There are a variety of scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered in English at Japanese universities (as well as an international university’s Japanese program) that appear in this supplement.
The courses not only make the universities more accessible to students from abroad, but they also foster an atmosphere of global awareness and sensitivity among Japanese students.
The following is a list of scholarships for privately financed international students with college student visas. For information on scholarships for Japanese students, please contact universities directly.
Hitotsubashi University Business School
Hitotsubashi Univerity’s School of International Corporate Strategy (Hitotsubashi ICS) is the only institution in Japan where recipients of the prestigious and competitive Young Leaders Program (YLP) scholarships are eligible to study business management.
This scholarship supports privately financed international students of good academic standing who face financial barriers in studying at higher education institutions in Japan. Currently, citizens of Brunei, China, South Korea, Mongolia, Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Singapore and Australia are eligible to apply for the scholarship.
International University of Japan (IUJ)
Matches for scholarships are made on a competitive basis at the time of admissions, and based on the objectives of the university’s various partner organizations, companies and foundations.
Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS)
The university does not offer scholarships for privately financed international students, as the university accepts only exchange students from overseas partner universities. Those students can apply for scholarships from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Scholarship Program, which includes a benefit of ¥48,000 per month (for 12 months) for those who have a college student visa.
The university’s Master’s Program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) offers scholarships, including those administered by Japan Student Service Organization (JASSO).
Scholarships are broadly divided into the following — those offered by Keio University, those offered by public organizations such as the Japanese government and JASSO, and those from scholarship sponsors such as private companies and scholarship foundations.
• Scholarships offered by Keio University are all categorized as benefit-type with no obligation of repayment. The duration for most internal scholarships is one year, but being able to apply every year means that more students have the chance to become recipients.
1) Keio University Scholarship (for undergraduate students), Keio University Graduate School Scholarship.
2) Yamaoka Kenichi Memorial Scholarship (for international students from Asia; Japanese language only).
3) Goldman Sachs Scholars Fund
• Scholarships from donations from alumni and other benefactors.
• Need-based: Keio University Degree Completion Scholarship, intended to provide financial support to a broad scope of students experiencing financial difficulties regardless of the nature or origin of such difficulties to ensure students who aspire to study do not lose the opportunity to do so for financial reasons.
Students in the McGill MBA Japan program are expected to derive funding for their studies from their personal financial resources, their employer, or through a governmental funding agency.
Scholarships are intended for well-qualified candidates who come from nonprofit or voluntary sectors who may not have access to financial resources. Scholarships may also be offered to students with extraordinary academic achievement. Scholarship decisions are made after the candidate has been admitted to the program.
• Meiji University International Students Incentive Scholarship Program (for 2019 admission) provides opportunities for young, competent students with financial difficulties from target countries or regions. Students honored with this scholarship are expected to take part in strengthening the relationship between Japan and their home country.
For the 2019 admission program, the target countries or regions are as follows: Association of Southeast Asian Nations member countries listed on The DAC List of ODA Recipients. These are Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
• Meiji University Special Grant for Privately Financed International Students, designed to support promising students from overseas who can contribute to the advancement and globalization of Meiji University’s education and research, and to nurture people who will be able to succeed in the international arena. Recipient students will be subsidized for either 50 or 100 percent of their tuition fees. This grant is offered to undergraduate students who entered via the International Student Exam (Type II) or English Track Exam from Abroad. Successful students will be nominated by undergraduate or graduate schools.
• MEXT Scholarship Program (Japanese embassy recommendation) in which students follow the instructions of the Japanese diplomatic mission in their country. Schedule depends upon each country.
Meiji University also offers scholarships that are determined after admission.
Scholarships include internal scholarships sponsored by Rikkyo University and external scholarships sponsored by the government or various foundations.
Some scholarships require students to submit a scholarship application registration form. Students are recommended for these scholarships based on the university’s ranking and their registration form. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend the university’s “Orientation for International Students” and “Guidance for International Students” sessions, both held in April. The sessions provide details on the registration method and process by which rank is determined. Furthermore, application guidelines for independent scholarships are posted on the bulletin board of the International Office.
There are two main types of scholarships offered: scholarships for students showing an excellent academic performance and those for students experiencing financial hardships that make it difficult for them to continue their studies. There are a particularly large number of scholarships in the latter category, and students can apply through the university’s Center for Student Affairs.
• All grant-type scholarships:
1) Sophia University New Students Scholarship or Graduate School New Students Scholarship: A tuition reduction scholarship, which is awarded to students whose first choice of university is Sophia University. Submission should be completed at the same time as application of enrollment.
2) Sophia University Tuition Support Scholarships: Tuition reduction scholarship for both undergraduate and graduate students, which lasts for a year. Students need to apply for the scholarship every year.
3) Sophia University Benefactors’ Scholarships: A type of scholarship awarded by benefactors within Japan and from overseas.
• Other scholarships:
1) JASSO Scholarships (student loans: Category 1 (interest-free) and Category 2 (with interest).
2) Scholarships or student loans from local governments or foundations.
1) Toyo University Category 1 Scholarship for second to fourth year undergraduates (for one year); Masajuro Shiokawa Scholarship (for one year). Awarded on academic excellence and other aspects.
2) Toyo University Graduate Scholarship (Category 1) one time for one year (¥300,000).
3) Toyo University Social Contributor Award: The award aims to honor the efforts of students who make remarkable social contributions in various fields and promote further educational activities using the actual abilities gained. For more information, see the bulletin board of Student Affairs Office.
4) Scholarships offered by the Japanese government, public and private institutions. For details, visit the Student Affairs office.
1) Waseda University Scholarships (internal scholarships) are under Waseda University’s own scholarship system. Apply at the undergraduate or postgraduate school in which the student is enrolled.
2) External scholarships with university recommendations, which involve an internal selection. Students should apply to the undergraduate or postgraduate school in which they are enrolled.
3) Open external scholarships via open recruitment (free application). Many of the external scholarships require a high level of Japanese language proficiency. Students should apply directly to the scholarship foundation. Application information is posted by each undergraduate or graduate school.
Government-sponsored international students and other students whose academic fees are borne by a foreign government or scholarship organization, or foreign exchange students and non-degree students are not eligible.