Costs & Scholarships

Everything you need to know about money matters for studying in Japan.

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Tuition Fees

It's a common misconception that studying overseas means higher tuition fees.

 

For National Universities in Japan, the annual Tuition Fee is lower than even that of NUS/NTU after MOE Tuition Grant. 

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Daily Living Expenses

Japan is commonly associated with being an expensive place to live. But so is Singapore.

 

We find that Japan can actually be cheaper to live in than the US or UK, in terms of daily expenses and rent. 

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Financial Support

One of the lesser-known things about studying in Japan, is the amount of scholarships available.

 

There are plenty of scholarships for full-time and exchange programmes for foreigners.

Tuition Fees

These fees are the average Annual Tuition Fees for Singaporeans across the different typical faculties (excluding specialized fields).

University
City
Annual Tuition Fee (Undergraduate)
Annual Tuition Fee (Graduate)
University of Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan
535,800yen ($6,850)
535,800yen ($6,850)
Waseda University
Tokyo, Japan
1,199,000yen ($15,300)
824,000yen ($10,500)
National University of Singapore
Singapore
$8,200
$9,500
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, USA
US$43,900 ($59,000)
US$32,588 ($44,000)
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
CA$57,020 ($59,000)
CA$43,590 ($45,000)
Imperial College London
London, United Kingdom
£33,750 ($60,240)
£32,500 ($58,000)
Yonsei University
Seoul, South Korea
7,020,000won ($8,400)
7,020,000won ($8,400)
 
 

Monthly Living Expenses

These costs are to be taken as ballpark figures based on averages from the different University websites. It should be noted that for the Western universities, the accommodation is based off a shared apartment's pricing rather than a single room as with Japan and Singapore. For meals as well, the Western universities calculate purely off their hall's meal plans as compared to eating out for Japan and Singapore.

University
City
Accomodation
Meals
Transport
Others
Total
University of Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan
50,000yen ($640)
35,000yen ($450)
12,000yen ($150)
25,000yen ($320)
122,000yen ($1,560)
National University of Singapore
Singapore
$450
$300
$100
$300
$1,150
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, USA
US$1,200 ($1600)
US$700 ($950)
US$130 ($175)
US$330 ($450)
US$2,360 ($3,175)
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
CA$1,050 ($1,080)
CA$375 ($390)
CA$120 ($125)
CA$500 ($515)
CA$2,045 ($2,110)
Imperial College London
London, United Kingdom
£740 ($1,320)
£250 ($445)
£120 ($215)
£180 ($320)
£1290 ($2,300)
Yonsei University
Seoul, South Korea
555,000won ($665)
555,000won ($665)
110,000won ($130)
430,000won ($530)
1,650,000won ($1990)

Scholarships

There are plenty of bond-free scholarships offered by the Japanese government, Japanese universities and private organisations. Many of them cover tuition fee for universities, or offer a monthly living stipend.

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan

MEXT Scholarship (Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students)

All National Universities

6,840 Scholarships per Year

Tuition Fee | Return Airfare | Monthly Stipend of 120,000yen

Bond-free

Maintain a GPA of 2.30

The MEXT Scholarship is awarded by the Japanese government to students enrolled in full-time Undergraduate and Graduate programmes in Japanese Universities


Japan Student Services Organization

JASSO Scholarship

Short-Term Exchange Programmes to All Japanese Universities

No cap, given to almost all applicants

Monthly Stipend of 80,000yen

Bond-free

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The JASSO Scholarship is awarded to any student on a short-term exchange programme to any Japanese university. These are generally not based on any sort of academic merit, and given as long as the student is on exchange in Japan.

JUGAS & Nagoya University

JUGAS-Nagoya University Scholarship

Nagoya University, G30 Programme

No fixed cap on the number of Singaporeans.

Tuition Fee | Yearly Stipend of Up to 500,000yen | Return Airfare from Singapore to Nagoya

Bond-free

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An initiative jointly funded by JUGAS through the JUGAS Education and Cultural Exchange Fund and Nagoya University, this scholarship offers high potential Singaporeans an opportunity to study at Nagoya University under the Global 30 Undergraduate International Programs.

Hokkaido University

Hokkaido University Integrated Science Programme Scholarship

Hokkaido University, Integrated Science Programme (Bachelors and Masters)

50% of Programme Intake

Tuition Fee Exemption | Monthly Stipend of 50,000yen

Bond-free

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Hokkaido University offers two scholarships for students: Fully-Supported and Partially-Supported. Fully-Supported scholarship holders will have 3.5 years of tuition fee waived as well as a 50,000yen stipend each month. Partially-Supported scholarship holders will have the same benefits, but only for the first year.

Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Singapore

JCCI Singapore Foundation Scholarship

1 Year Exchange at Waseda University or International Christian University

Up to 2 Singaporeans per Year

Full Scholarship of up to $50,000 including two-way air ticket, tuition fees, daily expenses, accommodation and transportation allowances

Bond-free

Second or Third Year Undergraduate

The JCCI Singapore Foundation Scholarship allows two Singaporeans to experience a year in Waseda University or International Christian University. The scholarship is provided in hopes of improving bilateral relations between the two countries, and is bond-free. Credit transfer back depends on your home institution.

University of Tokyo

The University of Tokyo Scholarship

University of Tokyo

Up to 10 Scholarships per Year

Tuition Fee | Monthly Stipend of 126,000yen

Bond-free

Maintaining "satisfactory academic performance"

The University of Tokyo Scholarship is offered to "students of exceptional merit".

Keio University

Keio University Scholarship

Keio University

Around 310 Undergraduate Scholarships, and 220 Graduate Scholarships per Year

Yearly Stipend of Up to 500,000yen

Bond-free

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Keio University's Internal Scholarship provides a yearly stipend to cover living expenses and tuition fee. Additionally there are a number of donor scholarships, such as Goldman Sachs, that are also available to students.

Waseda University

Various Waseda University Scholarships

Waseda University

Around 400 Scholarships per Year

Tuition Fee Reduction or Yearly Stipend up to 500,000yen

Bond-free

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Waseda University offers a wide variety of different scholarships from different institutions to its students. Please see more details at the link below.

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship: Japanese Studies Students

Selected Japanese Universities (1 Year Programme)

No fixed cap on the number of students

Tuition Fee | Return Airfare | Monthly Stipend of 117,000yen

Bond-free

Must be a Japanese Studies student

The Japanese Government gives out a special scholarship for Japanese Studies student to engage in a one year exchange in Japan.

University of Tokyo

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

University of Tokyo, Graduate Programmes

Up to 50 Scholarships per Year

Monthly Stipend of 200,000yen

Bond-free

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The University of Tokyo Fellowship Scholarship is awarded to "high-achieving, postgraduate international students who are privately-funded to assist their academic pursuits at the University and at promoting a greater acceptance of excellent students from overseas".

JUGAS & University of Tokyo

The University of Tokyo-JUGAS Supplementary Scholarship for Singaporean Nationals

University of Tokyo, PEAK Programme

Up to 3 Singaporean Scholarships per Year

Return Airfare from Singapore to Tokyo

Bond-free

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The University of Tokyo-JUGAS Supplementary Scholarship for Singaporean Nationals covers return airfare for Singaporean students enrolled in the PEAK programme at the University of Tokyo.