Ashinaga screens the applications and selects finalists from each country to interview in person. Only successful candidates will be informed about an interview by email before the end of March 2018. Ashinaga then conducts individual interviews and sets an examination to better understand students’ academic abilities and career goals in Sub-Saharan Africa. Students must bring all original academic documents and identification documents to the interview. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the application process.
Study Camp and Preparation camp in Uganda
Ashinaga will select one student from each Sub-Saharan African country to participate in a Study Camp in Uganda from July to December 2018. During the Study Camp, students are assisted in their academic preparation, university applications, career planning and leadership development. After completing Study Camp, the students will progress to a second camp called Preparation Camp. This happens between May and June 2019 after students gain a place at university. Students meet again to prepare for the social, cultural, and academic differences they will discover abroad. Students will then proceed to university in September of 2019. All of the costs during both camps are fully covered by Ashinaga.
The AAI helps students access full financial support to study abroad that covers the costs of tuition, accommodation, insurance, flights, and provides a monthly stipend which covers necessary academic costs and food. The support covers the first possible qualification that can be earned. The costs of a foundation or preparatory course will also be covered if required for the student to be admitted or properly prepared for their degree, or if the academic qualifications in the student’s country are not recognized in the potential country of study. Ashinaga has regional offices to support students during studies in Japan, the USA and Europe. Scholars will participate in a mandatory internship in their home country or Sub-Saharan Africa and join Ashinaga’s programs which promote individual growth, future careers and education in Africa. AAI does not support a second degree or master’s degree.
Scholars are required to return to Sub-Saharan Africa within 5 years after graduation. If scholars fail to return, they are required to refund the costs of the financial support they are given in order to fund other Ashinaga scholars.
Becoming a Scholar
Students will only officially become the scholars of the “Ashinaga Africa Initiative” after receiving admission from a university and a visa from the potential country of study. Please know that joining the study camp does NOT guarantee admission to university or visa acceptance. University admission and visa application are the student’s own responsibility, but Ashinaga will do its best to support students in both.
Choosing a subject/country/university
※ Ashinaga takes students’ goals and preferences into consideration, but withholds the right to make the final decision with regards to selection of major, country and university.
Students are able to express their initial choice subject at the time of interview, and a final decision will be made during the course of the Study Camp through consultation with Ashinaga. Scholars are encouraged to apply to the universities that Ashinaga has an existing relationship with, therefore it is not possible for students to choose universities themselves. Please note Ashinaga does NOT support candidates for medical (doctor) degrees, although it does support three or four-year degrees related to medicine, such as biomedicine. In addition, candidates wishing to study engineering should be aware that we will require particularly strong high school grades for a successful application.