Support Programs for International Students by JASSO
This page will provide you information regarding the support programs for international students by JASSO.
- 1.Providing Information on Studying in Japan
- 2.Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)
- 3.Assistance and Subsidies for Schooling Expenses for Studyig in Japan
- 4.Support for International Student Accommodations
- 5.Programs to Promote International Student Exchange
- 6.Follow-up Services
- 7.Study in Japan Global Network Project Headquarter
- 8.Japanese Language Education at the Japanese Language Education Centers/ Preliminary Education for Advancement
1. Providing Information on Studying in Japan
JASSO provides information on studying in Japan through the Internet, publications, events, five offices around the world, etc.
Providing information through the internet
"Study in Japan" Website and the JASSO website as well as the Student Exchange Department and Overseas Office Facebook page provide information on studying in Japan.
"Study in Japan" Website
Student Guide to Japan
|Scholarship for International Students in Japan|
A guidebook to provide information
A list of scholarships offered by JASSO, the
College Guidance Fairs for International Students (in Japan)
JASSO holds College Guidance Fairs in Tokyo and Osaka with participating
Japanese universities and other educational institutions to offer consultations on preparing for admission effectively.
(It was held online in 2020 and 2021.）
Information services at overseas locations
(Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Republic of Korea and Vietnam) to provide information and advice to people interested in studying in Japan, in cooperation with relevant organizations, including Japanese alumni associations.
JASSO has also designated 55 Study in Japan Resource Facilities in 20 countries and regions in Asia as information bases open to the public, and provides materials to such facilities, including the branches of Japan alumni associations and university libraries, etc. to promote studying in Japan.
Study in Japan Fairs (outside Japan)
JASSO holds Study in Japan Fairs outside Japan with participating Japanese universities and other organizations to provide information on studying in Japan for high school students, university students, and educators.
In addition, JASSO offers information on studying in Japan at events held by other public organizations.
2. Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)
Since FY2002, EJU has been conducted twice a year, both in Japan and overseas, to evaluate Japanese language proficiency and the basic academic abilities of international students who wish to study at universities (undergraduate programs) and other higher education institutions in Japan. EJU is conducted overseas to further promote the "Pre-Arrival Admission" - a program structured to allow international applicants for study in Japan to take admissions examinations for Japanese universities or other educational institutions while still in their own countries, thus eliminating the need to travel to Japan.
In FY2019, 59,331 people took the exams and 856 universities and other higher education institutions used it for the selection of students.
●Schedule of FY2020 examinations
◎Dates of exams
1st session: June 20 (Sun), 2021
2nd session: November 7 (Sun), 2021
Japan:16 prefectures (Hokkaido, Miyagi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Ishikawa or Toyama, Shizuoka, Aichi, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Okayama or Hiroshima, Fukuoka and Okinawa).
Overseas: 18 cities in 14 countries and regions.
India (New Delhi), Indonesia (Jakarta and Surabaya), Republic of Korea (Seoul and Busan), Singapore, Sri Lanka (Colombo), Thailand (Bangkok and Chiang Mai), Taiwan (Taipei), Philippines (Manila), Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City), Hong Kong, Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Myanmar (Yangon), Mongolia (Ulaanbaatar) and Russia (Vladivostok).
※The exam in the Philippines (Manila) is canceled due to Coronavirus disease outbreak in 2021.
●Content and implementation methods of examination
Japanese as a Foreign Language, Science (2 subjects chosen from Physics, Chemistry and Biology), Japan and the World, Mathematics.
◎Examination language options
The EJU is available in Japanese or English, except for the Japanese as a Foreign Language test, which is given in Japanese only.
All questions use a multiple-choice format, except for the writing section of the Japanese as a Foreign Language test.
Introduction of subject selection system and using the test results for two consecutive years. Examinees who achieve a superior score on the EJU are
offered a Reservation Program for Monbukagakusho Honors
Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students.
Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU): Question Booklet (with CD of listening and reading comprehension questions)
For more information, click Examination for Japanese University Admission for InternationalStudents (EJU)
3. Assistance and Subsidies for Schooling Expenses for Studying in Japan
In order to foster a financially stable environment for international students to study, JASSO provides the following financial assistance.
●Monbukagakusho* Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students
［FY2020 budget: ¥ 3,546 million/7,400 students］To promote the strategic acceptance of excellent international students and to contribute to the internationalization of Japanese higher education institutions, Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship is provided to privately-financed international students at Japanese higher education institutions who are outstanding in both performance and character and who have difficulties in pursuing their studies for financial reasons.
・Graduate school level/undergraduate level: ¥48,000
・Japanese language educational institution: ¥30,000
●Providing scholarships to Japanese Government (MEXT)
For Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship students, JASSO conducts screening for the selection and allowance (scholarship money) payment services.
|・Undergraduate/College of technology/Specialized training college students||¥117,000|
|Japanese studies students||¥117,000|
|Master's/Professional degree course||¥144,000|
|Teacher training students||¥143,000|
|Young Leaders' Program (YLP) students||¥242,000|
*There is an additional stipend for designated areas (except for YLP).
●Student Exchange Support Program: Scholarship for
short-term study in Japan【Acceptance agreement】
［FY2020 Budget: ¥1,600 million/5,000 students］
This scholarship is provided to international students who study at Japanese higher education institutions for a short term of between eight days and one year under student exchange agreements.
◎Monthly stipend ¥80,000
For more information, click Student Exchange Support Program
4.Support for International Student Accommodations
JASSO manages programs to ensure that international students studying in Japan are able to live and study without accommodation-related worries.
●Management of Tokyo International Exchange Center (TIEC) and Hyogo International House
JASSO provides and manages high-quality living environments for international students: 793 accommodations (628 single and 165 couple/family) at the Tokyo International Exchange Center (located in Aomi, koto-ku, Tokyo); 195 accommodations (157 single and 38 couple/family) at the Hyogo International House (located in Wakinohama-cho, Chuo-ku,
Kobe-shi, Hyogo). They also serve as hubs of international exchange.
（TIEC couple/family accommodation C living room）
●Support for universities' leasing accommodations for international students
Necessary expenses are provided in educational institutions' leasing accommodations for international students: up to ¥80,000 per single accommodation or ¥130,000 per family accommodation.
In addition, JASSO provides up to ¥20,000 when general households host international students.
5.Programs to Promote International Student Exchange
JASSO is developing programs to promote exchange among international students through Tokyo International Exchange Center and Hyogo International House as Hubs of International Exchange.
●Tokyo International Exchange Center (TIEC)
Tokyo International Exchange Center (TIEC) is a center for academic exchange equipped with residence halls for international students and researchers, and conference facilities such as the International Conference Hall within Plaza Heisei. It facilitates international student exchange through the management of residence and conference facilities, and various exchange programs such as
international symposiums and TIEC Festival.
*It was established in the Tokyo Waterfront area as part of Tokyo Academic Park under a collaborative effort between MEXT and METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) in July 2001. It plays a central role as a base for gathering global wisdom and facilitating intellectual exchanges to produce new knowledge.
For more information, click Tokyo International Exchange Center
●Hyogo International House
Established in 1999, it develops programs that promote international student exchange such as HIH Festival, events in collaboration with the Consortium of Universities in Hyogo, and others.
For more information, click Hyogo International House
●Supporting international students' involvement in the community
Using funds entrusted by The Nakajima Foundation, JASSO promotes a variety of exchange programs with the aim of fostering mutual understanding between international students and local people in various parts of Japan.
For more information, click international students' community involvement (Japanese only)
JASSO provides various forms of support for international students returning home after their study in Japan, or looking to find employment in Japan.
●Follow-up research fellowship
International students who have returned to their home countries and who are currently active in education, academic research or public administration are invited to a Japanese university to conduct short-term joint research with relevant academics.
For more information, click Follow-up Research Fellowship
●Follow-up research guidance
To provide advice and academic support, JASSO dispatches research advisors to visit former international students who have returned to their home countries and who are currently engaged in education or research at schools.
for more information, click Follow-up Research Guidance
●Career support for international students
JASSO offers information about employment and job search activities for international students who wish to find employment in Japan.
For more information, click Job Hunting Guide for International Students
●Japan Alumni Global Network (Facebook)
The Japan Alumni Global Network provides the latest information on Japan, employment support information, experiences stories and so on that are useful for life after studying in Japan of foreigners who have studied as international students in Japan.For more information, click Japan Alumni Global Network
7.Study in Japan Global Network Project Headquarter
JASSO is entrusted with Japan headquarter of MEXT's "Study in Japan Global Network Project (six designated regions around the world)" and is working, in cooperation with overseas regional office management universities and other higher learning institutions, to form a network, by sharing information on local needs and establishing cooperative systems with government related
For more information, click Study in Japan Global Network Project Headquarter (Japanese only)
8.Japanese language Education at the Japanese Language Education Centers/ Preliminary Education for Advancement
Based on the understanding that JASSO is playing a part in national policy relating to international students, JASSO has established Japanese Language Education Centers in Tokyo and Osaka. These Centers provide education in the Japanese language and core subjects for those who wish to enter higher education institutions in Japan.
The Centers mainly accept Japanese government scholarship students and foreign government sponsored students, and provide high-quality and detailed education in response to diverse needs of students and their home countries.
The predecessors of both centers were the Japanese Language school of the International Students Institute and the Kansai International Students Institute Japanese Language School, and have a history of 85 years and 64 years, respectively.
●High-quality and effective Japanese language and preparatory education offered to meet the needs of students
Small classes are formed on the basis to the students' academic plans and abilities, and well-equipped facilities are provided to contribute to the effectiveness of the education. In addition, based on comments given by colleges and universities where the students are enrolled, the centers keep making efforts to improve and enhance their classes, career counseling
and daily life guidance.
●Model classes for prospective postgraduate students
Model classes are conducted at the centers, which include specialized Japanese language training classes using independently developed course materials, research project plan drafting and presentation, and seminar classes where students make reports. These classes help students develop the ability to think logically, which provides the foundation necessary for their research activities at graduate schools and develops their Japanese language ability for academic purposes.
●Friendly rivalry among diverse students
Students from many different countries and various cultural backgrounds, including Japanese government scholarship students, foreign government sponsored students and international students financed by scholarship organizations, are studying at the centers, which give them opportunities to learn from each other.
●Development of original Japanese language textbooks and educational materials
Based on the conditions of the higher education institutions the international student will attend as well as the conditions in the student's home country, JASSO creates and distributes textbooks and educational materials for Japanese language and basic education.
●Overseas cooperation in preparatory education for studying Japanese
Through short-term training, provision of educational materials, etc., to foreign Japanese language instructors invited from overseas, JASSO cooperates in the development of overseas Japanese language preparatory education.
●Offering a wide range of Japanese cultural exchange programs
Japanese Language Education Centers actively promote cultural exchange programs so that they can adapt to Japanese society and develop mutual understanding through communication with people from all walks of life in Japan such as primary and secondary school students, college and university students and working adults.
●Accommodations for students
The centers have dormitories (149 in Tokyo, 54 in Osaka), where students can concentrate on their study.
For more information, click Japanese Language Education Centers