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Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship was created by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to encourage the acceptance of international students from countries worldwide. Its objective is to enable university students to pursue a course of study or research in Japan, thereby cultivating individuals who will serve as a bridge between Japan and their own country, eventually contributing to the development of both countries and, consequently, that of the whole world.
Kyushu University accepts four types of international students: (1) Research students; (2) Undergraduate students; (3) Students on Japanese Language and Culture Course (JLCC); and (4) Students on the Young Leaders’ Program (YLP).

Overview (2019 academic year)

> Overview (2019 academic year)

Type Research students
(Graduate school level)
“Undergraduate students
(Undergraduate level)
Japanese Language and Culture Course students
(Undergraduate level)
Young Leaders’ Program (YLP)
Academic program Degree-seeking graduate students (master’s program, doctoral program, professional degree program) and graduate research students (non-degree students) Degree-seeking undergraduate students “Undergraduate special auditors
(accepted for the International Student Center’s Japanese Language and Culture Course)”
Law School master’s program
Application category Recommendation by university Recommendation by Japanese embassy (Note 1) Recommendation by Japanese embassy Recommendation by university Recommendation by Japanese embassy Click here for details.
Applications open Around December Around February-March Around February Around December
Selection method Screening of documents, written examination, interview, etc.
Qualifications Those who have graduated from university
(undergraduate program or above)
Those who have graduated from high school or equivalent Those who are enrolled at university
(undergraduate program)
Scholarship period If enrolling as a research student (non-degree student): No more than 2 years, including Japanese language education 5 years (7 years in the case of medical, dental, and pharmaceutical sciences), including Japanese language education (1 year) 1 academic year
If enrolling on a degree program (master’s program, doctoral program, or professional degree program): Until the relevant program is completed (but no longer than the standard number of years required for completion)
Timing of enrollment October April/October April October
Monthly scholarship (including supplemental regional allowance) Research students, etc. (non-degree students): ¥146,000
Students on master’s and professional degree programs: ¥147,000
Students on doctoral programs: ¥148,000
¥120,000 ¥120,000
Tuition fees Borne by the university
Travel costs Cost of round-trip travel (air ticket) provided

(Note 1) International students from China (Chinese students)

Eligible students: Those holding a master’s degree who wish to progress to a doctoral course *Must have completed 10 months of preparatory education at Northeast Normal University’s Preparatory School for Chinese Students to Japan.

With the cooperation of the Embassy of Japan to China, the Government of China solicits applicants and carries out the selection process; applicants who are successful in the first round of screening will then ask their preferred university to issue a Letter of Acceptance, as in the case of other students seeking recommendation by a Japanese embassy. For details, please contact the Chinese university at which you are enrolled or the China Scholarship Council.

Types of Scholarship Program

○Research students: Degree-seeking graduate students (master’s program, doctoral program, professional degree program) and graduate research students
(1) Students directly enrolling in a regular course, or (2) students enrolling as a research student, conducting research activities for six months to a year, then passing the entrance examination and advancing to a regular course (master’s or doctoral program). International research students recommended by a Japanese embassy, whose Japanese proficiency is not adequate, will be required to take the Japanese Intensive Course of Study at the International Student Center for six months before being assigned to the relevant graduate school (as a research student or, if they pass the entrance examination, as a student advancing onto a regular course).
○Undergraduate students: Degree-seeking undergraduate students
For the first year after arriving in Japan, students will attend a preparatory educational institution designated by MEXT to prepare for enrollment at university. Upon completing their preparatory education, students who wish to attend this university, and who pass the entrance examination, will enroll as undergraduate students of Kyushu University.
○Japanese Language and Culture Course: Undergraduate special auditors Students may spend one year at a designated Japanese university, receiving
education aimed at improving their Japanese-language ability and their understanding of Japanese culture and affairs. Click here for information about applying.

How to apply *Staff and faculty members should click here.

Embassy

○ Japanese embassy Recommendation: Embassies and consulates-general of Japan overseas solicit applications, carry out the selection process, and choose the successful applicants. For further details, please contact your nearest Japanese embassy or consulate.
(Note 1) International research students from China should refer to the following.

●International research students

February–March
May–July
Recruitment of tenants
First-round screening (screening of documents, written examination, interview)
Embassy/Consulate-General of Japan
Through August Confirm possibility of acceptance and obtain Letter of Acceptance Applicants successful in first-round screening → University
From October
February the following year
Second-round screening
Decision on acceptance
MEXT/university
April/October Arrive in Japan

●International undergraduate students

February–March
May–July
Recruitment of tenants
First-round screening (screening of documents, written examination, interview)
Embassy/Consulate-General of Japan
From October
February the following year
Second-round screening
Decision on acceptance
MEXT/university
April Arrive in Japan (start of the one-year Japanese language preparatory course)

*Letter of Acceptance

Only those who are successful in the first round of screening by Japanese embassies and consulates-general will be required to ask the university at which they wish to enroll to issue a Letter of Acceptance. Before applying, please consider which tutor you wish to supervise your research and contact them by e-mail, etc. to find out whether they will agree to be your supervisor.
Use the Academic Staff Educational and Research Activities Database to check faculty members’ research interests.

(Note 1) International students from China (Chinese students)
Eligible students: Those holding a master’s degree who wish to progress to a doctoral course *Must have completed 10 months of preparatory education at Northeast Normal University’s Preparatory School for Chinese Students to Japan.
With the cooperation of the Embassy of Japan to China, the Government of China solicits applicants and carries out the selection process; applicants who are successful in the first round of screening will then ask their preferred university to issue a Letter of Acceptance, as in the case of other students seeking recommendation by a Japanese embassy. For details, please contact the Chinese university at which you are enrolled or the China Scholarship Council.

Recommendation by university

○University Recommendation: International students at universities that have concluded an inter-university or inter-departmental exchange agreement with Kyushu University are recommended by the university to MEXT, which carries out the selection process and chooses the successful applicants.
Late November–January Recruitment of tenants (screening of documents, interview) Applications accepted by undergraduate/graduate school
(Reference: Documents required at the time of application)
Application form, research plan (on designated form; the same applies hereinafter), documentation demonstrating language proficiency (TOEFL, etc.), certificate of (expected) graduation, transcript of results, overview of academic papers, letter of recommendation to the President of Kyushu University from the current university. For further details, please check again at the time of application.
Through February Internal selection and recommendation Universities
Mid-May Internal selection and decision on acceptance MEXT
October Arrive in Japan

*Before applying, please consider which supervisor you wish to supervise your research and contact them by e-mail, etc.. Use the Academic Staff Educational and Research Activities Database to check faculty members’ research interests.
*International Students Exchange Division don’t accept direct application from students.

Extending the scholarship period *Staff and faculty members should click here.

Government-sponsored international students with excellent grades (a grade of 2.5 or higher) who wish to advance to a higher level of study may, at the recommendation of their supervisor, apply to extend their scholarship period. MEXT will conduct the selection process and decide whether or not to accept the application. Please discuss the timing of your advancement with your supervisor beforehand.