Prospective Students

Necessary Preparations for Those Coming to Japan as MEXT Scholarship Research Student (University Recommendation)

If you have been selected as a Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Student based on your anticipated enrollment at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) from September 30, 2021, please make the necessary preparations for coming to Japan.


As of June 30, all persons entering Japan are required to self-quarantine upon arrival for a period of 14 days at “a location designated by the quarantine station chief” (meaning, typically, self-arranged accommodation) and to refrain from using public transportation during this period. Should this requirement not be revoked before your arrival in Japan, you will not be allowed to stay at a Tokyo Tech dormitory during the 14-day quarantine period. Tokyo Tech plans to request a designated travel agency to arrange your accommodation for this period. You will be able to request Tokyo Tech to reimburse a part of the accommodation fee (up to 80,000JPY) later. Details will be informed separately. Please closely follow updates and announcements from Tokyo Tech.


Only MEXT Scholarship Students living in their home countries may obtain the Student visa under the expedited process. However, due to COVID-19, visas will be issued only after the current immigration restrictions and visa restrictions have been lifted. Tokyo Tech will announce further instructions and schedule upon receiving information from MEXT. For the time being, please refrain from contacting the Japanese Embassy/Consulate about visa issuance.

*If you are living in the third country (not your home country nor Japan), you will need to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) which is required for the application for the Student visa. Please contact the International Student Exchange Division.

2. Air Ticket

*Further details will be announced later.
MEXT will provide you with a one-way economy class air ticket to Narita or Haneda Airport in Japan from the international airport closest to your residence in the country of your nationality. Please note that your ticket will be issued only for a route departing from the airport you indicated in your application.
Tokyo Tech will contact you in August about the arrangements for your ticket, so please do not reserve flights by yourself. Upon receipt of your air ticket application form, Tokyo Tech will request a ticket on your behalf using a travel agency designated by MEXT. Once you decide the details of your itinerary, such as departure/arrival dates, you will not be able to change them without the approval of MEXT and Tokyo Tech. Therefore, before you confirm your flight itinerary, you should consult with your academic supervisor at Tokyo Tech regarding when would be the best time to arrive.

You must arrive in Japan between the dates of September 16 and October 14 for your airfare to be covered by MEXT. The dormitories will not be available before September 23. If you will be staying in a Tokyo Tech dormitory, you will probably not be able to check in on a Saturday, Sunday or national holiday.

Note that the key dates mentioned above are merely a basic rule and subject to change under the reinforced border enforcement measures of Japan concerning COVID-19. We will keep you updated about it.

As each dormitory sets its own check-in desk schedule, please check the information for your specific dormitory when the assignments are announced in August. For your reference, September 20 and 23, 2021 will be national holidays in Japan.

As proof for MEXT of your arrival in Japan, you will be requested to submit the boarding pass stubs from your flights to Tokyo Tech's Student Support Division. Please keep your boarding pass stubs for submission. You will be held responsible for the airfare if you do not submit them.

Please further note that your travel grant does not cover applicable taxes and fees en route (such as airport tax, local sales tax, etc.), and they will be your responsibility.

Tokyo Tech's administrative offices, including the International Student Exchange Division, will be closed from August 12 to 15. If you have any questions regarding your air ticket, make sure to contact the Division before August 11.

3. Housing

Tokyo Tech offers off-campus dormitories to newly arrived international students. Although rooms cannot be guaranteed for all students, you are automatically in line as a candidate for dormitory accommodation. Should you be selected to live in university housing, you will be notified by Tokyo Tech’s International Student Exchange Division in August via email. The maximum period of residence depends on each dormitory. If you will not live in assigned dormitory, you will need to find accommodation by yourself. If you are bringing your family to Japan, you need to arrange accommodation by yourself. It is recommended that you first come alone and secure suitable accommodations before inviting family members to join you, as it may take some time to secure accommodations for a family.

If you have any urgent questions about housing, please contact the Student Support Division at In the email, please include your name and the name of your intended program at Tokyo Tech, and state you are a MEXT Scholarship Student.

If you will live in a Tokyo Tech dormitory, you can move in on or after September 23. In general, you cannot check in on weekends or national holidays, and each dormitory sets its own check-in desk schedule, often with limited hours. For your reference, monthly dormitory fees vary from approximately 20,000 yen to 65,000 yen, and in most cases, the dormitories do not calculate fees on a per-day basis.

For further information about university dormitories and private apartments, please refer to the following pages.

4. Stipend

Your first stipend from MEXT will be transferred to your Japanese postal savings account in the middle of November at the earliest. Therefore, it is suggested that you bring at least 150,000 JPY to cover various expenses during your first 6 to 8 weeks in Japan.

Guidance on opening a bank account will be provided from the Student Support Division.

5. Pledge Statement

MEXT requires recipients of its scholarships to sign a pledge. International Student Exchange Division will send you once it's provided by MEXT.

6. Application for Tokyo Tech Student ID Card

Incoming students to Tokyo Tech must apply for student ID cards. Fill out the application form sent to successful MEXT Scholars by email and send the Excel sheets with your photo attached in JPEG format to the International Student Exchange Division by email no later than July 31.

If your name does not fit in the space, you can indicate your first or middle name as an initial.

Please understand that Tokyo Tech will NOT reply to emails requesting confirmation of the receipt of the pledge and the application for a student ID card. Tokyo Tech will notify you only if your documents have not reached the International Student Exchange Division by the stated deadline or if the documents contain errors or omissions.

7. Items to Bring to Japan

Please make sure to bring the following certificates (in English, original or certified copies) with you when you come to Japan:

- most recent Certificate of Graduation from your home university

- complete Academic Transcript from your home university

You will need to submit these documents to Tokyo Tech if you apply for a graduate degree program.

Additionally, if you did not submit your official Certificate of Graduation/Completion (original or certified copy) from university when you applied for the MEXT scholarship, please submit it to the International Student Exchange Division as soon as you enter Tokyo Tech in September. Tokyo Tech will use the document to confirm your graduation.

You are required to complete online admission procedures in September. Further information will be given by Student Division in due course.

9. Tokyo Tech Academic Calendar

For the dates of the start of the third quarter and the entrance ceremony for degree-seeking students, please refer to the Tokyo Tech Academic Calendar online.

10. Extension of the Scholarship

[Information for MEXT Scholarship Students who will advance from master’s to doctoral programs at Tokyo Tech]
Please bear in mind that the initial period of the MEXT scholarship will be two years of a master’s degree program.

You may apply for another extension of the scholarship when proceeding to a doctoral program, provided that you had a grade point average of 2.50 or above out of 3.00 in the master’s program and satisfy certain criteria. However, extensions are not guaranteed, as the number of scholarship students selected for extended financial support is quite limited.

The scholarship will be cancelled if you proceed to a more advanced level of education without receiving approval for the extension of the period of the scholarship.

11. FAQ

Q1.I will arrive in Japan during the designated period, but where do I self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival in Japan?
A1. You must arrange accommodation for the self-quarantine period through the travel agency which Tokyo Tech designates. Details will be given separately.

Q2. I can arrive in Japan in November. Can I receive the scholarship for October as well?
A2. No. Your scholarship period only starts once you have arrived in Japan. So if you arrive in November, your scholarship period starts from November.

Q3. Where can I find information about the dormitories?
A3. General information about Tokyo Tech dormitories can be found on the website.

Q4. I am going to live with my sister who is already in Tokyo, so I do not need a dormitory room. What should I do?
A4. If you do not need dormitory accommodations, please notify the Student Support Division immediately.

Q5. I am going to stay at my friend's place at first while I look for my own apartment. I want to arrive in Japan earlier, since I need time to find an apartment. Is that possible?
A5. You must arrange accommodation for the self-quarantine period through the travel agency which Tokyo Tech designates. Details will be given separately.

Q6. Why does Tokyo Tech suggest that I consult with my academic supervisor about my intended arrival date? When I asked my supervisor about this issue, I was told to decide the date by myself.
A6. In many instances, supervisors make arrangements for meeting you at the hotel or the nearest train station upon arrival to Japan to assist you in getting to the dormitory or campus. If your supervisor has not confirmed your arrival information, you may wish to mention that the International Student Exchange Division suggested that your academic supervisor could send someone to help you on the day you check-out from the hotel.

Q7. MEXT or Tokyo Tech will provide my flight ticket. I already sent my air ticket application form. When will I hear about my flight?
A7. (Note: The procedures described below may change under the reinforced border enhancement measures of Japan concerning COVID-19.) Upon receipt of your application, Tokyo Tech will request a ticket on your behalf using a travel agency designated by MEXT. The travel agency will make a tentative reservation based on your requested travel date and notify Tokyo Tech of the arrangements. Once Tokyo Tech hears from the travel agency, the International Student Exchange Division will contact you with the basic flight details and ask for your confirmation so that the travel agency can finalize your reservation. When the tentative reservation is sent to you, you will be asked to give your answer within a few days, as that is the maximum amount of time that the travel agency can hold the tentative reservation. The travel agency will then issue and send your e-ticket to you.

12. Other

Please refer to the following websites for information about Japanese customs and culture that may assist you in adjusting to life in Japan.


Student Exchange Group 2, International Student Exchange Division(TP-003)