UNHCR-Refugee Higher Education Program (RHEP) is a program implemented by six universities in Japan which supports
- refugees who live in Japan,
- to complete a four-year undergraduate degree program,
- through scholarships from the universities.
The aim of the program is to provide access to higher education for refugees in Japan who would otherwise have difficulty completing a four-year undergraduate degree program. The students' tuition fees and other study expenses will be funded by the universities. At the discretion of the universities, additional scholarship stipends may be paid to the students on a monthly basis.
The program is coordinated by UNHCR in Japan and Japan for UNHCR.
Current partner universities are as follows;
|Universities||Campus||Number of openings|
|Kwansei Gakuin University||Nishinomiya-shi and Mita-shi, Hyogo||3 positions
(Japanese degree program 2, English degree program 1)
|Aoyama Gakuin University||Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
(Japanese degree program)
|Meiji University||Chiyoda-ku, Suginami-ku and Nakano-ku Tokyo
(Japanese and English degree program)
|Tsuda College||Kodaira-shi, Tokyo||1 position
(Female candidates only, Japanese degree program)
|Soka University||Hachioji-shi, Tokyo||1 position
(Japanese degree program)
|Sophia University||Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo||1 position
(Japanese or English degree program)
*Japanese degree program: for applicants who aim to complete the degree in Japanese
*English degree program: for applicants who aim to complete the degree in English
The following universities provide English degree program for candidates with sufficient language skills for pursuing a degree in English;
|Kwansei Gakuin University||School of International Studies|
|Meiji University||School of Global Japanese Studies|
|Sophia University||Faculty of Liberal Arts|
Application for academic year 2017
* Applications for academic year 2017 have closed. Information on applications for academic year 2018 will be available in June 2017 (tentative).
Application Guideline (for candidates with sufficient language skills for pursuing a degree in English);
*School of International Studies of Kwansei Gakuin University, School of Global Japanese Studies of Meiji University and Faculty of Liberal Arts of Sophia University provide English degree programs.
- Official documents which certify the applicants are recognized by the Japanese authorities as a refugee or as having a refugee-like status with a residency permit;
- Academic transcript which certifies either successful completion or expected completion of a twelve-year course of formal education by March of the admission year, in Japan or in another country;
- Identification of household finances which certify that the applicants have financial difficulties and have no other means of support for university studies;
- Official documents which certify that the applicant has sufficient Japanese or English language ability to complete a four-year undergraduate degree program.
- Results of the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)*. (Results must be from a test taken within 3 years of the application deadline. The required exam subjects differ depending on the universities and their academic programs);
- RHEP application form, photo, letter of recommendation among others. Please find the RHEP application guideline for further information.
* Important Note:
All applicants are required to submit results from the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU).
The EJU is a test organized by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) and is conducted annually. Please check the date of the test on the JASSO homepage, and take the examination so that the results may be submitted by the deadline for the RHEP applications.
Expectations for RHEP Students
- Students must complete with satisfactory academic performance an undergraduate degree that is in principle, a maximum of four years in duration.
- Students must submit a progress report and financial status report to the UNHCR twice a year.
- During the course of their studies, students must complete at least one RHEP project, for example, students may participate in a seminar as a speaker.
- Students must participate regularly in RHEP follow-up meetings, and interviews following their graduation from university.
(The schedule is subject to change, and dates may vary from year to year.)
1) Applications open
By the end of June each year
2) Applications deadline
By the beginning of August each year
3) Written Exam
The end of August each year (language and essay)
The end of August each year (in Tokyo)
5) Results announced
The beginning of September each year
6) Decision process by partner universities
From the middle of September to the beginning of December
For inquiries regarding applications, as well as educational institutions seeking further information about the programme, please contact the following number:
Japan Association for UNHCR