Japanese Government Undergraduate Scholarships for International Students 2023

A big chance to study in Japan with the Japanese government undergraduate scholarships for international students in 2023.

The scholarships are offered to undergraduate students who wish to study at Japanese universities as undergraduate students by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) of Japan.

Those who want to apply for the undergraduate program must choose a field of study (Social Sciences and Humanities or Natural Sciences).

About Japanese Government Undergraduate Scholarships

Japanese government scholarship supports foreign students who study in higher education institutions, selected on the recommendation of the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General, University, or Authority.

Research Summary

Duration  4–6 years
Study Level: Undergraduate
Institution  Not specified
 Country  Japan
Application closing date   October 15, 2022 

Aim and Benefits of Japanese Government Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Allowance: 117,000 yen per month. A supplemental regional allowance of 2,000 yen or 3,000 yen per month will be added to the monthly scholarship amount for the grantees studying or conducting research in specially designated regions. The amount is subject to change each year, due to the Japanese government’s budget. The scholarship shall be suspended if a grantee is absent from the university or the preparatory educational institution for an extended period.
  • Education Fees: Fees for the entrance examination, matriculation, and tuition at universities will be paid by MEXT.
  • Traveling Expenses: Transportation to Japan and Transportation from Japan

Requirements for Japanese Government Undergraduate Scholarships

Here are some of the requirements an applicant must meet to qualify for the Japanese government scholarship:

  • Nationality: Applicant must come from a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. An applicant who has Japanese nationality at the time of application is not eligible. However, anyone who holds Japanese nationality but whose residential place at the time of application is outside Japan is eligible to apply as long as they renounce Japanese nationality and choose the nationality of the country of their residence. The first screening must be conducted at the Japanese diplomatic mission in the country of which the applicant chooses the nationality.
  • Age: The applicant must be born on or after April 2, 1998.
    However, MEXT may accept an applicant who could not apply within the eligible age limit due to the situation or circumstances of the applicant’s country (military service obligation, loss of educational opportunities due to disturbances of war, etc). Personal circumstances (a financial situation, family circumstances, state of health, etc) will not be considered for exceptions.
  • Academic Background: An applicant who has completed 12 years of schooling in countries other than Japan. ( an applicant who will meet the above condition by March 2023 will be eligible. However, an applicant who wishes to enroll from the autumn term through direct placement must be expected to complete 12 years of schooling by August 2023). applicants who have graduated from an institution outside of Japan that is comparable to a Japanese upper secondary school (applicants who will fulfill the aforementioned requirement before March 2023 are eligible.)
  • Japanese: An applicant must be willing to learn Japanese. An applicant must be open to learning Japanese. Candidates must have a keen interest in Japan and be eager to learn more about it both before and after their visit. Additionally, the applicant should ideally be open to studying Japanese at a Japanese university. must have a keen interest in Japan and be eager to learn more about it both before and after their visit. Additionally, the applicant should ideally be open to studying Japanese at a Japanese university.
  • Health: Applicants must submit a health certificate in the prescribed format signed by a physician attesting that the applicant has no physical or mental conditions hindering the applicant’s study in Japan.
  • Arrival in Japan: An applicant must arrive in Japan between April 1, 2023, and April 7. Departure from the home residence should be on or after April 1, 2023. If an applicant is to enroll in
    his/her university from the fall semester through direct placement, he/she must be able to arrive in Japan during the period specified by the accepting university within two weeks before and after the starting date of the university’s relevant academic term for that year.
    In exclusion of some cases which MEXT will see as unavoidable circumstances, the applicant must withdraw from this scholarship program if the applicant cannot arrive in Japan by the end of the specified period above which was decided by MEXT or the accepting university.
  • Visa Requirement: An applicant shall, newly obtain a “Student” visa at the Japanese diplomatic mission located in the applicant’s country of nationality, and enter Japan with the residence status of “Student.”
    Accordingly, even if the applicant already has another residence status (“Permanent resident,” “Long-term
    resident,” etc.), the applicant must change it to the “Student” status and re-enter Japan. Moreover, the applicant should be aware that after the expiration of the status as a MEXT Scholarship student and even if the student again applies for their original resident status of “Permanent resident” or “Long-term resident,” such resident statuses might not be necessarily granted. The applicant should also be aware that the scholarship will be canceled if he/she arrived in Japan without a newly obtained “Student” visa.

The Duration of the Japanese Government Undergraduate Scholarships

  • A grantee who studies at a preparatory educational institution prior to enrolling in a university: The scholarship will be awarded for five years, from April 2023 to March 2028, including the one-year preparatory education in Japanese language and other courses that will be provided upon arrival in Japan. The scholarship duration will be seven years, from March 2030, for recipients majoring in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or a six-year pharmacy program.
  • A grantee who enrolls in a university through direct placement: The scholarship period will last for four years (or for six years for those majoring in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or in a six-year course in pharmacy). The scholarship period will start from the time of enrollment in the university that the university designates.

How to Apply for the Japanese Government Undergraduate Scholarships

Applicants must submit the required documents to the Japanese diplomatic mission in the country of the applicant’s nationality on or before the designated deadline. The submitted documents will not be returned.

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