WCO Scholarships for International Students at Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan, 2017

Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU) is one of the top private universities in Asia, located in the heart of metropolitan Tokyo, Japan.

The Strategic Management and Intellectual Property Rights Program (SMIPRP) is a 12-month master’s degree program at AGU’s Graduate School of Business and offers cutting-edge classes and practical management skills for future leaders, particularly in customs organizations around the world.

All instruction on the SMIPRP is given in English, and the program is open to students worldwide. This master’s degree program operates under the sponsorship of the World Customs Organization (WCO).



Scholarships Number and Award:

– A monthly stipend covers accommodations, meals, transportations, and other expenses. It cannot be increased to cover family members if any. The amount of stipend is subject to change according to the decision of the Japanese Government.

– Admission and tuition fees are paid by the Japan-WCO Human Resource Development Scholarship Program.

– Round-trip economy-class air tickets between your home country and Japan is provided.


Education Level & Subject:

Master degree in Strategic Management and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).




Applicants must meet the following criteria to apply for SMIPRP:

– Bachelor’s Degree or Higher.

– English Proficiency

Suitable level of proficiency in English to be able to write a thesis is required. For those who have not received undergraduate/graduate education in English, please submit an official score report or certificate of exams with the following minimum scores or above.

TOEFL iBT(internet based test) 79, TOEFL PBT(paper based test) 550, IELTS 6.0 (in each band)

The score should be obtained within the past two years of the application.

TOEFL ITP score is not accepted.

– Online PC environment in which you can run Skype for an interview.

– A candidate must be a customs officer of a developing member of the WCO with quality work experience of at least three years in the field of customs policy and administration in his/her home country.

– Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in IPR border enforcement, and who are expected to work in the IPR-related section of their Customs administration after this Scholarship Programme.

– After the completion of the Programme, the candidates should continue to work in their home Customs administration for 3 years at least. After half a year and 3 years from the completion of the Programme, they should report to the university indicating the post they occupy in their home administration and how they have been utilizing the experience they acquired in Japan.

– A candidate must be in good health and preferably under 40 years of age as of April 1, 2017.


How to Apply:

Follow the instruction under “Application Procedure” on this website.



31 July 2017


More information: www.aoyamasmiprp.jp and www.aoyamasmiprp.jp/scholarship/



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