Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships

Applications OPEN

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of the Government of Japan offers scholarships to New Zealand students and professionals who pursue to study or conduct research at Japanese universities.

To date, some 65,000 students from approximately 160 countries and regions around the world have studied in Japan under the Japanese Government MEXT Scholarship programme established in 1954.

These programmes align with the Japanese government's efforts to strengthen ties with other nations through educational and cultural exchanges. By offering opportunities for individuals from diverse backgrounds to study and conduct research in Japan, the programs aim to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and ideas, promote cross-cultural understanding, and foster long-lasting friendships between Japan and other countries.

Through these programmes, participants have the chance to gain a deeper understanding of Japan's culture, society, and academic landscape, which can contribute to their personal growth and professional development. Additionally, they can share their own unique perspectives and experiences with the local community, creating a mutual learning experience that benefits both the individuals involved and the broader society.

Overall, these programmes play a vital role in promoting global cooperation and understanding, and can have a lasting impact on the lives and careers of participants, as well as the relationships between nations.

Warning: In some countries there are fraudulent organisations that offer to help students apply for these Japanese Government scholarships in return for a deposit. The only ways to apply for a Japanese Government scholarships are through the Embassy of Japan in your home country, or through a participating Japanese university. You will not be asked to pay a deposit to apply for the scholarships.

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Reference

Student Guide to Japan

"Student Guide to Japan" is an essential book for international students planning to study in Japan.

Study & Work in Japan on JETRO (Japan External Trade Organisation) website is also useful for further reference.

Contact Details

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Please submit your application to the office where you intend to sit examinations and be interviewed. For further enquiries, please contact one of the three offices below.

Information Session:

WHEN: Friday, 10th May 5:45pm - 6:45pm
WHERE: Embassy of Japan in New Zealand - 18F Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street, Wellington
REGISTRATION: Please follow this link: https://forms.office.com/r/hYcaxxCL9B to attend.

We will hold an information session at the Embassy of Japan (based in Wellington) to talk about the scholarships in more detail. If you want to hear more about the application process, or want to hear what it's like to study in Japan as a MEXT Scholar, register via the URL link above and come along, or join us online!

Scholarship programmes

There are three Embassy-recommended scholarships. Please click on the respective programme below for more information.

Mr Fuji and pagoda

This scholarship is open to students who want to undertake research or a graduate degree in Japan. Course fees for the entirety of the scholarship will be covered, along with flights to and from Japan, and a monthly stipend for living costs.

Applicants must:

  • Be a New Zealand, Cook Islands or Niue citizen
    (Note: Residents of Cook Islands are required to complete exams and interviews in New Zealand)
  • Be born on or after 2 April 1990
  • Have either an undergraduate degree, or the same or a higher level of academic ability as that of a university graduate.
  • Have intention to obtain a degree in Japan
  • be interested in Japan and willing to learn Japanese

The term of scholarship is in principle, 18 months to two years (including Japanese language studies where applicable), however the scholarship may be extended for a maximum of seven years depending on study. The area of study must be the same field or in a related field to what the applicant studied previously.

Application Guidelines and Forms
  • Please refer to https://www.studyinjapan.go.jp/en/smap-stopj-applications-research.html
    *Submitted documents cannot be returned.
    **Applicants MUST read through the Application Guidelines.
  • Note 1: Please submit your application or enquire to the office where you intend to sit examinations and be interviewed. For further enquiries, please contact your closest office.
    Please note that applications will only be accepted in physical form, handed in or sent by post. Applications sent by email will NOT be considered.
  • Note 2: Academic transcript must be certified, my eQuals print outs are NOT accepted without the online document being shared through the portal.
  • Note 3: The Certificate of Health is not necessary at the application stage. Please fill out the Self-Assessment Medical Report instead. This is a temporary alternative form to the Certificate of Health, which successful applicants will be required to submit at a later date.

To select universities and courses you want to study in Japan, the following URLs may be helpful:

  • http://researchmap.jp/?lang=en Researchmap developed by the National Institute of Informatics in Japan. It allows researchers to create personal profiles, showcase their research achievements, and connect with other researchers.
  • http://jglobal.jst.go.jp/en/ J-GLOBAL is a web-based integrated database service provided by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). It offers a comprehensive search engine for various types of information related to science and technology, including academic papers, patents, research projects, and organizations in Japan and around the world.
  • http://www.jasso.go.jp/en/study_j/search/index.html Search for Schools
  • http://www.jpss.jp/en/search/ Japan Study Support - Information for international students
Research (Postgraduate) Students Scholarship Timeline
4 April 2024 Applications open
5pm, 4 June 2024

Applications close

13 June 2024

Applicants are notified whether they will be invited for exams

17 June 2024

Examinations (Japanese only)
Interviews in Christchurch

19 June 2024

Interviews [WELLINGTON]
*Results will be announced later.

July 2024

Applicants who pass both the exam and interview contact their preferred universities to request Provisional Acceptance

13 September 2024

University deadline for Provisional Acceptance Response

Mid November 2024

Secondary Screening (MEXT side)

Late January - February 2025

Secondary Screening decision notification

February/March OR
August/September 2025

Visa Issuance, Pre-Departure Orientation

Early April OR
September/October 2025
Departure for Japan
Previous Exams

Previous exam papers for the scholarship exams are available online for reference.
Previous MEXT Scholarship Exams

Kyoto Daigoji in Autumn

This scholarship is available to applicants who want to undertake their undergraduate degree in a Japanese university. Course fees for the entirety of the scholarship will be covered, along with flights to and from Japan, and a monthly stipend for living costs.
* All classes will be given in the Japanese language in principal (except where a grantee is directly placed at a university which requires no Japanese language ability).

Applicants must:

  • Be a New Zealand, Cook Islands or Niue citizen
    (Note: Residents of Cook Islands are required to complete exams and interviews in New Zealand)
  • Be born on or after 2 April 2000
  • Be 18 years old or over at time of entering university course
  • Completed 12 years of school education by March 2025 OR have equivalent to high school completion

A five-year scholarship is offered beginning in April (September/October 2025 for some universities); the first year in Japanese language training, and the following four years being study towards a degree in the field of your choice. For those majoring in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or a six-year pharmaceutical course, the term of scholarship is seven years, including the first year in Japanese language training.

Application Guidelines and Forms
  • Please refer to https://www.studyinjapan.go.jp/en/smap-stopj-applications-undergraduate.html
    *Submitted documents cannot be returned.
    **Applicants MUST read through the Application Guidelines.
  • Note 1: Please submit your application or enquire to the office where you intend to sit examinations and be interviewed. For further enquiries, please contact your closest office.
    Please note that applications will only be accepted in physical form, handed in or sent by post. Applications sent by email will NOT be considered.
  • Note 2: The Certificate of Health is not necessary at the application stage. Please fill out Self-Assessment Medical Report instead. This is a temporary alternative form to Certificate of Health and successful applicants will be required to submit a Certificate of Health.
  • Note 3: Academic transcript must be issued by your school or the Government, and show an official signature or stamp to prove this; personal print outs are NOT accepted.
Undergraduate Student Scholarship Time line
16 April 2024 Applications open
5pm, 4 June 2024 Applications close
13 June 2024 Applicants are notified whether they will be invited for exams
17 June 2024 Examinations
19 June 2024 Interviews [WELLINGTON] Interview date will vary by office
October - November 2024 Secondary Screening
November 2024 Secondary Screening decision (MEXT side) notification
December 2024 - February 2025 University Placements finalised
February/March OR
August/September 2025
Visa Issuance, Pre-Departure Orientation
Early April 2025 Departure for Japan
(September/October 2025 for some universities)
Previous Exams

Previous exam papers for scholarship exams are available online for reference.
Previous MEXT Scholarship Exams

Budda in Kamakura

Fully funded scholarship for a one year exchange to Japan, to learn Japanese language/culture at University!

This scholarship is available to those wishing to study abroad for a year in a Japanese university to learn about Japanese language and culture. Flights, university fees and a monthly allowance (From 117,000) are provided by the Japanese Government (MEXT).

Applicants must:

  • Be New Zealand citizens from 18 to 30 years old at time of application (born between 2nd April 1994 and 1st April 2006).
  • Have been enrolled for at least one year as an undergraduate student majoring in Japanese language or culture at a university outside of Japan, as of 1st September 2024.
  • Have Japanese abilities of a level at which the student can participate in university lessons.
  • Return to their home institution upon completion of the scholarship.

If you are interested in living and studying in Japan, improving your Japanese language skills, and having a fully funded overseas exchange experience, this scholarship is for you! Take a look at the guidelines linked below and apply!

Application Guidelines and Forms

Please be sure to thoroughly read through the Application Guidelines first. Please submit necessary documents to the office where you intend to take your examination and interview. (Refer to Contact Details above for your closest office)

The application deadline is by 5pm on Tuesday 13 February 2024.

*INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. PLEASE READ GUIDELINES CAREFULLY

Previous Exams (Subject: Japanese)

Available at via the "Application Guidelines and Forms" link above.

Japanese Studies Students Scholarship Time line
15 January 2024 Applications open
13 February 2024 Applications close
Mid-late February 2024 Examination and Interview announced
20 February 2024 Written examination (subject: Japanese) and interview
Mid March 2024 First Screening Decision (Embassy Side) notification
July/August 2024 University Placement notification, Pre-departure orientation etc.
September/October 2024 Departure to Japan
engineering

Fully funded scholarship for a total of four years in Japan for Niuans and Cook Islanders with New Zealand passports. The first year is a preparatory course after which participants are enrolled into a course at the national institute of technology (KOSEN) selected by MEXT for three years.

The primary goal of KOSEN is to foster creative and practical engineers with specialized knowledge and skills. Flights, tuition fees and a monthly allowance are provided by the Japanese Government (MEXT).

Note:

  • Applicants must be either Niuans and Cook Islanders with New Zealand passports only who will complete Year 11 on or by March 2025, and who are born on or after 2nd April 2000.
  • Applicants will ideally have intermediate level Japanese at present, be willing to learn Japanese and will have competency to receive education in Japanese after the one-year preparatory Japanese language course as all classes are taught in Japanese.

If you are interested in living and studying in Japan, improving your Japanese language skills, and having a fully funded overseas exchange experience in the engineering field, this scholarship is for you. It is important to take a look at the guidelines linked below for more details.

Application Guidelines and Forms

Please be sure to thoroughly read through the Application Guidelines first. Please submit the necessary documents to the office where you intend to take your examination and interview. (Refer to Contact Details above for your closest office)

The application deadline is 5pm on 4 June 2024.

*INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. PLEASE READ GUIDELINES CAREFULLY

Previous Exams

Available at HERE.

Timeline
16 April 2024 Applications open
5pm, 4 June 2024 Applications close
13 June 2024 Applicants are notified of results.
17 June 2024 Examinations
*Date: TBC for Niue and Cook Island residents who wish to take exams.
19 June 2024 Interviews [WELLINGTON]
Interview date will vary by office.
*Date: TBC for Niue and Cook Island residents who wish to take interviews.
October - November 2024 Secondary Screening
November 2024 Secondary Screening decision notification
February/March 2025 Visa Issuance, Pre-Departure Orientation
Early April 2025 Departure for Japan
Japanese Students

This scholarship is for students who want to undertake a postsecondary course at a specialised training college.

Each grantee will take the preparatory course, which is a one-year intensive course in the Japanese language, Japanese affairs, and other subjects necessary for preparation for proceeding to a specialised training college for the first year of the scholarship period.

After completion of the preparatory course, grantees of this scholarship will be enrolled into a postsecondary course of a specialised training college selected by MEXT and receive professional education for two years.

The study fields available under this scholarship are as follows.

(A) (Industrial) Technology (B) Personal Care and Nutrition (C) Education and Welfare (D) Business (E) Fashion and Home Economics (F) Culture and General Education

Note:

  • Applicants must be either Niueans and Cook Islanders with New Zealand passports who have completed Year 12 on or by March 2025, and who are born between on or after 2nd April 2000.
  • Applicants will ideally have intermediate level Japanese at present, be willing to learn Japanese and will have competency to receive education in Japanese after the one-year preparatory Japanese language course as all classes are taught in Japanese.

If you are interested in living and studying in Japan, improving your Japanese language skills, and having a fully funded overseas exchange experience in the field stipulated in the guidelines, this scholarship is for you. It is important to take a look at the guidelines linked below for more details.

Application Guidelines and Forms

Please be sure to thoroughly read through the Application Guidelines first. Please submit the necessary documents to the office where you intend to take your examination and interview. (Refer to Contact Details above for your closest office.)

The application deadline is 5pm on 4 June 2024.

*INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. PLEASE READ ALL GUIDELINES CAREFULLY

Previous Exams

Available HERE.

Timeline
16 April 2024 Applications open
5pm, 4 June 2024 Applications close
13 June 2024 Applicants notified of result
17 June 2024 Examinations
*Date: TBC for Niue and Cook Island residents who wish to take exams.
19 June 2024 Interviews [WELLINGTON] Interview date will vary by office.
*Date: TBC for Niue and Cook Island residents who wish to take interviews.
October - November 2024 Secondary Screening
November 2024 Secondary Screening result notification
February/March 2025 Visa Issuance, Pre-Departure Orientation
Early April 2025 Departure for Japan

Voices from the current scholars

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