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 have a safe and enjoyable school life.
As a school, we provide full support not only for school life and study, but also for housing and daily life in Japan, employment at Japan, and acquisition for VISA.

We will do all we can do to help those who have the desire to learn.

Open Campus

Visits / Consultations every day, even online! (10:00 - 20:00 JST, excluding Sundays, Japanese public holidays, and dates between 12/26 - 1/5.)

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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 4,200 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 desire to get a job, the employment guidance instructors will give thorough individual guidance from resume writing to interview practice.
Thorough support for qualification acquisition strategies, which are powerful tools when looking for a job.
We also provide full support for finding employment in Japan, such as job hunting strategies 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 “Skill Up Course” available to help improve your Japanese proficiency.
4. There is an international student support system that helps you feel at ease during both your studies and daily life.
5. The employment guidance counselors promote employment at hospitals and facilities.
6. We provide a living environment where you can study with peace of mind.

There are many other support systems available too!

Subjects / Courses

Subjects / Courses


Emergency Lifesaving/Advanced Clinical Engineering/Clinical Engineering Technician/Advanced Nursing/Advanced Nursing Health Care/Health Care Provider/Practical Nursing I & II/Midwife/Dental Hygiene/Advanced Physical Therapy/Physical Therapy/Advanced Occupational Therapy/Occupational Therapy/Speech and Hearing/Vision Training/Acupuncture and Moxibustion/Judo Therapy/Sports Trainer/Athletic Trainer/Medical Information Management/Medical Secretary/Nursing Care and Welfare/Mental Health Social Worker/Certified Social Worker

Upon graduation, you will obtain the title of "advanced diploma" / "diploma". It will be easier for you to re-enter and get a job in Japan.

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Global SIZE Education NETWORK

Global SIZE Education NETWORK


Not limited to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Paris, we have prepared an environment that fosters the Immediate Workforce Ability to play active roles worldwide.


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

3 minutes on foot from Osaka Station.
10 storeys above ground and 1 storey below ground, OSAKA ISEN general school building.

3 minutes on foot from Nagoya station.
36 storeys above ground,  Spiral Towers  general school building. 

CREAPOLE  (Paris Group School) 

Overseas offices

Our school has 8 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
  • Dubai Office
  • Beijing Office
  • Shanghai Office
  • Taiwan Office
  • Seoul 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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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What courses are offered?

    ▼ Day Classes

    Faculty of Medical Care 4 - year Courses <Advanced Diploma>
    ※ You will receive an "Advanced Diploma" upon graduation, which is equivalent to a 4-year Japanese university qualification.

    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 NI*)
    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 a "Diploma" upon graduation, which is the equivalent a Japanese junior college qualification.

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

    Practical Nursing I
    General Nursing Major

    Practical Nursing II
    General Nursing Major

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

    Physical Therapy (SI OI*)
    Comprehensive Physical Therapy Major

    Occupational Therapy (SI)
    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 (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 a "Diploma" upon graduation, which is the equivalent a Japanese junior college qualification.

    Speech and Hearing
    Child Development Major
    Eating and Swallowing Major
    Cognitive Function Major

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

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

    Medical Secretary (NI)
    Medical Office Expert Major
    Medical Concierge 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)
    Midwife (SI NI)
    Mental Health Social Worker
    Certified Social Worker (SI NI)

    ▼ Night-time Classes

    Faculty of Medical Care 3 - year <Diploma>
    ※ You will receive a "Diploma" upon graduation, which is the equivalent a Japanese junior college qualification.
    Dental Hygiene
    Physical Therapy (NI)
    Orthoptist Training (OI)
    Judo Therapy
    ※ Student VISA cannot be obtained by those attending Night-time Classes. 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'm worried about being unable to keep up in class.

    There is nothing to be worry about. Our admissions screening process places an emphasis on the individual's motivation and dedication towards their goals. Passing this initial process ensures that you will be able to keep up with our classes. There is also a complete homeroom system all throughout the year where we will be able to closely provide support to each of our students. Please rest assured that we also offer individual supplementary classes.

    In addition, we have a dedicated team of guidance staff members to provide international students with assistance. Like-minded Japanese students will be there to assist as well. We also hold a special course to help improve your Japanese proficiency, where an N1-level langauge instructor will provide direction on preparing for the JLPT N1 examinations. Our unique learning environment allows you to not only acquire specialized knowledge and Japanese language skills, but also receive advice on daily life in Japan.

  • 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, Dental Hygienist, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Orthoptist (NI), Care Worker (SI)


How to Enroll

  • I would like to know more about the school.

    We will send you the latest information regarding IKO / ISEN for free.
    Click here to request our school brochures.
    ※ Overseas dispatch is not available.


  • I want to know the enrollment requirements.

    "Students who meet all of the following conditions in sections 1, 2, and 3 below, assuming that the intent of studying abroad is clear and have a strong desire to acquire knowledge and skills in their respective fields. 

     1. Those who have completed or are soon to complete a regular 12-year curriculum and will reach the age of 18 by the time of admission.
    ※ If your country's regular curriculum is less than 12 years, or if you will be under the age of 18 at the time of admission, please contact the Admissions Office.  

     2. Students who meet one of the following conditions for Japanese proficiency.
    ・ Students who have studied for over 6 months a Japanese language education institution accredited by the Ministry of Justice of Japan.
    ・ Students who have passed the N1 or N2 levels in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).
    ・ Students who have obtained 200 points or more in the Japanese language subjects from 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 Business Japanese Proficiency Test (BJT).
    ・ Students who have studied for over one year at elementary schools, junior high schools, high schools, vocational colleges, junior colleges, universities, or graduate schools in Japan.
    ※ Please contact  the Admissions Office 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 would like to know how to enroll.

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

    ● If the applicant resides in his / her own country 〈other than Japan〉
    We have two systems that allow admission by document screening without coming to Japan to take the examination*, and a system that asks a representative to apply for the application procedure. IKO/ISEN will apply for status of residence on your behalf. 

    1. Overseas special admission system
    This system accepts and selects applications directly from overseas for those who have passed the N1 (Level 1) or N2 (Level 2) in the "Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)",or who have scored 400 or higher on the BJT Business Japanese Proficiency Test (BJT)*.

    2. Admission system before arrival in Japan
    This system allows you to take the "Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)" exam and submit enrollment application materials before you arrive in Japan, based on your grades and document screening results*. The target persons are those who have obtained 200 points or more in Japanese subjects (total of reading comprehension, listening comprehension and listening comprehension excluding description).

    3. Representative system
    Please ask a representative living in Japan to apply for you. We will contact the representative regarding the selection date.
    * Interviews will be conducted via the Internet.

    Please contact us via phone or E-mail.
    Admission consultations available every day. (10:00 - 20:00 JST, excluding Sundays, Japanese public holidays, and dates between 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

    ▼ Application process

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