Whether it is due to the quest for world-class degrees or it is because “variety is the spice of life”, an increasing number of students from all corners of the world are choosing to study abroad. Bangladeshi students are no exception. The latest UNESCO Institute for Statistics data shows that 60,390 Bangladeshi students were pursuing higher education abroad in 2017. While the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and India used to be among the most sought-after destinations, there is a growing number of students from Bangladesh enrolling in top universities in Asian countries like Malaysia, Japan, or China. It is also recorded that Japan became the 7th most popular study-abroad destination for Bangladeshi students in 2017.

Without further ado, let’s see why Japan is worth being considered an attractive destination for Bangladesh students!

Why Study in Japan?

Japanese Junior High School Students filling an exam.
  • High standards of education and multidisciplinary curriculum
  • Internationalized learning environment
  • Generous financial support and scholarships
  • Lower cost of higher education compared to other popular study-abroad destinations
  • Employment opportunities after graduation
  • Having the world’s most advanced technology-based education
  • Learn Japanese while earning a degree
  • Japan is one of the safest and most peaceful countries in the world
  • Not so hard to get a student visa for study in Japan from Bangladesh

Living Costs in Japan

An international student residing outside Tokyo has the average monthly costs of living shown below (excluding academic fees). Please note that this is for reference only.

Unit: 1 BDT ~ 1.3 JPY

  • Accommodation: ¥31,000 (BDT 24,110)
  • Food: ¥25,000 (BDT 19,500)
  • Transportation: ¥4,000 (BDT 3,110)
  • Insurance: ¥2,000 (BDT 2,050)
  • Hobby & Entertainment: ¥6,000 (BDT 4,670)
  • Utility bills : ¥7,000 (BDT 5,440)
  • Others: ¥10,000 (BDT 7,560)

Total estimate: ¥85,000 (BDT 66,500)

People walking in Shibuya shopping district.

However, the cost of living in different regions of Japan is surprisingly different. Living in the Kanto region is much more expensive compared to other regions. According to the “Survey on Student Life Conditions” conducted by the University of Tokyo (2017), the total monthly cost of a foreign student residing in central Tokyo is calculated around ¥145,000 (BDT 113,000). But you should also notice that the cost of living depends on your living style. You are totally able to reduce your living expenses by wisely managing your spending habits. You can also reduce your financial burden by trying your best to get a scholarship. A part-time job will also offer you a helping hand to earn an extra amount of money.

Tuition Fees

According to the Japanese embassy, the total monthly cost of study in Japan from Bangladesh is around ¥80,000 (~BDT 60,000). It may vary according to different locations in Japan, the university or the program that you apply. The average academic fee for the first year is briefly given below.

The average academic fee for the first academic year:

Unit: 1 BDT ~ 1.4 JPY

Graduate School Total (Tuition Fees and Admission Fees)

  • National:   817,800 JPY (584,140 BDT)
  • Local government:  900,248 JPY (643,000 BDT)
  • Private 857,665 – 1,442,526 JPY (612,600 – 1,030,370 BDT)

Undergraduate Program Total (Tuition Fees and Admission Fees)

  • National: 817,800 JPY (587,140 BDT)
  • Local government:   931,235 JPY (665,170 BDT)
  • Private:  1,107,764 – 4,860,960 JPY  (791,260 – 3,472,100 BDT)
  • Japanese Language School (Tuition Fees)
  • 1-year-course:  415,000 – 997,400 JPY ~  296,430 – 712,430 BDT
  • 18-month-course: 772,000 – 1,530,000 BDT ~ 551,430 – 1,092,860 BDT

You can have a look at Japan’s top universities and their respective tuition and fees with this article by visiting this site.

Earn Extra Income through a Part-Time Job

I would say the thought of finding a part-time job approaches almost every student coming to Japan to study. According to the survey of JASSO, there are 75% of international students are working part-time in Japan to reduce their monthly costs. The benefits you can receive from part-time jobs are not just about the money, but also what you can learn about actual Japanese society, which is not taught at school. Also, doing a part-time job can definitely improve your Japanese skills. Through a part-time job, you can have the chance to communicate with Japanese.

You can easily find a part-time job in a sushi restaurant!

To do part-time jobs in Japan, Bangladeshi students will need to obtain official permission called “shikakugai katsudo kyoka”. After getting that permission, you can work up to 28 hours per week and up to 8 hours per day during semestral breaks. You can easily find any jobs in magazines and newspaper ads, jobs notice boards of universities, job-related websites, friend circles, teachers, etc. The higher your level of Japanese is, the higher your salary will be. Therefore, it is suggested you should learn Japanese in advance if you are sure about your decision to go to Japan.

-> Tip for Bangladeshi students!
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Scholarships for Bangladeshi Students

  1. Japanese Government Scholarship (MEXT Scholarship)

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) of the Japanese Government offers seven scholarships under this category. These scholarships are one of the most popular scholarships for international students as they cover undergraduate and graduate studies, and even offer Japanese language training for students who have little or no knowledge of the Japanese language. For further details about MEXT for Bangladeshi students, please visit Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh! For more information on MEXT in general, you can visit MEXT Scholarships 2020 | Master the Basics with This One Article!

2. JASSO Scholarship (Japan Student Services Organization)

With a monthly stipend of 48,000 JPY, offered by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), this is a scholarship for international students who are currently studying in Japan. A range of Japanese educational institutions (e.g., Japanese universities, specialized training colleges, or university preparatory courses) are approved by Monbukagakusho and sent notices when the scholarship becomes available. The application period is late March to May. Applications are submitted through schools, and therefore the application period will vary depending on the school’s schedule.

3. JICA Scholarship
For more information about JICA, please visit this site.

4. Others:
You can find other scholarship programs by looking at each university’s website and contacting directly to its admissions committee. Schoolynk has also collected information about the most common scholarships in Japan for foreign students in this article. We hope that you can find scholarships that are inspiring enough to make you take action right away!

You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great!

Studying in Japan may appear as a long-reach dream, especially for financially challenged students. However, once you are sure about your decision to give yourself an unparalleled challenge to live, work and explore a different culture in Japan, you should make a detailed financial plan and gather information about the universities as well as the scholarships you want to apply.

Living overseas will help you develop as a person, becoming independent and taking responsibility. It will help you to see things from new perspectives, and appreciate the differences between cultures, while also seeing the deep similarities between people. With an increasing number of English-taught programs in Japanese universities, Balangdeshi students can acquire the essential skills and confidence that will put you on par with your global peers when it comes to employment. For those wishing to remain in Japan, there is a strong job market for highly qualified graduates. Even if you choose to return home after graduation, you can be confident that your experience in Japan will help you appeal to high-quality employers, particularly those involved in international business.

A wealth of scholarships is waiting for you in such an ideal study-abroad destination like Japan, which has the most Nobel Prize winners in Asia. Whether it is for a short-term or long-term study, you are guaranteed to have a memorable time and gain valuable experience here!

That’s not the end!

There are always more scholarships out there. Use the SchooLynk Scholarship Search tool to find Japanese scholarships perfect for you today.
Happy reading!