Are you a Southeast Asian from any of the following 10 countries: Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brunei, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore? Japan has been building stronger relations with these countries for so long and currently invites thousands of students and researchers to study in their land by providing them scholarships. If you get to be part of the lucky ones who receive scholarships, you can study in Japan for free and receive a decent stipend from the host organization. Here are two Japanese scholarships you can apply for if you are from an ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) country!
Hino Motors (日野自動車) is a Toyota (トヨタ)-owned Japanese truck manufacturing company based in Tokyo (東京). It is committed to improving the relations of Japan with the ASEAN, and encourages students from the region to pursue higher education in Japan.
One scholarship is awarded to any private student who wishes to pursue a master’s degree in any field at the prestigious and world- renowned Tokyo Tech aka Tokyo Institute of Technology (東京工業大学). There is a high chance that you would work for Hino or Toyota after your studies in Japan.
The requirements are fairly simple: you must be someone who could improve the relations between your home country and Japan, especially in the industrial and automotive sectors. You also have to be 26 years or younger, with good grades from any undergraduate university in Southeast Asia.
You can apply for this scholarship from your home country or from Japan if you are already living here. It will cover the tuition fee and a stipend of 120,000 yen every month for your living expenses through Tokyo Tech. There is no admission test or exam needed to be eligible for this scholarship.
The deadline for submitting an application is at the end of July 2017. If you have outstanding grades and an interest in the automotive industry, apply for this scholarship now!
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is one of the organizations that is committed to encourage students from various Asian countries to pursue their higher education in Japan. Every year, it gives scholarships to nearly 200 students from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam as a part of its Innovative Asia campaign.
You can pursue your master’s or doctor’s degree in Japan in any field if you have a bachelor’s degree from your home country. A JICA scholarship covers all kinds of expenses like tuition, flight costs, books, clothes, language study, accommodation, and others. There is no entrance exam and each university has a specific deadline for the scholarship applications. You may have to check the website of the Japanese university you would like to go to.
However, there is a catch to be eligible for these scholarships – you must be a graduate of one of the partner schools of the Japanese universities. You can find the list of these universities here. The list includes tier 1 and 2 schools in your home country; check if yours is on the list.
If you are one of the students selected for the scholarship, you can begin your studies at your admitted university in Japan from September 2017.
These are the two major opportunities for people from Southeast Asia who would like to pursue their higher education in Japan. You should be able to prove your English language skills before applying for these scholarships. Many Japanese universities offer programs taught in English as a part of the new education policy so no worries if you can’t speak Japanese.