International Economic & Business Law (IEBL) Program (LL.M.)

1. Overview 

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 business law.

2. 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.

3. Program Requirements

All IEBL students are expected to complete a 20-credit (approx. five courses per semester) coursework curriculum and write a Master’s Thesis of at least 50 pages. The following is a list of courses offered in the current academic year:

Complete Course List and Course Descriptions 

The research interests of faculty members involved in the IEBL program are available here 

4. 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 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 7 below for details on tuition and other fees.

Please note that scholarships may have additional requirements. Please see Section 8 below.

5. 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 8 below contains a list of financial aid options and the relevant application materials.

6. Student Life

For information on housing, health care and other matters related to life in Japan, please see the International Student & Researcher Support Center page:

7. Tuition, Other Fees & Living Costs

The various university fees and estimated living costs are approximately as follows. Exact amounts are available upon request:

  • Kyushu University Registration Fee: 30,000 yen.
  • Kyushu University Entrance Fee: 280,000 yen (paid once on enrollment).
  • Kyushu University Tuition Fee per Semester (2x per year): 270,000 yen.
  • Monthly Living Costs: 100,000 yen (approx.).
  • Money for Arrival: Based on the experience of former students, we recommend new students to bring a minimum of 150,000 yen in cash if staying in university accommodation and 200,000 yen if staying in private accommodation.

8. Financial Aid

i. Japanese Government Scholarship

In the past, we have received a nuber of scholarships from the Japanese Government. At the moment, these scholarships are under review and they have not yet been confirmed for October 2019 entry. The Ministry of Education is expected to make a decision by the end of November 2018. We will provide confrimation of the scholarships as soon as we are notified by the Ministry.

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

Applications for October 2019 is now opened.

*UPDATE ON JAPANESE GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIP* The Ministry of Education has confirmed that there will be no Japanese Government Scholarships available for the 2019 academic year. If you have already submitted an application and would now like to withdraw, please inform the admissions office at Applications remain open for self-funding students and recipients of other scholarships.


ii. Embassy Nominated Japanese Government Scholarship

The Japanese Government also offers Embassy-Nominated Japanese Government Scholarships.
Please contact the 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

Application opens from mid-June each year for entry in October of the following year.

Applications for October 2019 entry were closed.


iii. 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

Applications open from mid-November each year for October entry of the following year.

Applications for October 2019 entry is now opened.


iv. 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 read Japanese:

Kyushu University Scholarship Information web site:

Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO):

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.

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.


v. Self-financing

Students also have the option to self-finance their study. The tuition fee, other fees and living costs can be found in Section 7 above.

The application deadline is available in the Application Guidelines.

Application Guidelines and the Application Form can be downloaded here

Application open from Mid-September each year for entry in October of the following year.

Applications (for the first round) for October 2019 entry is opened.

9. 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.

10. Pamphlet 

The IEBL Pamphlet can be downloaded here 

11. Contact Details & Inquiries

Inquiries regarding this program should be addressed to:
Fax: 81[Japan]-92-802-5407

Application materials should be submitted to:
Admission Office of the International Programs, Graduate School of Law, Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395, Japan

Updated: 18 October 2018