Do I Qualify for JTW?

You are eligible for JTW if you are:
  • are enrolled in an accredited undergraduate degree program outside Japan;
  • will have completed at least one academic year of college before starting at JTW;
  • have a strong academic record (successful applicants usually have a GPA of 3.2 or higher);
  • have the necessary English proficiency—non-native speakers must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (PBT) or 213 (CBT), 79(IBT), or IELTS 6.0.
Can I apply if I am a postgraduate?

Postgraduate students may apply, but should bear in mind that JTW is designed for undergraduates. Kyushu University offers other programs conducted in English and specially designed for postgraduates. For further information, see the following Kyushu University webpages:

Other short-term programs at Kyushu University

Postgraduate students may apply, If you are an undergraduate student majoring in Japanese Studies and are ready to take classes offered in Japanese at Kyushu University after completing basic Japanese language courses, you have another short-term program option, the Japanese Language and Culture Course. For details of the program, please visit: but should bear in mind that JTW is designed for undergraduates. Kyushu University offers other programs conducted in English and specially designed for postgraduates. For further information, see the following Kyushu University webpages:

Asia in Today’s World (ATW), ATW is a 7-week summer program for undergraduate and graduate students from abroad. Courses are offered in Japanese language and area studies, and held between late June and early August. See the ATW homepage for further information:

ASEAN in Today’s World (AsTW) ,AsTW is a 2-week international program focused on ASEAN studies and Asian languages & cultures, and is designed for university students from around the world. Kyushu University (Japan) and Mahidol University (Thailand), two of most prestigious universities in Asia, have co-organized the program with the strong support from the ASEAN Secretariat. The medium of instruction is English.
See the AsTW website for further information:

Application Forms

Application deadlines

February 10 if you are arriving in the October
November 10 if you are arriving in the following April

Application Guide

Additional material (as specified on page 5 of the application form)
official academic transcript
  • This must be an original (not a copy)
two letters of recommendation
  • Both must be written by your superviser at your present university
  • Only one may be written by a language instructor (because we need to assess your overall academic ability, not just your language skills!)
one essay
  • length should be 800 to 1,000 words
  • title: ‘Why JTW is for me’
project proposal for independent study
Project Proposal for Advanced Laboratory Research (if you are choosing an ALR)
  • length: one side of A4 paper. Any sheet of A4 paper will do, or to use our downloadable project proposal form you can click here PDF file, or here for word file.
  • content: title, objective, methodology, some indication of possible source material (books, interviews etc), and potential significance,
  • Don’t worry if you do not yet know your supervisor’s name. Your project proposal will help us to find a supervisor for you in time for your arrival in Japan.
  • Don’t worry about making these decisions so early. There will be some flexibility to allow you to adjust your project plans in time for your arrival in Japan if necessary
  • To view a list of JTW students’ project titles over the last five years, click here. This is just to give you an idea of the range of topics we can provide supervision for at Kyushu University. Don’t be put off a theme just because someone has done it already. Your own contribution will probably be unique!
Language proficiency certificate (TOEFL score (copy) for Non-native English speakers only)

And finally….

Your application will be reviewed by the JTW selection committee

Please bear in mind when you are preparing your application that competition for places on the JTW Program is intense, so make sure to fill out the form with care and to give due thought to your essay and project proposal. It is definitely worth bearing in mind our selection criteria. These are:

1) personality

2) motivation for studying in Kyushu

3) academic credentials (as a rule, successful JTW applicants have a GPA score of 3.2 at least)

Contact details

Please send all correspondence concerning admissions to the following address:

Japan in Today’s World Program

Kyushu University

International Student Center

744 Motooka, Nishi-ku

Fukuoka, 819-0395, JAPAN

tel. +81 92 802 2229

fax. +81 92 802 2287


Guide for successful applicants (Visas etc.)

1. Visa Application

Once you receive notice from us that your application has been approved by the JTW Selection Committee, it is time to start thinking of making preparations for your arrival in Japan. Kyudai’s International Student & Researcher Support Center (ISRC) will help you apply for a student visa, reserve a dormitory room, and arrange pick-up service at the airport. This is all done online. Look for email from the Center, to come soon, informing you about how to proceed. You will be given a website address, log-in ID, and password. You need to complete the application online with your ID and password. Should you have questions or difficulty with any part of this process, please contact the ISRC:

Tel: +81-92-642-7094


You will receive from us, by early September(for Semester1) or by early March (for Semester 2), your Certificate of Eligibility. With this in hand, you should apply directly and immediately for a “college student” visa at the Japanese embassy or consulate that serves the area where you live. Although it takes a number of weeks for us to obtain and send to you the Certificate of Eligibility, it requires only a couple of days to obtain the visa. But you should not delay in applying. Of course you will need also to present your valid passport and several passport photos when applying for the visa. We suggest you contact the embassy or consulate in early September or in early March to inquire about visa application procedures and fees, as these will vary from country to country.

Also, It will be very important for us to know how to contact you, particularly via email, should the need arise, in the weeks just before your departure, so please be sure to tell us if the email and home addresses you from your original JTW application are changed.

2.Date of arrival

You are expected to arrive in Fukuoka on the end of September (students arriving for Semester 1), or on the end of March (students arriving for Semester 2).

Staff of International Student & Researcher Support Center and/or the student tutor assigned to you will meet you at Fukuoka Airport and escort you directly to International House, the residence hall where you will live. You will be given a handbook and schedule for the next few days at that time. We ask, then, that you tell us in a timely way when and how you plan to reach Fukuoka. Your cooperation in this will be most appreciated.



As a new arrival at Kyushu University, you are guaranteed a furnished room with bathroom.  Each room is fitted with a single bed, writing desk, chair, wardrobe, refrigerator, and an air conditioner/heater. Pillows, bed linen, and blankets are not supplied but can be found at reasonable prices locally when you arrive. Shopping for food and other necessities is found conveniently nearby.
In addition, internet connectivity is provided in your room, though access is fee-based and contracted with a designated service supplier.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the address below. Also, we may need to get in touch with you more frequently at this stage so please let us know your current e-mail address if you did not write this on your JTW Application.


Tuition, Tuition Waivers & Scholarships


You will be charged 14,800 yen* (as of 2010) for each registered credit–a total of 177,600 yen (for 12 credits) per semester, payable at the start of the term.

Tuition waivers

You may be exempt from paying tuition, however, if your home university has a student exchange agreement with Kyushu that includes a mutual waiver arrangement and if you are nominated as an exchange student by your home university.


If your home university has a student exchange agreement with Kyushu University, you may apply for one of a small number of scholarships funded by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO). You must indicate your interest when you apply for admission to JTW.

The JASSO award provides:

a monthly allowance of 80,000 yen, disbursed during your period of enrollment at JTW;

You are eligible to be considered for the JASSO scholarship if:

your home university has a formal student exchange agreement with Kyushu University and you are nominated as an exchange student by your home university.

you will not be receiving other substantial financial support to study in Japan.

Please note that mere eligibility for the JASSO scholarship does not assure the award, and that not all eligible applicants will be granted the scholarship due to limited available funding. See JASSO’s website for further details:

Partner Institutions

Kyushu University has student exchange agreements with many institutions around the world.

To date, universities that have sent students to the JTW Program are as follows.
(*Some of the universities above do not have mutual tuition waiver clause in their agreement with Kyushu University. Please consult your student exchange office for further details.)

  • Amherst College*
  • Arizona State University
  • Berea College, Kentucky
  • Duke University
  • Hampshire College*
  • Hunter College, City Univ. of New York*
  • Kenyon College
  • Princeton University
  • Rice University
  • San Jose State University
  • University of California, San Diego*
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • University of Washington, Seattle
  • University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • Yale University
  • University of Toronto
  • Queens University
  • Pontificia Universidad Catolica Chile
  • The University of Sheffield
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of London (SOAS)
  • University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Grenoble Institute of Technology
  • Stendhal University, Grenoble
  • University of Bordeaux 1, 3, 4, Bordeaux
  • University of Joseph Fourier, Grenoble
  • University of Marc Bloch, Strasbourg
  • University of Pierre Mendes, Grenoble
  • University of Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg
  • University of Robert Schuman, Strasbourg
  • Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich
  • University of Hohenheim
  • Technicsche Universität Müchen
  • Catholic University of Leuven
  • Catholic University of Louvain
  • Uppsala University
  • Royal Institute of Technology
  • University of Iceland

* non exchange partner

  • Chungnam National University
  • Ewha Womans University
  • Korea University
  • KyungPook National University
  • Pusan National University
  • Seoul National University
  • Sogang University
  • Sungkyunkwan University
  • Yonsei University
China, PR(9)
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Fudan University
  • Huazhong University of Science & Technology
  • Jilin University
  • Nanjing University
  • Shanghai Jiaotong University
  • Tsinghua University
  • University of Hong Kong
  • Zhejiang University
China, R(2)
  • National Taiwan University
  • National Tsing Hua University
  • National University of Singapore
  • Singapore Management University
  • Chulalongkorn University
  • Mahidol University
  • Thammasat University
  • Gadjah Mada University
  • University of Indonesia
  • Ateneo de Manila University
  • University of Philippines
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Queensland
  • Federal University of Rio de Janeiro