Japanese Government (MEXT) Undergraduate Scholarships in Japanese Studies


The application window for the 2021 MEXT Undergraduate Japanese Studies Scholarship Programme is now closed. The application window for 2022 scholarships is expected to open in December 2021.


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Past Application Documents (for reference)

Please be sure to thoroughly read through the Application Guidelines before submitting the necessary documents for your application.

Application documents for download
*The photograph must be a 4.5cm x 3.5cm photo, printed or digitally inserted in the application form.
*The academic transcript and certificate of university enrolment (either printed or digital) must be on paper with a letterhead featuring the university logo, original signature and/or university stamp.
*There is no temporary alternative form to Certificate of Health this year and all the applicants should submit the certificate by the deadline. If the certificate cannot be submitted by the deadline, applicants must inform of the reason and expected time of submission in their application.

Copy of Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) qualification N1, N2 or N3
This is required for the UK applicants in addition to the necessary documents stated in the guidelines. It is a replacement for the language test which cannot be conducted at the Embassy this year due to the ongoing pandemic. Unfortunately no other qualification can be accepted to prove Japanese language proficiency.

List of “Course Guide of Japanese Studies Program 2021


General Outline

The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships to UK undergraduates who wish to pursue Japanese Studies in Japan for one year as part of their degree.

Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years old, UK nationals, and registered as full-time students both when they leave for Japan and when they return to the UK. Successful candidates are expected to have a level of Japanese ability equivalent to JLPT N2.

The scholarship is tenable for one year at a university decided by the Japanese Education Ministry, Monbukagakusho (MEXT). However, candidates can state their preference from a selection of universities in their application.

Students will take courses in the Japanese language and participate in all aspects of university life – attending lectures, joining sports clubs, etc. The programme offers an excellent opportunity for participants to integrate fully into the Japanese community as well as to secure a solid knowledge of the Japanese language and culture.

The Japanese Government provides living expenses, university fees and return air fare.
NOTE: If you are not a UK citizen but wish to apply for a MEXT Scholarship, please contact the Embassy of Japan in your own country.

All enquiries should be directed to:  
MEXT Undergraduate Japanese Studies Scholarship
Japan Information and Cultural Centre
Embassy of Japan
101-104 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7JT
E-mail: scholarship@ld.mofa.go.jp


Application Timetable

Please note that the timetable for this year differs to previous years.

Application period January
UK interviews March
Results of primary screening in the UK* March
Secondary screening in Tokyo Late May
FINAL RESULTS with placement by Tokyo July to August
Pre-departure orientation Late August
Departure for Japan September/October

*Please note that, although candidates may be successful up until this point, the final result depends on confirmation of your university placement.

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