chuo university international scholarship

Chuo University (中央大学, Chūō Daigaku, lit. central university), commonly referred to as Chuo (中央) or Chu-Dai (中大), is a private flagship research university in Tokyo, Japan. Founded in 1885 as Igirisu Hōritsu Gakkō (the English Law School), Chuo is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions in the country. The university operates four campuses in Tokyo: the largest in Hachiōji (Tama campus), one in Bunkyō (Korakuen campus), and two others in Shinjuku (Ichigaya and Ichigaya-Tamachi campuses). Chuo is organized into six faculties, ten graduate schools, and nine research institutes. There are also four affiliated high schools and two affiliated junior high schools. When written in Chinese characters, Chuo University shares the same name with National Central University in Taiwan and Chung-Ang University in South Korea.

Faculties and graduate schools

Faculties

  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Commerce
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Faculty of Letters
  • Faculty of Policy Studies
  • Faculty of Global Management (GLOMAC)
  • Faculty of Global Informatics (iTL)
  • Faculty-Linkage Program

Graduate schools

  • Graduate School of Law
  • Graduate School of Economics
  • Graduate School of Commerce
  • Graduate School of Science and Engineering
  • Graduate School of Letters
  • Graduate School of Policy Studies
  • Graduate School of Public Policy

Professional graduate schools

  • Chuo Graduate School of International Accounting
  • Chuo Law School
  • Chuo Graduate School of Strategic Management

Campuses

Tama Campus

Tama campus

This, the main campus, is a short walk from the Chūō-Daigaku-Meisei-Daigaku Station of the Tama Monorail, easily reachable from the JR Chūō, Keiō or Odakyū line.

It contains headquarters, all the faculties except for the Faculty of Science and Engineering, five graduate schools including law, economics, commerce, arts and policy studies.

Korakuen campus

It can be reached from Kasuga Station (Ōedo and Mita subway lines), Kōrakuen Station (Marunouchi and Namboku subway lines), and Suidōbashi Station (JR Chūō-Sōbu Line).

It contains the Faculty of Science and Engineering and its graduate school and the Graduate School of Strategic Management (professional graduate school).

Ichigaya campus

This is in Shinjuku ward, Tokyo. It can be reached from Akebonobashi Station (Shinjuku subway line), Yotsuya-sanchōme Station (Marunouchi subway line), and Ichigaya Station (JR Chūō-Sōbu Line, and Shinjuku, Namboku, and Yūrakuchō subway lines).

It contains the Chuo Law School (professional graduate school).

Ichigaya-Tamachi campus

This too is in Shinjuku ward, Tokyo. It is near Ichigaya Station (JR Chūō-Sōbu Line, Shinjuku, Namboku, and Yūrakuchō subway lines).

It contains the Chuo Graduate School of International Accounting (professional graduate school) and the Graduate School of Public Policy. It is also a downtown satellite campus for graduate schools.

Surugadai Memorial Hall

This is in Chiyoda ward, Tokyo. It can be reached from Ochanomizu Station (JR Chūō-Sōbu Line and Marunouchi subway line).

Academic activities

Research institutions

Chuo has eight research institutions and one research based educational institution.

Institute of Comparative Law in Japan

This was established as the first research institute for comparative legal studies in Japan and East Asia. Its academic research journal Hikakuhō Zasshi is one of the most prestigious academic journals in this field. Its office and library are on Tama Campus.

Institute of Economic Research

This was established in 1964. Its research covers microeconomics, macroeconomics and Marxian economics.

Institute of Social Sciences

This was established in 1979. Its research covers a wide range of social sciences including politics, applied policy studies, area studies and modern histories.

Institute of Business Research

The Japanese name of this institute is “Kigyō Kenkyūjo”, literally Institute for Business Entity Analysis. It was established in 1979. It is very famous for its large collection of material on Japanese corporations or business entities.

Institute of Cultural Science

The Japanese name of this institute is “Jinbun-kagaku Kenkyūjo”, literally Institute of Humanities. The research undertaken by the Institute is primarily collaborative, and involves study of cultural sciences in their broadest sense.

Institute of Health and Sports Science

This was established in 1978. Its main office and laboratories are in the main Gymnastic Building on Tama Campus.

Institute of Science and Engineering

The institute, established in 1992, promotes joint and project research in science and technology. Its office is on Korakuen Campus.

prestigious private universities in Japan and is particularly renowned for accomplishments in law, policy studies, science and engineering. Many of Chuo’s Business and Economics graduates have gone on to become top-level executives at major corporations in Japan and abroad.

During Chuo’s 134-year history, they have grown their specialized School of Law into a comprehensive university with eight faculties, seven graduate schools, and two professional graduate schools, in addition to nine research institutes, four affiliated high schools, and two affiliated junior high schools. Chuo still continues to produce many of Japan’s judges, prosecutors and lawyers. Chuo was founded on the spirit of “Fostering the Ability to Apply Knowledge to Practice”, and they aspire to provide practical education that helps young people meet the demands of today’s global society.

  • Tama CampusTokyo, JapanCampus Website 5,000 – 20,000 on Campus250,000+ residents in TokyoLanguage(s) spoken on campus: JapaneseThe Tama Campus is surrounded by the lush greenery of suburban western Tokyo in the Tama Hills Natural Park, about 45 minutes by train from the downtown Shinjuku area.Tama Campus is home to six faculties: Law, Economics, Commerce, Letters, and Policy Studies, Global Management and its’ graduate schools. Situated on 518,401㎡ of land, the expansive campus houses the Faculties as well as research facilities, clubs and circles, libraries, and indoor/outdoor sports facilities. Also on campus is the “Honoo-no-Tou” building, where students can find an ideal study environment to prepare for the extremely difficult national examinations.Students at Tama will find everything they need on campus, from a Co-Op building that runs nine different eateries to the Co-Op store, which has daily goods and services such as a pharmacy and Chuo gear. There is also an on-campus barber shop and beauty salon. Students will also have access to a doctor, dentist and mental health professionals in the clinic area.For students looking for an off-campus area to shop, explore or just hang out, Chuo’s Tama Monorail stop is only twenty minutes from the downtown urban center of Tachikawa, and ten minutes from Tama Center, which houses shopping centers, restaurants, and the theme park Sanrio Puroland.

Chuo University was first founded in Tokyo in 1885, and was originally known as the English Law School, owing to many of the university’s founders having studied at the Middle Temple in London. The university was later renamed Chuo University, Chuo meaning middle in the Japanese language.

As its former name would suggest, the university was originally founded with an exclusive focus on law and legislation, and this still forms a core part of the university’s teaching today. The university has diversified its academic portfolio significantly in recent years, however, with a number of new faculties being introduced covering a wider range of subject areas including economics, science and policy studies.

In total, the university operates six faculties alongside eight graduate schools. In addition to these teaching facilities, the university has also maintained a focus on research, with nine research institutions covering a range of academic fields from engineering and sports science to economics and accounting.

Chuo University has also made efforts to attract international students who wish to study in Japan. As well as offering exchange programs with a number of universities, and providing extensive support for students in order to better enable them to adapt to the Japanese way of life, the university also runs a summer camp for international students to allow them to experience Japan without having to commit to a full semester of study.

Many of Chuo University’s most famous alumni have made their name in law, with a number of Japanese Supreme Court justices having studied there. In addition, the former Japanese prime minister Toshiki Kaifu is also an alumnus of the university.

All notices of scholarship and tuition reduction applications offered by the International Center will be posted in the International Center, the Office of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and on privately financed international student course on manaba. Application documents can be downloaded from the privately financed international student course on manaba. Some scholarships are distributed at the offices. Please note that if you fail to submit within the university deadline, for any reason, the application will not be accepted.
In addition, please note that following students will lose their eligibility for scholarships or tuition reduction of the applicable year: those who are absent from the guidance for international students, those who have not submitted necessary documents, those who have submitted incomplete documents, those who are taking a leave of absence or suspended from university, or have extended the period of their study.

1. Chuo University Scholarships and Tuition Reduction for international students

Chuo University provides various scholarships and tuition reduction for international students. In 2021, following scholarships are scheduled, but the details are subject to change. For further details, please check the application notices or the website.

Scholarship NameDetails
Benefit Scholarship for undergraduate incoming studentsEligibility1st year undergraduate students who enrolled with the entrance examination for international students
RequirementsThose who do not receive other scholarships over 50,000 yen a month (cannot be paid together with Honors Scholarship)
Those with “Student” status of residence
If the financial supporter lives in Japan, the annual income of the supporter must be less than five million yen.
Payment amountEquivalent to 30% of tuition and laboratory fees
Payment periodone year
Application periodLate September 2021
Benefit Scholarship for undergraduate and graduate studentsEligibility2nd year or above undergraduate and graduate students
RequirementsThose who do not receive other scholarships of same amount or more (cannot be paid together with Honors Scholarship)
Those with “Student” status of residence
If the financial supporter lives in Japan, the annual income of the supporter must be less than five million yen.
Undergraduate students: those who obtained credits of selection criteria / GPA 2.50 or above in the previous year
Graduate students: should take the written examination for scholarship selection.
Payment amountEquivalent to 50% of tuition and laboratory fees
Payment periodone year
Application periodLate September 2021
Tuition reductionEligibilityUndergraduate and graduate students
RequirementsThose who do not receive other scholarships over 80,000 yen a month
Those with “Student” status of residence
If the financial supporter lives in Japan, the annual income of the supporter must be less than five million yen.
Undergraduate students: those who obtained credits of selection criteria / GPA 2.00 or above in the previous year
Graduate students: should take the written examination for scholarship selection
Reduction amountEquivalent to 30% of tuition and registration fees
Reduction periodone year
Application periodMay 2021

2. External scholarships

There are two types of external scholarships: those that do not require university recommendation and those that require university recommendation.

Scholarships that do not require university recommendation

For external scholarships that do not require university recommendation, please check privately financed international student course on manaba and if you meet the requirements, you can apply directly. Those who meet the requirements of each scholarship institution or organization can apply.

Scholarships that require university recommendation

For external scholarships that require university recommendation, please check privately financed international student course on manaba and submit the necessary documents. The International Center will fairly conduct the university selection to recommend to the scholarship institutions or organizations based on the submitted documents. For the selection results, the scholarship numbers will be posted on privately financed international student course on manaba. The International Center will not inform individually. Each of you needs to check the results.
When you apply for the external institutions through the university selection, once the institution officially receives your application, you cannot cancel later.

3. University selection criteria

Selection criteria

Those who meet the selection criteria by the scholarship institutions or organizations are eligible, and the selection is made by checking whether scholarship applicants meet the purpose and eligibility of the scholarships offered by each institution or organization based on overall information, such as the academic ability, personal evaluation, and financial need of the applicants.

However, those who were absent from the international student guidance held by the International Center, those who have not submitted necessary documents, or those who have submitted incomplete documents are considered ineligible for the university selection. Graduate students are required to take the written examination for scholarship selection.

We cannot recommend one student at the same time for multiple scholarships that are not allowed to receive together. When you apply for the external institutions through the university selection, once the institution officially receives your application, you cannot cancel later.

Academic ability

EligibilityRequirements
1st year undergraduate studentsThose with high scores of the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (Japanese)
If all eligible students for selection took the same examination, such as the Chuo University entrance examination for international students (Japanese / English) or the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (subjects other than Japanese), it may be added to the selection requirements.
In addition, for the scholarship applications available from the second semester, the grade of the first semester may be added to the selection requirements.
2nd year undergraduate students or aboveThose obtained credits of selection criteria, with high scores of GPA in the previous year
For 3rd and 4th year students, total GPA may be added to the selection requirements.
Graduate studentsThose with high scores of the written examination for scholarship selection by the International Center
Those with high scores of the grading scale in all previous years

Personality and financial criteria

International student information card (Information Card) and necessary documents will be referred. If you submit any false documents, you will be excluded from the selection.
If necessary, an interview will be held.

4. Recommendation criteria for Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Honors Scholarship for privately financed international students

  1. We will select the number of students for recommendations specified by MEXT for each faculty and graduate school.
  2. For those who meet the recommendation criteria by MEXT, we will decide the nominees and the priorities for recommendation according to the university scholarship selection criteria.
  3. After acceptance, if you fail to confirm the enrollment for two months, you are considered to have declined and we will recommend another student.
  4. We cannot recommend those who are recommended to other scholarship for Honors Scholarship at the same time. Please be careful when you apply.

5. Recommendation criteria for Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Japanese Government Scholarship for international students (domestic selection)

For those who meet the MEXT recommendation criteria, regardless of the university selection criteria, based on the application documents for the university selection and the interview, we will select the nominees and decide the prioritis for recommendation with screening comprehensively the academic ability, personality, and financial circumstances. When deciding the nominees, we will give consideration to the imbalance of a particular country or field of study.

6. Five points for scholarship application

  1. Attend the international student guidance, take the written examination if you are graduate student, and submit all necessary documents.
  2. Understand the scholarship application schedule and the university recommendation system.
  3. Check the bulletin boards of the International Center and the Office of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the “privately financed international student course” on manaba, and the website.
  4. Read the notification of scholarship application and prepare necessary documents for application without incompletion.
  5. Be careful to observe the submission deadline for application documents.
Postal code192-0393
Address742-1 Higashi-Nakano, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo
Department to contactAdmissions Office
Phone042-674-2121
Fax042-674-2470
International Students ExaminationThere is special selection.
Admission capacity30 (for the 2022 school year)
Applicants277 (for the 2021 school year)
Successful candidates65 (for the 2021 school year)
Number of international students90 (for the 2121 school year)
Application fee35,000 yen (for the 2021 school year)
Admission fee240,000 yen (for the 2021 school year)
Tuition per year823,400 yen (for the 2021 school year)
Other expenses246,900 yen (for the 2021 school year)
Application to delay payment or receive a refundNot available.
RemarksAmounts of fees are subject to change.
Department(s)Business Administration, Accounting, Marketing and International Trade, Banking and Corporate Finance
Distribution of application formsEnd of July
Availability of previous examsAvailable on the internet.
Entry (Spring)April, 2022 entry
Application categoryEntrance examination for international students: A system
Starting date for application submissionOctober 27, 2021
Deadline of applicationNovember 2, 2021 (must be postmarked by this date)
Date of examinationJanuary 14, 2022
Notification of examination resultJanuary 25, 2022
Deadline of enrollment proceduresFebruary 16, 2022(First deadline) March 25, 2022(Second deadline)
Admission procedures – Application from outside JapanAvailable.
Admission procedures – Visiting Japan for entrance examNot necessary.
Sections of exam prepared by the college or universityEnglish language, Application screening process, Interview, See Remarks.
Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) – Designated subjectsJapanese as a Foreign Language, The results of either the 1st or 2nd EJU of the academic year 2021 will be used for the pass/fail decision. please check the admission guideline on the Chuo University website for the handling of EJU.
Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) – Language in the examJapanese language
Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) – Referred examExams from June, 2021 onwards
English examinationTest conducted by the school.
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)Not necessary.
RemarksApplicants are required to submit a preliminary assignment (statement of purpose and study plan) and take the Online English Proficiency Test. There is a possibility that the schedule, selection method, etc. may be changed in the future due to the effects of the new coronavirus infection, etc. For details, please be sure to check the admission guideline on the Chuo University website and the announcement on the same website.

If you live in a country or region where EJU is not administered, and you have taken JLPT N1 of the 2nd session of 2020 (December) or the 1st session of 2021 (July), you can substitute EJU (for the latest information, please check the admission guideline on the Chuo University website).
Entry (Spring)April, 2022 entry
Application categoryEntrance examination for international students: B system
Starting date for application submissionNovember 15, 2021
Deadline of applicationNovember 19, 2021 (must be postmarked by this date)
Notification of examination resultJanuary 25, 2022
Deadline of enrollment proceduresFebruary 16, 2022(First deadline) March 25, 2022(Second deadline)
Admission procedures – Application from outside JapanAvailable.
Admission procedures – Visiting Japan for entrance examNot necessary.
Sections of exam prepared by the college or universityApplication screening process
Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) – Designated subjectsJapanese as a Foreign Language, Japan and the World, Mathematics 1 or Mathematics 2
Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) – Language in the examEither English or Japanese is available.
Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) – Referred examExams from June, 2021 onwards
English examinationSee Remarks.
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)Not necessary.
RemarksIf you have taken EJU in Japanese, you must meet one of the following requirements: TOEFL iBT 39 or higher, TOEIC L&R 470 or higher (excluding IP test), or IELTS 4.5 or higher (academic module only). The test must have been taken within two years prior to the first day of the application period.

If you live in a country or region where EJU is not administered, and you have taken JLPT N1 of the 2nd session of 2020 (December) or the 1st session of 2021 (July), you can substitute EJU (for the latest information, please check the admission guideline on the Chuo University website).

Scholarships for Research Students at Chuo University, Japan

Center for International Affairs is delighted to announce that “Scholarships for Research Students at Chuo University, Japan” is now open for the application. There will be a 2-year scholarships from September 2018 – March 2020. 

Requirements:

1. MUST BE a Thammasat University that will be graduate with spring 2017 or an upcoming graduate student

2. NOT older than 35 years old

3. Thai nationality

4. GPA not less than 3.25

5. English Proficiency

6. Not in between other University’s scholarships

6. Including other qualification required from Chuo University

ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY

For undergraduate students:

  • A student with active status
  • Students should be, minimum, in their 3rd semester at UI, at the time of application
  • Have not registered 144 credits at UI (including credits on the last semester at UI before departing for exchange) by the time of the application.
  • Mandatory to transfer credits from exchange period to UI
  • Will not graduate from UI, until the exchange period is completed
  • GPA minimum of 3.2 (all major)
  • TOEFL/IELTS:
    • PBT at least 550
    • ITP  at least 550
    • iBT at least 80
    • IELTS at least 6.0

For graduate students:

  • A student with active status
  • Students should be, minimum, in their 2nd semester at UI, at the time of application
  • Have not registered 40 credits at UI (including credits on the last semester at UI before departing for exchange) by the time of the application
  • Mandatory to transfer credits from exchange period to UI
  • Will not graduate from UI, until the exchange period is completed
  • GPA minimum of 3.2 (all major)
  • TOEFL/IELTS:
    • PBT at least 550
    • ITP  at least 550
    • iBT at least 80
    • IELTS at least 6.0

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
If the host university has higher eligibility, then the eligibility will follow the eligibility of the host university.

DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • Recommendations from faculty signed by Dean or Vice Dean (only for this program, the recommendation letter can be sent after applying)
  • Legalized Final transcripts (GPA min. 3.2)
  • IRS for the last semester at UI before departing exchange
  • English Proficiency Certificate
    • PBT at least 550
    • ITP  at least 550
    • iBT at least 80
    • IELTS at least 6.0
  • CV
  • Motivation Letter
  • Statement letter of willingness not to leave the country if the faculty does not give permission
  • Written approval letter of departure from parents

Chuo University was founded as Igirisu Horitsu Gakko (the English Law School) in 1885 through efforts led by a group of 18 young attorneys.In the opinion of these young attorneys, studying British law, which was closely intertwined with the social reality, would be useful in establishing a judicial system in Japan and achieving?modernization. Their vision was to nurture human resources that would be ideally suited to modern society through education at Igirisu Horitsu Gakko.In the 120 years since its founding, the former Igirisu Horitsu Gakko has evolved into Chuo University, with eight faculties, six graduate schools, and two professional graduate schools, in addition to nine research institutes and four affiliated high schools.The freedom-oriented academic climate remains as alive and well in today’s Chuo University as the name White Gate. Its spirit of critical thinking, based on the conviction that the study of English law, which the founders of the University firmly believed to be the most practical judicial system, would provide the best legal education to cultivate lawyers,

Semester or Full-year

Application deadline

*Application/Nomination deadline for Graduate Program is one month earlier than Undergraduate Program.

Admission periodApril 2022
(Spring)
September 2022
(Fall, tentative)
Nomination period
*for coordinators only
GraduateJuly 5-Aug 31, 2021Jan10-Feb15, 2022
Under-
graduate
July 5-Sep 30, 2021Jan10-Mar15, 2022
Online application period
*for nominated students
GraduateSep 15-30, 2021Mar 1-15, 2022
Under-
graduate
Oct 15-31, 2021Apr 1-15, 2022

Application for the April(spring) 2022 Enrollment (updated July 1, 2021)

Nomination/Application Procedure
For general information about Chuo University Student Exchange Program, please download the following document.

(1) General information on Study Exchange Program

For students who are interested in spending part of their degree program at Chuo,
please read carefully following information

(2) Nomination
Chuo International Center will provide the link of online nomination form to the exchange coordinator of each partner university. The exchange coordinator will nominate their students through the online system during the designated period.

(3) Application

Chuo International Center will provide the information on application procedures, a link to online application form to the nominated students. The nominated students are required to fill in a form and upload all the application materials through the said online application system during the designated period.
Please refer the Application guide, before you start prepareing the application documents. The application in only online, no hard copies (printed materials) needed. 
 

The required documents and forms for application are as follows:
<Part 1>
・[A] ID Photo
・[B] Passport Copy (ID page)
・[C1] Study Plan for Undergraduate Program
・[C2] Study Plan for Graduate Program  
・[D] Certificate of Enrollment
・[E] Academic Transcript
・[F] Certificate of JPN language proficiency 
・[G] Pledge
・[H] Academic Reference (Graduate Program only)
・[I] Certificate(s)  of Undergraduate Degrees  *for Graudate Program Only

<Part 2>
・[J] Declaration and Certification of Finances (for visa application)
・[K]Financial Statement Verification *Supporting documents of [J]  
     (Ex. Certificate of Bank Balances, Scholaship statement etc. )   
・[L] Certificate of Health 

Please be aware that some of above documents should be signed by paticular persons, therefore, it may take some time. 
Applicants are recommended to prepare all the documents before the online application period.

According to the Personal Information Protection Policy (Privacy Policy), personal information provided by applicant will be used only in admission of student exchange program.

(4) Courses
Please note that most of the courses are taught in Japanese at Chuo University. There are at present no specific requirements for Japanese language proficiency for non-degree students. Also, we offer some courses taught in English and other foreign languages within the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Letters, the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Policy Studies, shown in the list below. (Please note that the Faculty of Science and Engineering doesn’t have courses in English, and students who wish to study at the Faculty of Science and Engineering are required to have at least JLPT N3 level.) 

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