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The International students are offered an scholarship by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan. The students who want to study at Japanese universities as Undergraduates under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program, can apply for it.
Japanese Government Scholarship aims to encourage human resources who will contribute to the development of Japan as well as their own country through study in Japan and later on, become friendship bridge between both countries.
- For pursuing an undergraduate degree at Japanese universities
Applicants may enter a first, second or third choice but first choose a field of study from (1) or (2) given below:
Social Sciences and Humanities-A:
- Japanese language
Social Sciences and Humanities-B:
- Business Administration
- Note: Applicants who wish to major in fields other than those listed above (“others”) may have difficulties in finding universities that can accept them. Plus, any fields related to “Economics” and “Business Administration” are not included in “others.”
- Natural Science s-A:
- Science (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry)
- Electric and Electronic Studies (Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Information Engineering)
- Mechanical Studies (Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture)
- Civil Engineering and Architecture (Civil Engineering, Architecture, Environmental Engineering)
- Chemical Studies (Applied Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Chemistry, Textile Engineering)
- other fields (Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Maritime Engineering, Biotechnology)
Natural Sciences -B:
- Agricultural studies (Agriculture, Agricultural Chemistry, Agricultural Engineering, nimal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Forestry, Food Science, Fisheries)
- Hygienic studies (Pharmacy, Hygienic, Nursing)
- Science (Biology)
Natural Science s-C:
Note: A student who intends to major in Natural Sciences and would like to choose more than one major is required to choose and select first, second, and third-choice subjects from the subjects in parentheses from within the same course (i.e. Natural Sciences A, B or C. However, if applicant’s first choice is Course C, then his/her second-choice subjects may from Course B or C and third choice subject from Course B (as Course C offers only two subjects).
- Allowance: 117,000 yen per month.
Note that the scholarship will be cancelled if the recipient is absent from the university for an extended period. In case that the recipient research in a designated region, 2,000 or 3,000 yen per month will be added. The monetary amount each year may be subject to change due to budgetary reasons.
The scholarship will also be cancelled in the following situations:
- The recipient is determined to have made a false statement on his/her application
- The recipient violates any article of his/her pledge to MEXT
- The recipient violates any Japanese laws and is sentenced to imprisonment with or without work for a period of exceeding 1 year
- The recipient is subject to disciplinary action by the university, including expulsion(The scholarship payment may be stopped during the period up until punishment is decided by the university, etc.)
- The recipient’s residence status has changed to one other than “College Student”
- The recipient has received a scholarship from another institution (excluding those specified for research expenditures)
- The recipient has proceeded to a higher level of education without receiving approval for an extension of the period of the scholarship.
Tuition and Other Fees: Fees for the entrance examination, matriculation, and tuition at universities will be paid by MEXT.
- Transportation to Japan:
- The grantee shall bear the applicant’s own expense and all costs related to domestic travel from the grantee’s residence to the nearest international airport, airport taxes, airport usage fees, special taxes necessary for travel, travel expenses within Japan (including airline transit costs), travel insurance expenses, etc.
- The grantee shall also bear at his/her own expense travel and lodging costs incurred in a third country if the grantee must travel to a third country before coming to Japan for visa purposes.
MEXT will not provide the airline ticket in cases when the grantee arrives in Japan from a country other than the country of nationality, because the grantee had moved to the country before the arrival in Japan.
- Transportation from Japan:
Grantees shall graduate the accepting university and return to the home country by the end of the final month of the period of scholarship. Based on the Application by the grantee, MEXT, in principle, shall provide an economy-class airline ticket from Narita International Airport or the international airport used for the normal route to and from the accepting university to the international airport (in principle, in the country of nationality) nearest to the returning recipient’s residence.
- The grantee shall also bear at his/her own expense and all costs related to travel from the grantee’s residence to the nearest international airport, airport taxes, airport usage fees, special taxes necessary for travel, travel expenses within the country of nationality (including airline transit costs), travel insurance expenses, etc.
- Note: Should the grantee return to the home country before the end of the period of scholarship due to personal circumstances or MEXT will not pay for the return travel expenses.Plus, If a grantee continues to stay in Japan after the scholarship period has ended, he/she will not be paid travel expenses to return to the home country for a temporary return.
Students with nationality of a country which has diplomatic relations with the Japanese government can apply for this scholarship.
List of Countries is as follows:
Asia-Pacific: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Republic of Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam. North America: Canada and United States of America. Latin America and the Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentine, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Commonwealth of Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela. Europe: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan and Vatican. Middle East: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Palestinian Authority. Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabonese Republic, Gambia, Ghana, Republic of Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia, Uganda and Zimbabwe
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. Applicant screening will be conducted at the Japanese diplomatic mission in the applicant’s country.
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. Includes those wishing to enroll for direct placement in the fall term who are expected to graduate by the end of August 2017.) Applicants who satisfy the entrance requirements for a Japanese university are also eligible.
Applicants must be willing to learn Japanese and interested in Japan and be willing to deepen their understanding of Japan after arrived their. In addition, applicants must be willing to carry out their academic studies in Japanese.
Applicants must be free from any mental or physical disabilities that would hinder the study at Japanese universities.
Arrival in Japan: Applicants must be able to arrive in Japan between the 1st and … of April 2017. If an applicant is to enroll in his/her university from the fall semester through direct placement, he or she must be able to leave for and arrive in Japan by the date given by the accepting university.
Applicants must acquire College Student (ryugaku) visas before entering Japan. They then enter Japan with the College Student (ryugaku) residence status. After arrival in Japan, change in visa status will lose their qualification to be Japanese Government Scholarship recipients.
While studying in Japan, the applicants shall contribute to mutual understanding between Japan and the home country, by participating in activities and communities, with aim to contribute for internationalization of Japan and by maintaining close relations with the university attended after graduation, cooperating with the conducting of surveys and questionnaires after return to home, and cooperating with all relevant projects and events conducted by Japanese diplomatic missions in the applicant’s home country.
- English Language Requirements:Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.
Applicants will need to submit:
- Application Form (a prescribed form)
- Placement Preference Form
- Academic transcript for the past 3 years
- Graduation certificate from the last school attended, transcript issued either by alma master or by applicants’ national government
- Recommendation from the principal or the adviser of the last school attended
- Medical certificate
- Certificate of enrollment for an applicant currently enrolled in a university (if applicable)
- Certificate of passage of university entrance qualification examination (if applicable)
- Different according to the country
So please contact with Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country.
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