Information for students from Japan

Here’s our guide to studying at Goldsmiths for students from Japan. You'll be able to find everything from completing your application to adjusting to life in the UK.

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Our Japanese graduates work in a diverse range of industries and for a whole host of companies. Examples of employees include The Japan Foundation,, Universal Studios and the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education.

Hana talks about studying at Goldsmiths. This video is in Japanese.

How to apply


You make your application through UCAS, an online application system. The system allows you to choose up to five different universities and apply with one application.

Applications open on 1 September for entry the following September. The normal closing date is 15 January, but some courses will accept applications until 30 June. You are advised to apply as early as possible as courses have limited places.

You should refer to individual programme pages to see whether your course has any additional application requirements. Applications are usually assessed within two months and can be managed online via UCAS.

Once we've made a decision on your application you'll receive either an unconditional offer, a conditional offer or a rejection. Find out more about what these offers mean in our video:


For the majority of postgraduate programmes you can apply via our website. Simply click the ‘apply now’ button on your chosen programme page. Some programmes have different application procedures, so always check the programme page before making your application.

Once we've made a decision on your application you'll receive either an unconditional offer, a conditional offer or a rejection. Find out more about what these offers mean in our video: 

What to include in your application

As well as information about your education history, and the course you’re choosing, you’ll also need to provide a personal statement as part of your application. This is your chance to explain how your academic experience is relevant to the course you want to study. You’ll also have an opportunity to tell us about relevant extracurricular activities you’ve taken part in and how they make you stand out.

Find out more about what to include in your personal statement at undergraduate and postgraduate level:


Entry requirements

English language requirements

Non-native speakers of English need to be able to demonstrate the required level of English language competence to enrol on our programmes. Find out more about English language requirements for undergraduate or postgraduate study. You should also refer to the individual programme page for your chosen subject.


For direct entry onto our undergraduate programmes you’ll need A-levels, an International Baccalaureate or a recognised Access or Foundation course. Please see individual programme pages for specific entrance requirements.

When we consider your application we’ll assess your test scores and academic grades alongside your personal statement, reference letter and extracurricular activities.


Postgraduate taught
For entry to postgraduate programmes you will normally need a Bachelors degree in relevant subject. Refer to individual course pages to see whether there are any additional application requirements.

Research degrees
You will normally need to have completed a Masters degree in a subject relevant to your proposed postgraduate study. There may also be other specific entrance requirements. You can refer to individual course pages to find out what these are.

Programmes for international students

We offer courses that have been specifically designed for international students. You may want to consider these if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. These will help you with your English language and academic skills and are run by our English Language Centre.

Find out more about the courses we offer.

Study Abroad

Normally, you will need to have been attending university for at least 1 year. Find out more about the programme on our Study Abroad pages.

Fees and funding


Find out more about our fees.

Scholarships and bursaries

Goldsmiths has a series of scholarships for international students applying for postgraduate and research programmes.  If you’re an alumni you may also be eligible for discounted fees. For further information, please see International Scholarships. 


Find out more about applying for a visa.

Visiting your country

The International team visits Japan regularly to take part in higher education events, deliver presentations, interview potential applicants and catch up with local alumni. If you’re unable to visit Goldsmiths in person then these events are your chance to meet us in your home country. See our list of upcoming events for more information.

Can’t make these dates? We also run regular online events, including webinars, virtual tours and chat sessions.

Agents in Japan

We work with several agents in Japan who can give you information about studying at Goldsmiths and help you with the application process. See our list of representatives for more details.

Adjusting to life in the UK

Generally international students find it easy to transition to life in London, but if you’re struggling then we can offer a whole range of support. This includes PAL; our student led mentor scheme, and our on-site Careers Service and Counselling Service. Find out more about the support we offer.

Take a look at how some of our students have adjusted to life in the UK:


You are eligible for NHS healthcare if you are enrolled on a full time course lasting six months or longer. Please ensure you register with a local GP. The nearest hospital is Lewisham hospital.

Feeling homesick?

Food and drink
Basic Japanese ingredients can be bought in the larger UK supermarkets but if you’re after something specialist then there are a number of Japanese grocery shops in London including the Japan Centre, Ricewine Shop, Atari-ya Foods.

Time Out London also has a regularly updated list of the best Japanese restaurants in London - including the best places for sushi - and ramen -  We like Ten Ten Tei and Ramen Taro, which are both in Central London.

Anime Society
Because of the large Japanese population in London there are always places to celebrate traditional Japanese cultural events. Goldsmiths also has an Anime Society which regularly screens Anime films and also celebrates Japanese culture more widely.


Visit the Japan alumni page for information on the country's Goldsmiths alumni network.

Take a tour of campus in Japanese

What our students say

Find out what our South Korean students have to say about their time at Goldsmiths.

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Akane Miki

"Developing a career in the art world is not easy. This course gave me confidence that curatorial ways of thinking can be used in any position in any institution."

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Kaoru Kuribayashi Stanislaus

"This course has given me opportunities to not only theoretically develop my knowledge but also practically learn and achieve skills that I can apply in the real world immediately after I graduate and pursue my professional goal."

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Kaoru Kuwata

"Studying at Goldsmiths broadened my perspective not only in Drama and Theatre Arts but also exposed me to a wider range of social diversity and cultural richness with its empathic attitude and intelligence."

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Sayaka Koizumi

Goldsmiths is diverse, cross-cultural and has a leading edge.

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Masae Nakagaki

My curiosity and challenging spirit brought me to Goldsmiths, where I knew I would encounter something or someone totally different from my existing world.

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Bun-O Fujisawa

"It was a great experience to communicate with many students who have different cultural backgrounds. Now, it helps me to write multicultural stories in Japanese animations."

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You can immerse yourself in your study in a relatively quiet atmosphere, at the same time enjoying the vibes of this fantastic metropolitan city!