UNHCR-Refugee Higher Education Program

UNHCR-Refugee Higher Education Program (RHEP) is a program implemented by eleven universities in Japan which supports

  • refugees who live in Japan,
  • to complete a undergraduate or graduate degree program,
  • through scholarships from the universities.

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The aim of the program is to provide access to higher education for refugees in Japan who would otherwise have difficulty completing an undergraduate or graduate 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.

With three new partner universities, Kansai University, Hiroshima City University and Waseda University joining the program, there are now 11 partner universities as follows;

Undergraduate degree programme

Universities Campus Number of openings
Kwansei Gakuin University Nishinomiya-shi and Sanda-shi, Hyogo 3 positions (Japanese degree program 2, English degree program 1)
Aoyama Gakuin University Shibuya-ku, Tokyo / Sagamihara-shi, Kanagawa 1 position (Japanese degree program)
Meiji University Chiyoda-ku, Suginami-ku and Nakano-ku Tokyo / Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa 2 positions (Japanese and English degree program)
Tsuda University 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)
Meiji Gakuin University Minato-ku, Tokyo / Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 1 position (Japanese or English degree program)
University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 1 position (Female candidates only, Japanese degree program)
Kansai University Suita-shi / Takatsuki-shi / Sakai-shi, Osaka 1 position (Japanese degree program)
Hiroshima City University Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima 1 position (Japanese degree program)

Graduate degree programme

Waseda University Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 2 positions (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;

Undergraduate degree programme

Kwansei Gakuin University School of International Studies
Meiji University School of Global Japanese Studies
Sophia University Faculty of Liberal Arts
Meiji Gakuin University Department of Global and Transcultural Studies, Faculty of International Studies

Graduate degree programme

Waseda University Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies