Updated:  Jun 2015

AICJ Junior & Senior High School (Hiroshima)

Canadian Academy

Canadian International School of Tokyo

Deutsche Schule Kobe European School

Doshisha International School, Kyoto

Fukuoka International School

Gunma Kokusai Academy

Hiroshima International School

Horizon Japan International School

India International School in Japan

International School of Asia Karuizawa

K. International School

Katoh Gakuen Gyoshu Junior & Senior High School

Kyoto International School

Nagoya International School

Okinawa International School

Osaka International School

Osaka YMCA International School

Ritsumeikan Uji Junior & Senior High School

Seisen International School

St. Mary’s International School

St. Maur’s International School

Tamagawa Academy K-12 & University

Tokyo Gakugei University International Secondary School

Tokyo International School

Tsukuba International School

Yokohama International School

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For updates on IB schools in Japan (26 todate) and also universities that recognize the IB diploma see this page at IBO.org

In 1979, the Japanese government officially recognised the IB Diploma. The Minister of Education, Science, Sports and Culture (Monbusho) notified all Japanese national, local public and private universities that IB Diploma holders who have reached the age of 18 were eligible candidates for university admission. Students who meet the prerequisites set by the university and those who pass the university-specific entrance examinations would gain admission to enter universities in Japan. In 1990, the Monbusho introduced the new national examinations administered by the National Center for University Entrance Examinations. Individual universities are expected to make an overall evaluation of the applicants’ abilities based on the results of these examinations together with school transcripts, recommendations, interviews, essay examinations, subject achievement examinations, and practical skills examinations. All national and local public universities and many private universities require the National Center Examination results for the selection of their candidates. However, most of these universities exempt the IB Diploma holders from having to take the National Center Examinations. Out of a total of about 600 universities in Japan just over half of the universities offer special selection procedures for students who return from overseas. IB Diploma holders qualify to be screened through special selection procedures offered by about three hundred universities. In many cases, universities offer special screening procedures to returnee students who have been enrolled in overseas senior high schools for more than two years, or to students who apply for university entrance in Japan within two years following their return to Japan. The universities give due consideration to applicants’ abilities and aptitudes by using different selection methods, such as short essays written in Japanese, and interviews. Since there are university-specific prerequisites and thus the details of these procedures vary according to universities, the IB Diploma candidates who are seeking admission to Japanese universities should contact their admissions offices and obtain the university-specific information regarding these prerequisites and application instructions.

What is the IB Diploma programme all about? IBO.org answers your question here.