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Planning studies in Japan

Scholarships

In Japan, only a few scholarships cover all the costs of study; most aim to cover just a portion of the student's living expenses and tuition fees. Therefore, calculate the total expenses of studying in Japan to create a financial plan that does not rely solely on scholarships but rather your own funds as well.

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Click here to download "Scholarship for International Students in Japan" which contains details of scholarships provided by various organizations.

Types of financial assistance available

  1. Scholarships
  2. Tuition reduction/exemption systems (30%, 50% or 100% exemption, etc.)

When to apply

  1. Before coming to Japan: Financial aid you can apply for prior to coming to Japan (very few options)
  2. After coming to Japan: Financial aid you can apply for in Japan after coming to the country and enrolling in a school (many options)

Eligibility and the approximate number of organizations offering relevant financial aid

Eligibility Apply before coming to Japan Apply after coming to Japan
Japanese government Local government, private, etc. Local government, private, etc.
1 College of technology students 2 21
2 Specialized training college potsecondary course students 4 17
3 University / junior college preparatory Japanese language program students 1 4
4 Students at Japanese language institutes other than those in 3 above 3 8
5 Junior college students 5 31
6 University undergraduate audit students 0 2
7 University undergraduate students 〇 (Japanese studies students) 13 97
8 Graduate schoo-level research students 〇 (Teacher training students) 4 17
9 Master's program students 〇 (Young Leaders' Program (YLP) students) 17 119
10 Doctoral program students 13 106
11 Professional degree program students 1 8

Reference:Scholarship for International Students in Japan 2021 - 2022, JASSO

There are many scholarships for regular undergraduate and graduate school programs.

Application requirements

Application requirements include 1) age, 2) country or region, 3) school enrolled in in Japan, 4) major or specialty field, etc.

In many cases, you will need to have the

Screening examinations

Screening for most financial aid is conducted using only the documents submitted, but some organizations require an interview or a written examination testing your general education, knowledge in your field and/or language abilities.

How to apply

The majority of financial aid requires you to apply through the school you are enrolled in. (Please confirm the relevant details at your school's International Student Office.)

Scholarships you can apply for before you arrive in Japan

Type Eligible students/Number of organizations offering scholarships Monthly stipend (yen) Inquiries
Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT)Scholarship*1 Young Leaders' Program (YLP) students 242,000

The Japanese embassy or consulate in your home country*2

Research students (Non-degree students) 143,000
Research students (Master's course) 144,000
Research students (Doctoral course) 145,000
Teacher training students 143,000
Undergraduate students/college of technology students/specialized training college students/Japanese studies students 117,000
Reservation Program for Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students Privatly-financed international students who have achieved an excellent score on EJU and who will enroll as regular students in universities (undergraduate program), junior colleges, colleges of technologh (thire year or upper), or specialized training colleges (potsecondary course) 48,000 JASSO*3
Local governments and private organization scholarships 17 organizations 60,000~200,000 Local agovernments, private organizations, etc.*4
On-campus scholarships, tuition fee exemption or reduction system - - School you will be enrolled in

*1 Students who study or do research in a designated region will receive an additional monthly stipend.

*2 For some countries, a goverment agency in your home country serves as a point contract.

*3 https://www.jasso.go.jp/ryugaku/study_j/scholarships/shoureihi/yoyakuseido/

*4 Confirm with each organization whether acceptance will be decided before coming to Japan.

Scholarships for exchange students under inter-university exchange agreements, etc.

Type Eligible students Monthly stipend (yen) Inquiries
Students Exchange Spport Program (Scholarship for Short-term Study in Japan) International students under the inter-university exchange program agreement, etc. on a short-term basis from eight days to one year 80,000 Current school in home country

Scholarships you can apply for after you arrive in Japan

Type Eligible students/Number of organizations offering scholarships Monthly stipend (yen) Inquiries
Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-financed International Students Graduate school students (doctral course, master's course)/research students (graduate school lever)/undergraduate students/junior college students/college of technology students (3rd year or upper)/specialized training college (postsecondary course) students/students of preparatory Japanese language program offered at private universities, junior colleges/students of advanced courses of university, junior college and college of technology/university preparatory course students 48,000 Current school (in Japan)
Japanese language institute students 30,000
Local government and private organization scholarships 125 organizations 15,000~300,000 Each scholarship organization or current school (in Japan)
On-campus scholarships, tuition fee exemption or reduction system

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Current school (in Japan)

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There are other scholarships that are not listed here. Please check with the school for more information.