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Study for free in Japan, China and South Korea with these 7 scholarships

There are many reasons why students flock to Asia. It is home to half the world’s population, culturally diverse regions, great food, affordable living costs, and more.

You can spot K-drama stars in Seoul or climb Mount Halsan in South Korea. Immerse yourself in an astonishing blend of reverence for tradition and the futuristic capital of Japan. Follow the money in the attractive malls of China, the world’s rising superpower.

A woman walks past a Gucci store on a street in Beijing on April 13, 2021. Source: Nicolas Asfouri / AFP

With scholarships, you can study for free, explore this wonderful region, and make memories that will last a lifetime:

Japanese Government Scholarship (MEXT)

The popular MEXT Scholarship is offered in six categories: Research Students, Teacher Training Students, Undergraduate Students, Japanese Studies Students, College of Technology Students, and Specialized Training College Students. You must be recommended by a Japanese embassy or consulate or the Japanese university that will accept you (university recommendation).

Research students and teacher trainees receive a salary of 143,000 yen to 145,000 yen ($1,295 to $1,314) per month. Recipients in all categories receive a monthly allowance of 117,000 yen ($1,060). Tuition and round-trip tickets are also covered.

Scholarships in Asia

A train passes against the background of buildings on the waterfront in Tokyo – an attractive destination for students. Source: Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

Great Wall Program

This is a full scholarship by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, placed at the disposal of UNESCO for the academic year 2020-2021. Seventy-five (75) fellowships – for advanced studies at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels – are open to applicants from developing member countries in Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Europe and the Arab region.

If you plan to pursue advanced studies or undertake individual research “under the periodic guidance of the appointed supervisor in China” for a period of one year, this is the program for you.

Schwarzman Scholarship

This scholarship selects potential future leaders who wish to understand China and the rest of the world on a deeper level at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The application period is between April and September, with the selection process starting in November. Classes begin in August of next year.

Scholarships in Asia

The Schwarzman Scholarship selects students to represent the world’s next generation of leaders who wish to understand China and the rest of the world on a deeper level at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Source: Alexey Nikolsky Sputnik / Agence France-Presse

University of Tokyo Fellowship

Launched in 2004, the fellowship aims to “offer a research scholarship to outstanding, privately-funded international graduate students to aid their academic pursuits at the University and to encourage admission of high-achieving students from abroad.” The fellowship awards a monthly research grant of 200,000 yen (approximately $1,812) or 150,000 yen (approximately $1,359) during the standard period of their program (up to one year for research students).

Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP)

KGSP provides international students with the opportunity to study in higher education institutions in Korea for undergraduate and postgraduate studies. The purpose is to enhance educational exchange and deepen mutual friendship between Korea and other countries. The deadline to apply for this will be next year in March.

Korea Global Scholarship (GKS) Exchange Student

This program aims to exchange international students from developing countries to study in Korea. You stand to make meaningful memories as you learn about Korean culture and experience its education system. The app opened in March and is still running. For more information, click here.

Study for free

The Silk Road Scholarship is aimed at Indian students to study at Seoul National University in South Korea in the humanities at the graduate level or social science programs. Source: Ed Jones / AFP

Silk Road Scholarship

Indian students can study for free at Seoul National University with this scholarship. Recipients must be pursuing a graduate-level humanities or social science program. The Cultural Foundation and Seoul National University award this scholarship to five students annually.

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