MEXT Scholarship Undergraduate Students 2024 (Fully Funded) Study in Japan

MEXT Scholarship Undergraduate Students 2024| The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan has open portal for scholarships to international students who wish to study at Japanese universities as Undergraduate Students under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program 2024.

About MEXT Scholarship Undergraduate Students

MEXT Scholarship will be granted those who are willing to contribute to mutual understanding between Japan and their home country by participating in activities at schools and communities during their study in Japan while contributing to the internationalization of Japan. See here International Scholarship Grants

They shall also make efforts to promote relations between the home country and Japan by maintaining close relations with the university attended after graduation, cooperating with the conducting of surveys and questionnaires, and cooperating with relevant projects and events conducted by the Japanese diplomatic mission after they return to their home countries.

Benefit for MEXT Scholarship Undergraduate Students:

  • 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. Due to the situation of the Japanese Government’s budget, the amount of payment may be
    subject to change each fiscal year. If a grantee is absent from the university or the preparatory educational
    institution for an extended period, the scholarship shall be suspended for that period
  • Education Fees: Fees for the entrance examination, matriculation, and tuition at universities will be paid by
  • Traveling Expenses

Period of Scholarship:

  • A grantee who studies at a preparatory educational institution prior to enroll in a university: The
    scholarship period will last for five years from April 2024 to March 2029, including one-year preparatory
    education in the Japanese language and other subjects due to be provided upon arrival in Japan. For scholarship
    grantees majoring in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or a six-year course in pharmacy, the scholarship
    period will be seven years until March 2031.
  •  A grantee who enroll 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 which the
    university designates.
    (Note 1) In (2) above, the period of enrollment may be April 2024, September 2024 or October 2024 depending
    on the university’s academic calendar.
    (Note 2) If a grantee graduates earlier or withdraws from his/her undergraduate course for early entrance to
    graduate school, the scholarship will be provided until his/her graduation or withdrawal.
    (Note 3) The grantees majoring a six-year course in pharmacy must undergo the “Pharmaceutical Common
    Achievement Tests” implemented prior to practical training. In cases when it is impossible for the
    grantees to fulfill the fixed standards necessary for practical training, the scholarship may be cancelled
  • Extension of period of scholarship
    If a grantee graduates from an undergraduate course, is admitted for enrollment in a master’s course at a graduate
    school during the period of his/her scholarship and has outstanding academic achievement that meets certain
    criteria, he/she may have the scholarship period extended upon a successful examination by MEXT.

MEXT Scholarship Undergraduate Courses:

Those who apply for an undergraduate student must choose a “Field of Study (“Social Sciences and Humanities”
or “Natural Sciences”), “Course”, and “Major(s)” from the below table. Applicants may enter a first, second, and
third choice.

Social Sciences and Humanities – A:

  • Law
  • Politics
  • Pedagogy
  • Sociology
  • Literature
  • History
  • Japanese Language
  • Others (excluding “1. Economics”, “2. Business Administration” and “3.Others” in Humanities B.)

Applicants who choose “Others” may have difficulties in finding universities that can accept them
depending on their majors

Social Sciences and Humanities – B:

  • Economics
  • Business Administration
  • Others (Accounting, Financial economics, etc.)

Natural Sciences – A:

  • Science (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry)
  • Electric and Electronic Studies (Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Information Engineering)
  • Mechanical Studies (Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture)
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture (Civil Engineering, Architecture, Environmental Engineering)
  • Chemical Studies (Applied Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Chemistry, Textile Engineering)
  • Other Fields (Metallurgical Engineering , Mining Engineering, Maritime Engineering, Biotechnology)

Natural Sciences – B:

  • Agricultural Studies (Agriculture, Agricultural Chemistry, Agricultural Engineering, Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Forestry, Food Science, Fisheries)
  • Hygienic Studies (Pharmacy, Hygienics, Nursing)
  • Science (Biology)

Natural Sciences – C:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry

An applicant who chooses Natural Sciences and would like to choose more than one majors is required to
select up to three majors from within the same course (i.e. Natural Sciences A, B or C). However, an
applicant who selects Natural Sciences – C as his/her first choice may choose his/her second-choice major
from Natural Sciences – B or C and third-choice major from Natural Sciences – B as Natural Sciences – C
offers only two majors.

Eligibility for MEXT Scholarship Undergraduate Students:

MEXT accepts applications from international students for study in Japan who satisfy the following qualifications
and conditions. Its aim is to foster human resources who will become bridges of friendship between the grantee’s
country and Japan through study in Japan and who will contribute to the development of both countries and the
wider world.

  • Applicants must have the nationality of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan.
  • A persons with dual nationality who hold Japanese nationality and whose place of residence at the time of application is outside of Japan are eligible to apply as long as they choose the nationality of the other country and renounce their Japanese nationality by the date of their arrival in Japan (the acquisition of student status)
  • The First Screening must be conducted at the Japanese diplomatic mission in the country of which the applicant chooses the nationality.
  • Age: Applicants, in principle, must be born on or after April 2, 1999. However, applicants who satisfy the
    conditions for Academic Background stipulated in ③ below must be 18 years of age or older at the time of
    admission to a university in Japan
  • Academic Background: Applicants must satisfy any one of the following conditions. However, applicants
    desiring direct placement must satisfy either the following ①, ③ or ④ condition.
    ① Applicants who have completed 12 years of schooling in countries other than Japan. (Applicants who will
    meet the above condition by March 2024 are eligible. However, applicants wishing to enroll from the autumn
    term through direct placement must be expected to complete 12 years of schooling by August 2024.)
    ② Applicants who have completed their studies at a school equivalent to a Japanese upper secondary school in
    countries other than Japan. (Applicants who will meet the above condition by March 2024 are eligible.)
    ③ Applicants who have successfully passed an academic qualification examination that is equivalent to the
    completion of 12 years of schooling in countries other than Japan. (Applicants who will meet the above
    condition by March 2024 are eligible.)
    ④ Other than the above ①, ② and ③ conditions, applicants who are eligible for enrollment in a Japanese
    university at the time of application
  • Japanese Language: Applicants must be willing to learn Japanese. Applicants must be interested in Japan and
    be willing to deepen their understanding of Japan before and after arriving in Japan. In addition, in principle,
    applicants must be willing to carry out their academic studies in Japan in Japanese.
  • 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: In principle, applicants must be able to arrive in Japan between April 1, 2024, and April 7,
    2024. Departure from the home residence should be on or after April 1, 2024. 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
  • Visa Requirement: An applicant shall, in principle, newly obtain a “Student” visa at the overseas establishment
    of Japan located in the applicant’s country of nationality, and enter Japan with the residence status of “Student.”
    If the applicant lives in Japan exceptionally under a residence status other than “Student” before acceptance, the
    applicant must change his/her status to “Student” by the end of the previous month before the installment of
    scholarship payment. Moreover, as the Japanese government requires pre-arrival tuberculosis screening for
    some countries, applicants obtaining a visa shall follow guidance at the overseas establishment of Japan located
    in the applicant’s country of nationality

How to Apply for MEXT Scholarship Undergraduate Students:

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