MEXT SCHOLARSHIP explained: STUDY in Japan for FREE

MEXT SCHOLARSHIP explained: STUDY in Japan for FREE

HI, guys.
In today’s video, I want to share with you how you can come to Japan to study at a university for free. My name is Irina. I am from Russia but for the last 5 years I’ve been living and studying in Japan, in a city called Osaka. I have a Master’s Degree from Osaka University, and I’m now finishing my PhD Degree as well. All of this was only possible thanks to an amazing scholarship provided by the Japanese government, It gives an opportunity to foreign students, just like me, to obtain a Master’s or PhD Degree here in Japan. After my last video I’ve been asked a lot of questions about this scholarship, so I thought today I will make a video only about that and explain to you what exactly is this program, and when and how do you apply for it. The scholarship is called JAPANESE GOVERNMENT (MEXT)SCHOLARSHIP MEXT here stands for The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT), which funds these scholarships. Under this program, the Japanese government will provide you with a monthly scholarship of around 140,000 yen for the whole period of study, It will cover your tuition fees, again for the whole period of your study, and will also pay your travel expenses to and from Japan. There are a few types of MEXT scholarships , I think six in total, out of them these two will result in an academic degree: Number one is Undergraduate student scholarship It will provide you with a scholarship for 5 years in total. During your first year, you will take obligatory Japanese language courses which will prepare you for the classes at a Japanese university. And in the following 4 years you will study along with Japanese students in order to get a bachelor degree in the desired field. Number two is Research Student scholarship which allows you to study at a graduate school in order to obtain either a Master’s or a PhD Degree, depending on what you are aiming for. This is the scholarship which I had when I came to Japan and, therefore, I know the most about. So, let’s talk in more details about how does it actually works. If you are accepted for the research student scholarship, you arrive to Japan in the beginning of their academic year, which is April. In some cases you can arrange it to start from October as well, because October is the beginning of the 2nd semester. At first you are not officially enrolled at your graduate school, but you are granted with a special status called ‘research student’ (kenkyuusei). This status basically allows you to use all the facilities of the university. So, for example, you can go the library and borrow some books there, you can also use computers at the network center at your faculty etc. Also you can take classes at your graduate school, but you will not get credits for them, because you are not an official student yet. Also, for example, if when you came to Japan you didn’t speak Japanese very well or at all, then you can take Japanese language classes at your university for free. You can choose between taking them for one semester or for two semesters. And don’t worry because any university nowadays have variety of classes for different levels of proficiency So you can choose between classes for the beginners, intermediate level, or…and this one I do recommend you to take – a Japanese class of academic writing. You will need this one! Your main objective as a research student is to prepare yourself for the entrance exams for either a Master or PhD program. The entrance exams take place twice a year. In February and in the end of August, beginning of September. So, for example, If you want to start from April, you will have to take exams in February. And if you want to start your program from October, then take exams in the end of August/ beginning of September. So, the MEXT scholarship is provided for you as for a research student, and it is for a maximum of 2 years, within which you have a few attempts to pass the exam. So the regular path for you would be to arrive in Japan in April, then to take free Japanese language courses in the first half a year, study hard for the upcoming entrance exams and take the exam in August. If didn’t pass them, you still can try again in February. If it was again unsuccessful, don’t give up, you still have one last chance – in August next year. If you did manage to pass the exams, then you would be officially enrolled at your graduate school as a master or PhD student . That would mean that your status as a research student has changed. Therefore, you would have to apply to MEXT for the extension of your scholarship so it would cover your Master’s program as well. But don’t worry, because this is quite an easy procedure. The only thing you have to do is to submit a set of documents to the office of your faculty. Among those documents should be the letter of recommendation from your professor and your research plan. There will be no more exams and no more interviews. And also, as far as I know, every MEXT research student who have applied for the extension of his scholarship – got it. Again, if in two years, after your have completed your Master’s degree, you want to stay at your faculty or at your university and to get PhD degree as well, then you have to apply to MEXT again. So, now when you understand a bit better what is the MEXT scholarship for a research student, let’s talk about how, when and where do you apply for it. If you are outside of Japan, there are two main ways through which you can get accepted for this scholarship: First is to get recommended by the Embassy or
consulate general of Japan in your country. Second – is to get recommended directly by the Japanese university which wants to accept you. The last option is extremely difficult and extremely rare, so let’s mainly focus on how the most of us will have to do it – which is to apply through the embassy or consulate general of Japan in your country. The application procedure starts around April each year, but this deadline may vary depending on your country, so make sure to check the deadlines carefully. You can find them on the website of the embassy or consulate of Japan in your country. On the first stage of the application you are required to submit a set of documents such as, for example, your application form, your graduation certificate, a transcript of records etc. But the most important factor is your estimated research plan. Here, you have to make it clear how is your research connected to Japan, and why you should do it in a Japanese university, and nowhere else. Convince them! Another document you should take seriously is the Placement Preference Form, which is a list that contains three universities you would like to study at. I will recommend you to do an online research beforehand to find the professors who are doing research in a related field, and then to contact them. Tell them that you are coming to their university as MEXT student and you would be very grateful if they could be your supervisor. It gives you a huge advantage if you have contact with professors this early in the application process. The next stage of the application starts in June, when you are invited to the embassy or the consulate of Japan in your country to take exams and an interview. Applicants for the undergraduate program are required to take 3 exams: Japanese, English and mathematics. Also in some cases you might be asked to take biology,chemistry or physics exam, depending on what you are going to study at a Japanese university. For those applying for the research student program – you have to take two exams – Japanese and English. As I mentioned in my previous video, many universities nowadays have programs in English, so for them you are not required to know Japanese at all. However, for such fields as Japanese linguistics or Japanese literature, naturally you need to know Japanese for them. So the high level of Japanese
proficiency will be expected from you. You will also have an interview with a few Japanese professors, during which you should show clear understanding of your research goals, and you should also express your interest and passion for Japan. The results of this screening will be announced around the end of August. If you managed to successfully pass these stages, you have to once again contact the Japanese professor in the university of your choice and ask him to send you the letter of acceptance. If you manage to achieve this, your chances to get accepted for the scholarship are extremely high. The final results will be announced in September and you will travel to Japan in the beginning of April. I know this sounds complicated, maybe even scary. But as long as you really want it, you can do it! I am now getting my second degree at Osaka university, and every day I talk to other friends who are also studying in Japan through the Mext scholarship. I made this video because I want to help you to understand how does this scholarship work, but also I want to show you that it is possible! Thank you guys for watching! I really appreciate all your comments and likes. Thank you so much! If you have any more questions about studying in Japan, the MEXT scholarship, or Japan in general, just leave them in the comments down below and maybe I can make a new video for you. That’s all for today. Bye bye!

100 thoughts on “MEXT SCHOLARSHIP explained: STUDY in Japan for FREE

  1. Hey
    I applied for Undergraduate MEXT scholarship through Japanese Embassy of India. My test and interview went well and now I have received a letter from Embassy saying that I have qualified preliminary selection and they have also assigned me a Registration Number.

    So I wanted to ask :
    Does this mean that I am selected for the Scholarship or is their still some other procedures that I have to go through. Actually I am currently doing a B.Tech and so I have to be sure about if I need to leave my University.

  2. Hi! Irina this is lakhan from India. Thank you for your video it is simply superb and knowledgeable. Can you make one more video on filling the application form for research student mext..because there are a few particulars which are confused. It will be great if you do so. Thank you

  3. Hello! I watched your video that is about MEXT scholarship and I really want to apply this scholarship! It was a really beneficial video!Now I'm a university student in Turkey and my department is English Language Literature. This is my prep-class and next year will be my first class. And I'm 18 years old. Am I available for 3th part of scholarship?

  4. Can I know how to apply for MEXT scholarship please ? Because the link in your description box is all in japanese including the file on that website thank you

  5. Hey Hi Irina…thankyou for this video…it is helpful…I am having a doubt….Is MEXT scholarship programm available for pursuing DIPLOMA courses after MSC course..??please reply as soon as possible…IRINA NOVIKOVA…

  6. Hello sister.
    I have been wanting to study out there in a Japanese university in the future and at the same time this video gives me a great hope, though iam not a brilliant student. So I want to be in touch with you as to understand better and to know more about the mext scholarship.

  7. How important the CGPA of one's bachelor degree to get the MEXT scholarship is? Is there any minimum limit to Apply for it? Thanks a lot for your kind information.

  8. I am currently studying in Japan as a language student. I paid for this all myself.
    However, I have to go home next month. I am planning to return, most likely as a university student, and am interested in doing IT related studies/work in Japan.
    Do you know if you need high grades from your previous school? Or is it possible to get accepted based on my 9 years of IT work experience?

  9. hi , can u help me ? i want to get my master degree in pharmaceutical science , i tried searching possible national universities with my desired research but i cannot know more about the programmes and professors that iam supposed to contact ..even from the official website of the faculty ??

  10. Thank you very much for the info please tell us about Ur research subjects and about Ur interviews and how did u study for the mext …..u have a sweet voice?

  11. Hi Irina hoe are youIm  mohammed from Ethiopia  interest to study MSc of  Agricultural Economics I have BA Degree from Economics

  12. I understand that we're to submit some documents,but what if the country you're in doesn't have such documents? What do we do then? I need help in this department.

  13. Hi Irania…
    I need your kind help. A Professor from Chiba University has accepted my CV and I'm waiting for university reply. From this situation what should I do to get MEXT Scholarship??

  14. I completed graduation on electrical engineering . can I apply for master's on renewable energy through MEXT ?

  15. Hmm… I'm in college in America right now going for double major in Computer Engineering and Japanese. The latter requires me to study at Hakuoh University for a year starting the spring of my Junior year. Wonder if I can use this after I graduate here for a masters, would be cool.

  16. Am i still eligible to apply for that scholarship although I have taken up my 1st and 2nd yr college in my country? Or do I have to repeat from 1st yr?

    I would really like to apply for that scholarship with the same course I am taking up right now but i don't wanna repeat from 1st yr.. I Just wanna continue my study in japan. Will i still be granted in that scholarship? And will my previous units from my old scholl will be credited? or I should really repeat my college from the start?

  17. Hello, I'm 18 years old and want to major in aerospace engineering can you Pls advise btw I'm fluent in Japanese

  18. Will MEXT also credit and cover your tuition expenditures if you’ll apply for admission in the College of Medicine in the University of Tokyo?

  19. See my name is Ramanathan I am an indian I would like to do bsc mathematics in Japan what is the processes and I want to learn in english medium……..please kindly guide me……..thank you

  20. thanks for thr vedio
    i want to apply for the MEXT Scholarship but i don't idea how to write a research will you pleaaasse guide me and share some samples of research plan for electronics .

  21. Hey Irina!! Thanks alot for such a helpful video!!! I learned loads from it about MEXT scholarship as I am currently preparing for the application process. Stay happy!

  22. hey, THANK YOU SO MUCHHHHHH for the precious guidelines u shared. it helped a lot.. I really appreciate youur help. I just have 3 issues to be guided about: 1. How to contact any professor to ask him to supervise you? 2. What if you don't find any professor or supervisor related to your research? Whom should be contacted? 3. The page of the application form for education history is REALLY tricky, how to fill up that page as I finished my all school education from the same scool & I only have the O-levels certificate provided by the school? Mind guiding me on this point too? I'll be really grateful.

  23. Hi,
    Is there any courses related to Veterinary Science in the University you are studying? Do I need to speak Japanese if I chose to study there?

  24. wow, it's very helpful to me.
    I'm planning to do MBA in Japan. Is this scholarship will help with those courses also?

  25. Thank you for the video , i want to apply for MEXT Scholarship 2020 for undergraduate student . I'm not clear about it . What should i do to apply for undergraduate student ?

  26. can you send the link for English courses at Japanese Universities? Can MEXT applicants apply for G30 Graduate programs? Does Osaka and Kyoto University provide English courses for graduate students such that they can select only English courses for the minimum credits?

  27. Hello Irina N. i am reading Medical Laboratory Sciences In india and i would be graduating with a B.Sc in July 2021, i also have a B.Sc in physics, is it possible for me to apply for Resaerch Scholarship with the aim of doing Masters drgree in Medical Physics in Japan, ? If yes could i apply for MEXT Scholarship before my Graduation? I am I cameroonian Studying In India. Thanks for your Early respond

  28. Am a undergraduate student in the Philippines am from Liberia West Africa can I apply for this scholarship?? And my dream is to really study in Japan can anyone help support my dream with advise on how to go about this and make my dream come true

  29. Yes am interested in the scholarship my hw do I apply from Cameroon pls help my Dr here is my contact. Number +23753807069

  30. I have applied for mext undergraduate scholarship and have the written test in about 5 days . I applied for medical course but after reading lots of reviews about studying medicine in Japan I am really confused.

    Please guide me whether medicine course in Japan is worth it or not.

    It would be a great help.

  31. Hi this video is so full of infos that I regret not finding it earlier before applying. I have been required to take japanese and english exam as a research candidate next week!! I dont know how I m gonna pass this japanese test since I can neither read nor write it despite my efforts of learning it through an app for a month?.
    My two questions are: 1-is it late to reach out to a professor even after submitting my candidacy and ask them to be my supervisor?
    2) Besides the tuition fees and travel expenses, you did not specify if the scholarship covers living expenses such as housing, food, health insurance ?

  32. fantastic information pure and simple, Irina resource person, we really appreciate your briefings sister. God bless

  33. Thanks for the information which level are we to apply if you are a holder of a bachelor's degree. Graduate or research student

  34. Hello, Irina, I watched both of your videos regarding the MEXT scholarship and all the information you provided was very insightful. One quick question. You mentioned that students need to prepare for a university entrance exam. I was wondering what type of subjects and questions do students have to prepare for when taking this examination, Would you give more information about the general theme of the exam?
    many thanks in advance.

  35. thank you important if you know i'm from Ethiopia but how can i get professor for my research i graduate in electrical and computer engineering i want to make my research on robotic artificial intelligence or similar and more related thing
    your presentation is so forward if you can please help me you will be my life changer

  36. Hey Irina, since you said that the first year you'll be studying mandatory Japanese language courses and the following 4years studying amongst other Japanese students does that mean the courses are fully in Japanese? Are English courses available?

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