Admission and Scholarships


Requesting application materials

Applications for overseas student programs are available from the Admissions area of this website, If necessary, application materials can be sent by ordinary post. To receive an application by post, send a letter requesting, as appropriate, the LL.M. (Comparative Law) Program Application or the LL.M. (Comparative Law) Program Application to the Student Affairs Section, enclosing a self-addressed envelope (size 33 cm x 24 cm) addressed to yourself, and affixed with a 390 yen-stamp.

Submission of applications

All applications for admission to the Graduate School of Law must be sent to the Student Affairs Section of the Graduate School of Law. Applications sent by fax or email will not be accepted.

Entrance examination inquiries

Non-urgent queries
All non-urgent queries concerning entrance examination procedures should be sent to the Student Affairs Section by email.
Urgent queries in Japanese
Urgent queries concerning examinations should be made by telephone or fax directly to the Student Affairs Section.
Urgent queries in English
Urgent queries in English only should be made to the International Student Advisor.

Tuition and expenses

Living costs in Nagoya

Generally speaking, the cost of living, excluding tuition and other school fees, is estimated at about ¥130,000 per month, consisting of: ¥20,000 for University housing and utilities, and approximately ¥60,000 per month for private accomodation); ¥45,000 per month for food; and ¥30,000 per month for personal expenses.

Tuition and fees

The fees for the academic session 2012 are as follows:

Student status Application (¥) Registration (¥) Tuition (¥)
Degree-seeking student
¥17,000 ¥282,000 ¥535,800
(per year)
Degree-seeking student
¥30,000 ¥282,000 ¥535,800
(per year)
Law School student
(Japanese-taught professional course)
¥30,000 ¥282,000 ¥804,000
(per year)
Research student ¥9,800 ¥84,600 ¥29,700
(per month)
Auditing student ¥9,800 ¥28,200 ¥14,800
(per month)
Training course in Japanese ¥9,900 ¥43,500 ¥30,200
(per month)
Training course in Japanese
language and culture
¥9,800 ¥84,600 ¥29,700
(per month)

Note that fees are subjected to change each academic year.

Financial Aid

Scholarships and loans

The best general reference on this subject is the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) website, which provides up to date details on scholarship programs offered by Japanese sponsoring organizations, as well as a needs-based loan program for overseas students.

See the Admissions page of this website for information about how individual scholarship programs affect the admissions process.

Undergraduate study

The Embassy Recommendation screening process administered at overseas locations by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is the only viable scholarship option for overseas applicants. For information on the admissions process, please refer to the Admissions page of this website.

Students applying from inside Japan may wish to explore other scholarship option through the website of the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO).

Postgraduate study

For overseas applicants, the principle scholarship options are the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) scheme and the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship offered in connection with the Nagoya University Graduate School of Law Human Resources Development Program to Contribute to Asian Technical Legal Assistance Projects.

In addition to these two schemes, overseas applicants may wish to explore the Embassy Recommendation screening process for overseas applicants operated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

Both overseas applicants and students applying from within Japan may wish to explore other scholarship options via the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) website.

For details on how each scholarship scheme affects the admissions process of the Nagoya University Graduate School of Law, see the Admissions page of this website.

Fee exemptions

Recipients of the Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship receive a complete waiver of the entrance exam fee, the registration fee, and of tuition.

Independently-financed undergraduate or graduate students who with excellent academic records are eligible to be considered for needs-based fee exemptions of either all or half of their tuition and registration fees. However, please be aware that in the last few years the number of tuition fee exemptions granted has been decreasing.

Students wishing to apply for fee exemptions are required to submit the necessary documents during the student registration period. Successful applicants must apply for a renewal of the exemption every term (6 months). The application period for the spring term is from the end of March through to the start of April and for the autumn term it falls in the middle part of September.

No fee exemption is available for research and auditing students.