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Types of Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships

As can be seen in the chart below, there are six types of Japanese government-sponsored scholarships available under the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship program.
Those who wish to study abroad are required to apply in one of two ways: embassy recommendation or university recommendation. Please see the application selection process for details.

Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Students and Their Status

Research
students
Teacher training
students
Undergraduate
students
Japanese studies
students
College of technology students Specialized training
college students
Embassy
recommendation
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
University
recommendation
Yes No No Yes Yes No
Level of studies Graduate school level Undergraduate level
Eligibility
requirement
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Age Restriction

(when granted)
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Duration More than 1 year and 6 months including Japanese language education Within 1 year and 6 months including Japanese language education 5 years including Japanese language training (7 years for medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and veterinary science) One academic year 4 years including Japanese language training (4 years and 6 months for merchant marine studies) 3 years including Japanese language training
Preliminary
Japanese
Training
6 months
Those with sufficient Japanese language skills are not required to go through preliminary Japanese training
1 year(Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Osaka University) None 1 year
(JASSO Tokyo Japanese Language Education Center)
1 year
(Bunka Institute of Language, JASSO Osaka Japanese Language Education Center)
Field of study Major in field of specialty at a graduate school Special training at a teacher training Undergraduate education Special training in Japanese language or Japanese affairs Third year college of technology courses Post secondary courses
Scholarship ¥143,000~145,000 per month ¥117,000 per month
Tuition Paid for by MEXT
Travel allowance Round-trip travel expenses (airfare) provided

Examinations Required for Embassy Recommendation

Research
students
Japanese and English
Teacher training
students
Japanese and English
Undergraduate
students
Japanese, English, mathematics, science
(*Only science faculty examinees are required to choose two out of the following
three subjects: chemistry, physics, or biology)
Japanese studies
students
Japanese
College of
technology
students
Japanese, English, mathematics, and physics or chemistry
Specialized
training
college students
Japanese, English, and mathematics

Past examination questions are available as samples.

Qualifying Examinations for Applicants for Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship