The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) is offering scholarships to international students who wish to pursue an undergraduate program in Japan. This scholarship covers tuition fees, transportation to and from Japan, monthly allowance etc. The deadline for scholarship application varies from country to country. However, applicants should contact the Japanese country in their country for country specific deadline.
The purpose of these scholarships is to promote mutual understanding and deepening friendly ties between Japan and other countries through the application of advanced knowledge regarding Japan’s language and culture. All application procedures for Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) Scholarships are conducted through Japanese embassies, consulates in your countries, or institutions of higher education in Japan. Application fee is not charged. So please be aware that organizations or individuals who charge application fee or deposits have no relation with the Japanese Government.
- Age: Applicants generally must have been born between April 2, 1993 and April 1, 1998.
- Nationality: Applicants must have the nationality of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. An applicant who has Japanese nationality at the time of application is not eligible. Selection is conducted at facilities such as the Japanese Embassy /Consulate General (hereinafter “Japanese legation”) located in the country of the applicant’s nationality. (This shall not necessarily be applied in cases where one embassy covers multiple nations.
- Academic Background: Applicants must be undergraduates at foreign (non-Japanese) universities majoring in fields related to the Japanese language or Japanese culture at the time of arriving in and leaving Japan.
- Japanese Language Ability: Applicants must have Japanese language ability sufficient for receiving education at a Japanese university in Japanese.
- Health: Applicants must be free from any mental or physical disabilities that would be an impediment to the
pursuit of university study.
- Arrival in Japan: Applicants must definitely be able to arrive in Japan within two weeks counted from the starting day of the study course set by the university in Japan (usually October) and the period set by the accepting university . (If the applicant arrives in Japan before the period for personal reasons, by travel expenses to Japan will not be paid. And, if the applicant cannot arrive in Japan during the designated period, the applicant must resign.)
- Visa acquisition: Applicants must acquire “College Student” (ryugaku) visas before entering Japan. They then enter Japan with the “College Student” (ryugaku) residence status. Moreover, in exceptional cases when successful applicants have been residing in Japan before their acceptance under a status other than “College Student” and are to change their visa status within Japan, they must acquire a “College Student” visa by the end of the month prior to the month in which they are scheduled to start receiving the scholarship. Furthermore, please note that those who change their visa status to something other than “College Student” after arriving in Japan will also lose their qualifications to be Japanese Government Scholarship recipients from the date when they change their visa status.
- Any applicant who meets any or all of the following conditions is not eligible. If identified after the start of the scholarship period, the applicant will be required to withdraw from the scholarship.
- Those who qualify as military personnel or military civilian employees.
- Those who cannot arrive in Japan during the period designated by the university.
- Recipients of scholarships from other institutions (including government institutions in their own countries) will not be selected as a recipient of Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships.
- As of April 1, 2015, applicants who have been awarded a Japanese Government Scholarship in the past will not be selected as a recipient until at least three years have passed since the first of the month following the month of their final receipt of the previous scholarship,.
- Those who are already enrolled at Japanese universities with “College Student” visa status, or those already enrolled or are scheduled to be enrolled in universities in Japan as non-scholarship students, calculated from the date of application in their home country to before the potential disbursement of the scholarship money.
Fields of study
Applicants should choose a field of study from the list below:
- Social Sciences and Humanities: Social Sciences and Humanities-A: Laws, Politics, Pedagogy, Sociology, Literature, History, Japanese language, and others. Social Sciences and Humanities-B: Economics and Business Administration.
- Natural Sciences: Natural Sciences-A: Science (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry), Electrical and Electronic Studies (Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Information Engineering), Mechanical Studies (Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture), Civil Engineering and Architecture (Civil Engineering, Architecture, Environmental Engineering), Chemical Studies (Applied Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Chemistry, Textile Engineering), and other fields (Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Maritime Engineering, Biotechnology). Natural Sciences-B: Agricultural studies (Agriculture, Agricultural Chemistry, Agricultural Engineering, Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Forestry, Food Science, Fisheries), Hygienic studies (Pharmacy, Hygienics, Nursing), and Science (Biology). Natural Sciences-C: Medicine, and Dentistry.
What the scholarship covers
- Transportation from Japan: The recipient who returns to his/her home country within the fixed period after the expiration of his/her scholarship will be supplied, upon application, with an economy-class airplane ticket for travel from the New Tokyo International Airport or any other international airport that the appointed university usually uses to the international airport nearest to his/her home address.
- Allowance: The amount of the scholarship disbursement per month has yet to be determined.
- Tuition and Other Fees: Fees for the entrance examination, matriculation, and tuition at universities will be borne by the Japanese Government.
How to apply
All application procedures for Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) Scholarships are conducted through Japanese embassies, consulates in your countries, or institutions of higher education in Japan. Application fee is not charged. So please be aware that organizations or individuals who charge application fee or deposits have no relation with the Japanese Government. Contact the scholarship provider here for more information on how to apply.
The deadline for scholarship application varies from country to country. However, applicants should contact the Japanese country in their country for country specific deadline.