Information for students from Japan

We are delighted you are considering joining UCA to study! Here, you will be able to set your creativity free, learn a wealth of transferable skills, get unique industry insight and be prepared for a successful career in the creative industries.

This page should give you all the information you need to know about applying to UCA from your country, and more about life at UCA too.

And, if you have any questions, see the Get In Touch section to call or email your country’s specialist contact.

Entry requirements

If you do not have UK qualifications, we will consider equivalent qualifications from Japan for entry onto our Foundation, Bachelor’s and Master’s courses.

Each application we receive is considered individually and therefore these qualifications are provided as a guide.

Please also check the entry requirements on the specific course you are interested in to check for course-specific requirements.

If you are not sure if you have the necessary qualifications please contact

For our Bachelor's courses, we usually require that you have one of the following:

  • Japanese Associate degree
  • A transcript showing successful completion of year 1 of a Bachelor's degree from a recognised Japanese university with average score of 70%

For Advanced entry (undergraduate top-up degrees), we usually require that you have completed an Associate degree with a score of at least 70%.

For our International Foundation in Creative Practices and our Integrated International Foundation courses, we usually require that you have completed 12 years of Japanese High School (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate) with average grade of 3.0/5.0 or higher.

For our Master’s courses, we usually require that you have successfully completed a Bachelor's degree at a recognised university.

Scholarships & bursaries

UCA offers a number of fee discounts, also known as scholarships, specific to students from overseas.

These discounts are available to new international students and international alumni, who have graduated within the last three years. 

To find out more about what is available, whether you are eligible, and how to apply, visit our scholarships page.

Overseas representatives &
institutional partners

UCA works with a number of overseas representatives who can help you make an application to UCA. 

Affinity Japan



iae GLOBAL (Japan)

Ryugaku Information Centre (RIC)


SI-UK (Study International UK)

UCA is delighted to be partnered with a number of institutions in Japan.

NIC International College, Japan

Japan College of Foreign Languages (JCFL)

Sokei Academy of Fine Art & Design

Virtual campus tours

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Get in touch

Please let the country manager know if you have any questions or need help with your application!

Luke Simmons

  • Senior International Officer (East Asia) 
  • Email:
  • Phone/WhatsApp: +44 (0)7814 650 495
  • LINE: lukehcsimmons
  • KakaoTalk: LukeUCA
  • WeChat ID: Luke_UCA