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Tuition Fees & Living Expenses

Tuition Fees

Shiga University tuition fees are as follows. Please note that these fees are the same as other National University Corporations.

Category Admission Fees Tuition Fees
Undergraduate &
Graduate Students
282,000yen 535,800yen(per year)
Research Students 84,600yen 29,700yen(per month)
Non-Degree Students 28,200yen 14,800yen(per credit)

Tuition Fee Exemptions

Please note there is no system in place for research students/non-degree students to receive tuition fee exemptions.

For undergraduate students and graduate students, there is a system in place that allows students to receive tuition fee exemptions. With regard to students who wish to receive tuition fee exemptions, they should note that for the spring term, an application for tuition exemptions must be made to the Student Support Section in early April, while applications for tuition exemptions for the fall term must be made to the Student Support Section in early October. Students are asked to make sure that they don’t miss application deadlines.

With regard to tuition fee exemptions, there are two categories, total-tuition fee exemptions and half-tuition fee exemptions. If students receive a total-tuition fee exemption, it is not necessary for them to pay tuition fees for the term in question. If students receive a half-tuition fee exemption, then they still have to pay half tuition fees for the term in question by the payment deadline.

According to the “2007 Research Report on Student Lifestyles” conducted by Shiga University, around 30% of graduate students enrolled in the Graduate School of Education were in receipt of total or half-tuition fee exemptions, while for graduate students enrolled in the Graduate School of Economics, the figure was 65%. Meanwhile, tuition fee exemptions among undergraduate students were as follows: (Please note that there are no separate figures for the number of international students receiving such exemptions).

  Faculty of Education Faculty of Economics
Total Exemptions 22 22
Half Exemptions 3 19

Requests for Tuition Fee Payment Deferments

If a student who has made an application for a tuition fee exemption is unable to pay tuition fees by the payment deadline, they may make a request for a deferment of tuition fee payments. In such instances, the latest date by which payment shall be made shall be the end of the academic year(March 31st). Please note that in cases where March 31st falls on either a Saturday or a Sunday, the deadline for payment shall be brought forward. With regard to any non-payment of tuition fees that remain unpaid by the payment deadline, please note that the students in question will automatically be removed from university student rolls, and lose their standing as students.

Living Expenses

According the “CAMPUS LIFE DATA 2007”(43rd Annual Study Regarding Student Consumerism)conducted by the National Federation of University Co-operative Associations, the total monthly expenditures of the average student attending a Japanese university were as listed in the following table. (Please note that “Lodging Student” means students who live in flats/apartments, townhouses, student unions, boarding houses with meals, and in lodgings owned by acquaintances).

  Nationwide Metro +
3 Prefectures *
Kyoto Osaka Kobe
Lodging Student ¥125,440 ¥141,320 ¥129,020 ¥117,520 ¥132,920
Dormitory Student ¥101,240 ¥113,580 ¥90,580 ¥78,800 ¥91,660

* “Metro + 3 Prefectures” means the Tokyo Metropolis, Kanagawa Prefecture, Saitama Prefecture, and Chiba Prefecture.

Of these expenses, compulsory expenses that could not be economized(accommodation, food, and transportation)were as follows:

    Nationwide Metro +
3 Prefectures
Kyoto Osaka Kobe
Lodging Student Accommodation ¥56,120 ¥66,270 ¥56,160 ¥52,170 ¥57,640
Food ¥25,110 ¥27,140 ¥29,620 ¥22,040 ¥24,920
Transportation ¥3,700 ¥4,670 ¥3,490 ¥3,900 ¥5,290
Total ¥84,930 ¥98,080 ¥86,270 ¥78,110 ¥87,850
Dormitory Student Accommodation ¥22,130 ¥31,300 ¥13,980 ¥10,390 ¥21,450
Food ¥24,250 ¥24,740 ¥25,110 ¥21,110 ¥28,090
Transportation ¥4,970 ¥5,980 ¥4,210 ¥3,870 ¥5,860
Total ¥51,350 ¥62,020 ¥43,300 ¥35,370 ¥55,400

Looking at this table, it can be understood that living expenses in the Tokyo Metropolis and surrounding areas are very high. For lodging students in these areas, their accommodation expenses are ¥10,000 or more higher than the national average. Even the expenses of dormitory students in these areas are ¥9,000 or more higher than the national average.

Although there is no separate data available for Hikone City and Otsu City, it is thought that accommodation expenses (apartment rental expenses) in both of these locations are cheaper than those encountered in Kyoto and Osaka. Furthermore, because there are easily-rented apartments located close to the university campuses in both Hikone and Otsu, transportation expenses are not much either. If expenses other than accommodation, food, and transportation are considered, entertainment expenses, book expenses, study expenses, telephone bills, and putting aside money as savings, etc. come to mind. However, the cost of these expenses is much the same in all cities. As such, the monthly expense outlays of students living in Otsu City and commuting to the Otsu Campus, and those living in Hikone City and commuting to the Hikone Campus, could be considered as follows: For lodging students, monthly expense outlays are around ¥110,000 per month, while the monthly expense outlays of dormitory-based students are similar to Osaka at around ¥80,000 per month.

At the same time, however, it needs to be noted that the figures presented represent average outlays based on statistical data. It has to be remembered that there are both students who display a sense of thriftiness with regard to their outlays, and students who lead a more luxurious lifestyle.

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