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Financial Support for Your Life as a Student

1 Tuition Fees and Exemption from Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for the 2017 academic year (comprised of four terms)

Annual Amount Amounts Due: 1st and 2nd Payment Periods
Undergraduate Students (excl. Evening Course) ¥535,800 Term 1 & 2 ¥267,900
Term 3 & 4 ¥267,900
Undergraduate Evening Course Students ¥267,900 Term 1 & 2 ¥133,950
Term 3 & 4 ¥133,950
Graduate Students (Excl. School of Law) ¥535,800 Term 1 & 2 ¥267,900
Term 3 & 4 ¥267,900
Graduate School of Law ¥804,000 Term 1 & 2 ¥402,000
Term 3 & 4 ¥402,000
  • If there is a revision of tuition fees at any time during the academic year, the new tuition fees will be enforced from the time of revision.
  • If long-term registration is permitted, tuition fees will vary.

How to pay tuition fees

Your annual tuition fees are divided into two equal payments. There are four terms in the academic year. The first amount is due at the beginning of the first term and the second amount, at the beginning of the third term. Please pay by account transfer or bank transfer.

Account Transfer Bank Transfer
We will debit the account that you designate to the University on the specified transfer dates (below).
Your account must be held at the following financial institutions only: Chugoku Bank, Tomato Bank, or Japan Post Office Bank.
The account holder can be either the student or their guardian.
■Specified transfer date
 First payment period: May 25
 Second payment period: November 25
  • Please deposit funds in the registered account one day prior to the specified transfer date.
  • If the designated transfer day falls on a bank holiday, please deposit funds on the business day prior to the designated transfer day.
If the procedure for account transfer fails due to lateness, a bill will be sent to the guarantor or student.
■Billing Period
 First payment period: early in May
 Second payment period: early in November
■Method of Payment
 Please make transfer from your nearby financial institution by the deadline stipulated on the bill.
 Any handling charge will be paid by the fee-paying party (student).

Caution: If payment is not made by the deadline, we will bill the student or guarantor. If this bill is also not paid, the student will be removed from the register pursuant to University Regulations.

Exemption from Tuition Fees

Provided applications are made within the budgeting period, selected students meeting the requirements detailed below, may be exempted from total or half tuition fees payable respectively within the first or second payment periods.

  • Where payment of tuition fees is difficult due to inadequate means and the student’s academic performance is excellent.
  • Where the person who bears most school expenses dies within one year prior to the start of either of the two payment periods, or where the student or their guardian is recognised as being unable to pay tuition fees due to an act of God or other disaster.

※For those who were struck by the Great East Japan Earthquake in March of 2011 or the Kumamoto Earthquake in April of 2016, please refer to the appropriate consultation counters.

Those wishing for exemption from tuition fees are required to submit an application to the appropriate consultation counter by the designated deadline for either payment period.
Details of the application schedule will be posted on the website of Okayama University and the campus noticeboard.
Applicants for exemption of tuition fees will be granted a payment moratorium pending the selection result. Where exemption is rejected or accepted by half payment, please pay the appropriate tuition fees by the deadline.

  • Homepage for tuition fee exemptions
     URL:http://www.okayama-u.ac.jp/tp/life/seikatu_a1.html
  • Noticeboards for tuition fee exemptions
     Noticeboards in the General Education Building A 1st Fl. and designated notice boards in each faculty or graduate school.

2 Scholarships

Japan Student Services Organization

The Japan Student Services Organization (‘J.S.S.O.’) makes loans to excellent students who have difficulty continuing their education due to economic hardship. Though students need to pass a means test and satisfy academic requirements, there are some cases where their request may be rejected due to J.S.S.O. budgetary reasons. For details, please check the notice boards and the Okayama University website.

Types of Scholarship and Loan Amount (monthly)

Loan Amount (monthly) Loan Amount (monthly) Remarks
Type I scholarship (Interest-Free Loans) Home Resident ¥45,000
Independent Resident ¥51,000
Regardless of Residence ¥30,000
Type II scholarship
(Loans with interest)
¥30,000
¥50,000
¥80,000
¥100,000
¥120,000
Please select one of the above amounts.
No interest accruable during university enrollment
Up to 3 % interest accruable after graduation

※These loan amounts are for undergraduate students for fiscal 2016. Graduate students should confirm details on the J.S.S.O. website.

Recruitment Period

Type of Recruitment Application Period Remarks
Ordinary Recruitment May Explanatory meeting is held in April. In principle, application is once annually. However, if J.S.S.O. has the available budget, there is an offering for extraordinary adoption.
Emergency Recruitment
Urgent Recruitment
As Required Application can be made where the sponsor for living expenses: - dies, becomes unemployed, or is the victim of disaster. (Such application is only possible within one year of such sudden loss of living expenses.)

※The recruitment period is for undergraduate students. Graduate students should confirm details on the Okayama University Website Homepage.

Procedures for scholarship continuation

The scholarship grant does not confer any right of continuance until graduation. You must carry out a continuation procedure every year on the Internet. Continuation procedure details are posted on the notice boards and the Okayama University Website around December every year.

Suspension and cancellation of scholarships

Poor academic achievements and attitudes will lead to suspension or cancellation of scholarships. It is your duty to engage in your studies as a conscientious scholarship student.

Procedures for change of status

If any changes, including the following, take place, report promptly to the Student Support Division: leave of absence, withdrawal from studies, refusal to study, renewal of studies, name change, change of joint guarantor or guarantor, change in monthly amount of loans, change in the scholarship transfer account, address change, faculty (department) change, scholarship continuation during studying abroad, etc.

Local Authorities and Private Organizations

Okayama University deals with scholarships of about 50 organizations. Major scholarship organizations are listed below, but there are cases where there is no offering within a given year. For details, refer to the notice boards and the Okayama University Website.

Types of Scholarship Loan or Grant Monthly Amount Application Eligibility
Local Authorities Scholarship students, Okayama City Loan (Interest-Free) ¥21,000 Residents of Okayama City or their children
Scholarship students, Kurashiki City Loan (Interest-Free) ¥40,000 Residents of Kurashiki City or their children
Nagasaki Prefecture Scholarship Association Loan (Interest-Free) ¥41,000 Children of residents, Nagasaki Prefecture
Yamaguchi Prefecture Human Development Foundation Loan (Interest-Free) ¥43,000 Children of residents, Yamaguchi Prefecture
Private Organisations Nakamura Sekizenkai Grant ¥30,000 Undergraduate Students
Kashiyama Scholarship Foundation Grant ¥40,000 For freshman undergraduates other than Medical, Dental, Pharmaceutical, or Evening Course students.

※Monthly amounts for loans and grants are for fiscal 2016.

  • Scholarships Homepage
    URL:http://www.okayama-u.ac.jp/tp/student/seikatu_a2.html
    You can also access from 'Student life' of Okayama University website →'Scholarships.'
  • Scholarships Noticeboards
    First floor in the Building for General Education Building A, 1st Fl., and noticeboards in each faculty or graduate school

3 Dormitories

Dormitories: Female Students

We provide dormitories for female undergraduate students living away from their families.
Summary:

Eligibility for entering the dormitory Economic conditions: annual income of sponsors for living expenses
Geographical conditions: roughly one hour or more of commuting time
Dormitory candidates Female undergraduate students
Capacity 108 students
Places offered Freshmen: about 20~30 (offered January ~ February before university entrance)
Other students: if vacancy occurs during the academic year. July applicants enter dormitory in October.
Length of dormitory residence Within the study period, and until the day following the graduation ceremony, as a rule.
Monthly boarding fees Boarding fee: ¥4,300 Dormitory fee: ¥5,500
Internet use: ¥1,900 Electricity for individual rooms is to be borne by each student.
Building facilities, etc Five-story, reinforced concrete building (constructed in 1981)
Single room (Containing: bed, desk, chair, bookshelf, and locker)
Joint use of bath, toilet, and kitchen
Location 6-2 Kuwanoki-cho Kita Ward, Okayama City 700-0084

※Refer to pp. 45~46 for International Student Share House (mixed-type dormitory where foreign students and Japanese students live together)

4 Apartments

Introduction of Rental Apartments.

Okayama University Cooperative (Peach Union, 1st Fl.) offers a real estate agency service to students wishing to live in rental apartments.
Rents are generally as follows even though they vary depending on the property’s age, construction, facilities, width, and environs.

List of standard rents of listed properties

Classification Six tatami-mat apartment Eight tatami-mat apartment
Rooms for rent Bathroom and toilet shared ¥10,000 ~ ¥20,000
One room + kitchen, integrated toilet and bathroom ¥20,000 ~ ¥35,000 ¥30,000 ~ ¥40,000
One room + kitchen, separate toilet and bathroom ¥30,000 ~ ¥45,000 ¥35,000 ~ ¥60,000

※Common service expenses and utility expenses are additional to rent.
Note: When signing a contract, first confirm the contact contents thoroughly so as to avoid future problems.

5 Part-time Jobs

Introduction of Part-time Jobs

Okayama University Cooperative (first floor of Peach Union, second floor of Muscat Union, and Kojika Shop) offers information to students interested in part-time jobs.

Average wages according to job type (Overview)

(Based on figures for 2016 academic year)

Types of job List of average wages
Private tutors (hourly) around ¥2,000
Restaurants (hourly) around ¥840
Sales assistants (hourly) around ¥880
Light labor (hourly) around ¥850

6 Student Discounts and Commuting Passes, Etc.

Student Discount Certificates

Student discount certificates can be issued only in the following cases when using Japan Railways for a journey exceeding 100 km one-way. There is a 20% discount on an ordinary fare.

  • Returning home for vacations and errands
  • Regular educational activities like experiments and practical training
  • University-approved special activities or extra-curricular activities for physical or cultural education
  • Taking examinations for a job or advancing on to higher education
  • Participation in university-approved educational tours or events
  • Travel for treatment of injury or disease which hinder student learning
  • Guardian accompanying student travel

Each student can have student discount certificates issued by the automatic certificate issuing machine, and there is no limit to the number of certificates issuable when used for the above purposes. Validity is within three months from the date of issue, so plan well in using the certificates. Refer to page 28 for the location of automatic certificate issuing machine installations.

Student Commuting Pass / Season Tickets (Commuting Certificates)

Appropriate Counter

Student Support Office, General Education Building A, 2nd Fl., Tel. 086-251-7185

When using JR West

You need a ‘duplicate student commuting pass’. Have this duplicate issued by showing your student ID to the counter in charge. You can purchase a student Commuting Pass / Season Ticket by presenting this duplicate along with your student ID at the ticket sale counter of JR.

When using private railways within Okayama Prefecture

Depending on the company, you need either a 'duplicate student commuting ticket' or a ‘student commuting certificate’. Please ask each company which certificate is appropriate.

When using private railways outside Okayama Prefecture

Some companies do not use the ‘duplicate student commuting ticket’, but instead use a ‘student commuting certificate’. Please ask each company which certificate is appropriate.

Commuting Pass / Season Tickets for Practical Training

Appropriate Counter

Student Support Office, General Education Building A, 2nd Fl., Tel. 086-251-7185

When you need to commute to an institution other than Okayama University for practical training as part of university education, you can purchase a commuting pass for practical training. You will require permission from the transportation company you will use and present your ‘student commuting certificate’ together with your ‘practical training certificate’. Consult with the transportation company in advance because applications take from two to three weeks prior to the issuance of the ticket.

7 Member Discount Services

Ohara Museum of Art, ‘School Members Service’
Okayama Korakuen Garden, 'Campus Members Service’,

Entrance to Ohara Museum of Art, admission free (Okayama)

Ohara Museum of Art is the first western art museum in Japan and was established by the entrepreneur, Ohara Magosaburo in 1930.
Okayama University has been a member of the 'School Members Service’ at Ohara Museum of Art since June, 2007. When an undergraduate or graduate student presents their student ID, he/she can freely enter the following galleries without limit: - the Main Gallery, the Annex, the Craft Art Gallery, and Kojima Torajiro Memorial Hall (except special exhibitions).

Okayama Korakuen Garden, Okayama Prefectural Museum, and Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art admission free (Okayama)

Okayama Korakuen Garden is one of the three outstanding gardens in Japan designated as a place of special scenic beauty.
This university has been a member of the 'Campus Member Service' of Okayama Korakuen Garden since January, 2015.
When an undergraduate or graduate student presents a student ID, he/she can freely enter Okayama Korakuen Garden, Okayama Prefectural Museum, Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art (except for special exhibitions) without limit.

Ohara Museum of Art
(Ohara Museum of Art)

Okayama Korakuen Garden
(Okayama Korakuen Garden)

※Photographs provided by the Okayama Prefecture Sightseeing Federation

8 Disaster and Accident Insurance for Student Education and Research, and Personal Accident Insurance for Students Pursuing Education and Research

It is necessary for students to prepare for disasters and accidents in order to feel safe and fulfilled, while participating in education and research activities.
This university introduced 'Disaster and Accident Insurance for Student Education and Research' and ‘Personal Accident Insurance for Students Pursuing Education and Research’. These are managed by the Public Interest Foundation Japan Educational Exchanges Services Incorporated as a compensatory system in response to disasters and accidents. In principle, all students take out this insurance.

Details of the insurance.

  1. Disaster and Accident Insurance for Student Education and Research (hereafter 'Disaster and Accident Insurance') including commuting clause
    When physically injured while engaging in the following educational and research activities or by sudden, accidental, and off-campus commuting accidents; the following cases are compensated.
    ※ What is meant by 'educational and research activities' : ① during regular lessons, ② during university events, ③ other than ① and ② but when present within university facilities, and ④ during extracurricular activities at facilities outside of the University.
  2. Personal Accident Insurance for Students Pursuing Education and Research
    Claims cover liability in Japan or worldwide for third party personal injury damages or property damage during regular lessons, university events, extracurricular activities, and extracurricular travel.
    ※ 'Extracurricular activities' under this insurance means internships or volunteer activities carried out by university student groups approved by the University’s set procedures as organizations aiming at internships or volunteer activities. Accidents during club activities under different conditions are not covered by this insurance.

Insurance premiums

Please confirm insurance premiums at university insurance subscription offices; insurance fees differ depending on faculty and the year of study.

Insurance Subscription Offices

  • Student Support Office, Academic Affairs Department, General Education Building A, 2nd Fl., Tel. 086-251-7185
  • For the Evening Course of the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Economics, the Medical School, and the Dental School; contact the respective Academic Affairs Counters.

Applicable period of insurance

For the academic year from the day following payment of the insurance premium at a Post Bank or Post Office to the final day of study.
When new students pay insurance premiums before March 31 and before university entrance on, the applicable insured period starts on April 1.

Insurance claim procedures

When accidents falling under the insurance policy happen, immediately contact the Student Support Office, Academic Affairs Department, General Education Building A, 2nd Fl. (for the Evening Course of the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Economics, Medical School, and Dental School, contact the respective Academic Affairs Counters). Please follow the claims procedures laid out by the appropriate Academic Affairs Counter.
If you do not contact the Counter within 30 days of an accident, claims payments may not be made by the insurer.

Procedures for students changing faculty or department, withdrawal, or leave of absence

Since some cases involve the return of insurance fees, contact the Student Support Office, Academic Affairs Department, General Education Building A, 2nd Fl. (For the Evening Course of the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Economics, Medical School, and Dental School, contact the respective Academic Affairs Counters).

Others

To expand this insurance coverage, you can additionally take out 'Comprehensive Student Life and Personal Accident Insurance for Students Pursuing Education and Research’, which is available 24 hours for part-time jobs, interns directly (or personally) applying for companies, disease during job hunting, and personal injury. (Students of the Medical School and Dental School are required to take out this insurance.)

Examples of insurance payment

【Counter in Charge of Insurance】Student Support Office, Academic Affairs Department, Tel. 086-251-7185

Disaster and Accident Insurance for Student Education and Research ('Disaster and Accident Insurance')

  • During an experiment, cut my finger with a broken glass device.
    - Received insurance payment of ¥15,000 for hospital out-patient treatment for a week.
  • During a rugby game, my Achilles tendon got ruptured when I was tackled.
    - Received insurance payment of ¥70,000 for five days hospital admission and 40-days out-patient treatment.
  • While commuting to university by bicycle, collided with an oncoming bicycle, fell down, and got a hard blow on my face.
    - Received insurance payment of ¥30,000 for 14 days out-patient hospital treatment
  • After class, walking to an on-campus cafeteria for lunch, fell down the stairs and sprained my wrist
    - Received insurance payment of ¥15,000 for 13-days out-patient hospital treatment

Third Party Personal & Accident Insurance for Student Education and Research (At Okayama University, you have you take out this insurance at the same time as the above insurance.)

  • During a chemistry experiment, I mistakenly made a chemical mixture which caused an explosion and injured another student.
    - Insurance company paid ¥150,000 to third party for a 10-day hospital admission and treatment.
  • At the University Festival, I volunteered to construct the tents, but hit another student with a tent pole, injuring his head.
    - ¥8,000 yen was claimed by the third party for treatment, which the insurer paid.
  • I broke a machine at a company I was dispatched to during my internship.
    - ¥200,000 was paid by the insurer for repair of the broken machine.
  • While commuting to university on my bicycle, I hit a parked car and scratched it.
    - ¥100,000 was paid by the insurer for car repair.

9 Welfare Facilities (Cafeterias and Shops, Etc.)

Cafeterias and Shops, Etc.

On the Tsushima Campus and the Shikata Campus there are cafeterias, shops, cafes, and travel centers.

North Facility for Student Welfare 3F: Muscat cafeteria Main dishes, side dishes, self-service counter, noodles, curry and rice, donburi (meals served in a bowl), drinks, and desserts (weekdays) 11:00~13:30
2F: Muscat cafeteria (weekdays) 10:00~22:00
(Saturday and Sunday) 11:00~20:00
1F: Bookstore Books, personal computers, stationery, acquisition of qualification, bread, boxed lunches, drinks, and cookies (weekdays) 8:20~22:00
South Facility for Student Welfare 4F: Peach Restaurant Lunch, light meals, and drinks (weekdays) 11:00~14:00
3F: Peach Cafeteria Main dishes, side dishes, self-service counter, noodles, curry and rice, donburi (meals served in a bowl), desserts, and smorgasbord breakfast (weekdays) 11:00~13:30
2F: Peach Cafeteria (weekdays) 8:00~18:30
(Saturday and Sunday) 11:00~14:00
1F: Peach Shop Original university goods, stationery, and daily commodities (weekdays) 10:00~18:00
1F: Travel Service Domestic and overseas trips, various boarding tickets (weekdays) 10:00~18:00
1F: The Cooperative Office
☎086-256-4107
Joining the Cooperative, Student General Mutual Aid, introduction of apartments and condominiums (weekdays) 9:30~18:30
East Facility for Student Welfare 1F: Pione Cafeteria Main dishes, side dishes, self-service counter, noodles, curry and rice, donburi (meals served in a bowl), and desserts (weekdays) 10:30~20:00
1F: Pione Shop Stationery, bread, box lunches, and drinks (weekdays) 9:30~20:30
Others Student Union Cafe 'indent' Pilaf, light meals, drinks, and desserts (weekdays) 11:00~16:30
Komomo Shop in the Building for General Education Bread, box lunches, and drinks (weekdays) 10:00~14:30
Alumni Building on the Shikata campus Cafeteria Bambi Main dishes, side dishes, self-service counter, noodles, curry and rice, donburi (meals served in a bowl), and desserts (weekdays) 8:00~20:00
(Saturday) 11:00~14:00
Kojika Shop Books, personal computers, stationery, bread, box lunches, drinks, and joining the Cooperative (weekdays) 8:30~18:30
Subcontractors of the Cooperative Sven-Eleven Okayama University Shop Bread, box lunches, drinks, desserts, daily commodities, and the ATM (weekdays) 8:00~19:00
(Saturday and Sunday) 11:00~14:00
Shimoden Tourist Okayama University Travel Center General travel procedures (weekdays) 10:00~18:00
University Barbershop Hairdressing Closed on Monday and the third Sunday in the month

※ Some stores are on reduced-hour business or closed during university closed periods. Please check the information of the stores.