Scholarship for International Students

Soka University runs a scholarship system for international (foreign national) students enrolled in the school in order to minimize their financial strain.

Funding has increased substantially from the academic year 2016.

Soka University Foundation for Education, Scholarship for International Students.

The scholarship is offered to students who meet the academic achievement standards.

  • Candidates: International students who are enrolled in the Undergraduate Program of Soka University, who demonstrate excellent academic performance and good character, and who are experiencing difficulty in continuing enrollment because of financial strain, are eligible.
  • Academic requirements:
    (For those who enrolled until 2017 as freshmen or transfer students)
    Overall GPA of 3.3 or above – JPY 60,000 per month x 12 months (JPY 720,000 per year)
    Overall GPA of 2.0 or above but below 3.3 – JPY 30,000 per month x 12 months (JPY 360,000 per year)
    (For those who will enroll from 2018 and beyond as freshmen or transfer students)
    Overall GPA of 4.0 or above – JPY 50,000 per month x 12 months (JPY 600,000 per year)
    Overall GPA of 3.0 or above but below 4.0 – JPY 40,000 per month x 12 months (JPY 480,000 per year)
    Overall GPA of 2.0 or above but below 3.0 – JPY 30,000 per month x 12 months (JPY 360,000 per year)
    Note: The Grade Point Average (GPA) at Soka is calculated on a 5.0 scale.
  • Application process:
    Incoming students: The procedures are explained after enrollment at the scholarship orientation for international students.
    Continuing students (those who will become second, third or fourth year students): The application will occur after the orientation session to be held in December.
  • Disbursement: After confirming the student’s enrolment, disbursement is made generally made at the end of each month to recipient’s bank account.

Academic Fee Exemption Scholarship for International Students

Screening of recipients is conducted before enrollment, and the exemption is applied from the first year.

  • Candidates: International students who are enrolled in the Undergraduate Program of Soka University, who demonstrate excellent academic performance and good character, and who are experiencing difficulty in continuing enrollment because of financial strain, are eligible.
  • Amount of exemption and household income:
    (For those who enrolled until 2017 as freshmen or transfer students)
    Annual household income of the previous year is below JPY 5,000,000 – full exemption of academic fees
    Annual household income of the previous year is equal to or above JPY 5,000,000 – half exemption of academic fees
    (For those who will enroll from 2018 and beyond as freshmen or transfer students)
    Annual household income of the previous year is below JPY 4,000,000 – full exemption of tuition and school fees
    Annual household income of the previous year is equal or above JPY 4,000,000 and below JPY 8,000,000 – half exemption of tuition and school fees
    Annual household income of the previous year is equal or above JPY 8,000,000 and below JPY 10,000,000 – quarter exemption of tuition and school fees
    Annual household income of the previous year is above JPY 10,000,000 – no exemption of tuition and school fees
    If the student has a sibling concurrently enrolled in Soka University, the annual household income is recalculated as below:
    In case the student has a sibling currently enrolled in the Undergraduate Program at Soka University and/or Soka Women’s College, the household income to be considered for the exemption will be deducted in JPY 1,800,000.
    In case the student has a sibling currently enrolled in the Preparatory Japanese Language Program and Undergraduate Non-degree program at Soka University, the household income to be considered for the exemption will be deducted in JPY 1,470,000.
    * In case the student has a sibling currently enrolled in the Graduate School at Soka University, there will be no deduction.
  • Application method: Candidates applying for the Undergraduate Admissions for International Students can simultaneously apply for the scholarship. Results for both applications are announced together. The length of exemption period is one academic year. Those who wish continuation must apply for it for each respective year.
  • Continuing students (those who will become second, third or fourth year students): The application will occur after the orientation session to be held in December

Matters pertaining to both types of scholarship

  • The university accepts applications from not only international students with the student visa, but also Japanese national students dependent to a parent who resides outside of Japan and possess citizenship, permanent residency, or a corresponding right of that country or territory.
  • The scholarships do not apply to students who have exceeded the standard length of enrollment.
  • Undergraduate Program students are required to earn at least the following numbers of credits: 30 credits by the end of 1st year; 60 credits by the end of 2nd year; and 90 credits by the end of 3rd year.
  • The academic fees exempted in the exemption scholarship refer to tuition and school fees, and not application fee, admission fee, registration fee, course materials, or Gakuyu-kai Club Association fees.
  • The scholarships are in the form of a grant, not a loan requiring repayment.

Soka University Makiguchi Memorial Education Fund, Scholarship for International Students

The scholarship is offered to students who meet the academic achievement standards.

  • Candidates: International students who are enrolled in Graduate School of Soka University, who demonstrate excellent academic performance and good character, and who are experiencing difficulty in continuing enrollment because of financial strain, are eligible.
  • Academic requirements:
    Students who have obtained a set number of credits – JPY 60,000 per month x 12 months (JPY 720,000 per year)
  • Application process: The procedures are explained after enrollment at the scholarship orientation for international students.
  • Disbursement: Disbursement are generally made at the end of each month to recipients’ bank accounts.

Academic Fee Exemption Scholarship for International Students

Screening of recipients is conducted before enrollment, and the exemption is applied from the first year.

  • Candidates: International students who are enrolled in Graduate School of Soka University, who demonstrate excellent academic performance and good character, and who are experiencing difficulty in continuing enrollment because of financial strain, are eligible.
  • Amount of exemption:
    Full exemption of academic fees
  • Application process: Candidates applying for International Students Application for Graduate Schools can simultaneously apply for the scholarship. Results for both applications are announced together. The length of exemption period is 1 academic year. Those who wish continuation must apply for it for each respective year.

Matters pertaining to both types of scholarship

  • The university accepts applications from not only international students with the student visa, but also Japanese national students dependent to a parent who resides outside of Japan and possess citizenship, permanent residency, or a corresponding right of that country or territory.
  • The scholarships do not apply to students who have exceeded the standard length of enrollment.
  • Graduate School students are required to earn at least the designated number of credits in the respective major.
  • The academic fees exempted in the exemption scholarship refer to tuition and school fees, and not application fee, admission fee, registration fee, course materials, or Gakuyu-kai Club Association fees.
  • The scholarships are in the form of a grant, not a loan requiring repayment.