Judging from the fact that you are searching for scholarships in Japan, perhaps you have heard of phrases like “MEXT”, “JASSO”, and “private foundations”. In addition to these big-name scholarships, you can apply for financial aid that is offered to international students specifically by your prospective university!

In this article, we will introduce the individual scholarships offered by The University of Tokyo specifically for its international students! But first, let’s briefly go over the tuition and fees that these scholarships aim to cover.

Keep reading to find out what unique scholarships The University of Tokyo has to offer for its international students!

The University of Tokyo: Tuition and Fees

Is it expensive?

Fortunately, it’s not that bad! Compared to other internationally renowned universities, Japanese public universities tend to be more affordable. Here is the cost rundown for the undergraduate PEAK program and for a typical graduate student at The University of Tokyo.

Undergraduate PEAK Fees:

Tuition: ¥535,800 per year

Admission fee: ¥282,000

Accommodation: approximately ¥40,000 per month

Graduate Student Fees:

Tuition: ¥520,800~¥535,800

Admission fee: ¥282,000

Accommodation:  approximately ¥40,000 per month

Note that the price for accommodation is an approximation, and you can learn more about the prices of living in Tokyo through MEXT (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship Stipend: Is it Enough for Tokyo’s Cost of Living?

In addition to its collaboration with the MEXT Scholarship, The University of Tokyo offers various individual scholarships for international students. Below, we will introduce its three “The University of Tokyo Fellowship” scholarships for graduate students, followed by the three undergraduate scholarships for PEAK students.

University of Tokyo Fellowship; The University of Tokyo Special Scholarship for International Students

This scholarship is open to all self-financed overseas students with outstanding performance to be admitted to the university’s graduate school, with the exception of students claiming tuition fee exemption from any other scholarship. Applicants can be selected for one of two classes:

  • Class A: 200,000 yen per month
  • Class B: 150,000 yen per month

Recipients of these scholarships will be funded for the duration of their graduate program. For doctorate students wishing to extend their stay, the university and/or the funding donor for the specific scholarship will decide whether or not to continue the scholarship based on academic transcripts and letters of recommendation.

As for after receiving the scholarship, the recipients must submit a research progress report to the Director General at the end of each year.

These scholarships are funded through three main sponsors, each of which has its own unique characteristics that we will cover in the sections below!

1. FU DELIN Scholarships:

This scholarship is provided through the donations of philanthropist Fu Delin to the University of Tokyo, and it is a research incentive fee granted to support outstanding privately-financed students with Chinese citizenship at the University of Tokyo.

Eligibility:

  • Privately-financed international students
  • Enrolling in a graduate program in April or September.
  • Primarily aimed at recruiting applicants who hold
    Chinese citizenship (including those from Hong Kong and Macau)

2. Koga Shinsuke Scholarships

This scholarship is provided through the donations of Koga Shinsuke, a university alum, to the University of Tokyo and is a research incentive fee granted to support outstanding privately-financed students with American or British citizenship.

Eligibility:

  • Privately-financed international students
  • American or British citizenship
  • Enrolling in a graduate program in April or September
  • Graduates from American or British universities that are strategic
    partner universities of the University of Tokyo will be given priority

3. Nagashima Masanori Scholarships

This scholarship is provided through the donations of Nagashima Masanori, a graduate of the Faculty of Engineering and the Graduate School of Engineering of the University of Tokyo and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Informatix Inca. His scholarships extend to all international students wishing to enroll in a graduate school at the University of Tokyo.

Eligibility:

  • Privately-financed international students
  • Enrolling in a graduate program in April or September

Undergraduate Program: PEAK Scholarships

The University of Tokyo’s PEAK for international undergraduate students offers merit-based scholarships for their incoming freshmen. In principle, the selection of scholarship takes place simultaneously with the admission screening process, and recipients are notified at the time of receiving their notification of acceptance into the program.

There are three different types of PEAK Scholarships, which we will cover in detail below!

1. The University of Tokyo Scholarship

This merit-based scholarship is a four-year scholarship offered annually to ten students that cover the admission fee, tuition, and living expenses (JPY126,000 a month).

Eligibility

  • In principal, does not allow the recipient to receive any other types of scholarships
  • Renewal will be contingent upon satisfactory academic performance.
  • In principle, four consecutive years of study (contingent upon satisfactory academic performance)

2. The University of Tokyo-JAGAM Supplementary Scholarship for Malaysian Nationals

The University of Tokyo-JAGAM Supplementary Scholarship for Malaysian Nationals is a supplementary scholarship funded by the Japan Graduates’ Association of Malaysia (JAGAM). It offers a one-way economy class airline ticket from Malaysia to Narita/Haneda International Airport and a return economy-class ticket upon graduation to up to three students recommended by the university. 

Eligibility:

  • Malaysian international students

3. The University of Tokyo-JUGAS Supplementary Scholarship for Singaporean Nationals

Likewise, the University of Tokyo-JUGAS Supplementary Scholarship for Singaporean Nationals is a supplementary scholarship funded by the Japanese University Graduates Association of Singapore (JUGAS). It offers a one-way economy class airline ticket from Singapore to Narita/Haneda International Airport and a return economy-class ticket upon graduation to up to three students recommended by the University of Tokyo. 

Eligibility

  • Singaporean international students

Conclusion…

That concludes our introduction of the individual scholarships offered by The University of Tokyo, specifically for its international students!

For more information on other publicly and privately funded scholarships to study in Japan, you can check out our Japan Scholarship page! We’re rooting for you!

References:

https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/prospective-students/scholarships.html

http://peak.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp/fees_scholarships/index.html