JASSO stands for Japan Student Services Organization, which was founded in April 2004 with a goal of providing services that help to support both domestic and international students in higher education in Japan. The mission of the organization aligns with the goal assigned to them by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of the Japanese government.
After more than 15 years of constant services, JASSO has been able to reach an astounding number of 1.3 million annual recipients of its scholarships and the amount of total loans has reached 1 trillion JPY.
JASSO offers a wide range of services for students who are interested in studying in Japan, such as providing information on Japanese language schools and universities, organizing the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) for those interested in studying at university in Japanese, offering financial support for domestic and international students as they study in Japan or participate in study abroad programs that involve Japanese universities, and providing career guidance for students who plan to work in Japan after graduation.
About Waseda University
Waseda University was founded in 1882, named Tokyo Senmon Gakko by Ōkuma Shigenobu, the Prime Minister of Japan in 1898 and from 1914 to 1916 and an early advocate of Western studies in Japan.
Waseda is home to thirty-six departments: thirteen undergraduate schools and twenty-three graduate schools. It has a very large student body of roughly 50,000 students (41,965 Undergraduates/8,256 Postgraduates) spread over 8 campuses as of 2018. Waseda had an admission rate of 17% in 2015 and provided 10 billion JPY worth of financial aid to its students in 2017.
Waseda University is regarded as one of the most prestigious universities with rigorous admission among Japanese universities and is often paired with Keio University as the best private university in Japan. The university is especially well-known for its programs in political science and economics. Notable alumni of Waseda University include seven Prime Ministers of Japan, multiple CEOs and Presidents of globally eminent companies, such as Honda, Nintendo, Sony, etc. and many athletes, artists, novelists.
JASSO Scholarship at Waseda University
JASSO Scholarship for Study Abroad Programs
This scholarship aims at outbound exchange students from Waseda University who have Japanese citizenship or permanent residence status who plan to study abroad through the Center for International Education study abroad program of Waseda University. The Center for International Education recommends candidates to JASSO, and the final selection of recipients is carried out by JASSO. Usage of the awarded funds must conform to the requirements set out by JASSO for living expenses when they study abroad. The amount of scholarship is 60,000 yen ～ 100,000 yen per month for a maximum of 12 months depending on the region that the student studies abroad in.
In order to be qualified for the scholarship, students must be permitted by the host university abroad and must be able to demonstrate their academic excellence during their studies at Waseda University and that they have financial difficulty in participating in a study abroad program without financial aid. Students who study abroad both short term and long term are qualified to apply for the scholarship. They are also required to return to Waseda University after their study abroad period ends. Students can receive another source of scholarships or financial aid, but the monthly amount cannot exceed that of the JASSO scholarship.
JASSO Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students
The Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship aims to support international undergraduate and graduate students at Waseda University who are privately financed, have strong academic standings and financial difficulties to support their studies at the university. These international students must not be receiving the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship or any Foreign Government Scholarship.
Applicants must have a legitimate Student visa to be qualified for the scholarship. In addition, their monthly average allowance must be lower than 90,000 JPY (excluding school fees) and the annual income of their financial supporter residing in Japan may not exceed 5 million JPY. Their GPA at university must be at least 2.30 or higher out of a scale of 3.00.
In order to apply for the scholarship, applicants need to submit these documents:
①Application Form: Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students
②Postal Savings Account Information Sheet for “Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students”
③A copy of the first page of your postal savings account passbook (attach to ②)
④A copy of your “Residence card”(both sides)
After students have submitted the application, Waseda University will recommend qualified and excellent students to JASSO. Qualified applicants will be notified afterward of the next steps of the scholarship procedures through Waseda University. Applicants should pay attention to the notice of the university through their student portal to complete the steps in a timely manner.
Studying in a renowned private university like Waseda University in the heart of Tokyo is the dream of many international students, yet finances can be a worry for some. Thanks to the generous funds of the university, as well as the dedicated support of JASSO, international students facing financial struggles who can demonstrate strong academic performance and a will to contribute to the society will undoubtedly be able to find their way in reaching their academic goals.