Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Entrance Examinations (I)

Many of 18-year-old boys and girls are now studying harder than at any other time of their lives, preparing for entrance examinations to universities or colleges. Their parents and teachers persuade them that their future success is up to which university they will enter.

We have two kinds of universities: national and private. Generally, national universities are more difficult to pass. They are more popular than private universities for two reasons: First, school fees are usually less expensive in national universities than in private ones. You pay about 500,000 yen a year when you study at a national university, while you have to pay twice as much if you choose a private one. The second reason for the supremacy of national universities is that they are regarded as having higher academic levels. Of course there are several privileged private universities, such as Keio, Waseda, Doshisha, Ritsumeikan and so on. But most private universities are thought to be somewhat lower in academic level, when compared with national universities. (Although I do not always agree.)

Next time I will tell you about entrance examinations to national universities.