Student Support

The student support package ensures that your basic needs are met. The practical needs of your life in Okinawa are taken care of so that you can concentrate on research in a supportive environment.

Financial Support

Students in the PhD program are expected to engage full-time in advanced study and research. Financial support of 2.4 million yen per year is provided for each year of approved full-time study, which is sufficient to ensure a comfortable standard of living. Course tuition fees are also covered. Students additionally receive a financial contribution towards a home visit once per year. Provision for domestic and international travel to attend conferences is budgeted separately.

While the university guarantees support, students are strongly encouraged to apply for external fellowships. In order to reward success, financial support provided by the university will be used to supplement external fellowships, up to a maximum of 3.0 million yen total, which is 0.6 million yen above the standard level.


OIST has a Health Center during working hours. If necessary, the clinic refers students to local health services. Excellent hospitals and clinics are available in Okinawa, and assistance with English and other languages is available.  Also, OIST has a Ganjuu Wellbeing Service. They provide support for maintaining physical and mental health. All OIST students have Personal Accident Insurance for Student Pursuing Education and Research (Gakkensai) and Liability Insurance coupled with “Gakkensai” coverage. 


The OIST Child Development Center (CDC) provides excellent on-campus early-childhood care at the Tedako Preschool.  After school and holiday care programs for school-age children are also offered.


Subsidized accommodation is provided in an area called the Campus Village, which is situated on a lake and surrounded by natural forest on a hillside overlooking subtropical beaches. Most students are housed in twin-share apartments that include separate bedrooms, kitchen, and living rooms, although students may also choose from single or family apartments if their circumstances require. Housing is located a short walk from amenities and close to the laboratory buildings. The apartments are all architecturally designed with stunning sea views and are only a 5-minute walk from a beautiful beach.

Student rents for a furnished apartment are curently: single occupancy apartment - monthly rent 21,600 yen, annual rent 259,200 yen; two room apartment shared by two students - monthly rent 18,000 yen per person, annual rent 216,000 yen per person. Unfurnished units will be available at a discount. Students in the OIST doctoral program are expected to stay on campus for at least the first year of their program.


Our policy is to prevent any hindrance to students realizing their full potential as researchers, and computing support is no exception.  OIST provides a sophisticated and powerful research computing environment, to which students have full access. Students are also provided their personal computer and software to meet their educational and research needs. 

Assistance with Visa Requirements

The student support section provides assistance with student visa applications (supporting documents, offer of a place, Certificate of Entitlement). Accepted students must obtain a valid visa themselves, normally by going to the Japanese Embassy or Consulate in their home country, prior to travelling to OIST and registration as a student. Students who do not have a valid student visa cannot be registered.  Students needing assistance must contact the student support section at least three months prior to registration dates. 

Recreational, Cultural and Social Activities

The student support section supports the welfare of students by organizing and facilitating recreational, cultural, and social activities.

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