Japan is known all over the world as a hub for innovation in multiple fields, especially science and technology. It is home to one of the cities with the highest cost of living. It also boasts of worldwide top-ranking universities.
To many, Japan is a faraway wonderland that even full-time salaried people could only vacation to. For college students struggling to make their tuition payments, getting an education in a premier Japanese university like Tokyo University would be something of a miracle. But with government student grants like this one, it’s now within reach.
Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) is opening doors for international students who are enthusiastic about the Japanese culture and language. An extensive list of degree programs are available to choose from.
A monthly funding of ¥117,000 or $1,100 for tuition fees will be given. Should the student be assigned to study or research in other parts of Japan, a monthly allowance of ¥2,000 – ¥3,000 for living and travel costs will be added as well. Airline tickets going to Japan from the student’s home country and vice versa will also be shouldered by MEXT.
The duration of this scholarship is at least 5 years, from March 2018 to April 2023. It may be longer depending on which field of study the student chooses. For those taking medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy, the length of study will be extended to 6-7 years, all of which is covered.
This includes the 1 year Japanese language intensive study, which is necessary because the mode of instruction in most classes is Japanese. This will be conducted in either Tokyo University or Osaka University.
Applicants who have previously studied Japanese or who enrolled in courses that are not taught in Japanese will not have to undergo the 1-year intensive language course.
Considering the study duration, yearly tuition funds, and monthly stipends, a scholarship awardee can receive up to ¥7.1 million or $66,800 for a 5-year study. Student grants as generous as this are rarely available.
In order to qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be a national of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. He or she ideally should be born between 2nd April 1996 and 1st April 2001, and must have completed 12 years of primary and secondary education, and should not already be undergoing any undergraduate program.
Applicants can choose any bachelor’s degree programs under Social Sciences and Humanities such as Law, Sociology, and History, as well as Natural Sciences like Agriculture and Engineering.
To know all the pertinent information regarding this scholarship, please see this http://www.mext.go.jp/component/a_menu/education/detail/__icsFiles/afieldfile/2017/04/21/1384516_02.pdf.