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The Top 5 Most Prestigious Scholarships in Japan

Author: Nadira Annisa

Published date: December 13th, 2019

Japan provides various scholarships for both international and domestic students, to cover for those who need some form of financial help to pursue their studies. The amounts vary, however prestigious and big scholarships, give quite a large amounts.

As an international student studying far from home, we really come to learn how to live by ourselves and manage on our own. This includes learning to pay for our own bills, rent, electricity and so much more. Some students also do part time jobs to cover for their own expenses, which gets very tough when you also have your classes and many extracurricular activities to balance as well.


However, scholarships can be a great opportunity for these students who might not have the means to continue their studies otherwise. So here are the top 5 scholarships you can apply for, and some tips from students who successful got a scholarship.


JASSO Scholarship



JASSO, or the Japan Student Services Organization, is an organization that supports international students living in Japan. They are an organization that works in tandem with the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan to manage scholarships for International students.


According to their website, “We provide scholarships and information both for students studying abroad and international students looking to study in Japan." They also state that "as globalization progresses and the acceptance of foreigners increases, we will be aiming to further promote the exchange of international students."


JASSO has two kinds of scholarships, one is the Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students. For this scholarship, applicants must apply through their own educational institution, as this scholarship is for privately-financed international students. Recipients in the undergraduate and graduate level will receive 48,000 yen per month.


The other scholarship is the Student Exchange Support Program (Scholarship for Short-term Study in Japan). Students that are accepted here can receive 80,000 yen per month.


Link: https://www.jasso.go.jp/en/study_j/scholarships/index.html