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  • 14 Universities in Japan

    UNHCR - Refugee Higher Education Program

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    UNHCR-Refugee Higher Education Program (RHEP) is a program implemented by thirteen universities in Japan which supports:

    • refugees who live in Japan,
    • to complete a undergraduate or graduate degree program,
    • through scholarships from the universities.

    The aim of the program is to provide access to higher education for refugees in Japan who would otherwise have difficulty completing an undergraduate or graduate degree program. The students’ tuition fees and other study expenses will be funded by the universities. At the discretion of the universities, additional scholarship stipends may be paid to the students on a monthly basis.

    Review the website for a full list of universities, number of opportunities, language of instruction, and eligibility. Tsuda University and University of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo only accept female candidates.

  • Details at a glance

    Arts and humanities, Education, Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction, Law, Social Sciences, Journalism and Information
    No deadline has been announced
    Bachelor's, Doctoral or PhD, Master's
    Full scholarship for the full period of studies
    There is no age limit
    0.00 USD
    In-person programme delivery
  • Requirements

    Targeted nationalities
    Targeted Country of Asylum
    Accepted status documentation
    Documents certifying residency status in Japan, Resident registration form, and certificate of refugee status or certificate of resettlement record or proof of refugee status (please refer to the application guidelines)
    Language of Instruction
    English, Japanese, language offerings depend on university
    Language Proficiency Level
    B2, C1
    Which certificate do you require to prove the required language proficiency?
    Depends on University, e.g. EJU, JLPT
  • More details about this opportunity

    • Opportunity timing
      Recurring annual opportunity
    • Duration of support provided
      For the duration of studies
    • What is covered in this program
      Monthly stipend (e.g. food allowance)
    • Type(s) of visa/residency permit granted upon arrival
    • Is the student allowed to work while studying?
    • Can the nuclear family accompany or join the main applicant?
      Not applicable
    • Are there options to stay after graduation?
      Not applicable
    • How to apply?

      Please check RHEP websites 

      Application for programmes in Japanese:

      Application for programmes in English:

    • Application fee
      No direct charges, but the academic institution may charge separate application fees
    • Application period
      RHEP application starts in July/August
    • Opportunity annual timing
  • For further questions contact the scholarship provider

  • Additional note

    The program is coordinated by UNHCR in Japan and Japan for UNHCR.

  • Disclaimer

    The content presented on this site has originated from the third party providers. UNHCR is not responsible for the application process or oversight of the opportunities presented here. Questions on a particular opportunity should be directed to the relevant provider.

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