Japanese Government Scholarship Programs

2020 MEXT Undergraduate Student Scholarship

The Japanese Government is now offering scholarships to U.S. high school graduates who wish to pursue undergraduate degrees at Japanese universities under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2020 as follows.

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. Social Sciences and The Humanities (A): Law, Politics, Pedagogy, Sociology, Literature, History, Japanese Language, and other fields. Social Sciences and The Humanities (B): Economics, Business Administration
  2. Natural Sciences (A): Science, Electric & Electronic Studies, Mechanical Studies, Civil Engineering & Architecture, Chemical Studies, and other fields.
  3. Natural Sciences (B): Agricultural Studies, Hygienic Studies and Health Sciences
  4. Natural Sciences (C): Medicine, Dentistry


  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 university education in Japanese.


Note: To be considered, all applicants must take a Japanese Language. Additionally, the following tests are required:
  1. For Social Sciences & Humanities Majors: Mathematics and English
  2. For Natural Sciences Majors: Mathematics, English, and two subjects from Physics, Chemistry, or Biology. All natural sciences applicants must sit examinations in five subjects (including the Japanese test). In the case of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, applicants must take the following examinations relative to their fields of study:
    • For Natural Sciences (A) majors: Physics, Chemistry
    • For Natural Sciences (B & C)majors: Chemistry, Biology
An interview in English will follow the tests
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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