Japanese Government Scholarship Programs

2020 MEXT Specialized Training College Students

The application period for the 2020 MEXT Scholarships has closed. Please check back with us again in April 2020 to apply for the 2021 MEXT Scholarship.

The Japanese Government is now offering scholarships to U.S. high school graduates who wish study vocational subjects like information technology, personal care and nutrition, education and welfare, business, fashion, home economics, culture, general education, and more at a professional training college in Japan.

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 between April 2, 1995 and April 1, 2003
  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 2020 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
An interview in English will follow the examination

Deadline: All applications must be received at our office by 5 PM Friday, June 7, 2019
Please send or bring applications to:
  • Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco
    275 Battery Street, Suite 2100
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Attention: Steven Goldman

Interview & Test Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019

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