The SJCC Scholarship Fund

The Scholarship Fund represents an important long-term activity of the Swiss-Japanese Chamber of Commerce. The fund was established for the purpose of encouraging and supporting young Swiss residents in their efforts to learn more about Japan, its culture, language, social and business environments.

The Fund offers financial and other pertinent assistance to qualified students, graduates and professionals who are willing to add a “Year in Japan” to their education. The purpose of this commitment is for them to further improve their Japanese language skills during a 3-6 months intensive language training (including the study of kanji) at a local school and to gain in-depth experience of working as intern with Japanese colleagues for 6-9 in Japanese or local subsidiaries of international companies. Examples can be found under Scholarship Reports.

The Chamber strongly believes that such an extensive and unique learning experience of the Japanese language and way of life will have lasting benefits for the participants in this program. It will enable them to help building bridges and better understanding between the two cultures. In summary, their efforts will eventually make lasting contributions towards the development of even closer economic relations and friendship between our two nations - the  ultimate objective of SJCC's activities.

Typical Profile of a Scholarship Recipient

  • Female or male graduate from university or qualified professional with apprenticeship
  • Age less than 30 years, resident of Switzerland
  • Has already acquired good basic knowledge of spoken and written Japanese
  • Highly motivated and committed to a “Japan Year” consisting of intensive language training and internship in a Japanese or international company
  • Well balanced and positive personality with clear goals
  • Displays an entrepreneurial spirit and risk tolerance

Upon request by e-Mail (with CV) to the Chairman, a special Application Form is provided to potential candidates which describes in detail the application procedure, information needed and  further documents required.

Successful candidates will have a background in business administration, economics, engineering, informatics, international law or similar areas of study. In addition, they will already have acquired a solid basic knowledge of spoken and written Japanese (hiragana, katakana and approximately 200 kanji) before departing for Japan.

Adachi Museum of Art, Shimane.

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