The Application Deadline Varies from Country to country
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships to international students who wish to study at Japanese universities as undergraduate students under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2020 as follows.
Types of Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships
There are six types of Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships. Each type has its own eligibility requirements, so please apply for the type that best fits your personal criteria.
Research students You must be under 35 years of age and a college graduate (includes prospective graduates). Or you must have completed 16 years of schooling.
Teacher training students You must be under 35 years of age and a graduate of a college or teacher training college. You must have at least five years of active experience as a teacher in a primary, secondary or teacher training college in your country.
(Please note that college and university teachers currently in active service are not considered for this scholarship).
Undergraduate university students
You must be at least 17 and under 22 years of age and have completed 12 years of school education or have completed courses in a school comparable to a high school (includes prospective graduates).
Japanese studies students
Applicants must be from 18 to 30 years old. Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate students in faculties or schools which major in Japanese language or Japanese culture in a university outside Japan at the time when they come to Japan and must be enrolled in the home institution at the time when they return to their home countries.
College of technology students You must be at least 17 and under 22 years of age and have completed school education comparable to a high school (a minimum of 11 years beginning in primary school) education (includes prospective graduates).
You must be at least 17 and under 22 years of age and have completed 12 years of schooling or have completed school education comparable to a Japanese high school (includes prospective graduates).
Teacher training student
Japanese studies student
College of technology student
Special training college student
Level of studies
Graduate school level
University or college graduate
University, college graduate or equivalent Secondary school graduate or equivalent University student (undergraduate level)
Graduates of secondary schools or equivalent
Age limit (at time of granting) Under 35 At least 17 and under 22
At least 18 and under 30
At least 17 and under 22
Duration Maximum 2 years including Japanese-language training
Maximum 1 year 6 months including Japanese-language training
5 years including Japanese-language training (7 years for medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and veterinary science) One academic year