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MEXT (Monbu Kagakusho) Scholarship Programs

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MEXT (Monbu Kagakusho) Scholarship Programs

Japanese goverment scholarships (Monbukagakusho – MEXT)
MEXT - Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

What is the recommendation by the Embassy of Japan to get MEXT scholarship and how to receive that recommendation by the Embassy of Japan?

   The recommendation by the Embassy of Japan is one of the ways to receive Japanese MEXT government scholarship. In order to get the recommendation by the Embassy of Japan a person must participate in the MEXT competition announced by the Embassy of Japan. Competition consists of the application to desired type of scholarship which meets the qualifications of the applicant, examination composed by MEXT, and participation in the interview. The best applicants are recommended to the MEXT by the Embassy of Japan.
IMPORTANT: the final screening and decision regarding scholarship are made by MEXT.  


What are the kinds of MEXT scholarships?

More information about each MEXT scholarship:


Which documents should be submitted if a person wants to apply for MEXT scholarship?

   Each scholarship program requires submission of different documents.  The list of documents required is presented in the guidelines of each program (see question 2)


Should the documents translated into English language be validated by the notary?

   Such documents as school graduation certificate, diploma or other similar certificates SHOULD BE translated into English and validated by the notary. If there is no possibility to get other documents in English language (signed and stamped), they should also be translated into English and validated by the notary. Health Certificate (Health_Certificate.pdf) should be filled in English.


Should an applicant submit Health Certificate together with all the documents?

   Health Certificate should NOT necessarily be submitted together with all the documents. After the screening process, the Health Certificate must be submitted only by those applicants whose documents are sent to MEXT in Japan, for the final screening.


Can 12th graders who have not received their school graduation certificates yet, submit documents for MEXT Undergraduate students program?

   Yes, 12th graders, who have not received their school graduation certificates yet, CAN participate in the competition. Those applicants who successfully pass the screening process must provide school graduation certificates as soon as possible.


Can the penultimate-year students submit documents for MEXT Research students program?

   Yes, penultimate-year students CAN participate in the competition in order to take up the scholarship in October next year. University bachelor program should be finished before starting studies in Japan.


The article No. 2.(3).2. in MEXT Research students program guidelines states that “(applicant) is or will be aged 22 or older”. Should the applicant be of at least 22 years old on the date of the deadline of the program?

   The applicant must be of at least 22 years old when the regular course starts. Therefore, the applicant who will be 22 years old during the Japanese language training period in Japan fulfills the conditions.


What are the stages of competition for the MEXT scholarship programs?

   The first stage of the competition for the MEXT scholarship programs is the submission of applications and all required documents. Applications are screened, and later all the students who have correctly provided all documents are invited to take exams that are composed by MEXT. The applicants who get the best results in the exam are invited for the interview with the commission of International Studies Committee and the representatives of the Embassy of Japan.
   The candidates selected by the joint commission should provide Health Certificates and all other missing (if there are such) documents. After that the documents are sent to MEXT for the final screening. The final decision from MEXT is received within half a year after the competition in Lithuania.


What are the stages of competition for the MEXT Research student scholarship program, after the recommendation from the Embassy of Japan is received?

   Applicants who applied for Research student scholarship program and who have successfully passed all the selection stages, should sent electronic version of their application documents, and copies of documents (if required) that are validated by the stamp of the Embassy of Japan to the chosen universities that are listed in the application form. If an applicant receives a positive reply from one of the universities then s/he must provide this document to the Embassy of Japan as soon as possible (until the date set, usually around mid of September).


Where can application forms for MEXT scholarship programs be found?

    Application forms for MEXT scholarship programs can be found in the website Study in Japan


Where can examples of previous years MEXT exams be found?

   Examples of MEXT exams from previous years can be found in the website Study in Japan


Can results of TOEFL, IELTS or other English language exam certificates recognized internationally be provided to prove applicant’s English language level?

   Applying for MEXT scholarship program, English language exam composed by MEXT is obligatory apart from research (it should be taken by those who wish). TOFEL, IELTS or other English language exams are not considered, therefore those documents need not be provided.


Is Japanese language exam required applying for MEXT scholarship programs?

   All applicants applying for MEXT scholarship programs must pass the Japanese language exam composed by MEXT. If you do not know Japanese language, you still need to pass the exam and sign your name and last name on the exam sheet.


Which exams should be taken applying for MEXT scholarship competition? 

    • Japanese Studies Program – Japanese language exam;
    • Teacher Training Program – English and Japanese language exams;
    • Undergraduate Students Program:
      • Social and humanitarian science - Math, English and Japanese language exams;
      • Sciences – Math, English and Japanese language and two out of three (depending on the major): Physics, Chemistry, Biology exams. In total 5 exams;
    • Technical College Students Program – English and Japanese language, Math and Physics or Chemistry (depending on the major) exams;
    • Specialized College Students Program – Math, English and Japanese language exams.

What is the deadline to submit the documents for MEXT scholarship programs?

   The deadline varies slightly every year, the latest information about the scholarship programs can be found on the webpage of the Embassy of Japan in “Home” section. The submission of applications for Japanese Studies and Teachers Training Programs usually takes place in February, whereas for other programs in May.

IMPORTANT: The documents should always be submitted to the indicated institution prior the deadline, which means that documents should be received not later than the date of a deadline. Please note that this rule differs from the rules of Lithuania, where the documents can be posted on the last day of the deadline. 


Where should the documents applying for MEXT scholarship programs be submitted?

   The address where the documents should be sent is always indicated on the advertisement of the latest competition. Usually the documents for the Japanese Studies and for the Teachers Training Programs before the deadline should be submitted at the Embassy of Japan in Lithuania, address: M. K. Ciurlionio 82B, LT-03100 Vilnius (please always indicate the name of the program). Applying for Undergraduate Students Program and Research Students Program as well as for Technical College Students and Specialized College Students Programs, documents before the deadline should be submitted at Higher Education Programs Unit at Education Exchanges Support Foundation, address: Gelezinio Vilko 12, LT-01112 Vilnius (please always indicate the name of the program).


When and where do MEXT exams and interviews take place?

   Regarding the time and place of MEXT exams and interviews, all the applicants are informed by phone or e-mail personally, thus please provide CORRECT contact information in the application.


Can a person presently living or studying abroad apply for MEXT scholarship?

   Yes, citizens of the Republic of Lithuania who are currently living or studying aboard and meet the requirements to participate in the MEXT competition can apply for the program, with the condition that they have a possibility to take part in MEXT exams and interviews. The date of MEXT exams and interviews cannot be changed, and all applicants must take the exam at the same time.


Are there many people participating in MEXT competitions?

   The number of applicants varies every year. Last year, there were up to 20 persons participating in the Undergraduate Students Program, up to 10 persons in the Research Students Program and fewer than 10 in other programs.


How many applicants are selected to go to Japan and study in MEXT programs?

   The number of selected applicants varies. For the study year 2010 there were 3 candidates selected to participate in Undergraduate Students Program, and 1 applicant to participate in MEXT Research Students Program and 1 applicant to participate in Japanese Studies Program. In other programs, no applicants were selected.

   If you have any more questions please contact the Embassy of Japan at tel.: (8-5)231 04 65 or at email: culture@vn.mofa.go.jp


Japan – Europe High School Students Exchange Program

ATTENTION: The competition is already closed this year 2010.

Who are eligible to participate?

   Lithuanian high school students of 15-18 years old and holding Lithuanian citizenship are eligible to participate in the program. Other requirements are described in the program announcement.


Is an applicant required to know Japanese language in order to participate in the program? What should be the level of Japanese language?

   Yes, at least a basic of Japanese language is required in order to participate in this program. An applicant is required to write an essay on topic announced in Japanese language; later applicants selected are invited for the interview.


Can an applicant participate in the competition if s/he does not know Japanese language, but is willing to learn it?

   In this case, person is not eligible for participating in this competition.


Is this exchange program bilateral, and whether group of Japanese students will come to study in Lithuania too?

   No, based on this program European students can take part in either a 5-week short visit or a 5-month stay in Japan; however Japanese students are not going to Europe. Though, this program is an excellent opportunity to start warm and strong relationships with Japanese schools, youth and their families.


What are the expenses that should be covered by the participant?

   Program covers round trip tickets to Japan, planned trips and tours in Japan and accommodation. Japanese family where the participant will live will take care of the expenses related to food, and transportation to and from the school. Participant will have to cover only personal expenses.


What is the language of the application: English or Japanese?

   The special application should be filled in English language (Example of filled application form)


Is it possible to write an essay only in Hiragana alphabet?

   Yes, if you do not know hieroglyphs (kanji) then it is OK to write the essay in hiragana alphabet.


Can an essay be printed by computer, or should it be written by hand?

   An essay can be written by either computer or hand.


Should the application be sent by post or by e-mail?

   Applications to those programs MUST be sent by e-mail. Please note, that the size of an e-mail should NOT exceed 1MB.


Does a school, in which participant is studying in Japan (during 5 month program) provide any certificate regarding the subjects attended and passed? Are those certificates legally recognized in Lithuanian schools? What if the certificate received in Japan is not legally recognized in Lithuania?

   A Japanese school in which student is studying during the program upon the request of the student might issue certificate, which would state that student was attending that particular school during his/her period of a program. However, it highly depends on Lithuanian school’s administration whether it regards it as a sufficient reason to skip Lithuanian classes during those 5 months. There is always a possibility that the school will allow the participant to take the classes in a distance manner. We strongly recommend you to consult with your school’s administration about the rules at your school before taking part in the competition.


What are the selection criteria for the applicant in this exchange program?

   The Embassy of Japan does not disclose the selection criteria. You should be original and prove us that you are the best candidate.


How many applicants take part in this exchange program?

   According to the data of 2009, there were more than 40 applicants, in 2010 – more than 30 applicants.


How many applicants are selected to participate in the program?

   In 2009 there were 2 applicants, 1 to participate in 5 weeks program and 1 to participate in 5 months program. In 2010 there were 3 participants selected, 2 for 5 weeks program, and 1 for 5 months program.


When should the application documents be submitted?

   Time changes slightly every year. Competition for 2010 year is closed already. Please check the news on the website of the Embassy of Japan in Lithuania for the latest information.

   If you have any more questions do not hesitate to contact the Embassy of Japan in Lithuania by tel.: (8-5) 231 04 65 or by e-mail culture@vn.mofa.go.jp