scholarships cover a part of a student's education and living expenses;
only a few cover all the expenses. Therefore, students should check
the cost of study in Japan carefully and plan their funding, without
relying on a scholarship. A Lifestyle Survey of Privately Financed
International Students conducted by JASSO in March 2002 shows that
57.4% of privately financed international students are on scholarships,
receiving an average stipend of ¥70,000 per month. According
to the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education,
only 13.2% of Japanese language students are on scholarships, receiving
an average stipend of ¥25,842 per month (as of October 2001).
Some scholarships for international students in Japan
can be applied for in the student's home country before the student
enters Japan, but most scholarships must be applied for in Japan
after the student's arrival. Most scholarships are for students
at university level or above and researchers. There are few scholarships
for students at specialized training colleges or for students studying
at Japanese-language institutes.
Applicants for scholarships usually have to go through
document screening, a written examination to test knowledge in general
education, the student's special area of study, language and an
interview. Student should aplly most of scholarships through the
schools the students are attending. For further information, please
contact the international students affairs office at your school.
There is other financial assistance in the form of tuition
fee reduction or material assistance.
For a list of scholarship providing organizations, refer
to the JASSO web site (http://www.jasso.or.jp)
or inquire at the Information Center.