Japan’s New Tuition Fee Policy for International Students

In a significant policy shift, Japan has granted its 86 national universities permission to increase tuition fees for international students by up to 20 percent. This adjustment pushes the average tuition fee to approximately 535,800 yen (US$3,500 or €3,267), marking a departure from the longstanding practice of charging international students the same fees as their Japanese counterparts. The move is aimed at covering the extra expenses associated with hosting international students, including accommodation, language support, and additional academic assistance.
Officials argue that the enhanced services and support justify the increase, believing it will not deter prospective students from choosing Japan for their studies. The Japanese government maintains that the fee hike will not affect the country’s competitiveness as a study destination, as the adjusted fees still do not place Japan among the most expensive countries for international education.

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