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Required IELTS scores at Japanese universities

How is IELTS used?

IELTS is becoming increasingly popular in Japan, with the number of candidates quadrupling in the last five years.  Its popularity can be attributed to schools’ and universities' recognition of IELTS as a reliable measurement of English language proficiency.

IELTS requirements of Japan universities which formed part of the world’s top 100 universities in 2019*

The following rankings come from the 2019 QS World University Rankings. 

QS World University Rankings in 2019

Name of institution

World rank

Minimum IELTS score required

The University of Tokyo


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Kyoto University



Tokyo Institute of Technology



Osaka University


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Tohoku University


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More information about IELTS

Why do an increasing number candidates wishing to study in Japan choose IELTS? 

(1)  Demonstrate your ability to communicate in a face-to-face Speaking test.  

Unlike other language proficiency exams where you are required to talk to a machine during your Speaking test, IELTS gives you the opportunity to talk with an examiner face-to-face in a relaxing and supported environment.

(2) Develop skills relevant to your studies and student life. 

IELTS places emphasis on your ability to communicate in authentic situations.  There is no need to memo-rise large amounts of unnecessary vocabulary or grammar.  Rather, IELTS includes learning how to com-municate in a range of scenarios you will encounter in learning environments. This will empower you to reach your full potential in your studies and student life.