JOY Program

Junior Year Overseas at Yokohama National University (JOY) Program

In October 1997, The International Student Center started the JOY Program for students from partner universities outside Japan to give them the opportunity to experience Japanese university life for up to a year. The outline of JOY is as follows:

JOY Program Overview


To assist international students coming to Yokohama National University under student-exchange agreements by providing them with the opportunity to acquire a good understanding of Japan and its role in the international community.


Students must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree program at a university that has signed a mutual student exchange agreement with YNU.

Students must be proficient in English (TOEFL iBT 80 or equivalent) or Japanese (JLPT N2 or higher).

Educational Program

Courses are offered in varieties of disciplines covering humanities, social sciences, and engineering in English specifically for JOY Program students. They may also attend other courses offered by the faculties, provided they have adequate language skills and approval from the lecturers in charge.

Admission and Scholarships

Students will be selected and admitted on the basis of the quality of their application documents, and on the student exchange balance between their home universities and YNU.

JOY students are eligible to apply for the Japan Student Services Association (JASSO) scholarship. The application form is included in the JOY Program application packet. The JASSO scholarship consists of ¥80,000/month stipends.

Given the limited number of JASSO scholarships and the increasing number of JOY applicants, this scholarship is becoming more competitive. If available, students should pursue scholarship opportunities at their home universities. However JASSO rules stipulate that students cannot simultaneously receive the JASSO scholarship and any other study abroad scholarships exceeding ¥80,000.


To be considered for admission, students’ complete applications need to reach the ISC office by the following deadlines:

March 10 for Fall Semester

November 10 for Spring Semester

JOY applications should be sent through the study abroad coordinator at your home university.

Please send applications to:

Short-term Student Exchange Section, Student Center
Yokohama National University
79-8 Tokiwadai Hodogaya-ku
Yokohama 240-8501

JOY Staff

The coordinators are
Kenji Hasegawa (Associate Professor, History)
Brian David Berry(Specially Appointed Assistant Professor)
The Office contact is
Student Exchange Section, International Office
Tel : +81-(0)45-339-3183
e-mail : kokusai.ryugaku(アットマークを記入して下さい)

(Contact:International Office)

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