A wide variety of scholarship programs are available for international students wishing to study at Kyoto University. The selection processes are highly competitive, however, and in most cases applications are accepted only after matriculation. It is therefore advisable that students secure sufficient financial resources before coming to Kyoto.
For more information, visit the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) website, and click "Pamphlet Scholarship for International Students in Japan".
Scholarships accepting applications before matriculation
Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarships
Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarships are funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan. Applications should be made before matriculation, either through a Japanese embassy or consulate (embassy recommendations), or through the host university in Japan (university recommendations). Most of the MEXT Scholarship students at Kyoto University earned their scholarships through embassy recommendations.
For more information, see Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship.
Student Exchange Support Program (Scholarship for Short-Term Study in Japan)
International students who have been accepted into a Japanese university under a student exchange agreement are eligible to apply for the Scholarship for Short-Term Study in Japan, administered by JASSO. This scholarship consists of a monthly stipend of 80,000 yen, provided throughout the period of stay in Japan.
Applications should be made to Kyoto University through the student's home institution, together with those for the exchange program itself. Direct applications from the students themselves, to either Kyoto University or JASSO, will not be accepted.
Scholarships from private foundations
The application process for private scholarships varies by program. Some programs accept applications from students themselves, while others require submission through the students' home universities.
Kyoto University annually selects and nominates candidates for approximately 60 private scholarship programs. Each program typically offers a scholarship of between 30,000 and 180,000 yen per month to one or two students. Applications are generally accepted following matriculation (some programs accept applications from those who have been accepted into a university, but have not yet matriculated).
Please note that many of these scholarships expect applicants to have a certain level of Japanese language proficiency.
A list of programs that accepted applications through Kyoto University during the previous academic year is available via University-nominated scholarships.
For information on scholarships accepting direct applications from students, visit the JASSO website mentioned above.
Foreign government scholarships
Some international students fund their studies with scholarships from their national governments. To learn about the application periods, benefits, and other details of such programs, please contact the relevant agency in your country.
Tuition exemption for CSC doctoral students to be suspended as of October 2022 admission
Kyoto University has decided to suspend its "Tuition Exemption to the China Scholarship Council of Kyoto University" program1 beginning with October 2022 admission except at the Graduate School of Engineering2.
This change does not affect those already accepted to or enrolled in the program.
Special research students (non-degree course)
Among the CSC scholarship recipients, "special research students (non-degree course)", who study as non-regular students in Japan without seeking a degree, are not eligible for the tuition exemption mentioned above.
To gain admission as a special research student, applicants must follow the steps described below.
- First confirm whether or not there is an academic exchange agreement between the home university and Kyoto University (university-level partnership), or between the home graduate school and the KyotoU graduate school (department-level partnership). These are agreements under which exchange students can study at KyotoU without paying additional fees. Lists of such universities and graduate schools are available via:
- After confirming that an academic exchange agreement exists, contact the relevant office at the home institution to learn how to apply to Kyoto University (with tuition exemption). Obtain a university recommendation and complete other necessary procedures. One of the final steps is requesting a letter of provisional acceptance from Kyoto University, which requires contacting the University's student exchange division through the relevant office at the home institution.
Students from institutions that are not official exchange partners may be accepted to study at the University as "research students" ineligible for tuition exemption. Applicants for such enrollment are required to first contact a prospective academic adviser at Kyoto University to inquire about the possibility of admission. See the following for details:
Scholarships accepting applications after matriculation
Privately financed international students who are currently enrolled at Kyoto University and interested in scholarship opportunities are advised to refer to Scholarships for privately-financed international students. Please note that some programs accept applications before matriculation as well.
International Student Division (ISD), Kyoto University
Email: intlstudent*mail2.adm.kyoto-u.ac.jp (replace * with @)
- Inquiries must be made in either Japanese or English.
- The message must include the following:
KyotoU faculty/graduate school and degree program concerned