Current Students

Japanese Government (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 (Graduate Students); (2) Undergraduate students; (3) Students on Japanese Language and Culture Course (JLCC); and (4) Students on the Young Leaders’ Program (YLP).

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.


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Research Students (Graduate Students)

Academic Program

Degree-seeking graduate students (master’s program, doctoral program, professional degree program) and graduate research students (non-degree 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).

Application Procedures

Recommendation by University

International students at universities are recommended by Kyushu University to MEXT, which carries out the selection process and chooses the successful applicants.

Late November–January: Application period (Applications accepted by each 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

Mid-May:Internal selection and decision on acceptance

October: Arrive in Japan

Recommendation by Japanese Embassy

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.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

February–March: Application period (Applications accepted by each embassy/consulate-general of Japan)

May-July: First-round screening (screening of documents, written examination, interview)

Through August: Confirm possibility of acceptance and obtain Letter of Acceptance

October-February: Second-round screening/Decision on acceptance
April/October:Arrive in Japan

※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.

Academic Staff Educational and Research Activities Database

Qualifications

Those who have graduated from university (undergraduate program or above)

Scholarship period

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)

Enrolling as a research student (non-degree student)

No more than 2 years, including Japanese language education

Monthly scholarship (including supplemental regional allowance)

Students on master’s and professional degree programs

¥147,000

Students on doctoral programs

¥148,000

Research students, etc. (non-degree students)

¥146,000

Others

Tuition fees

Borne by Kyushu University

Travel costs

Cost of round-trip travel (air ticket) provided

International research students from China
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.

the China Scholarship Council

Undergraduate Students

Academic Program

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.

Application Procedures

Recommendation by Japanese Embassy

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.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

February–March: Application period (Applications accepted by each embassy/consulate-general of Japan)

May–July: First-round screening (screening of documents, written examination, interview)

October-February: Second-round screening/Decision on acceptance
April: Arrive in Japan (start of the one-year Japanese language preparatory course)

Qualifications

Those who have graduated from high school or equivalent

Scholarship period

5 years (7 years in the case of medical, dental, and pharmaceutical sciences), including Japanese language education (1 year)

Monthly scholarship (including supplemental regional allowance)

¥120,000

Others

Tuition fees

Borne by Kyushu University

Travel costs

Cost of round-trip travel (air ticket) provided

Japanese Language and Culture Course

Academic Program

Undergraduate special auditors (accepted for the International Student Center’s Japanese Language and Culture Course)

JLCC

Application Procedures

Recommendation by University

International students at universities are recommended by Kyushu University to MEXT, which carries out the selection process and chooses the successful applicants.

Late November–January: Application period (Applications accepted by each 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

Mid-May: Internal selection and decision on acceptance

October: Arrive in Japan
Recommendation by Japanese Embassy

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.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

February–March: Application period (Applications accepted by each embassy/consulate-general of Japan)

May–July: First-round screening (screening of documents, written examination, interview)

October-February: Second-round screening/Decision on acceptance

April: Arrive in Japan (start of the one-year Japanese language preparatory course)

Qualifications

Those who are enrolled at university (undergraduate program)

Scholarship period

1 academic year

Monthly scholarship (including supplemental regional allowance)

¥120,000

Others

Tuition fees

Borne by Kyushu University

Travel costs

Cost of round-trip travel (air ticket) provided

Young Leaders’ Program (YLP)

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YLP