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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.

[Scholarships for International Students in Japan 2016-2017 provided by JSSO]


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.



Tuition Fees

Some tuition, enrollment and administration fees are summarized in the table below. (for 2016).

Tuition Fee
(Annual payment)
Enrollment Fee
(One off payment)
Administration Fee
(One off payment)
535,800 JPY/year 282,000 JPY 30,000 JPY

Students of the Green Asia Program, who can demonstrate an excellent academic aptitude as well as serious financial hardship, MAY apply for a bursary that partly covers the tuition fees and the enrollment fee.

However, applicants must pay an administration fee during the admission process several months before enrollment (See "Schedule for Application Submission and Screening of Candidates”) .

The due date of the admission fee is around mid-September, but students may be allowed to postpone the payment until around the end of February by submitting a petition of extension .

The due date for the tuition fees is in the first month of each semester (October 31st and April 30th). Students are encouraged to pay the tuition fees on time. However, there is no penalty if the payment is delayed until December of the 1st semester and July of the second. If the fees are still unpaid after December or July, there is a substantial penalty.


Living Costs, Fees and Taxes Approximation

These tables show an indication of the fees, taxes and living expenses for a student from a country, who must pay income tax on their allowance. The table is a very rough approximation only and the living expenses will vary substantially on a case by case basis.

However a comfortable lifestyle is feasible even if there are no bursaries reducing the fees and all students of the Green Asia Program should not be under any financial pressure to meet their day-to-day expenses.

The categories describing phone bills, utilities, home and internet, apartment rental, food and drink, travel, commuting and return home trip are purely an estimation only and greatly depend on the personal situation and lifestyle for each student. The Green Asia Program assumes no responsibility for such personal expenses, and provides the information only as a guide and for students’ convenience.

Income tax may be applicable depending on if the student’s home country has a tax treaty with Japan. If your total income is greater than 1.95 million JPY per year, then the rate of income tax payable is 5% in the 1st year. In the 2nd year, the rate increases to 10% where total income exceeds 1.95 million JPY per year. In the case of a country with a tax treaty with Japan, the students must submit the appropriate paperwork to qualify for a tax rebate.

Furthermore if no tax treaty with Japan exists, the students must pay an annual city tax of approximately 226,000 JPY, however this is not required in the 1st year.

Issues relating to the tuition fees, income tax, city tax, government health insurance, and the Kyushu University supplementary allowance are now handled by the Student Affairs Division of the Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering and Science (IGSES).

If a student has any specific questions regarding financial matters discussed on this page, please do not hesitate to contact the office.

Student Affairs Division of IGSES:

Email: srggakusien@jimu.kyushu-u.ac.jp .