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Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships

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The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of the Government of Japan offers scholarships to foreign students who wish to study 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.

***TO STUDENTS IN THE COOK ISLANDS***
With the travel bubble now up and running between New Zealand and the Cook Islands, we can hold exams and interviews in the Cook Islands! If you want to apply for a MEXT Scholarship, please email jicc@wl.mofa.go.jp as soon as possible, so that we can organise travel.
Please contact us before the 4th of June if you want to apply. You do not need to send your application in the post to New Zealand. Please contact us for more details!

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" 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

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.

 

MEXT Scholarship Information Session

Tuesday, 11 May 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Japan Information and Cultural Centre, Level 18, Majestic Centre, 100 Willis St, Wellington

Details

 

 

***TO STUDENTS IN THE COOK ISLANDS***
With the travel bubble now up and running between New Zealand and the Cook Islands, we can hold exams and interviews in the Cook Islands! If you want to apply for a MEXT Scholarship, please email jicc@wl.mofa.go.jp as soon as possible, so that we can organise travel.
Please contact us before the 4th of June if you want to apply. You do not need to send your application in the post to New Zealand. Please contact us for more details!

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
  • Be born on or after 2 April 1987
  • Have either an undergraduate degree, or the same or a higher level of academic ability as that of a university graduate.

The term of scholarship is in principle, two years (including 6 months of Japanese language studies), 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)
  • 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.
  • 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/search/
http://jglobal.jst.go.jp/en/
http://www.jasso.go.jp/en/study_j/search/index.html
http://www.jpss.jp/en/
http://www.jsps.go.jp/j-hakasekatei/data/pamph/Eng_Program_for_Leading_Graduate_Schools.pdf

 

Research (Postgraduate) Students Scholarship Time line

April 2021 Applications open
5pm, 4 June 2021

Applications close

15 June 2021

Applicants are notified whether they will be invited for exams

21 June 2021

Examinations

24 June 2021

Interviews

30 June 2021

Primary Screening decision (Embassy side) notification

1 July - 27 August 2021

Applicants contact their preferred universities to request Provisional Acceptance

29 September 2021

University deadline for Provisional Acceptance Response

October - November 2021

Secondary Screening

Late January - February 2022

Secondary Screening decision (MEXT side) notification

February/March OR
August/September 2022
Visa Issuance, Pre-Departure Orientation
Early April OR
September/October) 2022
Departure for Japan


Previous Exams

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


 

***TO STUDENTS IN THE COOK ISLANDS***
With the travel bubble now up and running between New Zealand and the Cook Islands, we can hold exams and interviews in the Cook Islands! If you want to apply for a MEXT Scholarship, please email jicc@wl.mofa.go.jp as soon as possible, so that we can organise travel.
Please contact us before the 4th of June if you want to apply. You do not need to send your application in the post to New Zealand. Please contact us for more details!

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.

Applicants must:

  • Be a New Zealand, Cook Islands or Niue citizen
  • Be born on or after 2 April 1997
  • Be 18 years old or over at time of entering university course
  • Completed 12 years of school education by March 2022 OR have equivalent to high school completion

A five-year scholarship is offered beginning in April OR September/October 2022; 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)
  • 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.
  • 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

April 2021 Applications open
5pm, 4 June 2021 Applications close
15 June 2021 Applicants are notified whether they will be invited for exams
21 June 2021 Examinations
24 June 2021 Interviews
30 June 2021 Primary Screening decision (Embassy side) notification
October - November 2021 Secondary Screening
November 2021 Secondary Screening decision (MEXT side) notification
December 2021 - February 2022 University Placements finalised
February/March OR
August/September 2022
Visa Issuance, Pre-Departure Orientation
Early April OR
September/October 2022
Departure for Japan

 

Previous Exams

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


 

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 to 120,000 yen) 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 1990 and 1st April 2002).
  • 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 2020.
  • 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 for your closest office)

The application deadline is by 5pm on Thursday 13 February 2020.

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

 

Previous Exams

Past Examination Questions 2014, 2015, 2016
N.B. Past exams for Japanese Studies Students have not been disclosed however as reference it is recommended that you look at the Japanese exam for Research Scholarships.

 

Japanese Studies Students Scholarship Time line

December 2019
Applications open
13 February 2020 (Thursday)
Applications close
21 February 2020 (Friday)
Examination and Interview announced
9 March 2020 (Monday)
A written examination (subject: Japanese) and an interview held
Mid March 2020
First Screening Decision (Embassy Side) notification
July/August 2020
University Placement notification, Pre-departure orientation etc.
September/October 2020
Departure to Japan