MIRAI Programme (Invitation programme for graduate and undergraduate students to Japan)


The application window for the MIRAI Programme 2024 is now closed.


Programme Overview

The Government of Japan launched the MIRAI Programme in 2015. It is a short-term youth exchange scheme set up to invite graduate and undergraduate students to Japan.

The title of the programme, “MIRAI,” means “future” in Japanese and is also an acronym based on the first letters of the following keywords, as indicated:
Mutual understanding, Intellectual Relations and Academic exchange Initiative.

This programme is intended to offer an opportunity to (i) promote mutual trust and understanding among the people of Japan and Europe to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation, (ii) promote a global understanding of Japan’s economy, society, history, diverse culture, politics and foreign policy, and (iii) disseminate information on Japan’s attractions through communication tools including social media. Accordingly, the scheme should help to set in place a solid foundation for the relationship between Japan and these regions in the future.

For more information, please see the "Application Guidelines" links below.

Programme Details

Participants from the UK are eligible to apply for any of and the following programme themes:

MIRAI Visiting Japan Programme
  • Diplomacy and Security Policy (Programme term in Japan: 6 - 12 Nov 2024)
  • Economy and Business (Programme term in Japan: 6 - 12 Nov 2024)
  • Science and Technology (Programme term in Japan: 4 - 10 Dec 2024)
  • Environment and Green (Programme term in Japan: 6 - 12 Nov 2024)

Application Procedure for Candidates from the UK

Please read the Application Guidelines carefully before applying. Fill out the entry form on the website and upload the necessary documents within the application period.

MIRAI Visiting Japan Programme Application Guidelines
*Application deadline: 10 July 2024 at 2:00am (UK local time)


Please read the Application Guidelines carefully. If you still have any enquiries, please contact the Japan Information and Cultural Centre (JICC) at the Embassy of Japan in the UK by e-mail.

Email: mirai@ld.mofa.go.jp (Please mention "MIRAI Programme 2024 [your name]" in the subject line.)

Past Programme Information (for reference)

  • Details of past programmes are available here.

MIRAI Programme Alumni Personal Experiences