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Q1. Please explain the scholarship system for foreign students used by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in Japan.
A.
i) Explanation of the exchange system
Please refer to the page "Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship Students" on this site.
ii) Types and content of programs
Please refer to the page "Japanese Government Scholarships and Their Content" on this site.
iii) Application guidelines and necessary documentation
Embassy Recommendation
In this type of scholarship, recipients are recruited and initially screened by an Japanese embassy (or consulate general, depending on the country. Please refer to the page "Application Guidelines for Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships" on this site.
University Recommendation
Exchange students from abroad who will be studying in Japan based on inter-university student exchange agreements are considered to be "university-recommended". The university directly recommends the selected candidates to MEXT. Such students will be focused on research or Japanese studies students. For more details on application requirements or necessary documentation please check which Japanese universities hold inter-university student exchange agreements with your registered university, and either make enquiries directly or through your university.
More information on Japanese universities is available from the following sites:
Japan Student Services Organization: "Universities, Colleges and Japanese Language Institutes"
Japan Study Support: "Search for University"
Domestic Selection
Privately-financed students currently studying at a Japanese university can be recommended by said institution for a government scholarship. This is known as "domestic selection". For more details please contact your current university.
iv) Exam questions
Embassy Recommendation
Please refer to the page "Qualifying Examinations for Applicants for Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships" on this site.
University Recommendation
Applicants must have reached a certain standard in their academic performance. Please contact your university of choice for more details.
Domestic Selection
Applicants must have reached a certain standard in their academic performance. Please contact your current university for more details.
Q2. How can I acquire application forms for the Japanese government scholarships? Where should I submit them? What should I do if I don't understand how to fill them in?
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i) Acquiring application forms
Embassy Recommendation
Please pick up the necessary forms at the nearest Japanese diplomatic mission in your country.
Contact details for overseas diplomatic facilities are available at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website on the "Embassies, Consulates, Permanent Missions Overseas" page.
They can also be downloaded from this site at the "Application Guidelines for Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships" page.
University Recommendation
Please contact your university of choice for details.
More information on Japanese universities is available from the following sites:
Japan Student Services Organization: "Universities, Colleges and Japanese Language Institutes"
Japan Study Support: "Search for University"
Domestic Selection
Please contact your university for details.
ii) Submitting applications
Embassy Recommendation
Either post or personally deliver all required documents to the nearest Japanese diplomatic mission in your country. Even if you are not currently living in your home country, documents must be submitted to the diplomatic mission in your home country as this is where the selection will be made.
Contact details for overseas diplomatic facilities are available at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website on the "Embassies, Consulates, Permanent Missions Overseas" page.
University Recommendation
Applications must be made to the desired university; please contact your university of choice for details.
Domestic Selection
Submissions are made through your current university; please contact your university for details.
iii) Filling out applications
Embassy Recommendation
Please contact the nearest Japanese diplomatic mission in your country.
Contact details for overseas diplomatic facilities are available at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website on the "Embassies, Consulates, Permanent Missions Overseas" page.
University Recommendation
Please contact your university of choice for details.
Domestic Selection
Please contact your university for details.
Q3. What are the recruitment and application deadlines for a Japanese government scholarships?
A.
Embassy Recommendation
・ Foreign research students, undergraduate students, college of technology students, and special training college students
Recruitment is usually held from March to May for students who will be coming to Japan in April or October of the following year. Recruitment and application deadlines differ from country to country so please get in touch with your nearest diplomatic office.
Contact details for overseas diplomatic facilities are available at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website on the "Embassies, Consulates, Permanent Missions Overseas" page.
・ Teacher training students and Japanese studies students
Recruitment is usually held during January and February for students who will be coming to Japan in October of the same year. Recruitment and application deadlines differ from country to country so please get in touch with your nearest diplomatic office.
University Recommendation
Recruitment is usually held from the previous November until February or March for students who will be coming to Japan in the autumn of the same year. Recruitment and application deadlines will differ from university to university so please get in touch with your university of choice.
More information on Japanese universities is available from the following sites:
Japan Student Services Organization: "Universities, Colleges and Japanese Language Institutes"
Japan Study Support: "Search for University"
Domestic Selection
Recruitment is usually held during the previous October and November for scholarships which will come into force from the following April. Recruitment and application deadlines will differ from university to university so please get in touch with your current university.
Q4. What qualifications are needed to apply for the Japanese government scholarship system?
A.
Please refer to the "Qualifications" section on the Application Guideline pdf available at the "Application Guidelines for Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships" page on this site.
Q5. How are Japanese government scholarship recipients selected?
A.
Embassy Recommendation
The first selection round is conducted based on application forms, written examinations, and interviews.
MEXT carries out the second round based on the diplomatic missions' first round results and selects scholarship students whose university positions are already secure.
Please refer to the "Selection and Notification" or "Selection" section on the Application Guideline pdf available at the "Application Guidelines for Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships" page on this site for more details.
If you require more information, please contact your nearest diplomatic office.
University Recommendation
The selection committee refers to documents and interviews submitted by each university dean on possible candidates before MEXT selects scholarship recipients.
Domestic Selection
The selection committee refers to documents and interviews submitted by each university dean on possible candidates before MEXT selects scholarship recipients.
Q6. Which areas of study are covered by the Japanese government scholarships?
A.
Foreign research students, undergraduate students, college of technology students, and special training college students should refer to the "Fields of Study" section on the Application Guideline pdf available at the "Application Guidelines for Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships" page on this site for more details.
Japanese studies students should refer to the course guide on the MEXT website. Teacher training students should refer to the program guide.
Q7. Is Japanese language proficiency required to apply for a Japanese government scholarship?
A.
Embassy Recommendation
A Japanese written examination is required on application. Please refer to the "Selection and Notification" or "Selection" section on the Application Guideline pdf available at the "Application Guidelines for Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships" page on this site for more details.
In general, all research and study in Japan will be carried out in Japanese.
For more details please refer to the "Qualifications" section on the Application Guideline pdf available at the "Application Guidelines for Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships" page on this site.
After coming to Japan students must attend extra Japanese language lessons. (This does not apply to Japanese studies students.)
These lessons will last for six months for research students, and teacher training students, and a year for undergraduate students, college of technology students, and special training college students.
University Recommendation
Please contact your university of choice for details.
There is a special program for foreign students in which they can attend English-language lectures, and carry out research in English. Details are available on the "International Priority Graduate Program" page on this site.
Domestic Selection
Please contact your current university.
Q8. Is my country applicable for a Japanese government scholarship?
A.
The countries applicable for a Japanese government scholarship differ from program to program. Please confirm the details with your nearest diplomatic office.
Contact details for overseas diplomatic facilities are available at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website on the "Embassies, Consulates, Permanent Missions Overseas" page.
Q9. What kind of school is a special training college or college of technology?
A.
i) A special training college is an educational facility where students can learn occupational or real-life knowledge and technical skills, and improve their general education. Most courses last for two years, but some subjects require three or four years study. Special training colleges offering postsecondary courses are called professional training colleges and classified under higher educational institutions.
See the following site for more details:
Gateway to Study in Japan: "Professional Training Colleges"
ii) A college of technology is an educational facility which provides a combined education for five years after graduation from junior high school. (Merchant marine subjects take five years and six months.) The college uses a high-level theoretical foundation and a strong focus on experiments, practical training, and skill tests to provide an education which cultivates practical engineers.
See the following site for more details:
Gateway to Study in Japan: "Colleges of Technology and Other Schools"
Q10. What other kind of scholarships are available apart from the Japanese government scholarships?
A.
i) Honors scholarship for privately financed international students
This system exists to support privately-financed students at university, graduate school, colleges of technology, professional training colleges, students undertaking preparatory education in order to attend a Japanese university, or studying at a Japanese language education facility.
The system works in tandem with a reservation program for privately-financed foreign students with excellent grades in the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students, and who will be newly enrolled as a regular student at a Japanese undergraduate university, junior college, or postsecondary courses of professional training college.
Please refer to the following site for more details:
Japan Student Services Organization: "Reservation Program for Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students"
ii) Student exchange support program (Scholarship for short-term study in Japan)
If a student registered at a foreign university is accepted by a Japanese university or graduate school for a period of more than three months but less than a year, this system exists to support said student in accordance with inter-university student exchange agreements.
Please refer to the following site for details:
Japan Student Services Organization: "Student Exchange Support Program (Scholarship for short-term study in Japan)"
iii) Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship Program
This program offers the chance for young foreign researchers to take part in cooperative research at Japanese universities and research facilities under the guidance of a local researcher.
For details please refer to the "JSPS Fellowship Program" page on this site.
iv) Other scholarships
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