Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan, offers scholarships to international students who wish to study at a Japanese specialized training college under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2015 as follows.
Worth of Award
• Allowance:Each grantee will be provided monthly with 117,000 yen. An additional monthly stipend of 2,000 or 3,000 yen may be provided to those undertaking study or research in specially designated regions). However, the amount of allowance will be subject to change, depending upon the annual budget of each year. The scholarship will not be paid to a grantee who takes a leave of absence or is long absent from his/her specialized training college or the preparatory Japanese-teaching institution.
•  Transportation to Japan: The recipient will be supplied generally, according to his/her itinerary and route as designated by MEXT, with an economy-class airplane ticket from the international airport nearest to his/her place of residence* to the New Tokyo International Airport (or any other international airport that the preparatory school usually uses.) Expenses such as inland transportation from his/her home address to the international airport, airport tax, airport usage fees, special taxes on travel, or inland transportation within Japan will NOT be supplied. (*The address in the country of the recipient’s nationality stated in the application form is in principle regarded as the recipient’s “home address.”).
• Transportation from Japan: The recipient who returns to his/her home country within the fixed period after the expiration of his/her scholarship will be supplied generally, upon application, with an economy-class airplane ticket for the travel from the New Tokyo International Airport (or any other international airport that the appointed specialized training college uses as a normal route) to the international airport nearest to his/her home address.
School Fees: Fees for entrance examinations, matriculation, and tuition at a specialized training college will be paid by the Japanese government.
Those who wish to study in Japan as a student at a specialized training college should choose a field of study to major in from
• Technology
• Personal Care and Nutrition
• Education and Welfare
• Business
• Fashion and Home Economics
• Culture and General Education
• Other Fields
Nationality: Applicants must have the nationality of a country which has diplomatic relations with the Japanese government. Stateless persons can be applicants, too. Applicants who have Japanese nationality at the time of application will not be eligible. Applicants screening will be made at the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General (hereinafter referred to as “Japanese diplomatic mission”) in the country of the applicants’ nationality.
Age: Applicants must have been born between April 2, 1993 and April 1, 1998.
Academic Background: Applicants generally must have completed a 12-year school curriculum or graduated from a school equivalent to an upper secondary school in Japan. (Included is any Applicant who will satisfy the above qualifications by March 2015.)
Japanese Language: Applicants must be willing to learn the Japanese language and receive education at a specialized training college in the Japanese language.
Health: Applicants must be mentally and physically healthy enough to pursue study at a specialized training college in Japan.
Arrival in Japan:In principle, the selected applicants must be able to leave for and arrive in Japan between the 1st and 7th of April 2015.
Visa Requirement:Selected Applicants must acquire “College Student” visas before entering Japan. It should be issued at the Japanese diplomatic mission, located in the country of applicants’ nationality.
• Applicants who meet any or all of the following conditions are not eligible. If identified after acceptance of the scholarship grantees, the applicants will be required to withdraw from the scholarship:
• If applicant is a service member or a civilian employee registered on the active military list at the time of his/her arrival in Japan;
• Those who cannot arrive in Japan during the period designated by MEXT?or the accepting university;
• If an applicant is a previous recipient of a Japanese government scholarship. Unless more than three years have passed since the first day of the month following the final payment of the previous scholarship, as of April 1, 2015 (In case where the student starts from the fall semester, the month of entrance.)
• If Applicant is, in principle, currently enrolled in a Japanese university with the resident status of “College Student,” or will be enrolled in a Japanese university as another source or self-financed international student between the time of application for this scholarship in his/her country and the time the scholarship period is due to begin. This does not apply to current self-financed international students at Japanese universities who will complete their courses of study and return to their countries before the end of the current year
How to Apply
• Applications are to be made online.
Selection Criteria
• in cooperation with the governments of the applicants’ countries the Japanese diplomatic mission will perform primary screening of applicants by means of submitted application documents, interviews and academic examinations.
• All applicants must sit examinations in Japanese, English, and mathematics.
• Results of the primary screening will be notified to applicants on the date designated by the Japanese diplomatic mission.
• Applicants who have been selected by this primary screening will be recommended to MEXT.
• MEXT will perform final selection of the recommended applicants and select scholarship grantees.
Deadline: Application closing date is not stated, contact them for details.
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