What do Nobel laureate Albert Einstein, composer Frederic Chopin, war photographer Robert Capa and psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud have in common? They were all refugees.

The reality, however, is that very few refugees around the world have access to college education. In Japan, a country that generally takes a tough stance on immigration, some universities have signed partnership agreements with the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Tokyo to provide scholarships for refugees in order to give them an opportunity for higher education.

Jafar Atayee from Afghanistan is one of them. A third-year student at Meiji University in Tokyo, he is enrolled in an all-English course at the college's School of Global Japanese Studies.