[Announcement] The qualification and Condition of Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship for GSEP2017

For GSEP2017 enrollment, ten students will be awarded MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) scholarship for four years. These students will be exempted from paying the application, admission, and tuition fees. Our aim is to foster human resources who will become bridges of friendship between their home country and Japan through study in Japan and who will contribute to the development of both countries and the wider world.

The qualification and condition of MEXT Scholarship 2017:

  1. Applicants must be residing outside of Japan.
  2. Nationality: Applicants must be nationals of a country with which Japan has diplomatic relations. A person who has Japanese nationality at the time of completing an application for the MEXT scholarship is not eligible. However, persons who hold dual nationality (Japanese and that of another country) and whose place of residence at the time of application is outside of Japan are eligible to apply as long as they renounce their Japanese nationality by the date of their arrival in Japan.
  3. Age: Applicants generally must have been born between April 2, 1995 and April 1, 2000.
  4. Academic Background: Applicants must have completed 12 years of regular schooling or have graduated with a high school equivalency (acceptable by Japanese standards) by March 2017.
  5. Health: Applicants must be free from any mental or physical disabilities that would impede the pursuit of study at Japanese universities.
  6. Arrival in Japan: In principle, applicants must be able to arrive in Japan between April 3 to April 7, 2017 as designated by MEXT.
  7. Visa Requirement: Applicants must acquire a College Student (ryugaku) visa before entering Japan. Please also note that individuals who change their visa status after arrival in Japan to a category other than College Student will no longer be qualified to be a MEXT Scholarship recipient from the date the visa category changes.

Any applicant who meets any or all of the following conditions is ineligible. If identified after the start of the scholarship period, the applicant will be required to withdraw from the scholarship:

  • Those who are military personnel or military civilian employees at the time of their arrival in Japan
  • Those who are/were recipients of a Japanese government scholarship
  • Those who are/were recipients of a Japanese government scholarship
  • Those who are currently enrolled at a Japanese university with a College Student (ryugaku) residence status, or those enrolled or scheduled to be enrolled at a Japanese university as privately financed international students from the start of the scholarship application period to the start of the provision of the scholarship. This does not apply to currently self-financed international students at Japanese universities who will complete their studies and return to their countries before the end of March 2017.
  • Those who are currently applying to programs offered by other universities supported by the MEXT scholarship, or recipients of financial support for international students from the Japanese government (MEXT) or JASSO (including those who are expected to continue as recipients of that support after the semester in which they began receiving the funds).
  • Those who were expected to graduate but could not satisfy the required academic conditions and qualifications.
  • Holders of dual nationality at the time of application who cannot prove renunciation of their Japanese nationality by the time of arrival in Japan.

To apply as a privately-funded international student, please carefully check the requirements here.