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

The qualification and Condition of Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship 2020

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(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 coutribute 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 other country and renounce their Japanese nationality by the date of their arrival in Japan.*1
  2. (2)Age: Applicants, in principle, must be born on or after April 2, 1995. However, applicants who satisfy the conditions for Academic Background stipulated in ③ below must be 18 years of age or older at the time of admission to a university in Japan.
  3. (3)Academic Background: Applicants must satisfy any one of the following conditions. However,applicants desiring direct placement must satisfy either the following ①,③ or ④ condition.
    Applicants who have completed 12 years of schooling in countries other than Japan. (Applicants who will meet the above condition by March 2020 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 2020.)
    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 2020 are eligible.)
    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 2020 are eligible.)
    Other than the above ①, ② and ③ conditions, applicants who are eligible for enrollment in a Japanese university at the time of application.
  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 before and after arriving in Japan. In addition, in principle, applicants must be willing to carry out their academic studies in Japan in Japanese. *2
  5. (5)Health: Applicants must submit a health certificate in the prescribed format signed by a physician attesting that the application has no physical or mental conditions hindering the applicant's study in Japan.
  6. (6)Arrival in Japan: In principle, applicants must be able to arrive in Japan between April 1, 2020, and April 7, 2020. Departure from the home residence should be on or after April 1, 2020. If an applicant is to enroll in his/her university from the fall semester through direct placement, he/she must be able to arrive in Japan during the period specified by the accepting university within two weeks before and after the starting date of the university's relevant academic term for that year.*3
  7. (7)Visa Requirement: An applicant shall, in principle, newly obtain a “Student”visa at the Japanese diplomatic mission located in the applicant's country of nationality, and enter Japan with the residence status of “ Student.”
  8. (8)Others: MEXT Scholarship will be granted those who are willing to contribute to mutual understanding between Japan and their home country by participaiting in activities at schools and communities during their study in Japan while contributing to the internationalization of Japan. They shall also make efforts to promote relations betwen the home country and Japan by maintaining close relations with the university attended after graduation, cooperating with the conducting of surveys and questionnaires, and cooperating with relevant projects and events conducted by the Japanese diplomatic mission after they return to their home countries.
  9. (9)Those who meet any one of the following conditions are ineligible. If identified ineligible after being selected as a scholarship student, he/she must withdraw from the scholarship:
    Those who are military personnel or military civilian employees at the time of their arrival in Japan or during the period of the payment of the scholarship;
    Those who cannot arrive in Japan by the last date of the period specified by MEXT or the accepting university;
    Those who are previous garantees of Japanese Goverment (MEXT) scholarship programs (including those who withdraw from the scholarship program after the arrival in Japan). The Monbukagakusyo Honors Scholarship for Privately-Financed International Students is not included in the Japanese Goverment (MEXT) Scholarship programs;
    Those who are currently also applying to another program under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship system. This includes the programs for which scholarship payments will begin in FY2019, although their final selection results have not been decided yet, and the programs for which scholarship payments will begin in FY2020;
    Those who are already enrolled in a Japanese university or other institution with a residence status of “Student,”or who are going to be enrolled, or plan to enroll, in a Japanese university or other institution as a privately-financed international student from the time of application to the MEXT scholarship program in the applicant's coutry untill the commencement of the period for payment of the MEXT scholarship. However, this stipulation does not apply to privately-financed international students who, even though they are enrolled, or are planning to enroll, in a japanese university or other institution, verifiably complete their studies before the start of the scholarship payment period, return to their home country at the time of the scholarship application, and newly acquire the “Student” residence status and come to Japan;
    Those who are planning to receive sholarship money from an organization other than MEXT (including a government organization of the applicant's country) on top of the scholarship money provided by MEXT after the start of the scholarships payment period;
    Those who are expected to graduate at the time of application and cannot satisfy the condition of academic background by the deadline given;
    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;
    Those who change their residence status to that of other than “Student” after their arrival in Japan;
    Those who plan to, from the time of application for the MEXT scholarship program, engage in long-term reserch (such as fieldwork or internship) outside Japan or plan to take a long-term leave of absence from the preparatory educational institution or the university;
Applicants who with the dual nationality including Japan nationality is ineligible to apply GSEP.
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.