Japanese Government Scholarship Programs

Undergraduate Student Scholarships

THE 2018 APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS PASSED
 
2019 application information will be posted in April 2018

*Please note that the information below is from the 2018 MEXT Application. It is provided here for your reference, but may be subject to change for the 2019 MEXT Application.

The Japanese Government is now offering scholarships to U.S. students who wish to study at Japanese universities as undergraduate students under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2018 as follows.

Only U.S. citizens who live in Northern California and Nevada are eligible to apply through this consulate. U.S. citizens residing in other states should apply to the Japanese consulate responsible for their state. Please click here for a list of Japanese consulates in the U.S.
 
1. FIELDS OF STUDY
(1) Social Sciences and The Humanities (A): Law, Politics, Pedagogy, Sociology, Literature, History, Japanese Language, and other fields. Social Sciences and The Humanities (B): Economics, Business Administration
(2) Natural Sciences (A): Science, Electric & Electronic Studies, Mechanical Studies, Civil Engineering & Architecture, Chemical Studies, and other fields.
(3) Natural Sciences (B): Agricultural Studies, Hygienic Studies and Health Sciences
(4) Natural Sciences (C): Medicine, Dentistry
 
*2. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
(1) Applicants must hold US citizenship.
(2) Applicants must have been born between April 2, 1996 and April 1, 2001.
(3) Applicants must have either completed a 12-year regular course of school education or graduated from a school equivalent to senior high school in Japan. Those who will satisfy the above by March 2018 may apply.
(4) Applicants must be willing to learn the Japanese language and to receive a university education in Japanese.
(5) Applicants must be able to arrive in Japan between the 1st and 7th of April 2018.
  *Note: For specific details, please see the Guidelines.
 
3. COMPLETED APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY OUR OFFICE NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017
  To be considered, all applicants must take a Japanese Language examination. Additionally, the following tests are required:
(1) Social Sciences & Humanities Majors: Mathematics and English
(2) Natural Sciences Majors: Mathematics, English, and two subjects from Physics, Chemistry, or Biology. All natural sciences applicants must sit examinations in five subjects (including the Japanese test). In the case of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, applicants must take the following examinations relative to their fields of study:
Natural Sciences (A): Physics, Chemistry
Natural Sciences (B & C): Chemistry, Biology
 
4. SCHOLARSHIP EXAMINATIONS AND INTERVIEWS
  Scholarship examinations will be conducted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at the Japan Information & Cultural Center
  An interview in English will follow the tests.
  For more information or to receive an application form, please contact the Japan Information Center, Consulate General of Japan, 275 Battery Street, Suite 2100, San Francisco CA 94111 Tel: (415) 780-6086 Email: Steven.goldman@sr.mofa.go.jp
 
Please click here for the application guidelines (ENG.) [PDF]
Please click here for the application guidelines (JPN.) [PDF]
Please click here for the application form.[PDF]
Please click here for the Direct Placement application. [PDF]
Please click here for the health form.[PDF]
Please click here for the letter of recommendation.[PDF]
 
Note: To help you prepare for the MEXT Scholarship qualifying tests that we will be administering if you are selected for an interview, you can find practice tests for the year's 2014 & 2015 on MOFA's "Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide" page at: http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/toj/toj0302e-32.html#1
 
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