Scholarship Rules


There are a variety of scholarships to provide financial support for international students. Applicant eligibility and the number recruited vary according to the scholarship. Recruitment information is posted on bulletin boards at the International Affairs Department as well as on this website.

Applicant Eligibility (excluding Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) scholarships)

Applicant should meet all of the conditions below at the time of application (5 and 6 apply for the scholarship year in which they receive the scholarship). 

  1. Academic ability satisfies the level of the Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students.
    Undergraduates and graduate students: 2.3 and above
    For grades from Okayama University: ((A+ and A credits x 3) + (B credits x 2) + (C credits x 1) + (F credits x 0)) / number of registered credits
  2. Applicant must not have exceeded the length of their studies. Except in cases where there are special reasons even if the length of study has been exceeded.
  3. The average monthly remittance to the applicant must be 90,000 yen or less. (Admission fees, tuition fees, etc. are not included)
  4. The annual income of the financial supporter living in Japan must be less than ¥5,000,000.
  5. Applicant must not be a recipient of the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) scholarship, Interexchange Association Japan (IAJ), a foreign government scholarship, nor a scholarship from a program conducted by a Japanese public institution except for the JASSO/ Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students “学習奨励費 Gakushu-Shoureihi”. 
  6. Applicant must not be a recipient of any other scholarship (including those in the application process) that is not allowed to be concurrently awarded.
  7. Applicant who needs financial support to study. 
  8. Applicant who has never been disciplined by Okayama University. 
  9. Applicant should meet any other requirements specified by the sponsor.


  1. Please note that once you have applied for one scholarship, you may not apply for other scholarships until you know the results of your application.
    (This includes scholarships that are in the process of on-campus selection.)
    Refer to the “List of Scholarships” and carefully choose one and apply.
    (However, you may apply for more than one scholarship if concurrent scholarship payments are allowed under both/all the scholarships’ regulations.)
  2. Please understand any willfully false statement is sufficient cause for cancellation and return of the scholarship.

Application Procedure

1. Scholarships that require recommendation from Okayama University 

Apply for the scholarship following the procedure below.

  1. Pre-register for application through the Pre-Registration Form for Scholarship Application on Okayama University moodle.
    For AY2024 Pre-Registration Form for Scholarship Application 
    For AY2025 Pre-Registration Form for Scholarship Application 

    ✓ You will need an Okadai ID and password to log in to Okayama University moodle.
    ✓ Once pre-registration is completed, you may apply for a scholarship for the relevant academic year.
    ✓ You do not have to re-register even if your enrollment status changes after registration is completed or if you will be applying for more than one scholarship, as long as the relevant academic year is the same.
    ✓ Completing registration once a year is sufficient.
  2. Check the application guidelines under List of Scholarships.
  3. Apply for each scholarship by the deadline with the application form “2. Scholarships currently accepting applications” on Okayama University moodle.
  4. International students who have been nominated for a scholarship will be notified by email by the International Affairs Department.
  5. Submit application documents, etc. according to the instructions in the notification.

2. Scholarships with instructions to apply directly

For scholarships with instructions to “apply directly,” do not make an application through the university. Make sure to apply directly on your own.
If you are awarded a scholarship for which you have applied directly on your own, please make sure to notify the International Affairs Department.

Scholarship Selection Criteria

Scholarship candidates applying through the university are selected based on “the Scholarship Guidelines for Privately Funded International Students.

Scholarship candidates are selected based on: 

  1. Academic performance (including grades for Okayama University Japanese Language Course) 
  2. Grade year
  3. Personal factors (have they received any disciplinary action, have they violated immigration control laws, have they violated any other rules)
  4. Whether Scholarship applicants or applicants’ spouses have received any scholarship in the present year and previous year or not. 


If you have been recommended for a scholarship, you need to submit a “Pledge” to the International Affairs Department.
Please read all of the information contained in the Pledge carefully and sign it.