Pragmatism. That's why our students grow authentically.
We have “the only specialized “practical" education" that neither universities nor other vocational schools have.

To All International Students

There are no boundaries in the desire to learn.

There are a variety of support systems so that international students can enjoy school life without any worries. As a school, we actively support everything from residence and daily life in Japan, as well as your studies and academic life.
This is what we can do for those who are willing to learn.

Open Campus

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Welcome to IKO/ISEN

Save a life, together.

The knowledge and skills required of each healthcare professional are becoming increasingly diverse. What is needed is not only to obtain national qualifications, but also to learn to be an authentic expert.

The only “Team medical education” practiced in Japan with a wide range of occupations in the medical and welfare fields, from emergency to nursing and rehabilitation. Additionally we offer “4-year practical education"- the highest level of specialized education, and ""specialist education"" - directly connected to the medical field. Our university has an educational system that no other universities nor other vocational schools have, and we will help students develop the ready-to-use skills required by the coming era.

Approximately 3,900 students are studying at SHUTO IKO, Osaka ISEN, and Nagoya ISEN. Graduates are highly rated for their practical skills and employment guidance they have received that reflect the needs of human resources in each industry.






Employment guidance instructors, who understand the workforce needs of society, provide one-on-one guidance.

For those who wish to get a job, the employment guidance instructors will give individual guidance from how to write a resume to having an interview.
Thorough support for strategies to acquire qualifications, which are powerful weapons when looking for a job.
We also provide full support for employment in Japan, such as strategies for gaining a job and acquisition of your visa.

International Student Support System

1. SHUTO IKO / OSAKA ISEN / NAGOYA ISEN is a “licensed school”, “proper school"", and “certified school.
2. Upon graduation, you will receive a diploma and the title of "Advanced Diploma" or "Diploma".
3. There is a special course available to help improve your Japanese proficiency.
4. There is an international student support system so you can feel at ease during both your academic studies and daily life.
5. We will provide a living environment where you can study with peace of mind.
6. We will take responsibility for supporting both employment and qualification acquisition in Japan.

There are many other support systems available too!

Subjects / Courses

Subjects / Courses


Emergency Lifesaving / Clinical Engineering / Nursing / Health / Midwifery / Dental hygiene / Physical Therapy / Occupational Therapy / Speech and Hearing / Orthoptics / Acupuncture / Moxibustion / Judo Rehabilitation / Sports Trainer / Athletic Trainer / Nursing Care / Welfare / Medical Information Management / Medical Secretary

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Global SIZE Education NETWORK

Global SIZE Education NETWORK


Not limited to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Paris, we have an environment that fosters the ability to play an active role on the world stage.


Shinjuku station (West Exit), 3 minutes on foot.
50 storeys above ground: The general school building Cocoon Tower.

3 minutes on foot from Osaka Station.
21 storeys above ground and 3 storeys below ground, OSAKA ISEN General School Building.

3 minutes on foot from Nagoya station.
36 storeys above ground, MODE GAKUEN Spiral Towers.

CREAPOLE (Paris Group School)

Overseas offices

Our school has five offices around the world, including its sister school in Paris.
Each office supports global learning, from overseas research / training and support when studying abroad, to collaborations with companies and educational institutions overseas as well as admission consultation when enrolling directly from overseas.

  • France office (Paris campus CREAPOLE)
  • Milan office
  • New York office
  • Shanghai office
  • Taiwan office

Facilities / Equipment

The environment nurtures people. The latest facilities / equipment will help you truly develop your skills.

Campus Life

Campus Life


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Voices of the students

Voices of the students


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  • What courses do you have to offer?

    ▼ Day Classes
    Faculty of Medical Care 4 - year Courses <Advanced Diploma>
    ※ You will receive the title of "Advanced Diploma" as a graduation qualification which is the same graduation qualification as that of a Japanese 4-year university course.

    Advanced Clinical Engineering
    Clinical Medical Major
    Advanced Medical Device Major

    Advanced Nursing
    Specialized Nurse Major
    Certified Nursing Major
    Department of Emergency and Disaster Nursing
    Department of International Nursing
    Independent Entrepreneurship Major

    Advanced Nursing and Health
    Health and Medical Major
    Disaster Medicine Major
    Infectious Medicine Major
    Preventive Medicine Major (OI*)
    Home Nursing Major

    Advanced Physical Therapy
    Advanced Technology Rehabilitation Major
    International Rehabilitation Major
    Sports Rehabilitation Major
    Independent Entrepreneurship Major

    Advanced Occupational Therapy
    Advanced Technology Rehabilitation Major
    Meaning of Life Support Major
    Child Rehabilitation

    Faculty of Medical Care 3 - year Courses <Diploma>
    ※ You will receive the title of "specialist" as a graduation qualification which is the same as that of a Japanese junior college.

    Emergency Lifesaving
    International Emergency and Lifesaving Major
    Rescue / Disaster Emergency Major

    Practical Nursing I (SI NI*)
    General Nursing Major

    Practical Nursing II (SI NI)
    General Nursing Major

    Practical Nursing (OI)
    General Nursing Major

    Dental Hygiene
    Preventive Dentistry Major
    Aesthetics and Orthodontics Major
    Pediatric Dentistry Major
    International Oral Hygiene Major

    Physical Therapy (SI OI) ※ Opened in April 2022
    Comprehensive Physical Therapy Major

    Occupational Therapy (SI) ※ Opened in April 2022
    Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Major

    Orthoptist Training (NI)
    Vision Correction Major
    Visual Impairment Major

    Independent Opening Major
    Sports Acupuncture Major
    Cosmetology Acupuncture and Moxibustion Major

    Judo Therapy
    Independent Opening Major
    Sports Softening Major
    Long-term Care Softening Major
    Cosmetology Major

    Athletic Trainer (SI OI)
    Sports Team Trainer Major
    Personal Trainer Major
    Sports Management Major

    Health Information Management (NI)
    Medical Information Management Major
    Medical Business Management Major

    Faculty of Medical Care 2 year course <Diploma>
    ※ You will receive the title of "specialist" as a graduation qualification which is the same as that of a Japanese junior college.

    Speech and Hearing
    Language / Development Major
    Hearing Loss Major
    Eating and Swallowing Major

    Sports Trainer (SI OI)
    Sports Instructor Major
    Kids Sports Major
    Sports Medical Major

    Medical Secretary (NI)
    Medical Office Expert Major
    Medical Interpreter Major

    Care and Welfare (SI)
    Home Medical care / Long-term Care Major
    Child Welfare Major
    Life Rehabilitation Major

    Faculty of Medical Care 1-year Course
    Clinical Engineering Special Course (SI)
    Public Health Nurse (NI)
    Midwifery (SI NI)
    Mental Health Social Worker
    Certified Social Worker (SI NI)

    ▼ Night Classes
    Faculty of Medical Care 3 - year <Diploma>
    ※ You will receive the title of "specialist" as a graduation qualification which is the same as that of a Japanese junior college.
    Dental Hygiene
    Physical Therapy (NI) ※ Opened in April 2022
    Orthoptist Training (OI)
    Judo Therapy
    ※ Student visa cannot be obtained by those attending Night Course. If you wish to enroll, please contact the Admissions Office.


  • What are the features of the education at your institution?

    By interacting with and learning from each department, we will cultivate the ability to work together in the field. Additionally, by exchanging knowledge in each specialized field, we will be able to improve our own specialty and deepen our knowledge of each occupation.

    SHUTO IKO, OSAKA ISEN, and NAGOYA ISEN are schools help that develop the students’ practical and specialized abilities, and all departments that meet the application requirements, such as the length of the course, have been certified by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology from the first year of certification. This is surely due to the fact that the educational content itself, which has worked practically with the medical, welfare, and sports industries since its foundation, has been certified by the government as high-quality practical education.

  • I worried that I won't be able to keep up with the classes.

    Please don't worry. Passing the school's admissions screening that places importance ""motivation” and “sense of purpose” will help you to keep up with the classes. Since there is a complete homeroom system that continues even after enrolment, we will support each and every one of you closely. Please rest assured that we also offer individual supplementary classes.

    In addition, we have dedicated international student guidance staff members to provide guidance. Japanese students who have the same dream as you will also be there to assist. There is also a special course to help improve your Japanese proficiency, and an instructor who can teach the Japanese language school’s N1 (1st grade) level will give advice on preparing for the exam. We have created a learning environment where you can not only acquire Japanese language skills as well as specialized knowledge and skills, but also receive advice on daily life.

  • What kind of qualification can I obtain?

    Even among only Japanese national qualifications, the qualifications for paramedics, clinical engineering engineers, nurses, public health nurses, midwives, dental hygienists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, orthoptists, acupuncturists, Judo therapists, care workers, mental health care workers, social care workers, etc. can be obtained at the school. Additionally, various other public and private qualifications can be obtained with the university's unique plus license acquisition system.

    If you pass the national medical examination in Japan and obtain a qualification, foreigners with a job lined up can obtain a work visa for "medical care" and "long-term care".

    Among the national qualifications that can be obtained at our school, the requirements for employment visa for "medical care" and "long-term care" are as follows:
    Clinical Engineer, Nurse, Public Health Nurse, Midwife (SI NI*), Dental Hygienist, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Orthoptist (NI), Care Worker (SI)


How to enrol

  • I would like some more detailed information about the school.

    We will send you the latest information regarding IKO / ISEN for free.
    Click here to request the brochures (addresses in Japan only).


  • I want to know the enrolment requirements

    Students who meet all of the conditions in 1.2.3 below, assuming that the purpose of studying abroad is clear and that they have a strong desire to acquire knowledge and skills in their specialized fields.

    1. Those who have completed or are soon to complete the regular 12-year curriculum and will reach the age of 18 at the time of admission.
    ※ If the regular curriculum is less than 12 years, or if you are under the age of 18 at the time of admission, please contact the admissions counseling office.

    2. Students who meet one of the following conditions for Japanese proficiency
    ・ Students who have studied for over 6 months at a Japanese language education institution specified by the Minister of Justice of Japan
    ・ Students who have passed the N1 (1st grade) or N2 (2nd grade) in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)
    ・ Students who have obtained 200 points or more in the Japanese language subjects of the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) (total of reading comprehension, listening comprehension and listening comprehension excluding description)
    ・ Students who got 400 points or more in the BJT business Japanese proficiency test
    ・ Students who have studied for over one year at elementary schools, junior high schools, high schools, colleges of technology, junior colleges, universities, and graduate schools in Japan.
    ※ Please contact admissions counseling if you do not have Japanese proficiency above but can fully understand the content of the class and have a status of residence that allows you to stay in Japan without any problems from admission to graduation.

    3. Students who meet the admission qualifications of each department
    ※ Admission qualifications vary depending on the department. Please contact the Admissions Office for more details.

  • I want to ask about how to enrol

    ● If the applicant is a resident in Japan
    Please contact the Admissions Office or visit the school directly to obtain the "International Student Admission Guidelines".

    ● If the applicant lives in their own country 〈other than Japan〉
    There are two systems that allow for admission without needing to come to Japan to take an examination, one system is document screening * and the other system is where a representative of the applicant can complete the application procedure on their behalf. IKOSEN will apply for your residency permission on your behalf.

    1. Overseas special admission system
    This is a system that accepts and selects applications directly from overseas for those who have passed the N1 (1st grade) or N2 (2nd grade) of the "Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)" and submits them to admissions *.

    2. Admission system before arrival in Japan
    This is a system that allows you to take the examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) outside Japan and submit it before you arrive in Japan, based on your grades and document screening *. The target applicants are those who have obtained 200 points or more in Japanese subjects (reading comprehension + listening comprehension excluding description or total of reading comprehension + listening comprehension).

    3. Representative system
    Please ask a representative living in Japan to apply for you. We will contact the representative regarding the selection date.

    * If necessary, we may conduct an interview via video call or telephone.

    Please contact us by telephone.
    Enrolment enquiries taken everyday (10: 00-20: 00, except Sundays and Japan public holidays, 12 / 26 - 1 / 5)

    SHUTO IKO:TEL. 03-3346-3000 E-mail:nyugaku.tokyo@iko.ac.jp
    OSAKA ISEN:TEL. 06-6452-0110 E-mail:nyugaku.osaka@iko.ac.jp
    NAGOYA ISEN:TEL. 052-582-3000 E-mail:nyugaku.nagoya@iko.ac.jp

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