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Participating cities (LC's) Chiba, Fukui, Fukuoka, Fukushima, Gunma, Hokkaido, Hyogo, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Kanazawa, Miyazaki, Nagano, Nagasaki, Nara, Nigata, Oita, Osaka, Okayama, Saga, Shimane, Shizuoka, Tochigi, Tokyo, Tottori, Toyama, Yamagata, Yamaguchi, Yamanashi
Languages Japanese
Currency (how much is a Bigmac?) 300 yen
Time zone GMT+9
Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people 1.98 doctors
Member of IFMSA since... 2000
Number of incoming students per year approx.150
Who are our NEO's Hiroki Akamatsu / Kou Ri ( Hang Li )
Our official website / Forum / Facebook group
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Welcome Note

Welcome to SCOPE and SCORE in Japan!

If you are interested in coming on an exchange to Japan, this page will help you to understand SCOPE and SCORE in Japan.

We are looking forward to reading this page and coming to Japan for exchange.


Japan is the island located in the far east. If you have not visited Japan, you will surely have precious experience which you have not expected for exchange in Japan.

Our health care system

Everybody is covered by medical insurance and have no limit to access to any hospital in Japan.The average life span is longest in the world. Also, the death rate of babies is lowest in the world.

The hospitals

The style of training is varied and depends on the department you will join, but basically your main mission is following tutors and taking part in daily medical practice(e.g. operations, outpatient, and more) as local medical students do.

Some tutors have English abilities , but in almost all the clinical situation Japanese is used.

Our medical education

Duration of the medical education in university is 6 years. After the graduation and receipt of doctor's licence, students have to work as a doctor- in -training with some salary for several years.

Cultural differences

We usually take off our shoes at the entrance to homes and many public buildings. Slippers will usually be provided for you to change into. Japanese are punctual and also you'll be expected to be so. When we soak in a hot spring, we don't wear the swimwear.

Accommodation & Boarding

Accommodation & Boarding will differs from a LC to another. Most of all the students are to stay in dormitory or student's room or home with families etc...

Social program

・Visit famous places with a member of the Local Committee. For example, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto, Kamakura, Akihabara, and so on.

・Welcome party and farewell party are held for incoming students.

Local & National transportation

・Japan’s railway system is run by six railway companies, led by Japan Railway Company (JR). JR is especially famous for its punctual operation, even during rush hours in Tokyo. The shinkansen, or “Bullet Trains,” provide fast and punctual service while networking the entire country. Tickets can be purchased from automatic vending machines at the station, and automatic ticket checking machines at their gates.

・Traveling by plane is very convenient in Japan. Some 90 airports provide both domestic and international services.

・Many people use the subway as a speedy means of transportation in the big cities. Almost all stations have automatic vending machines and automatic ticket checking machines at their gates.

・In most towns, buses are available, although it may be a little difficult to use them. In contrast, taxis are very easy to use. Show the driver an address written in Japanese and he will take you where you want to go.


Japan has four distinct seasons. Spring months are March, April, and May. Summer months are June, July, and August. Autumn months are September, October, and November. Winter months are December, January, and February. Summer is hot and humid in general. During the winter, it snows a lot on the Sea of Japan side, and it is dry on the Pacific Ocean side.

Exchange conditions

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Cities offered for exchange


Sapporo- Sapporo Medical university

Hokkaido university



Tokyo- Kyorin university,Nihon university, Nippon Medical university,Tokyo Medical university, Tokyo Women's Medical university,Toho university,Tokyo Medical & Dental university




Hyogo- Kobe


Kanagawa- Kitasato

Kanagawa- St. Marianna

Kanagawa- Tokai


Kumamoto-in preparation



Nagano- Shinshu

Nagoya-Aichi medical in preparation



Okayama-Kawasaki medical

Osaka- Kansai Medical

Osaka- Kinki

Osaka- Osaka city



Shizuoka-Hamamatsu University School of Medicine

Tochigi-Dokkyo Medical

Tochigi-Jichi Medical

Tokyo- Kyorin

Tokyo- Nihon university

Tokyo- Nippon Medical university

Tokyo- Tokyo Medical university

Tokyo- Tokyo Women's Medical university

Tokyo- Toho university

Tokyo- Tokyo Medical & Dental university

Tokyo- Teikyo