LL.M. Program in International
Economic & Business Law

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1. Overview

  • Introduction. In 1994, the Graduate School of Law at Kyushu University established Japan's first Master’s level program taught entirely in English: the LL.M. program in International Economic and Business Law (IEBL).

    Drawing upon faculty members with particular strengths in these fields of law, the IEBL program is designed to provide both Japanese and international students with the ability to confront the many challenges of contemporary international economic affairs and commercial transactions.

    Taught in English from a Japanese perspective, the IEBL program seeks to develop a critical understanding of economic and legal principles within the framework of international & comparative law.

  • Program Duration. The IEBL is taught on a full time basis and takes 12 months for completion, beginning in October every year and ending in September of the following year.

  • Program Requirements. All IEBL students are expected to complete a 20-credit (approx. five courses per semester) curriculum and write a Master’s Thesis of at least 50 pages.

    The following is a list of courses offered the current academic year:

    Course List

    The research interests of faculty members involved in the IEBL program are available here
2. Admission Requirements
For admission to the IEBL, students must meet the following requirements:
    • An undergraduate degree in Law from an accredited university.

    • A good command of English. A TOEFL score of 237+ (computer-based), 580+ (paper-based), or 92+ (Internet-based) or equivalent is required for non-native English speakers.

    • Sufficient financial support for the duration of the program. See Section 6 below for details on tuition and other fees.
Please note that scholarships may have additional requirements. Please see Section 6 below.
3. Application Materials & Procedure.
Application requirements and procedures for the IEBL vary depending on whether the applicant wishes to apply for financial aid or not, and what type of financial aid the applicant is seeking.

Section 6 below contains a list of financial aid options and the relevant application materials.

4. Housing, Health Care & Support

  • Housing
    Further information is available at:

    http://www.isc.kyushu-u.ac.jp/supportcenter/en/

  • Health Care
    All international students are obliged to join a national health insurance scheme. For a nominal monthly charge, 70% of health costs are covered by insurance. Students are free to choose their health care provider.

  • Student Supporter
    All international students enrolled on a course at the Graduate School of Law will be provided with a Student Supporter to assist with various practical matters upon arriving in Japan. This includes meeting newly arrived students at Fukuoka Airport, accompanying the student to their accommodation, helping in opening a bank account & registering at the Ward Office, and other practical assistance. The support service ensures that adjusting to life in Japan goes smoothly for all incoming international students.
5. Tuition, Other Fees & Living Costs

The various university fees and estimated living costs are as follows:

    • Kyushu University Registration Fee: 30,000 yen

    • Kyushu University Entrance Fee: 282,000 yen

    • Kyushu University Tuition Fee per Semester: 267,900 yen. (Entrance and Tuition Fees will be changed annually.)

    • Monthly living costs: 100,000 yen

    • Money for arrival. The amount of cash you should bring on arrival varies depending on your personal situation. Based on the experience of former students, we would recommend that you bring a minimum of 150,000 yen if you are staying in university accommodation and 200,000 yen if you are staying in private accommodation.

6. Financial Aid

  • Japanese Government Scholarship
    7 IEBL students per year will be supported by special scholarships from the Japanese government.

    The scholarship will cover all fees as well as a monthly stipend, and a return economy class air ticket to Fukuoka.

    Further details on eligibility and procedure can be found in the Application Guidelines.

    Application Guidelines and the Application Form for the Japanese Government Scholarships can be downloaded here
  • Embassy Nominated Japanese Government Scholarship
    The Japanese Government also offers Embassy-Nominated Japanese Government Scholarships.


    Please contact your local Embassy / Consulate General in order to receive the necessary application documents and further information on Embassy Scholarships.

    Applicants who have passed the Preliminary Screening and wish to enroll in the IEBL for October of the following year must then submit the “IEBL Application Form” and supporting materials to the Admission Office of the International Programs, Graduate School of Law, Kyushu University.

    The application deadline is available in the Application Guidelines.

    If you have passed the Preliminary Screening, Application Guidelines and the IEBL Application Form can be downloaded here
  • The Asian Development Bank - Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP)
    Kyushu University will be able to offer one LL.M. Program student a scholarship supported by the ADB-JSP.

    Applicants must be a national of an ADB borrowing member country and no more than 35 years old at the time of application.

    At least two years of full-time professional working experience prior to the application is required. The scholarship will cover all tuition fees for the duration of the program, subsistence allowance and an economy class return air ticket to and from Fukuoka.

    The application deadline can be found in the Application Guidelines.

    Application Guidelines and the Application Form can be downloaded here
  • Others. There are a number of scholarships by Local governments, International Association, and Private Foundations.

    • JASSO Honors Scholarship
      JASSO offers “Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students” for international students who are accepted by a Japanese university. Applicants for the scholarship will be accepted through schools. The applicants must submit an application form to Admission Office of the International Programs, graduate school of Law, Kyushu University to have them recommend to JASSO that they are qualified to receive the scholarship. The application deadline for the scholarship is available upon request).

    • More scholarship information for applicants who can speak Japanese:
      Kyushu University Scholarship Information web site:
      http://www.isc.kyushu-u.ac.jp/intlweb/scholarship/view/list.php?nendo=2013&lang=en

    • Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO):
      http://www.jasso.go.jp/study_j/scholarships_sfisij_e.html

      Since Kyushu University does not have any control over the administration of these scholarships, it is the applicant's responsibility to check whether the scholarship he/she is applying for can be used for the IEBL program.

      Furthermore, please note that acceptance to these scholarship does not in any way guarantee acceptance into any of the International Program in Law offered by Kyushu University.

  • Self-financing (including scholarships from home country or other international source)
    Students also have the option to self-finance their study. The tuition fee, other fees and living costs can be found in Section 5 above.

    The application deadline is available in the Application Guidelines.

    Application Guidelines and the Application Form can be downloaded here

7. FAQ

  • Am I entitled to a waiver of the TOEFL etc. language requirement? Our normal practice is to require all applicants for whom English is a second language to submit a TOEFL test or equivalent, although if there are some special circumstances we will consider a waiver.

  • If I have taken an English test other than TOEFL, what score is required? A conversion chart is available here

  • Do I need a law degree in order to apply for the IEBL? A law degree is not absolutely necessary in order to be eligible to apply, however, a significant part of your undergraduate degree must have been in law.
8. Pamphlet
The IEBL Pamphlet can be downloaded here
9. Contact Details & Inquiries
Application materials should be submitted to:
Admission Office of the International Programs, Graduate School of Law, Kyushu University, 6-19-1 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8581, Japan.

Inquiries regarding this program should be addressed to:

Fax: 81[Japan]-92-642-4162
E-mail: admission@law.kyushu-u.ac.jp
  1. Overview
  2. Admission Requirements
  3. Application Materials & Procedure
  4. Housing, Health Care and Support
  5. Tuition, Other Fees & Living Costs
  6. Financial Aid
  7. FAQ
  8. Pamphlet
  9. Contact Details & Inquiries