scholarships cover a part of a student's education and
living expenses; only a few cover all the expenses. Therefore,
students should check the cost of study in Japan carefully
and plan their funding, without relying on a scholarship.
Some scholarships for international students in Japan
can be applied for in the student's home country before
the student enters Japan, but most scholarships must be
applied for in Japan after the student's arrival. Most
scholarships are for students at university level or above
and researchers. There are few scholarships for students
at specialized training colleges or for students studying
at Japanese-language institutes.
Applicants for scholarships usually have to go through
document screening, a written examination to test knowledge
in general education, the student's special area of study,
language and an interview.
There is other financial assistance in the form of tuition
fee reduction or material assistance.
For a list of scholarship providing organizations, please refer
to JASSO's website (http://www.jasso.go.jp/study_j/scholarships/brochure.html)