Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Japanese Studies Scholarship

Offers applicants the opportunity to spend a year continuing their study of Japanese language or culture at one of several universities in Japan.

The Ministry of Education, Culture Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT; Monbukagakusho) Undergraduate Scholarship is a Japanese government scholarship that allows non‐Japanese citizens to spend up to 5 years pursuing their undergraduate education at a university in Japan. Scholarship recipients are expected to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from their university in Japan.

MEXT will provide roundtrip airfare to Japan, full tuition and any university entrance fees, along with a monthly stipend of ¥117,000. An additional ¥2,000 ‐ ¥3,000 monthly stipend may be provided to those students studying in designated regions. (As of 2018 Japanese fiscal year; the amount of stipend is subject to change). 

Deadline Information

Deadline: Friday, June 1, 2018

Eligibility Requirements

To apply through the Consulate‐General of Japan in Chicago, applicants must (a) Be a United States citizen or a citizen of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan (b) Been born between April 2, 1996 – April 1, 2001 (c) Have completed 12‐year regular education course by March 2018 (d) Be a resident of a state in the Chicago Consulate’s 10‐state Midwest jurisdiction [Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin]. 

For students who are not a US citizen/from these states: You can still apply for the MEXT Scholarship, but you will need to do so through the Japanese diplomatic mission responsible for your country/area. To find your nearest Embassy/Consulate‐General/Consular Office, please see this link:  

MEXT does not require the proficiency in the Japanese language at the time of applying. However, applicants must be willing to learn the language and deepen their understanding of Japan. In general, applicants must be willing to receive their college education in Japanese.  

Application Process

Applications will be posted on our MEXT Scholarship website in April; applications are due June 1, 2018. Those selected to have an interview and exams will sit for them at the Japanese Consulate in Chicago in July; Consulate recommendations will be announced within a week of the interviews. Secondary screening will then be conducted by MEXT in November. Final decisions will come in December 2018. Scholarship recipients will then depart for Japan between April 1‐ 7, 2019 (specific departure dates are determined by the university you will attend). Upon arrival in Japan, Scholarship recipients will undergo a 1‐year preparatory education course before beginning their undergraduate studies at a Japanese university, unless they choose direct placement.