Finance and Scholarships to Study in Japan

Scholarships to study in Japan are granted by various organizations – the Japanese government itself, local governments or some private organizations. However, we recommend that you plan your studies’ finances without relying on scholarships.

You may apply for scholarships to study in Japan from your home country, before coming to Japan (as the number of scholarships is limited). Or you may apply once you are in Japan.

Scholarships to study in Japan

You may apply for a scholarship before going to Japan, or after arriving there

Most scholarships are intended for international students studying at universities or colleges in Japan. Keep in mind that they won’t be sufficient to support your whole expenses. They will only cover part of your expenses.

Scholarships applied from overseas:

For scholarships from the Japanese government (“Monbukagakusho”, MEXT), you need to contact the Japanese embassy or consulate in your country or the institute of higher education in which you wish to apply.

Scholarships applied in Japan after arrival:

Please check with your institute on scholarships and tuition fees exemption or waiver offered by your school. Ask us if you have any questions.


Information and list of scholarship bodies offering scholarships:

http://www.jasso.go.jp/study_j/scholarships.html (in Japanese)


“Arubaito”: a good alternative to scholarships to study in Japan?

Before you start budgeting your studies in Japan, please note that foreign students holding a student visa are allowed to work up to 28 hours per week. About 75% of eligible students choose to work part-time (“arbaito”).

There are many opportunities so it will really be up to you. If you decide to work, your salary will likely cover your monthly expenses. It will enable you to go out more, meet people and perhaps build networks too. Your  life in Japan will be all the more enjoyable. Last but not least, you will feel an even higher level self-esteem. You will feel empowered.

Therefore, keep in mind that working part-time is a good alternative. Getting a scholarship is uncertain. Getting a job is within everybody’s reach and brings lots of intangible benefits.


To learn more about part-time jobs, please click here.


To learn more about Money in Japan, please click here.


For a monthly budget simulation of a foreign student in Japan, please click here.