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  • Japan ICU Foundation

    Syrian Scholars Initiative (SSI)

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    The Syrian Scholars Initiative (SSI) is a full scholarship that supports Syrian students who were displaced by the conflict throughout their entire undergraduate education at International Christian University (ICU). It covers full tuition, housing, living expenses, health insurance, travel from Turkey/Egypt to Japan (including domestic travel within Turkey/Egypt if the student does not live in Istanbul or Cairo), visa application fee. 

    Application will open from September 1 until October 15, 2021 for students who wish to matriculate in September 2022. 

  • Details at a glance

    Arts and humanities, Education, Information and Communication Technologies, Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Social Sciences, Journalism and Information, Law, Business Administration
    Until 15 October 2021
    Full scholarship for the full period of studies
    There is no age limit
    0.00 USD
    In-person programme delivery
  • Requirements

    Targeted nationalities
    Targeted Country of Asylum
    Egypt, Turkey
    Accepted status documentation
    Not required
    Language of Instruction
    English, Japanese
    Language Proficiency Level
    Which certificate do you require to prove the required language proficiency?
    TOEFL (79 and above) or IELTS (6.5 and above)
  • More details about this opportunity

    • Opportunity timing
      Recurring annual opportunity
    • What is covered in this program
      Application fees
      Language training
      Monthly stipend (e.g. food allowance)
      Local transportation expenses
      Health insurance
      Mentoring or psycho-social support
      Travel costs to the third country
      Settling in
    • Type(s) of visa/residency permit granted upon arrival
      Student visa
    • Is the student allowed to work while studying?
    • Can the nuclear family accompany or join the main applicant?
    • Are there options to stay after graduation?
      Work permit/temporary residency; asylum application; Humanitarian status Citizenship application is an option after 7 years of continues legal residency in Japan (including 4 years as student).
    • Application fee
    • Application period
      Specific date (annual opportunity)
    • Release of the selection decision
      December 2021
  • For further questions contact the scholarship provider

  • Additional note

    ICU is a private, four-year liberal arts college in Tokyo. Founded on the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ICU aims to cultivate “responsible global citizens” who will contribute to world peace and to help people from diverse backgrounds live together harmoniously. ICU has been a pioneer in liberal arts education in Japan since its founding in 1953, pursuing, as its name suggests, international, Christian and academic missions.

    Although founded on Christian principles, ICU does not proselytize. The majority of students are not Christian. 

  • Disclaimer

    The content presented on this site has originated from the third party providers. UNHCR is not responsible for the application process or oversight of the opportunities presented here. Questions on a particular opportunity should be directed to the relevant provider.

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