Japan Study
Linking Japan and the United States Through Educational Exchange

Grants and Scholarships

Costs and Financial Aid

2019-2020 Program Fees


Academic Year

$52,300 ($41,800 tuition + $10,500 room and board)

Fall Semester

$26,150 ($20,900 tuition + $5,250 room and board)

Spring Semester

$26,150 ($20,900 tuition + $5,250 room and board)


Fees for 2020-21 will be available by February 2020. In general, our fees are comparable to tuition, room, and board fees at GLCA/ACM colleges. If you attend a GLCA/ACM institution, your financial aid package can most likely be applied to Japan Study. Please check with your home campus for confirmation.

Program fees cover the cost of the orientation session, room, partial board (breakfast and dinner with the host family), commuting expenses in Tokyo, Waseda University tuition, the Cultural Internship, and administrative fees. 

Students are responsible for roundtrip airfare, Japanese National Health Insurance (about $25/month), lunches, books, cell phone contracts (about $20-$80/month), and personal expenses. Recent participants have budgeted $400-$500 each month for these expenses. Many students work part-time in Tokyo teaching English or working in local shops to offset such expenses.  Please check in with your Financial Aid office to see if your financial aid package can be adjusted for your time in Japan.  Some schools can accommodate this request due to an increase in living expenses and airfare.

Cancellations and Refunds

Students who withdraw from the program will incur charges depending on the time of their withdrawal. Students who withdraw from the program within one month prior to the departure date will be required to pay for expenses already committed on their behalf. After departure from the United States, no part of the program fee expended on a student's behalf is refundable.

Study Abroad Scholarships

Below is a list of scholarship opportunities for study abroad in Japan. Past Japan Study students have had their time abroad fully funded through a combination of grants and scholarships. Click the title of each scholarship for more info. Deadlines and qualifications vary. Contact your study abroad office for additional scholarship opportunities.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are planning to study abroad. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. Ideally, students should begin their application one full semester before their study abroad program is scheduled to begin. The application deadline is in early March.

The Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship

The Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship Fund/Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to undergraduates/graduate students for a semester or year-long study abroad program in either the United States or Japan. A generous endowment gift of $10 million from Mr. Toshizo (Tom) Watanabe to the U.S.-Japan Council makes it possible to award scholarships to students for whom study abroad would not be possible without financial support. The scholarship will support up to the full cost of attendance to the study abroad program of the applicant’s choice. The scholarship program grants awards to recipients in amounts determined by financial need and other qualifications.

The Bridging Scholarship for Study Abroad in Japan

The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must be enrolled as undergraduates in a college or university in the United States before and during the time they are studying abroad. Award amounts vary from $2,500 for semester-long programs to $4,000 for academic year programs. The application deadline is early April for Full Year and Fall students, and early October for spring students.

The Freeman-Asia Scholarship

Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Award recipients are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others and fulfill the program's goal of increasing understanding of Asia in the United States. Grant amounts are: Summer, $3,000; Semester $5,000; Academic Year, $7,000. Freeman-ASIA Award funds may be adjusted should the recipient receive additional financial assistance not reported at the time of application

Boren Scholarship

The National Security Education Program's Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Students are required to work for the U.S. federal government in the national security arena for a fixed term following graduation. Maximum scholarship awards are: $10,000 for a semester and $20,000 for a full academic year. The application deadline is in early February. Please apply early for this scholarship before the results of Japan Study are announced.

Fund for Education Abroad

FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks. The application deadline is in January. Please apply early for this scholarship before the results of Japan Study are announced.

The Lillian Broox Manis Endowed Scholarship

For Earlham students only - due February 15th: The Lillian Broox Manis Scholarship was established to assist students who share Lilli's passion and inquisitive interest in Japanese Studies to travel to Japan to study and learn. The scholarship was established by the family and friends of Lillian Broox Manis, who was enrolled in Earlham's entering class of 2008. On July 12, 2008, before Lilli had the opportunity to live that dream, she tragically lost her life in a car accident when a drunk driver hit her. Her family and friends established this scholarship to remember her life, her interests, and her goals. Recipients of the Lillian Broox Manis Scholarship are required to attend a luncheon with the Manis family and to periodically write to the family while in Japan. Find the application here.

National Association of International Educators

Information on funding your study abroad experience from NAFSA.


Hashi.org Offers $1000 Scholarship for Study/Travel in South Korea or Japan (July 1st - August 15, 2019)Hashi.org, a nonprofit focusing on education and cultural exchange, is accepting applications for its Study/Travel Scholarship. The deadline is August 15th, 2019. Each year, hashi.org awards three $1000 scholarships - one to a Japanese, one to a Korean, and one to an American. The second of three $1000 scholarships is being offered in 2019 for an American citizen interested in international cultural exchange opportunities with either South Korea or Japan. Decisions are based on the applicant's essay, which should clearly explain how the scholarship would be used, and how well the applicant’s intentions fit with hashi.org’s mission statement. The scholarships can be used for a variety of overseas programs such as those offered on www.hashi.org - including, but not limited to: home stays, student exchange, volunteering, work, etc.

Japan Study - Jackson Bailey ENdowed traveL Grant

For GLCA students only (to confirm that your school is a GLCA institution, please check this website.)

Funded through a generous donor, the Japan Study - Jackson Bailey Endowed Scholarship fund helps students with demonstrated financial need with their airfare to Japan. This $1000 grant is open to students from GLCA colleges per the donor’s request, and for academic year participants.

TurnKey Lender’s 2019 Scholarship Program

At TurnKey Lender we use every opportunity we can to cooperate with people and companies who drive positive social changes in the world. Over the years we’ve worked with a wide range of NGOs, NPOs, charities, academics, professionals from the public sector, and private individuals. But above all, we believe that education plays a crucial role in changing the world to the best.

That is why back in 2018 TurnKey Lender launched its own scholarship for students who are passionate about technology. The goal of this program is to help a motivated and talented student to fully focus on achieving their best in their field of studies. The rules are simple: you write the best essay out of all applicants, comply with the rules, get selected by TurnKey Lender’s committee, and receive $1000.