Did you cringe when seeing the cost of your dream study abroad program?

Well, you’re not alone! Studying abroad can be costly, but there are options to reduce your financial burden. 

In such situations, most students will start hunting for a part-time job. While this is a good idea, the heavy schoolwork and busy working schedule can easily become too overwhelming.

So why not apply for scholarships instead?

Did you know that a huge amount of scholarship grants go unclaimed every year, simply because no one applies for them?

And more importantly, did you know that some of this money could be YOURS?

One of the most popular and recognizable scholarships for international students coming to Japan is the JASSO Scholarship. While it may not cover the full cost, the JASSO Scholarship will help make your study abroad experience more affordable. 

Without further ado, let’s run through what is so impressive about this scholarship!

What is JASSO?

JASSO, an acronym for Japan Student Services Organization, is a well-known organization that supports students coming to Japan for academic studies. Every year, JASSO offers a myriad of funding programs for various categories of students. The JASSO Scholarship awards stipends to eligible applicants, defined by the organization as those who have been “accepted by a Japanese university, graduate school, junior college, college of technology (3rd grade or upper) or professional training college…under a student exchange agreement or other student exchange arrangement on a short-term basis from 8 days to one year between Japanese school and their home higher educational institution outside Japan.”

In this article, we will give you an overview of the two most popular scholarship programs offered by JASSO!

1. Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-financed International Students

The more popular of the two scholarships offered by JASSO is the one for privately-financed international students, which is awarded based on either self-application or university recommendation at the time of the application. Under this scholarship, recipients who are university students receive a monthly stipend of 48,000 JPY while those who attend Japanese language institutions receive 30,000 JPY. The scholarship is awarded for the duration of either 1 year or 6 months, depending on the enrollment period. Below are the two different enrollment periods.

  • Spring scholarships (enrollment in April): duration of 12 months (From April to March of the following year)
  • Autumn scholarships (enrollment in September/October): duration of 6 months (From October to March of the following year)

* Eligibility:

Every international student is able to apply for this scholarship, regardless of age, school, or major. However, please make sure you meet the following criteria:

  • Must not have received a scholarship from another institution that prohibits plural grants of the Honors Scholarship
  • Must not have received JASSO scholarship for short-term programs
  • Must have a “College student” visa status
  • Must have a written recommendation by the host school
  • Must not have a monthly allowance that exceeds 90,000 JPY provided by family members
  • Must not have a supporter residing in Japan with an annual income greater than 5,000,000 JPY

Application process:

Here is a step-by-step outline of the application process.

1. Scholarship applications will be accepted through schools at the time of their admission application submissions

2. The applicant must apply to the host school to receive a recommendation that will be sent to the JASSO Scholarship committee

3. The applicant must contact the host school to confirm the application procedure.

4. After the screening process, JASSO will notify the host school of the result.

Its simple application process in conjunction with its generous benefits makes this JASSO scholarship an opportunity you won’t want to miss! To avoid missing out, it is important to keep up with the latest information about JASSO Scholarship from your host school.

2. Student Exchange Support Program (Scholarship for Short-term Study in Japan)

Another financial funding program provided by JASSO is the Student Exchange Support Program, which provides 80,000 JPY for short-term international exchange students. In order to reap its benefits, you must remember to apply for this JASSO scholarship at the time you submit your application to your Japanese host school.

  • Duration: 8 days to 12 months
  • Number of scholars: 5,000 (This may subject to change from year to year)


  • Must have been accepted by a Japanese school under a student exchange agreement or other student exchange arrangements with your home school.
  • Must demonstrate excellent academic performance and personal records at your home school.
  • Must complete your studies at your home school upon the termination of the period of study in Japan
  • Must come from countries that have diplomatic relations with Japan
  • Must be eligible for a ‘Student Visa’.
  • Must not have received more than 80,000 JPY in total from other scholarships towards studying in Japan

Application process:

  • Applications for this JASSO scholarship will be accepted only from Japanese schools.
  • After screening the application documents submitted by the Japanese school, JASSO will decide the programs to support and send notices of the results.
  • The selection procedure of scholarship recipients varies by school and program. For further information and inquiries, students are advised to visit their home schools’ websites!

Ending note:

Opportunities have an endless horizon in the Land of the Rising Sun. Studying in Japan as an international student is a gateway towards the global environment, as well as the exposure to  Japan’s unique culture. Be it the short-term or the long-term grants, the JASSO scholarships can take away your financial concerns, allowing you to try all sorts of new experiences in Japan aside from your academic pursuits!

Remember, JASSO is always here to support you, relieve your financial burdens, and allow you to stay focused on academic performance and your future plans!

Want to learn more about the JASSO Scholarships? Check out this link to hear what a JASSO Scholar studying at Waseda University has to say about her experience!

For further details regarding JASSO, please visit the official website!