MEXT Scholarships Students

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship Students

Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Students are students who receive scholarships from the Japanese government.

MEXT Scholarships Students – Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

The Types of Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships

There are seven types of Japanese government-sponsored scholarships available under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship program. Research students; Teacher training students; Undergraduate university students; Japanese studies students; Technical college students; Special training students; Students in the Young Leaders Program (YLP).
Okayama University accepts international students at the undergraduate level as undergraduate students as well as Japanese Studies students. Okayama University accepts graduate level international students as graduate-level research students as well as graduate-level teacher training students. 

Embassy recommendation

The recruiting and initial screening by a Japanese embassy (or consulate general, depending on the country) of a scholarship candidate is known as “Embassy recommendation”.
For more information on the procedure for each type, please clickhere.

The procedures for issuing a “Letter of Provisional Acceptance” for a research student who has passed the first screening recommended by the Embassy:
July-August: Applicants who pass the first screening should directly contact via email the Japanese university (individual teacher or graduate school office in charge) in which they wish to enroll and request a Letter of Provisional Acceptance.
Prospective international student should send the following documents by e-mail: research plan, educational background, and health. An informal decision will be made by the university considering the student’s application.
For the procedures for issuing an Informal Letter of Acceptance, please contact the office in charge of International Students in your faculty or department. After your visit to Japan, you may encounter problems between you and your supervisor such as discrepancies in the content of your research, so please make an a careful decision.
Please contact the International Student Office in charge of your department for the procedure of issuing the Letter of Provisional Acceptance.
The Letter of Provisional Acceptance will be issued in the name of the Dean of the host graduate school/department after obtaining the approval of the graduate school and department.
The deadline for requests to the university from applicants who pass the first stage is usually due by the end of August. Requests after September will not be accepted.

*The selection schedule for Preparatory Education for Chinese students who will study in Japan (中国赴日本国留学生) is different from that for regular Embassy Recommendation. Candidates for the Preparation Education for Chinese students will start requesting the Japanese universities of their choice for their Letter of Provisional Acceptance from mid-November.

Documents to be sent by international students

  • The certificate showing the first stage was successful issued by Japanese embassy or consulate general
  • Documents requiring the seal of the Japanese embassy or consulate general:
    ・Application Form for the Japanese Government (MEXT) international student scholarship
    ・Application Form (Enclosures)
    ・Field of Study and Study Program
    ・Academic Transcript
    ・Recommendation Form(s)
    ・Medical Certificate
    ・Graduation Certificate or Degree Certificate (or an attested document certifying that the applicant will graduate from the school, where applicable)
    ・Thesis abstract

University Recommendation

Research students and Japanese studies students who will be studying in Japan through university exchange agreements will be screened through the national, public, or private Japanese university involved as candidates for a Japanese Government Scholarship. The university directly recommends the selected candidates to the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
Research students recommended by a university for study in Japan as government-sponsored scholarship recipients typically arrive in Japan in October.
Japanese Studies students also basically arrive in Japan in October.
For more information on the procedure for each type, please click here.