To encourage UM students to take the Japan Foundation Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT, or nihongo nōryoku shiken), the Center for Japanese Studies provides partial reimbursement grants toward the test registration fee for eligible students taking the three highest levels of the test.
To receive this grant, students must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Currently enrolled in a degree program at the University of Michigan
- Registered for course(s) during the fall term on the Ann Arbor campus, or on approved detached study status (CJS MA students only) or on approved extramural study status (PhD students only)
- In good academic standing
- Registered to take Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level N1, N2 or N3
- Registered for a test administered in the United States
- Graduate students are only eligible for Levels N1 and N2; undergraduate students are eligible for Levels N1, N2 and N3.
- Students who have received funding from this program in previous years (or JLPT Travel Grant in 2011) may not reapply for funding to retake the test at the same level but may apply for funding to take a higher level test.
This grant works as a reimbursement. Students must first register for the appropriate test and pay the registration fee in full. Then eligible students may apply for this grant and receive a partial reimbursement of the registration fee. Proof of registration is required to receive the grant. For registration instructions, see the JLPT page on this website.
As a condition of receiving this grant, students agree to submit a copy of their official score report to the Center when they receive their scores.
The award amount varies between $25 and $40 (for N3) or $30 and $50 (for N1 and N2) depending on the test level, student status (graduate or undergraduate), and financial need (as determined by eligibility for need-based financial aid).
The Center accepts applications for students who have registered for the December administration of the test beginning September 1. Students must first register for the test and obtain a proof of registration before applying for this grant. For more information on test registration, see the JLPT section of the CJS website.
Deadline: October 20 annually; if October 20 falls on the weekend, the deadline is the previous Friday.
All application materials must be received by the Center by the deadline.
Students must submit the following materials. Students currently enrolled in a Japanese language class should submit their completed application materials to their Japanese language instructor. Students not currently enrolled in a Japanese language class may bring the completed application materials directly to the Center for Japanese Studies.
- JLPT Registration Fee Grant Application and Agreement Form (Download PDF)
- Registration confirmation (email or hard copy) for JLPT Level N1, N2 or N3
Grant awards will be disbursed through the student account. Students receiving need based financial aid should be aware that the acceptance of this grant may result in an adjustment of their need-based financial aid package. International students from countries without a tax treaty exemption for student scholarships are subject to a income tax withholding on the amount of this grant.
Questions about this grant program should be directed to the CJS Academic Services Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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