Japanese Government (MEXT) Undergraduate Scholarships


The application window for the 2023 MEXT Undergraduate Scholarship Programme for UK nationals is now closed. The application window for 2024 scholarship is expected to open in April 2023.

Past exams can be viewed here.


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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.

The 2023 list of undergraduate courses permitting direct placement is expected to be available from July or later.


General Outline

This award is offered on an annual basis to those with 12 years of school education, who are under the age of 24 and wish to study at a university in Japan.

Scholarships are tenable from April each year. Grantees will hold their award for five to seven years, including the one-year preparatory education in the Japanese language. The Japanese Government provides return airfare, school fees and a monthly grant of ¥117,000 (subject to change).

All enquiries should be directed to:

MEXT Undergraduate Scholarship
Japan Information and Cultural Centre
Embassy of Japan
E-mail: scholarship@ld.mofa.go.jp

Past Application Timetable (for reference)

Application deadline 1 June 2022
UK exams and interviews Last week of June 2022
Results of primary screening in the UK* July 2022
Secondary screening in Tokyo October to November 2022
FINAL RESULTS with placement by Tokyo December to February 2023
Pre-departure orientation March 2023
Departure for Japan April or September/October 2023

*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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