking and communication which are soft skills that come in handy. Even speaking English everyday helped. Being with people from different backgrounds is integral to being a good consultant and the exposure in Cardif was helpful.

Life after Graduation
Tell me a little bit about your job.

I work as a Business and Management IT Consultant and am based in Tokyo. My company’s clients are global but 60%-70% are based in Japan. Our company has offices in places like Thailand, China, USA, Malaysia, Singapore, Germany, etc. My work is concentrated on the domestic clients; more so on headquarter issues at the moment.

My job is to take the financial temperature of the company for the owners and CEOs and I deal with the things like accounts, balance sheets and profit and loss. I find out how many assets the company has and how much money they are making, whether certain departments are under-performing, etc. I come up with systems that help take the accounting status of the company into consideration. We consult with our clients on how to implement these systems and how to incorporate them according to legal requirements.

Sometimes we need to adjust the business processes according to local financial requirements. For example, we also evaluate inventory when delivery is done and also check to see if all completed transactions are recorded. We also find out what’s doing well in the business and what needs to be fixed or improved.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about coming to Cardiff to study?

First of all, meet us at the alumni events. If you see the actual alumni from Cardiff and hear about their stories from Cardiff it would really help with making choices, especially when you’re unsure about the university.

All of our group members had a great time in Cardiff and they come from different backgrounds and courses so you can find a range of personal stories about the University from them. I would suggest that you speak to us so that we can give you thousands of reasons why you should come to Cardiff. Alumni are quite keen to share that experience with others, that’s why we always help Sarah Watts (country manager for Japan) promote the University. Speaking to us would give you a more precise idea about studying in Cardiff.

I guess it goes without saying that the teaching is good. Rankings are good –it’s all on the website. I like the city itself and where the university is situated within the city.

The second point is that we are situated in the capital of Wales. We have everything that we need. It is only two hours by train to London, which makes visiting it very easy. It’s not too cold either. And I don’t know how to explain this but the people in Cardiff have some form of distinctive characteristic – they are all very friendly; not at all cold or snobby. They are always willing to help others. Sometimes people from big cities can be really insensitive to other people, but not in Cardiff. They are relaxed, but not too relaxed.

I remember the Brecon Beacons being only half an hour away. I did a lot of travelling across the UK. With great train services and good travel infrastructure, that makes things easier. In addition to that, the costs are low and the city is safe.

A distinctive characteristic of people in Cardiff is that they are all very friendly.

Student views

I have made friends from all over the world since coming here. It is really fantastic.

Sawako Ono, Business exchange student

Studying here has given me greater insight into my home country than I would ever have gained from staying in Japan.

Masaki Kondo, MA International Journalism

Sarah Watts
Cardiff Contact - Sarah Watts

Hi, I’m Sarah Watts and I’ve been the Country Manager for Japan since 2007.

I have travelled to Japan many times, attending education exhibitions as well as counselling sessions run by our representatives. Cardiff University also has a very active alumni society based in Tokyo that I regularly meet up with – one of my highlights was attending a Hanami picnic with them a few years ago.

Please feel free to contact with me with any questions you might have about coming to study in Cardiff.

Japanese Social Networks

Student Video

Sawako shares her vibrant campus experiences with us and tells us how she's finding life in Cardiff so far.

Sawako from Japan

Clubs & societies

Useful links



2013 International brochure

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