Once you choose the university, let’s start preparing for the required documents. The most difficult thing is paper work. The Philippines didn’t join the Hague Convention, the procedure was complicated. However, the Philippines joined it now, so the procedure might be different from mine. I will explain my case to you.
- Requirements for the entrance exams
- Prepare in advance
The required documents are written on the school websites, so please read them carefully. “Red Ribbon” is the recognition by the Embassy of the Philippines. When the documents are notarized, the documents are attached with red ribbon.
１．Transcript of Records
I submitted transcript of units from high school and that of grades from university because I dropped out a university. It took a week for me, so please check how long it takes in your case.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan notarizes official documents which are issued within three months. Please check your country as well.
２．Certificate of Graduation/Diploma
I submitted it from my high school.
It took three months for me. I guess that you can get it quickly.
４．Family Register/Birth Certificate
I translated my family record into English. I used a template on the Internet as a reference. Some countries require it which is translated by the professionals. After I translated it, I went to
- The notarize office
- Sent to the headquarters of the notarize office
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
- The Embassy of the Philippines
If your family record is already written in English, this procedure will be shorter.
Requirements for the entrance exams
５．IELTS or TOEFL
The standard score is 60-70 for TOEFL, and 6.0 for IELTS.