Financial Support and Taxes
Generally students who study overseas in many countries around the world are usually expected to pay tuition fees and receive little or no financial support from government sources. The Advanced Graduate Program in Global Strategy for Green Asia (Green Asia Program) that was established for the education of a small elite group of international and domestic students is intensively supported by the Japanese government.
Consequently, all students of the Green Asia Program are provided with a generous financial subsidy of 180,000 JPY per month.
However, The Green Asia Program was launched in academic year 2012 with an intended operation period of 7 years. The consequence of this is that the financial support from the Japanese government is up to now guaranteed only until March 2019. Consequently for those aspiring, students who join in October 2017 there will be only 1.5 years funding from the Green Asia Program. After this period, a selection of the excellent Green Asia Program students may receive additional financial support for the remaining years. You are therefore strongly encouraged to seek additional sources of scholarship from your own government and academic institutions as well as the numerous Japanese sources of funding mentioned on this website.
Further options of financial support:
In addition to the allowance that students receive in the Green Asia program, students can also apply for scholarships, which offer a higher payment that are provided by foundations and companies after already being enrolled in Kyushu University. If a student is awarded such a scholarship, then they must cancel their Green Asia allowance. General information regarding the availability of scholarships for international students is given here.
One of the most attractive scholarships for Ph.D. candidates is a scholarship provided by JSPS (Japan Science for the Promotion of Science). This scholarship includes not only a living expense of 200,000 JPY per month but also a research fund of up to 1.5 million JPY per year. Thus, a student who is supported by this scholarship is generally recognized as a young active researcher with decent knowledge. Another advantage of these scholarships against the Green Asia allowance is that a scholarship is not taxed.
The initial travel expenses of the student from his/her home country to Japan are fully covered upon acceptance into the program.
Clerical staff of the Kyushu University International Student and Researcher Support Center and the Green Asia Education Center will consult extensively with any students who feel under financial strain during their time in Japan.