Japanese Government (MEXT) Undergraduate Scholarships


The application window for the 2024 MEXT Undergraduate Scholarship Programme for UK nationals is now closed. The application window for 2025 scholarship is expected to open in early April 2024.

Past exams can be viewed here. Those who wish to apply are encouraged to review past exams well in advance. There is no textbook or syllabus for the exam but the EJU syllabus can be used for reference.


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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 2024 list of undergraduate courses permitting direct placement is expected to be available from mid-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


Past Application Timetable (for reference)

Application deadline 2 June 2023
UK exams and interviews Late June 2023
Results of primary screening in the UK* July 2023
Secondary screening in Tokyo October to November 2023
FINAL RESULTS with placement by Tokyo December to February 2024
Pre-departure orientation March 2024
Departure for Japan April or September/October 2024

*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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