Japanese Government Scholarship Programs


2021 MEXT Specialized Training College Students

The application period for the 2021 MEXT Scholarships has closed.
Please check back with us in April 2021 for the 2022 MEXT Scholarship.

The Japanese Government is now offering scholarships to U.S. high school graduates who wish to pursue a two-year degree at a vocational college in Japan under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2021.

Note: The 2021 MEXT Specialized Training Scholarship schedule has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the application schedule has been revised as follows.

Please be advised that as the course of the pandemic cannot be sufficiently predicted, there remains the possibility of sudden cancellation of selection procedures, or of the scholarships themselves, at any time during the process.

Note: 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. Applicants must hold US citizenship. (Applicants who hold Japanese nationality at the time of application are not eligible.)
  2. Applicants must have been born on or after April 2, 1996
  3. Applicants must be a high school graduate (at the time of participation on the program) or have the certified equivalent (i.e. GED)
  4. Applicants must be able to arrive in Japan between April 1st and April 7th 2021 or within two weeks of the date set by the receiving university for the beginning of the semester (in principle in September or October)
  5. Applicants must be willing to learn the Japanese language and to receive a professional training college education in Japanese.


To be considered, applicants must take examinations in Mathematics, English and Japanese language

1) Deadline: All completed applications must be received at our office by 5 PM Friday, August 28, 2020
Please mail all your application materials in one packet to the address below. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be accepting applications in person. Please make note of your tracking number and notify our office (steven.goldman@sr.mofa.go.jp) when you mail your application.

Please mail applications to:
Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco
275 Battery Street, Suite 2100
San Francisco, CA 94111
Attention: Steven Goldman

2) Testing: Saturday, September 5, 2020
On the testing day, we will be implementing social distancing and other safety procedures in accordance with local government regulations.

3) Online Interview: Applicants who successfully pass the Japanese, English and Mathematics tests will be given an online interview to take place on Sunday, September 6, 2020

To Apply:

Applications and instructions are available from the MEXT website, "Study in Japan". To download application forms and instructions for applying as well as to view past examinations, please visit the “Study in Japan” website.

Please remember that completed application forms should be mailed to:

Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco
275 Battery Street, Suite 2100
San Francisco, CA 94111
Attention: Steven Goldman

For more information, 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