Financial support before enrollement

Scholarships, Exemption from Admission and/or Tuition Fees

Scholarships

Scholarships that can be applied for before enrollment.

International students can apply for the following scholarships before enrollment.

Student Status Scholarship Sponsorship Monthly award (yen) Notice Arrival (award start) Contact
Undergraduate students Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Scholarship – Embassy recommendation MEXT (Government sponsorship) 117,000 Around March April or October the following year Japanese embassy or consulate
JASSO Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students For students who have taken the Examination for Japanese University (EJU), and who are enrolling in an undergraduate program as a regular student 48,000 Around March to May JASSO
Research students Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Scholarship – Embassy recommendation MEXT (Government sponsorship) 143,000 Around March April the following year Japanese embassy or consulate
MEXT Scholarship – University recommendation MEXT (Government sponsorship) 143,000 Around December October the same year Your university
Japanese studies students (NIKKENSEI) Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Scholarship – Embassy recommendation MEXT (Government sponsorship) 117,000 Around December September or October the same year Japanese embassy or consulate
MEXT Scholarship – University recommendation MEXT (Government sponsorship) 117,000 Around February September or October the same year Your university
Exchange students Student Exchange Support Program (short-term study in Japan) Exchange students based on agreement between partner universities 80,000 April or October (when applying for the exchange program) Your university
(Varies by organization or foundation) Local government / private scholarships 121,600
on average
Varies by organization Varies by organization The relevant local government / organization

Monthly awards above are as of the 2016 school year and are subject to change.
Other scholarships can be applied for after enrolling in the university. Please check the link below for further details on how and when to apply.

International students on a Japanese government scholarship (Government-sponsored international students)

“Government-sponsored international student” refers to international students invited by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) using government funds. Applications for government sponsorship can be submitted in one of two ways before arriving in Japan:

  1. Through an Okayama partner university (Okayama University recommendation)
  2. Through a Japanese embassy or consulate (embassy recommendation)

For details on how to apply, please consult with the person in charge at your university or a Japanese embassy or consulate. Government sponsorships are granted to undergraduate students, graduate students, research students, and Japanese language/culture trainees (Japanese studies students). Other Japanese government scholarships can be applied for through the host university after enrollment. Please check the link below for further details.

Exemption from Admission and/or Tuition Fees

Exemption from admission and/or tuition fees and postponement of collection of admission or tuition fees

Okayama University offers a system for waiving all or half of admission and/or tuition fees or postponing the collection of admission and/or tuition fees, for regular students (undergraduate and graduate) who have severe difficulty paying their admission and/or tuition fees because of exceptional circumstances, and who are recognized as producing excellent academic results. If you would like to use this system, you need to submit an application form within the specified period to the Student and Career Support Office.