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Japanese Government (MEXT) 2022 Scholarship Program For Undergraduates & Research Students

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan offers scholarships to international students who wish to study at Japanese universities as Undergraduate Students under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program as follows.

Those who are enrolled in an undergraduate course at a university, or who are receiving preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects prior to placement at the university.

Those who apply for an undergraduate student must choose a “Field of Study (“Social Sciences and Humanities” or “Natural Sciences”), “Course”, and “Major(s)” from the below table. Applicants may enter a first, second, and third choice.

The scholarship programs are for students who wish to study in Japan as Research Student (Masters/Ph.D/ Research), Undergraduate Student, College of Technology Student, or Specialized Training College Student.

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About Japanese Government

Japanese government scholarship supports foreign students who study in higher education institutions, selected on the recommendation of Japanese Embassy/Consulate General, University, or Authority.


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Aim and Benefits of Japanese Government MEXT Scholarship

  1. Education Fees: Fees for the entrance examination, matriculation, and tuition at universities will be paid by MEXT.
  2. Traveling Expenses Transportation to Japan: MEXT will stipulate the travel schedule and route, and provide an airline ticket to grantees who will arrive in Japan during the specified period
  3. Transportation from Japan: Based on the application by the grantee, MEXT will provide an airline ticket to grantees who shall graduate the accepting university and return to the home country by the end of the final month of the period of scholarship

Scholarship duration:

  1. A grantee who studies at a preparatory educational institution prior to enroll in a university: The scholarship period will last for five years from April 2022 to March 2027, including one-year preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects due to be provided upon arrival in Japan. For scholarship grantees majoring in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or a six-year course in pharmacy, the scholarship period will be seven years until March 2029.
  2. A grantee who enroll in a university through direct placement: The scholarship period will last for four years (or for six years for those majoring in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or in a six-year course in pharmacy). The scholarship period will start from the time of enrollment in the university which the university designates.
  3. (Note 1) In (2) above, the period of enrollment may be April 2022, September 2022 or October 2022 depending on the university’s academic calendar. (Note 2) If a grantee graduates earlier or withdraws from his/her undergraduate course for early entrance to graduate school, the scholarship will be provided until his/her graduation or withdrawal. (Note 3) The grantees majoring a six-year course in pharmacy must undergo the “Pharmaceutical Common Achievement Tests” implemented prior to practical training. In cases when it is impossible for the grantees to fulfill the fixed standards necessary for practical training, the scholarship may be cancelled.

Requirements for Japanese Government MEXT Scholarship Qualification

MEXT accepts applications from international students for study in Japan who satisfy the following qualifications and conditions.

Its aim is to foster human resources who will become bridges of friendship between the grantee’s country and Japan through study in Japan and who will contribute to the development of both countries and the wider world.

  1. 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.However, persons with dual nationality who hold Japanese nationality and whose place of residence at the time of application is outside of Japan are eligible to apply as long asthey choose the nationality of the other country and renounce theirJapanese nationality by the date of their arrival in Japan. The First Screening must be conducted at the Japanese diplomatic mission in the country of which the applicant chooses the nationality.
  2. Age: Applicants, in principle, must be born on or after April 2, 1997. However, applicants who satisfy the conditions for Academic Background stipulated in ? below must be 18 years of age or older at the time of admission to a university in Japan. 
  3. Health: Applicants must submit a health certificate in the prescribed format signed by a physician attesting that the applicant has no physical or mental conditions hindering the applicant’s study in Japan.
  4. Japanese Language: Applicants must be willing to learn Japanese. Applicants must be interested in Japan and be willing to deepen their understanding of Japan before and after arriving in Japan. In addition, in principle, applicants must be willing to carry out their academic studies in Japan in Japanese.
  5. Academic Background: Applicants must satisfy any one of the following conditions. However, applicants desiring direct placement must satisfy either the following condition.
    1. Applicants who have completed 12 years of schooling in countries other than Japan. (Applicants who will meet the above condition by March 2022 are eligible. However, applicants wishing to enroll from the autumn term through direct placement must be expected to complete 12 years of schooling by August 2022.)
    2. Applicants who have completed their studies at a school equivalent to a Japanese upper secondary school in countries other than Japan. (Applicants who will meet the above condition by March 2022 are eligible.)
    3. Applicants who have successfully passed an academic qualification examination that is equivalent to the completion of 12 years of schooling in countries other than Japan. (Applicants who will meet the above condition by March 2022 are eligible.)
    4. Other than the above 1, 2 and 3 conditions, applicants who are eligible for enrollment in a Japanese university at the time of application.

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Application Deadline

May 31, 2021


How to Apply

Notes:

  1. Submitted documents will not be returned.
  2. A copy of the graduation certificate or the degree certificate is acceptable if the copy is attested by an authorized official of the university. (Do not submit the originals as the submitted documents will not be returned.)
  3. Those pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree must also submit a certificate of graduation when he/she graduates from that program by the time selection results are finalized.
  4. If you don't submit any documents required (e.g. a copy of academic transcript/ graduation/degree certificate attested by an authorized official), your application will be ineligible to be screened.
  5. Only Successful candidates will be contacted by the end of June.
  6. To be submitted in person or by post only. No online/email submission will be accepted.

Applicants MUST read through the Application Guidelines below and follow the instructions.

  1. Submission of application should be done to the Embassy/consulate of Japan of your home country. DO NOT SUMBMIT TO MEXT. Application forms can be found here: College of Technology studentsSpecialized training college studentsUndergraduate Students, and Research students.  
  2. Enrollment types, screening procedure and deadlines for submission differs by the country, check the application detail on at the website of the Japanese Embassy/consulate of your home country.
  3. Previous years examination can be found here

For more details, visit MEXT website



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