Scholarships in Japan

Scholarship in Japan

The scholarship is applicable to all international students coming to study in Japan. Its aim is to provide students with financial support during their study in Japan.

Contents

  • How to choose the right scholarship
  • Types of scholarship in Japan 
  1. Japan Student Services Organisation Scholarships (JASSO)
  2. Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships
  3. Local Governments/Local International Associations Scholarships
  4. Private Foundations Scholarships
  5. Scholarships available abroad
  6. On-campus scholarships

How to choose the right scholarship

Choosing one that can help you support the most will require good planning. A long-term planning can provide a broad view of how long and what steps to take in achieving the goal. With good planning, you will be well prepared for Japan and a greater chance of achieving your set goal.

Planning includes budgeting. Work out your total annual cost and compare it against the total receivable from your financial sponsor. The difference is what you will require extra support by scholarship. Determine the annual scholarship you are planning to apply and see how much it will cover. If not all, you can see how much it needs to cover by a part-time job. 

With financial expertise, Pathway Japan can tailor a plan that works only for you. 

Types of scholarship in Japan

1. Japan Student Services Organisation Scholarships (JASSO)

a) Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship

This scholarship is for privately or self-financed international students who are accepted by

  • Japanese Language School
  • Japanese University (Undergraduate, Postgraduate – Masters and PhD)
  • College of Technology
  • Professional Training college
  • University preparatory course designated by MEXT

Requirement

  • Written recommendation by attending school/college/university
  • Student Visa
  • Cooperate in the survey by JASSO
  • Have required grade point
  • Monthly allowance from your financial sponsor should not exceed ¥90,000
  • The annual income of the financial sponsor living in Japan should not exceed ¥5,000,000

 

Monthly stipend

  • Japanese Language School student – ¥30,000 pm
  • For University, College and University prep student – ¥48,000 pm

The scholarship is payable for 1 year from April to following March.

 

How to apply

The application starts in late March through May. Refer to Pathway Japan for the closing date.

Submit application together with other required documents to your school/university.

Other required documents include

  • CV
  • A student registration certificate
  • A transcript
  • A recommendation from your academic supervisor
  • A health certificate
  • Photos
  • A copy of your resident card

The screening takes place on the basis of documents, but you may be asked to take a written test or an interview. The results will be notified to the applicants through your school/university.

b) Student Exchange Support Program

This scholarship is for those accepted by Universities in Japan under the student exchange program. It is for short-term study in Japan. Students should check with their university whether they have an exchange program with the Universities in Japan. Application is submitted through their university.  

2. Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships

This scholarship is for privately or self-financed international students who are accepted by

  • University in Japan (Undergraduate, Postgraduate – Masters and PhD)
  • College of Technology
  • Professional Training college

To be accepted by above, students must have a relevant level of JLPT or EJU.

 

Eligibility

The scholarship is applicable for students who match the following criteria

  • For Undergraduate – Completed 12 years of school education
  • For Postgraduate – Have academic ability equivalent to that of a University degree
  • For College of Technology – Completed secondary school or 11 years of elementary school
  • For Professional Training college – Completed 12 years of school education

 

The average annual number of students granted

  • Undergraduate – 150 students
  • Postgraduate – 100 students
  • College of Technology – 50 students
  • Professional Training college – 50 students

With a good recommendation from the Embassy of Japan/Consulate of Japan (apply before arriving in Japan) or University/College (apply after arriving in Japan), there is a good chance of passing the process stage.

 

Tuition Fee

Students will be exempted from paying

  • Tuition fee
  • Examination fee
  • Entrance fee

Basically, studying at listed above is FREE! On top of this, one round-trip ticket is free too!

Note that the round-trip ticket can only be used to and from Narita or Haneda International airport in Tokyo.

 

In addition, monthly stipend

  • For Undergraduate student – ¥117,000 pm for 5 years including 1 year of Japanese Language training

 

  • For Masters degree student – ¥144,000 pm up to 1.5 years including 6 months of Japanese Language training

 

  • For PhD student – ¥145,000 pm up to 1.5 years including 6 months of Japanese Language training

 

  • For College of Technology student – ¥117,000 pm for 4 years including 1 year of Japanese Language training

 

  • For Professional Training college student – ¥117,000 pm for 3 years including 1 year of Japanese Language training

 

How to apply for MEXT

There are 2 ways to apply for the scholarship in Japan.

  • Apply before you arrive in Japan through the Japanese Embassy or Consulate of Japan in your home country. Students are required to sit for academic tests in Japanese, English and other subject depending on the students’ major. Past papers are available by request.

The application is in April. Refer to the Japanese Embassy or Consulate of Japan for the closing date.

 

  • Apply after you arrive in Japan through University/College who would conduct their examinations of the students with recommendations made to MEXT.

The application starts in December through January. Refer to Pathway Japan for the closing date.

Submit application together with the following required documents

  • CV
  • A student registration certificate
  • A transcript
  • A recommendation from your academic supervisor
  • A health certificate
  • Photos
  • A copy of your resident card (if applied in Japan)

The results will be notified to the applicants through the Japanese Embassy/Consulate of Japan or University/College, from which you applied.

3. Local Governments/Local International Associations Scholarships

This scholarship is for students living and attending schools in their district. Scholarships are arranged according to the location of where you are based.

There are about 135 organisations in Japan. Some sponsor for University students only, while some sponsor for all University/College and Japanese Language School students. Due to the size of the organisation, the number of grantees each can sponsor is limited.

 

Monthly stipend

Depending on the district, ranging from ¥20,000 ~ ¥310,000 pm

4. Private Foundations Scholarships

This scholarship is for the students

  • Attending schools in a certain district or
  • Studying specific subjects relating to the organisation providing the scholarships or
  • From a certain country with which the organisation has an agreement

5. Scholarships available abroad

There are Japanese organisations overseas that funds scholarships for students to study in Japan. Those organisations are mainly in Asia and the USA. Refer to Pathway Japan for more details.

6. On-campus scholarships

Some Schools/Colleges/Universities offer a scholarship or reduction/exemption in tuition fees. The conditions are usually 100% attendance, top marks, and so on.

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