Financial Aid

Exemption from Admission and/or Tuition Fees, and Postponement of Collection of Admission and/or Tuition Fees, and Scholarships

Tuition / Admission Fee Exemption

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

Okayama University has a system for waiving all or half of the admission and/or tuition fees or postponing the collection of admission and/or tuition fees. This system is available 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. To apply for this system, please submit an application during the designated period to the Student Support Division.
For details, please check the bulletin board and visit the Campus Life page.
※Office in Charge: Student Support Division,
 Academic Affairs Department


There are a variety of scholarships available for international students who require financial assistance. The number of eligible and successful applicants varies according to the scholarship. Recruitment information on the scholarships is posted on the bulletin boards at each faculty and on this website.

Criteria for Eligible Applicants (excluding Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) scholarships)

Eligible applicants should meet all of the criteria listed below.

  1. The enrollment period in the current course should not exceed the course term period at the time of application.
  2. The applicant’s GPA of the previous academic year should meet the required grade point average:
      Undergraduates: 2.0 and above
      Graduate students: 2.3 and above

  3. The applicant should not be currently receiving or be selected to receive, or have applied for any other scholarships.
  4. The annual income of the financial supporter should be less than ¥5,000,000.
  5. The applicant’s spouse is not a recipient of a Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) scholarship or Interexchange Association Japan (IAJ), nor a sponsored student of a foreign government.
  6. The monthly stipend of the scholarship should not exceed ¥30,000 per month if the applicant’s spouse receives or will receive any scholarship or grant.
  7. The applicant should meet all other requirements specified by the sponsor.

※The term “spouse” here includes a partner of a de facto relationship.


All applicants must follow the application procedures for each scholarship. Applicants at the Tsushima campus or Shikata campus should submit the required documentation to the Center for Global Partnerships and Education of their campus. Applicants at other campuses should submit the required documents to the Academic Affairs Office of that campus. Recruitment information on the scholarships is posted on the bulletin boards at each faculty and at the Center for Global Partnerships and Education, as well as on this website. Please download the application form from this website, and submit the necessary documents to the Center for Global Partnerships and Education by the due date.

Late applications cannot be accepted for any reasons.

Scholarship Selection Criteria

Scholarship candidates applying through the university are selected based on the Scholarship Guidelines for Privately Funded International Students.

Scholarship candidates are selected based on: 1. Academic performance; 2. Grade year; 3. Behavior (adherence to the immigration control laws and any other rules); 4. Whether or not he/she received any scholarship in the previous year.


  1. Candidates who are waiting for the result of their scholarship application cannot apply for any other scholarship. Please refer to the scholarship list below, and choose one that best suits your requirements.
  2. Please understand that any willfully false statement is sufficient cause for cancellation and return of the scholarship.
  3. If you are selected as a recipient of a scholarship for which you have applied directly to the sponsor, please report this to the Center for Global Partnerships and Education. There are serious consequences if it is discovered that you have failed to disclose such information; namely, you will not be able to apply for any scholarship through the university, and you may be asked to return the scholarship you are receiving.

List of Scholarships

1) Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship

(国費国内採用Domestic Selection (selection of privately financed students already in Japan)
Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarships (PDF:369KB)

Included in this category are privately financed students currently studying at Japanese universities. Eligible applicants are third-year undergraduate students who are expected to advance to a fourth-year regular student status (fifth-year status in the case of medical, dental or veterinary students or those majoring in 6-year system pharmaceutical sciences); fourth year students expected to advance to a regular Master's program student status, or Master's or Doctoral students expected to remain as regular students for one year or longer. Scholarships are no longer awarded to undergraduate students since 2010.
 The recruitment period will be announced in late September through the relevant faculties and/or graduate schools. The application deadline is the beginning of November. Students who are interested in applying should consult with the person(s) responsible for scholarship applications in their department administration office.

2) JASSO Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students (“学習奨励費 Gakushu-Shoureihi”)

 Successful applicants are selected based on their excellent academic record and personal achievements, and they receive a monthly stipend of 48,000 yen (graduate and undergraduate students) for one year. The recruitment period is between the beginning and middle of April, and the application deadline is at the end of April.

3) Scholarships by Local Governments, International Associations, and Private Foundations

 The following list of scholarships is based on records from FY2015. Please note that the application guidelines and recruitment criteria are subject to change.

Name of scholarship Recruitment period Number of students recommended from Okayama University Monthly stipend (yen) Duration Qualification
JASSO Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students April Graduate: 5 Graduate: 48,000 One year
Undergraduate:1 Undergraduate: 48,000
JGC-S Scholarship Ⅲ April 8 (nationwide) 150,000 Until graduation Graduate student of Science or Engineering Major from oil countries in Middle and Near East, Africa, or Middle Asia
JGC-S Scholarship Ⅱ April-August 3 250,000 One time only Science or Engineering Major
International Soroptimist Okayama   April 1 120,000
(lump sum payment)
One time only  
AJINOMOTO SCHOLARSHIP April 6 (nationwide) 150,000 Two years Graduate student of Food, Nutrition, and Health Science Major from Asia or South America
Notre Dame Scholarship April Graduate: 5(within prefecture)
*including Japanese
Graduate 40,000 One year  
Undergraduate: 13(within prefecture)
*including Japanese
Undergraduate 35,000
Wesco International Student Scholarship April 4(within prefecture) 50,000 One year Natural Science Major
Otsuka Toshimi Foundation Scholarship April 50 (nationwide) 1,000,000 ~ 1,500,000(year) One year Medical Science, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nutrition Science, Sports Science, MBA Major
from Asia, Arab Nations, Africa
KANSAI PAINT SCHOLARSHIP April 3 (nationwide) 100,000 Two years Science , Engineering (except Information Science, Medical, Dental, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Humanities Major.
India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, China
Social Innovation
June 1 80,000 One year Graduate student of Public Policies, International Cooperation, International Relations, International Development, Environmental Science, or Environmental Systems from Asia, Africa, Latin America
KDDI Foundation fellowship for Graduate Students from Abroad August 5 100,000 Six months - One year Information and Telecommunications
Nakajima Foundation Scholarship for Foreign Students in Japan August Graduate 1
Undergraduate 1
100,000 Two years
Okayama Rotary Club Award September 4(within prefecture) 100,000-300,000(lump sum payment) One time only  
Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation Scholarship September 9 Graduate 140,000 Two years  
Undergraduate 100,000
Interchange Association Scholarship October Master Course 7
Doctoral Course 8
Master Course 144,000 Until graduation Taiwan
Doctoral Course 145,000
ITO Foundation for International Education Exchange Scholarships for Foreign Students October 10(nationwide) 180,000 Two years Master Course
Fujii International Scholarship October 25(nationwide) graduate 50,000 Until graduation India, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia
Undergraduate   30,000
Master Course, Undergraduate 60,000
The Iwatani International Scholarships November 10(nationwide) 150,000 One year Graduate students of Engineering, Natural Science, Agriculture, Molecular Microbiology, Molecular Pathology, Community Hygiene Major from China, Mongolia, Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, or Indonesia
Sato Yo International Scholarship December 10(nationwide) Graduate 180,000 Two years Two year-course students from
Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Myanmar, Pakistan, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam
Undergraduate   120,000
JT Asia Scholarship December 1 150,000 Two years Graduate students from India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Korea, China, Taiwan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Mongolia
Kyoritsu Maintenance Scholarship December 1 Graduate 100,000 Two years Two year-course students from Korea, China, Taiwan, Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan
1 Undergraduate 100,000 Two years
Undergraduate 60,000 One year
Mitsubishi Corporation International Student Scholarship January 2 100,000 One year  
JEES JLPT Scholarship March 12(nationwide) 50,000 Two years  
JEES Standard Scholarships March Undergraduate 1
Graduate 1
30,000 Two years  
Yasuda Sports Scholarship March 1 100,000 Until graduation Undergraduate student of Sports Science
Yasuda Scholarship March 10(nationwide) 100,000 Until graduation Undergraduate students of Law, Economics, Business
JEES Scholarship for Successful Candidate of Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test March 3 (nationwide) 50,000 Two years  
The Korean Scholarship March Undergraduate 1
Graduate 1
Doctoral Course  70,000 One year Korea
Master Course  40,000
Undergraduate 25,000
Hashiya Scholarship March 2 100,000 Until graduation Indonesia
Docomo International Student Scholarship March 2 120,000 Two years Master Course in Communication Technology or Information Processing Technology from India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Korea, China, Taiwan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia
Sagawa Scholarship March Undergraduate1
Graduate 1
100,000 Two years Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam,