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There must be many students who would like to receive a scholarship when they proceed to a university or a special training school. However, most of scholarships are granted for foreign students, mainly at graduate schools or junior and senior students of a university. They are seldom given to a freshman or a sophomore, it is even scarce for a special training school student.

Catch Information and Apply for It

In Japan, there are more than 300 private organizations providing scholarships. Apart from private ones, there are scholarships provided by individual universities and local governments. Make all effort to gather information from your school notice board or other methods. Keep on applying for them.

You can also search for scholarships depending on the school, location of school and applicants and courses using this web site.

Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students

This grant is based on the funds contributed by the State subsidy. The grant is given to a large number of people, thus has the highest chance of getting the grant.

Foreign Student Scholarship System by the Ministry of Education
Institutions eligible for scholarships: Graduate schools (doctoral and master's), researchers (graduate school level), university undergraduate schools, junior colleges, vocational schools (4th year and higher), professional schools (professional courses), Separate overseas student programs at universities and junior colleges, Specialized departments of universities, junior colleges, and vocational schools, preparatory education programs, Japanese language education institutions.

International students whose living expenses are privately financed are provided with a monthly stipend of 48,000 yen (30,000 yen for students at Japanese language schools). Restrictions may apply according to students' academic records as well as institutional financing conditions. Students with excellent results on the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) may participate in an advance reservation program.

Please contact with the person in charge.
Japanese Students Services Organization Ryugakusei Jigyoubu Kokusai Shougakuka
Postal code 153-8503 Komaba 4-5-29 Meguro City Tokyo
Telephone: 03-6407-7454
From the homepage below, scholarship lists could be downloaded in PDF form.

Tuition Reduction and Assistance

Tuition Fee Assistance System Offered by Universities
There is a variety of tuition reduction systems run by individual university funds. Some are 100% reduction or 50% or less. Many private universities give 30% reduction after financial screening. please contact an international exchange center at your school for more detail.

National universities have tuition reduction/exemption systems for students with financial difficulty. However, this system originally started to help Japanese students. The application systems on foreign students vary from school to school. Also the required documents and the number of students covered is varied. Generally local public universities also have similar systems, but some universities may not apply the system on foreign students. For more detail, please contact the office in charge at each university.


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