Japanese Government Scholarship Programs


2023 MEXT Undergraduate Student Scholarship

Japanese Government is now offering scholarships to U.S. high school graduates who wish to pursue an undergraduate degree in Japan under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2023.

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


Those who apply for this scholarship must choose a Field of Study from (“Social Sciences and Humanities” or “Natural Sciences”), including Course, and Major(s). Please read the application guidelines carefully.


  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, 1998.
  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, 2023 and April 7, 2023. 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

Application deadline: 5:00 PM, Monday, June 13, 2022.
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 10MB. 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 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 in Japanese, English, Mathematics, and additionally for STEM majors, Chemistry, and either Biology or Physics, in person at the Consulate General of Japan on Thursday, June 30, 2022 (or possibly Friday, July 1 (TBD)).

(Note1: 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.)

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

(3) Notification of acceptance

Candidates will receive final notification of acceptance by January 2023.

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 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 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).
Q5 Direct Placement:
If you desire direct placement and would like to check the list of universities that accept direct placement, please contact us. For more information about direct placement, please refer to the application guidelines.
Q6 Useful Links:
Planning studies in Japan provided by the Japan Student Services Organization


For more information, please contact the Japan Information Center, Consulate General of Japan:
Tel: (415) 780-6086
Email: education@sr.mofa.go.jp