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As a student willing to go study in Japan, one of your main concerns is certainly the cost of your study, because it will be an additional and indispensable expense, in addition to the general cost of living there. The average monthly cost of universities amounts to approximatively JYP 51,000 (US$ 500), which represents more than 1/4 of the average monthly expenses for a student in Japan. But compared to other countries, especially the United States, college tuition fees in Japan may appear cheaper. Another advantage is the tuition fee exemption system, which is better in Japan than many other countries. Partial and full tuition fee waivers are granted to high-achieving students from poor backgrounds, and a wide range of scholarships is available to students. These scholarships are provided both by the universities and by public and private organizations. Some scholarships provide a monthly living allowance, and either a travel allowance in the first year or tuition fees in later years.
In the US, the cheapest tuition fees start from US$10,000 for in-state students, and it is a great deal more for international students. In Japan, tuition fees at public universities are JYP 535,800, or US$6,500. Academic fees for the first year generally consist of admission fee, tuition fee, and facility and equipment usage fee. Each university has its own payment policy, and the fees might vary from one university to another. For instance in Tsukuba University, the regular entrance fees and first year tuition fees have been waived.Academic fees for the first year are comprised of admission fees, tuition and fees, facilities and equipment usage fees.
For the first year of universities undergraduate programs, the average academic fees are JPY 817,800 (US$ 9,087) for national universities and JPY 939,352 (US$ 10,437) for local public universities. For private universities, the average academic fees differ according to the department chosen by the students. Tuition fees for specific departments are very different, going from JPY 652,785 (US$ 7,253) for language courses and JPY 1130,285 (US$12,600) for Law, Commerce and Economics, to about JPY 5000,000 (US$ 56,000) for Medicine and Dentistry.
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