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JOY Program (Exchange 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.


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 increasingly 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 scholarship exceeding¥80,000.


Student should be nominated by their Home University by the following deadline.
February 10 for Fall Semester
October 10 for Spring Semester


To be considered for admission, students’ complete applications need to reach the international office by the following deadlines:
March 10 for Fall Semester
November 10 for Spring Semester

Please send JOY applications through the Home University's International Office by email attachment.


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 Staff

Kenji Hasegawa (Associate Professor, History)
Office Contact
Student Exchange Section, International Office
Tel: +81-(0)45-339-3183
Email: kokusai.ryugaku(アットマークを記入して下さい)ynu.ac.jp

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