Japanese Government (MEXT) Undergraduate Scholarships


The application window for the 2025 MEXT Undergraduate Scholarship Programme for UK nationals is now closed. The application window for 2026 scholarships is expected to open in April 2025.

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.

The use of calculators is not permitted and there will be no reference materials provided during the exams.


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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 2025 list of undergraduate courses permitting direct placement is expected to be available from July.


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 application enquiries should be directed to:

MEXT Undergraduate Scholarship
Japan Information and Cultural Centre
Embassy of Japan

*Currently, exams and interviews are expected to take place at the Embassy in London on Friday 14 June 2024. Shortlisted candidates will be notified of the confirmed date and time.


Past Application Timetable (for reference)

Application deadline 17 May 2024
UK exams and interviews 14 June 2024
Results of primary screening in the UK* July 2024
Secondary screening in Tokyo October to November 2024
FINAL RESULTS with placement by Tokyo December to February 2025
Pre-departure orientation March 2025
Departure for Japan April or September/October 2025

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


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