Prospective Students

The qualification and Condition of Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship (Undergraduate)

Important Note:
It has not been settled whether MEXT Scholarship would be available to students admitted in 2019. The following information is solely for reference and would be updated in November 2018.

The qualification and Condition of Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship 2018

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) is now accepting applications from overseas students for study in Japan. Our aim is to foster human resources who will become bridges of friendship between your country and Japan through study in Japan and who will contribute to the development of both countries and the wider world.

  1. (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 as they choose the nationality of the foreign country and give up their Japanese nationality by the date of their arrival in Japan.
  2. (2)Age: Applicants generally must have been born between April 2, 1996 and April 1, 2001.
  3. (3)Academic Background: Applicants must either have completed 12 years of regular school education or have graduated from a school equivalent to an upper secondary school in Japan. (Applicants who will meet the above qualifications by March 2018 are eligible.) Applicants who satisfy the entrance requirements for a Japanese university are also eligible.
  4. (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 after arriving in Japan. In addition, in principle, applicants must be willing to carry out their academic studies in Japan in Japanese. *1
  5. (5)Health: Applicants must be free from any mental or physical disabilities that would impede the pursuit of study at Japanese universities.
  6. (6)Arrival in Japan: In principle, applicants must be able to arrive in Japan between the 1st and 7th of April 2018. *2
  7. (7)Visa Requirement: Applicants must acquire College Student (ryugaku) visas before entering Japan. They then enter Japan with the College Student (ryugaku) residence status. Please also note that those who change their visa status to one other than College Student after arrival in Japan will lose their qualification to be Japanese Government Scholarship recipients from the date when their visa status changes.
  8. (8)Others: While the applicant is studying in Japan, he/she shall contribute to mutual understanding between Japan and the home country by participating in activities at schools and communities with the aim of contributing to the internationalization of Japan. The applicant shall make efforts to promote relations between the home country and Japan by maintaining close relations with the university attended after graduation, cooperating with the conducting of surveys and questionnaires after the return home, and cooperating with all relevant projects and events conducted by Japanese diplomatic missions in the applicant's home country.
  9. (9)Any applicant who meets any or all of the following conditions is ineligible. If identified after the start of the scholarship period, the applicant will be required to withdraw from the scholarship:
    Those who are military personnel or military civilian employees at the time of their arrival in Japan;
    Those who cannot arrive in Japan during the period designated by MEXT or the accepting university;
    An applicant who is a previous recipient of a Japanese government scholarship;
    Those who are currently enrolled at a Japanese university with a College Student (ryugaku) residence status; those enrolled, or scheduled to be enrolled, at a Japanese university as a privately financed international student during the period when the scholarship application was filed in the home country until prior to the start of the provision of the scholarship. This does not apply to current self-financed international students at Japanese universities who will complete their courses of study and return to their countries before the end of the current fiscal year;
    Recipients of scholarships from institutions other than MEXT (including government institutions in their home countries) that overlap with the Japanese Government Scholarship (Prospective beneficiaries are included);
    Applicants who are expected to graduate at the time of application and cannot satisfy the qualifications and the conditions related to academic background by the deadline given; or
    Holders of dual nationality at the time of application who cannot verify that they will give up Japanese nationality by the time of the arrival in Japan.
GSEP applicants will not be required proficiency in the Japanese language for admission. However, students will be required to study introductory Japanese as part of this program, and they will be encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Japanese language as well as Japanese culture throughout this program.
At GSEP program you should be able to arrive in Japan between the 1st of April and 7th of April 2018.