Japanese Government Scholarship Programs


2024 MEXT Specialized Training College Students Scholarship

2025 Applications for the MEXT Specialized Training College Student Scholarship are expected to become available by early April 2024.
The below information is for the prior year’s (2024) MEXT Scholarship and is retained for reference.

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 2024.

Note: Only U.S. citizens who live in the Consulate’s jurisdiction of Northern California and Nevada are eligible to apply through this consulate. U.S. citizens residing in other regions should apply to the Japanese consulate responsible for their region. Please click here for a list of Japanese consulates in the United States.


  1. Applicants must hold U.S. 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, 1999
  3. Applicants must be a high school graduate (at the time of participation in the program) or have the certified equivalent (i.e. GED)
  4. In principle, applicants must be able to arrive in Japan between April 1, 2024, and April 7, 2024. Departure from the home residence should be on or after April 1.
  5. Applicants must be willing to learn the Japanese language and to receive their education in Japanese.


Application guidelines, forms, and instructions are available from the MEXT website,Study in Japan”.

(1) Application Deadline

All applications must be received by 5:00 PM, Monday, June 5, 2023.
Please email your completed applications and scanned required documents to:

Steven Goldman
Coordinator for Educational Affairs
Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco
E-mail: education@sr.mofa.go.jp

Note: Please send one set of required digital documents (you don’t have to duplicate files).  Please keep total file size per email less than 10 MB. If your files are larger than this, please send in sequential emails.

Note: Once we have received your application documents, we will reply to your email. If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt within three business days, please follow up with a phone call or separate email.

(2) First Screening

Those candidates who pass the initial application document screening will be invited to take a series of written examinations in Japanese, English, and Mathematics in person at the Consulate General of Japan on Wednesday, June 21, 2023.

(Note 1: Calculators and other devices may NOT be used during the written examinations.)
(Note 2: You can find the past examination questions in the MEXT website.)

In addition, those candidates will be invited to participate in a short interview on the same day after testing.

(3) Notification of acceptance

Candidates will receive notification of acceptance by January 2024.

3. FAQ

Q1 Letter of Recommendation:
Please ask your recommender to email the PDF to us directly.
Q2 Transcript:
If you have digital transcripts, please email them to us. If you only have paper transcripts, you can email a scanned copy, but you will be asked to email the original copy after you pass the First Screening.
Q3 Diploma:
Please DO NOT send the original diploma. Please email a scanned copy to us.
Q4 Medical certificate:
If it is difficult for you to submit your medical certificate by the deadline, please let us know. We can extend the due date of the medical certificate until the announcement of the results of first screening (mid-late July).
For more information, please contact the Japan Information Center, Consulate General of Japan:
Tel: (415) 780-6086
Email: education@sr.mofa.go.jp