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JASSO Scholarship | APU

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JASSO Scholarship

External Scholarships Available after University Admission

Once you have enrolled at APU, you may apply for the following scholarships:

  • International Student Acceptance Promotional Program Reservation System (School Recommendation as per Admission System prior to arrival in Japan) (commonly known as JASSO Scholarship A)
  • International Student Acceptance Promotional Program “Study-in-Japan Global Network Project” Special Framework (commonly known as JASSO Scholarship B)

Both types of scholarships are awarded with the following aims, however the conditions for the two scholarships differ.

Scholarship Overview

These scholarships are awarded to privately funded international students who are expected to enroll in APU, excel in both academic and personal endeavors, and are facing difficulties in attending school due to economic reasons. The objective of this program is to alleviate economic anxiety after students have arrived in Japan and continued onto higher studies, to improve admission procedures prior to arrival in Japan, and to help students make the most of their education. For a maximum of one year, the Government of Japan will provide a monthly subsidy of 48,000 yen (actual disbursements in AY 2021) to eligible students.

JASSO Scholarship A: Eligibility Criteria for English Basis Students

  1. 1. Any person who has filed an application from abroad.
  2. 2. Those who do not have Japanese nationality.
  3. 3. The average monthly remittance is 90,000 yen or less (excluding admissions and tuition fees, etc.).
  4. 4. (Only if the dependent resides in Japan) The annual income of the dependent must be less than 5 million yen.
  5. 5. A person who satisfies any of the following English Language Proficiency eligibility criteria listed below.

  6. Elegibility Criteria 1:

    Minimum English Proficiency Requirements*2
    IELTS IELTS Indicator TOEFL iBT® Test TOEFL iBT® Home Edition TOEIC® L&R Test Cambridge English Language Assessment PTE Academic EIKEN
    6.0*1 75 780 169 50 Grade Pre-1

    *1 A minimum of 5.5 is required for each section
    *2TOEFL ITP Test, IELTS (General Training Module), TOEIC Listening & reading IP Test, PTE General scores will NOT be accepted.


    Elegibility Criteria 2:

    • You have completed or will complete your 12th year of formal education in Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (excluding Quebec), Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, UK, or USA.
    • You have taken or will have taken your most recent three years of formal education before enrolling at APU in the English language in a country other than these listed above and submit either academic transcripts stating the language of instruction, a link and screenshot of your school’s official website stating the language of instruction, or a letter from your school stating that you have taken all of your subjects in English for the past three years.
    • You have received or will receive an International Baccalaureate Diploma with English as the language of instruction.
    • You have graduated from a bachelor’s degree program or master’s degree program that was conducted entirely in English.
    • You have received one of the following standardized test scores: Old SAT (Critical Reading and Writing): 1,100 or above New SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing): 590 and above ACT: 25 and above (the average of English and Reading must be 25 or above.)

    For applicants who have only submitted English Language Proficiency certificates or letters, it is recommended to take one of the English Language Proficiency Test’s listed above, to increase chances of recommendation for the scholarship.


    If You Can’t Submit a Test Score Due to COVID-19

    If you are unable to submit an English language proficiency test score:

    • We recommend you take the Duolingo English Test and ask your English teacher to fill out the Language Proficiency Evaluation form before the application deadline. The Duolingo English Test results will usually be available a few days following the completion of the test.

    If you are unable to submit a Japanese language proficiency test score:

    • We recommend you choose the option within the online application to take the J-CAT test. After the application deadline, we will contact you with further information on how to take the test.
    • If you have a JPT score, upload the score report.

JASSO Scholarship A: Eligibility Criteria for Japanese Basis Students

  • 1. Any person who has filed an application from abroad.
  • 2. Those who do not have Japanese nationality.
  • 3. The average monthly remittance is 90,000 yen or less (excluding admissions and tuition fees, etc.).
  • 4. (Only if the dependent resides in Japan) The annual income of the dependent must be less than 5 million yen.
  • 5. A person who can take the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) outside of Japan and send the results to APU by the following date (regardless of score attained).
    Entry in April 2023: End of February
    Entry in September 2023: End of August
  • 6. A person who satisfies one of the following Japanese Language Proficiency eligibility criteria.
    Minimum Japanese Proficiency Requirements
    JLPT N1 JLPT N2 EJU Japanese*
    100 120 Listening and Listening-Reading and Reading: 250
    Writing: 30

    *Both minimum scores must be met

JASSO Scholarship B Eligibility Criteria

  • 1. A person who has nationality of the country or region designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and does not have Japanese nationality.
  • 2. The average monthly remittance is 90,000 yen or less (excluding admission fees and tuition fees, etc.).
  • 3. (Only if the dependent resides in Japan) The annual income of the dependent must be less than 5 million yen.
  • 4. A person who satisfies any of the language qualifications listed in JASSO Scholarship A.
  • 5. A person who has participated before completing the application in any of the following projects undertaken by the Study-in-Japan Global Network Project
    • Consultation with overseas study coordinators at overseas bases, and introduction and support from universities, etc. were received from coordinators.
    • Participated in overseas study fairs (including online) held by overseas bases.
    • Visited overseas bases.

For information on Study-in-Japan Global Network Project in various regions, you can click on the links below for information



You can also reference the MEXT website for more details about the above information.

Further Information

Payment Breakdown (JASSO Scholarship A and B)

  • April 2023 Entrance: 48,000 yen (monthly) × 12 months (maximum)
  • September 2023 Entrance: 48,000 yen (monthly) × 6 months (maximum)

As per the scholarship foundation , International Students who fail to enter Japan will not be awarded the scholarship payment. Scholarships may also cease to be granted if you do not enter the country by the end of November 2023.

Notification of Results

If your JASSO scholarship application is successful, you will be contacted by the university staff upon admission to APU. Results of the JASSO Scholarship will not be released prior to enrollment.


JASSO Scholarship Acceptance Rate

  • Undergraduate Students Acceptance Rate for AY2021: 91.3%
    (Number of recipients including JASSO Scholarships A and B, English and Japanese Basis)/(Number of recipients of JASSO Scholarships)
  • Graduate Students Acceptance Rate for AY2021: 100%
    (Number of recipients including JASSO Scholarships A and B)/ (Number of recipients of JASSO Scholarships)
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