Japanese Government Scholarship Programs


2022 MEXT Specialized Training College Students Scholarship (APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED)

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 2022.

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, 1997
  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. In principle, applicants must be able to arrive in Japan between April 1, 2022 and April 7, 2022. 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 a professional training college 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, Friday, June 4, 2021.
Please email your completed applications and scanned required documents to:

Steven Goldman
Senior 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 3 business days, please follow up with a phone call or separate email.

(2) First Screening

Those candidates who pass the initial application screening will be invited to take a series of written examinations (Japanese, English, Mathematics) in person at the Consulate General of Japan on Thursday, June 24, 2021.
Note: Calculators and other devices may NOT be used during the written examinations.
Note: You can find the past examination questions in the MEXT website, “Study in Japan”..

Applicants who receive a passing grade on the tests will be invited to participate in a short interview after testing.

(3) Notification of final results

Candidates will receive final results by January 2022.

3. FAQ (UPDATED on May 24, 2021)

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 send the original one 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 June 4, 2021, please let us know. We can extend the due date of the medical certificate until the announcement of the results of 1st screening (mid-late July).
Q5 Interview:
TBD- June 24 after paper exam, in-person, or June 25 afternoon, online
For more information, please contact the Japan Information Center, Consulate General of Japan
Tel: (415) 780-6086
Email: education@sr.mofa.go.jp