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Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship Program (MEXT)     

                                               For Current MEXT  Students

The Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship Program is a program under which the Japanese Government (MEXT) provides scholarships for tuition and living expenses in Japan to outstanding international students from overseas. This scholarship program is for international students in seven distinct categories:

  • Research Students
  • Teacher Training Students
  • Undergraduate Students
  • Japanese Studies Students
  • College of Technology Students
  • Specialized Training College Students
  • Young Leaders Program (YLP) students

 

The University of Fukui accepts Research Students, Teacher Training Students, Undergraduate Students, and Japanese Studies Students. To pursue education at the University of Fukui through the MEXT scholarship program, you must obtain a nomination either from the our university or the Embassy of Japan in your home country.

 

Research Students

Definition of “Research Students” is as below.

The MEXT scholarship students who are enrolled in a master’s course, a doctoral course, or a professional graduate course at a graduate school, or who are conducting research in a specialized field at an undergraduate department, graduate school, institute attached to a university, etc. without the aim of completing the course, or who are receiving preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects prior to placement at the university, etc. (Excluding Young Leaders’ Program Students or Teacher Training Students.)

 

Teacher Training Students

The MEXT scholarship students who have graduated from a university or normal school, and have at least 5 years of experience teaching at an elementary, secondary, or normal school in their home country. At the University of Fukui, teacher training students will engage in research on school education.

【University of Fukui】Teacher Training Program Course Guide(2022)

 

Undergraduate Students

The MEXT scholarship students who are enrolled in an undergraduate program (or in the intensive Japanese language program with the intent to enroll in an undergraduate program). They can choose their major from field of liberal arts/humanity field or science. The University of Fukui awards a bachelor’s degree to those who have successfully completed the required years of studies and graduation requirements. Our university accepts third-year transfer students from College of Technology Students and Specialized Training College Students.

 

Japanese Studies Students
The MEXT scholarship students who wish to improve their Japanese language skills and learn about Japan and its culture at the University of Fukui. In addition to lectures and practical training related to Japanese affairs, culture, and language, the MEXT scholarship students may also take classes in related undergraduate departments according to their major.

University of Fukui】Japanese Studies Program Course Guide(2022)

 

(1) University Recommendation

In the scheme of the University Recommendation, our university will conduct the preliminary selection for research, master’s, doctoral, a professional graduate course at a graduate school, or Japanese studies students and recommend their candidates to MEXT. In principle, research students who do not intend to enter a regular course (master’s or doctoral program) are not eligible to apply for university recommendation. Only applicants from countries or regions that have concluded exchange agreements with our university or have a history of exchange with the recommended faculty members of our university and are on the list of priority regions designated by the MEXT are eligible to apply.

 

Research Students

At the University of Fukui, research students will participate in research activities as a non-degree-seeking student for the first 6-12 months. During this period, they are expected to apply for a master’s, doctoral, or professional-degree program. If admitted, they can continue to receive the MEXT scholarship to pursue the degree program as a degree-seeking student.

Application Timeline

 

 

 

 

 

Application Requirements

  1. Application form for Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship (Research Student)
  2. Field of Study and Research Plan (designated form)
  3. A university transcript
  4. A university diploma or certificate of graduation
  5. Documents certifying that you are in the top 10% or top 30% of your department or major in academic performance*¹ at your last university
  6. A letter of recommendation from department chair (letter should be addressed to President of University of Fukui)
  7. An abstract of degree thesis
  8. A language test score report*²
  9. Certificate of Health
  10. A copy of passport

 

※1 Grading Policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

※2 For information about the language proficiency requirements, please visit https://www.mext.go.jp/a_menu/koutou/ryugaku/1421851.htm

 Japanese Studies Students

Application Timeline

 

 

 

 

 

Application Requirements

  1. Application form for Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship
  2. A certificate of enrollment
  3. A university transcript
  4. Letter of recommendation from current university (letter should be addressed to President of University of Fukui
  5. (If not shown in transcript) a document attesting successful completion of at least 1 year of Japanese language/culture studies
  6. A language test score report
  7. Certificate of health
  8. A copy of passport

     

    (2) Embassy Recommendation

    You’ll submit your application to the Embassy of Japan in your home country for the initial review. If you are from China, the initial review will be done by Ministry of Education The People’s Republic of China. The University of Fukui accepts research students, teacher training students, and Japanese studies students through the embassy recommendation.

    Research Students

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Application Requirements

    1. A copy of Passing Certificate of the First Screening issued by Embassy of Japan
    2. A copy of following documents (with official stamp of Embassy of Japan placed on each)
    • Application form
    • Field of Study and Research Plan
    • A university transcript
    • A university diploma or certificate of (expected) graduation
    • A letter of recommendation from academic advisor or university president
    • An abstract of degree thesis
    • A language score report

     

    Japanese Studies Students

    Application Timeline

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Teacher Training Students

    Application Timeline

     

     

     

     

     

    For Current MEXT Students

    • Receiving Scholarship
    • Applying for Extension
    • Returning Home
    • Program Survey
    • Certificate of MEXT Scholarship Student
    • Withdrawing from MEXT Scholarship Program

     

    Receiving Scholarship

    To receive the MEXT scholarship, you must confirm your enrollment every month by signing the confirmation of enrollment sheet at the Office of the International Affairs Division. If you fail to meet the due date, you won’t be able to receive the scholarship for that month. To check the confirmation/scholarship payment dates click here.

     

    Applying for Extension

    If you’re going to enroll in a new/different degree-program and wish to continue to receive the MEXT scholarship, you may apply for an extension. (※If you are going to enroll as regular student from non-regular research student, you must apply for the extension of the MEXT scholarship.) To apply for an extension, you must meet the minimum GPA requirements set by MEXT*¹. Please know that only a limited number of applications will be accepted by MEXT. Therefore, if the number reaches the cap, the University will select the applications to nominate.

    Your scholarship will be terminated if you fail to apply for an extension (you may still enroll in the new degree-program without the scholarship).

    Category I Non-regular research student → Master’s/Doctor’s/ Professional Graduate Course No GPA requirement
    Category II Master’s→Doctor’s GPA 2.50 or higher
    (※Only for those enrolled as a research student)
    Category III Bachelor→Master’s/Professional Graduate Course
    Category II-2 Master’s→Doctor’s GPA 2.80 or higher
    (※Only for those enrolled as recruited as undergraduate student and move to Master’s)
    Category III-2 Bachelor→Master’s GPA2.80 or higher
    (※Only for those initially enrolled at technical college/and move to Bachelor’s degree)

    ※1 Grading Policy

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If you wish to apply for an extension, please contact the International Affairs Division for the required forms. Once you have filled out the forms, please return them to the International Affairs Division before the due date.

     

    Required Documents

    • Application form
    • Field of Study and Research Plan
    • A university transcript

     

    Returning Home

    For those returning home after completing the MEXT scholarship program, flight tickets (economy) to the international airport nearest to their residence in their home country will be provided (they’ll be responsible for the expense to the departure airport in Japan and the airport tax). The International Affairs Division will send you an email about the application process.

    Please note that you won’t be eligible for this financial support if you:

    • are returning home only temporarily
    • are not returning home by the set date
    • have not completed the MEXT Scholarship Program yet
    • plan to stay in Japan after completing the MEXT Scholarship Program
    • are receiving financial support for your returning trip from another organization
    • have failed to comply with the pledge

     

    Program Survey

    The International Affairs Division sends out a survey to those who have completed/withdrawn from the MEXT scholarship program. If you have completed the program, you’ll receive the survey when you apply for the grant for returning trip. If you have withdrawn from the program, the survey will be sent to you after the original program end date. Please know that the information collected in the survey will be provided to MEXT.

     

    Certificate of the MEXT Scholarship Student

    If you need the certificate of the MEXT scholarship student, please fill out the application and submit it to the International Affairs Division.

     

    Withdrawing from the MEXT Scholarship Program

    If you wish to withdraw from the MEXT Scholarship Program, there are forms which MEXT requires. For more information, please contact the International Affairs Division.