MEXT (Japanese Government) Scholarship with Embassy Recommendation

MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology) offers scholarship to foreign students who wish to study at Japanese universities.

If you would like to apply for the MEXT scholarship through the embassy in your country, please see the following procedures.

 1. How to apply for the MEXT scholarship

Scholarship recipients are recruited and initially screened by a Japanese embassy (or consulate general, depending on the country).

The preliminary screening (documentary examination, written test and interview) is made at the embassy between May and August each year, but 13-19 months before starting at IUJ in September. The embassy then recommends the selected candidates to the MEXT through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the beginning of September (one year before coming to IUJ).

Application Guidelines for Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships

・  The deadlines of the applications differ according to the country. Please contact Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country.

・  Because the application processes differ according to the country in which the Japanese embassy is located, please inquire at the Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country for the details.

2. Applicants who wish to enroll at IUJ

If you wish to enroll at IUJ, you are required to pass the preliminary selection examination conducted at the embassy/consulate before contacting IUJ.

Then please contact IUJ admissions and submit the following documents to obtain a letter of acceptance* by August 10 (13 months before coming to IUJ).

* Only the applicants who have been selected as the preliminary candidates by the Japanese Embassies/Consulates General are required to obtain a letter of acceptance to the university of their choice.

Each candidate who has passed the preliminary selection examination is required to contact the Japanese university of his/her choice and make the utmost effort to obtain a letter of acceptance by the end of August. (Universities do not accept any request for a letter of acceptance after the end of August.)

Note:     IUJ will accept MEXT scholars only for the period needed to complete the degree for which the scholar plans to enroll. An additional 6 months of Japanese language training is not necessary for MEXT scholars who enroll to IUJ.


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Program Ÿ   International Relations Program (IRP)

Ÿ   International Development Program (IDP)

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Address Admissions Graduate School of International Relations

International University of Japan

777 Kokusai-cho, Minami Uonuma-shi

Niigata, 979-7277 Japan

Admissions Graduate School of International Management

International University of Japan

777 Kokusai-cho, Minami Uonuma-shi

Niigata, 979-7277 Japan

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Phone:  +81-25-779-1200

FAX:     +81-25-779-1188


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Required Documents:

Common Required Documents
1)   Application Form Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship
(including placement preference form for Japanese Government scholarship and Field of Study and Research Plan)
2)   Certificate of the preliminary selection issued by the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General
3)   TOEFL / IELTS score* (taken in last 2 years)
4)   College Certificates**
Additional Required Documents
1) Application 1) Personal Statement
2) Personal Statement 2) Resume (Curriculum vitae)
3) Research Topic 3) GMAT or GRE Score (taken in last 5 years)

*If your undergraduate/graduate study was conducted entirely in English in one of the designated countries and the certificate is submitted, you may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.

** Transcript and Statement Attesting to the Degree Awarded. Official College Certificates written in English from every undergraduate and graduate college/university you have attended must be submitted.