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

JASSO provides information on studying in Japan through the Internet, publications, events, five offices around the world, etc.

Study in Japan information via the Internet

Information for individuals interested in studying in Japan is available on the Study in Japan and JASSO websites, as well as the Student Exchange Department and Overseas Office Facebook pages.

"Study in Japan" Website


Social Network Services





Study in Japan Basic Guide

Scholarships for International Students in Japan

A guidebook to provide information for those who wish to study in Japan

A list of scholarships offered by JASSO, the Japanese government, local governments and private foundations

College Guidance Fairs for International Students (in Japan)

JASSO sponsors College Guidance Fairs in Tokyo and Osaka around July of each year. The goal is to gain participation by Japanese universities and other educational institutions in consultations aimed at effective preparation for advancing to available programs.

Study in Japan Information Services (Overseas Locations)

JASSO maintains overseas offices in Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Republic of Korea and Vietnam). These sites receive cooperation from groups of local individuals previously studying in Japan and other organizations, striving to provide useful information and advice concerning study programs in Japan. JASSO also forwards Study in Japan materials related to branches of Japan study alumni networks, university libraries and other locations in Asia to provide access to information for promoting 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)

This examination is designed to evaluate the Japanese language skills and basic academic abilities of international students who wish to enroll in a Japanese undergraduate university. The examination has been held twice a year since 2002. By conducting the exam outside of Japan, the aim is to further promote "prearrival admissions," which allow prospective students to gain admission to a university or other institution while still in their home country.

Schedule of FY2023 EJU Examinations

Examination Dates
1st Session: June 18 (Sunday), 2023
2nd Session: November 12 (Sunday), 2023

Japan: 17 prefectures (Hokkaido, Miyagi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Ishikawa or Toyama, Shizuoka, Aichi, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Okayama or Hiroshima, Kochi, Fukuoka and Okinawa).

Overseas: 17 cities in 13 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) and Mongolia (Ulaanbaatar).

* For Russia, the impact of local conditions has led to the cancellation of the EJU in Vladivostok for fiscal year 2023.

Content and Examination Implementation Methods

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)

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

To promote the strategic acceptance of excellent international students and to contribute to the internationalization of Japanese higher education institutions, the 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.

Monthly stipends *Subject to change each fiscal year.
 ・Graduate school level/undergraduate level: 48,000 yen
 ・Japanese language schools: 30,000 yen

Providing scholarships to Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship students

For Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship students, JASSO conducts screening for the selection and allowance (scholarship money) payment services.

Monthly stipend

Undergraduate/College of technology/Specialized training college students ¥117,000
Japanese studies students ¥117,000

Research students

Doctoral course ¥145,000
Master's / Professional degree course ¥144,000
Non-degree students ¥143,000
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 Study in Japan under Agreement)

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

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

In order for students to lead a secure and fulfilling lives as international students in Japan, necessary expenses are provided in educational institutions' leasing accommodations for international students: up to 80,000 yen per single accommodation or 130,000 yen per family accommodation.

In addition, when universities and other institutions provide homestays for international students coming to Japan under inter-university exchange agreements, etc., the program supports the necessary expenses (up to 20,000 yen per family).

5. Programs to Promote International Student Exchanges

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)

The 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.

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.

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.

Information is provided on employment at Japanese companies to international students who wish to find employment in Japan.

6. Follow-up Services

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.

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.

Career support for international students

Information is provided on employment at Japanese companies to international students who wish to find employment in Japan.

Japan Alumni Global Network

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.

7. Japanese Language Education at Japanese Language Education Centers / Preparatory 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.

Dormitories for students

The Centers have dormitory rooms (149 in Tokyo, 54 in Osaka), where students can concentrate on their studies in a safe and secure environment.

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