Scholarship Programs and Financial Aid (Outline)

The following scholarships and financial support programs (including “GDACS”: YNU’s own financial support program) are available for international students who are willing to study in Japan.

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship

MEXT Scholarship Students are international students who receive a scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). MEXT scholarship students are exempt from application, admission and tuition fees, and provided with monthly stipend (about 120,000 yen for undergraduate level and just less than 150,000 yen for graduate level) and travelling expenses for a round trip to and from Japan.

YNU accepts degree-seeking “Research Students (graduate level)”, “Undergraduate Students”, and non-degree-seeking “Teacher Training Students” and “Japanese Studies Students”.

Types of Students Ways of Selection Monthly Stipend※ Start of Courses
Research Students(Graduate Level) Embassy Recommendation
University Recommendation
Domestic Selection (for reference)
Research Student:
            146,000 yen
Master Student:
            147,000 yen
Doctoral Student:
            148,000 yen
April / October
Undergraduate
Students
Embassy Recommendation 120,000 yen April (in principle)
Teacher
Training
Students
Embassy Recommendation 146,000 yen October
Japanese
Studies
Students
Embassy Recommendation
University Recommendation
120,000 yen October

※A supplemental regional allowance of 3,000 yen per month is included.

Research Students (Graduate Level)

Embassy Recommendation

Application for 2022 intake (April/October) is open around April 2021, and the primary screening (documentary examination, written test and interview) is conducted around June by the local Japanese embassies.

Those who passed the primary screening would be able to apply for issuing the “Letter of Provisional Acceptance” from the universities they wish to study at. They must contact the universities by the designated deadline: August 27, 2021. (Please note that they cannot apply for the Letter of Provisional Acceptance from YNU without obtaining the consent of the academic advisor in advance.) The universities judge whether the candidates are worth accepting or not, from their application documents. The candidates who successfully obtained the letter of provisional acceptance are recommended to MEXT by the local Japanese embassy through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. MEXT then conducts a secondary screening and selects scholarship grantees among those applicants who have found recipient universities. For Chinese nationals who have passed the screening conducted by the Japanese Embassy in China, the application schedule is the same as the one described above.

University Recommendation

University Recommendation is a type of selection that students are recommended to MEXT by the Japanese university which will accept them as a research student. YNU recommends students under the two categories: “General” and “Special Program”.

If you wish to be recommended under the “General” category, please look for a suitable academic advisor from the List of Faculty Members.Having obtained the Letter of Conditional Acceptance from the faculty, you will need to submit all the necessary documents to the International Admissions Office during the designated application period. The selected candidates are then recommended to MEXT from the university in late March, and MEXT conducts a screening and selects scholarship grantees by the end of June (tentative).

If you wish to be recommended under the “Special Program” category, please find further information on the websites of the Graduate School of International Social Sciences, Graduate School of Engineering Science, the Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences, or the Graduate School of Urban Innovation.

Domestic Selection (For Reference)

The university choose candidates from privately financed international students who are already enrolled in a Japanese university and recommends the candidates to MEXT for selection. However, no recruitment is conducted for the past few years.

Undergraduate Students (Embassy Recommendation)

Application for the following fiscal year (April, in principle) is open between March and May and the initial screening (documentary examination, written test and interview) is conducted at the local Japanese embassies between June and August. The embassies then recommend the selected candidates to MEXT through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the end of September. MEXT then conducts a secondary screening and selects those applicants who have found recipient universities as scholarship grantees.

Completing a one-year preparatory education, grantees go on to the university designated by MEXT upon passing its entrance examination. The university whose examination a grantee will take will be decided by MEXT according to the results of the academic examination in the primary screening held in his/her home country, academic achievement at the preparatory school, the grantee’s proposed major subject, and the receiving capacity of the university.

YNU participates in the briefings for MEXT undergraduate students held in Tokyo and Osaka; if you are interested in studying at our university, please visit our booth at the fairs.

Teacher Training Students(Embassy Recommendation)

Application for the following fiscal year (for those arriving in Japan in October) is open between December of the previous year and the following February, and the primary screening (documentary examination, written test and interview) is conducted between mid-February and March at local Japanese embassies. Selected candidates are recommended to MEXT through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the end of April. MEXT then conducts a secondary screening and selects those applicants who have found recipient universities as scholarship grantees.

Japanese Studies Students

Embassy Recommendation

Application for the following fiscal year (for those arriving in Japan in October) is open between December of the previous year and the following February, and the primary screening (documentary examination, written test and interview) is conducted between mid-February and March at local Japanese embassies. Selected candidates are recommended to MEXT through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the end of April. MEXT then conducts a secondary screening and selects those applicants who have found recipient universities as scholarship grantees.

University Recommendation

YNU also accepts the students from partner universities by “University Recommendation”. If you are interested, please contact the study abroad coordinator of your university

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YNU’s Own Financial Support Program

Global Doctoral Program for Academic Career Support (GDACS)

YNU is recruiting faculty members of universities in emerging nations who intends to earn a doctoral degree at YNU. Application, admission and tuition fees will be waived. Successful applicants with high academic performance will be awarded a monthly stipend of 100,000 yen (estimated). The scholarship awardees will be notified at the announcement of selection results.

Those who wish to apply to the program must ask the supervisor of your choice about research details, acceptance conditions and the like, and obtain his/her permission to apply. You can find a supervisor in “List of Faculty Members”on our website.

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Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Scholarship

YNU accepts master and doctoral students under scholarship programs sponsored and organized by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

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World Bank Scholarship

YNU accepts master students under scholarship programs sponsored and organized by World Bank.

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Foreign Government Scholarships

There are international students sponsored by foreign governments, such as China, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam, enrolled at YNU. For further information on eligibility, application schedule and benefits, please contact the appropriate agency in your country.

CSC-YNU Joint Scholarship Program

YNU is recruiting students from its Chinese partner universities (including college/graduate school level) or universities designated as the “Project 211” institutions or YNU as doctoral students and special research doctoral students under the Chinese Government (China Scholarship Council: CSC) Graduate Student Overseas Study Program. Admission and tuition fees will be waived.

Those who wish to apply to the program must ask the supervisor of your choice about research details, acceptance conditions and the like, and obtain his/her permission to apply. You can find a supervisor in “List of Faculty Members”on our website.

Based on the Memorandum of Understanding between CSC and YNU signed in July 2019, this recruitment is conducted collaboratively by YNU and CSC, and the short-listed applicants who pass the screening conducted by YNU will be recommended to the CSC. For the outline of the program (CSC-YNU Joint Scholarship Program), please refer to the following website.



YNU also accepts Chinese researchers under the scholarship program. For those who would like to conduct research at YNU as visiting research fellows (Visiting Fellows/ Postdoctoral Fellows), please follow the instructions here.

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Scholarships for Privately Financed International Students

Following scholarships are available for international students. At YNU, about 20% of privately financed international students receive some financial aid each year. In most cases, applications are only accepted after entering the university.

Monbukgakusho (MEXT) Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students

Privately financed international students studying at a Japanese university are eligible to apply for an Honors Scholarship offered by Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO). Applications are made through university after admission. Awardees will receive 48,000 yen per month for one year at the longest.

Scholarships from Private Organizations

A variety of scholarships are offered by private scholarship organizations. Some must be applied through the university, and others can be applied directly by the individual students. The amount of the scholarship varies from 30,000 – 200,000 yen per month, and requirements for application and the number of awardees vary, depending on the scholarships.

Those who want to apply for scholarships based on the university’s recommendation must first submit the “Registration Form for University Screening Scholarship” by a designated deadline. The deadline comes twice a year, once in the first semester and the other in the second. The scholarship information and screening status is posted on the student bulletin board and the website of the Student Support Division.

For scholarships that you can directly apply for, please visit the website of the Student Support Division if you are interested in the scholarships handled by the university. For information on other scholarships, please check the website of the Japan Student Organization (JASSO).

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YNU Tuition Waiver Program for International Students

To promote the acceptance of academically excellent international students and provide financial support after their admission to YNU, a new tuition waiver program has been established for privately financed international students who enter YNU in or after April 2020. For details please refer here .

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