Japanese Government Scholarships for Undergraduate Students from Africa and Other Countries

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(MEXT)offers scholarships to international students who wish to study at Japanese universities as undergraduate students under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2018

Undergraduate student must choose a field of study (major) from (1) or (2) below.

Applicants may enter a first, second, and third choice.

(1) Social Sciences and Humanities Social Sciences and Humanities-A: 1. Law, 2. Politics, 3. Pedagogy, 4. Sociology, 5. Literature, 6. History, 7. Japanese language, 8. others. Social Sciences and Humanities-B: 1. Economics, 2. Business Administration.

Note 1: Applicants who wish to major in fields other than those listed above (“others”) may have difficulties in finding universities that can accept them.

Note 2: Any fields related to “Economics” and “Business Administration” in Humanities B are not included in “others.”

(2) Natural Sciences Natural Science s-A: Science (1. Mathematics, 2. Physics, 3. Chemistry), Electric and Electronic Studies (4. Electronics, 5. Electrical Engineering, 6. Information Engineering), Mechanical Studies (7. Mechanical Engineering, 8. Naval Architecture), Civil Engineering and Architecture (9. Civil Engineering, 10. Architecture, 11. Environmental Engineering), Chemical Studies (12. Applied Chemistry, 13. Chemical Engineering, 14. Industrial Chemistry, 15. Textile Engineering), other fields (16. Metallurgical Engineering, 17. Mining Engineering, 18. Maritime Engineering, 19. Biotechnology).

Natural Sciences -B: Agricultural studies (1. Agriculture, 2. Agricultural Chemistry, 3. Agricultural Engineering, 4. Animal Science, 5. Veterinary Medicine, 6. Forestry, 7. Food Science, 8. Fisheries), Hygienic studies (9. Pharmacy, 10. Hygienics, 11. Nursing), and Science (12. Biology).

Natural Science s-C: 1. Medicine, and 2. Dentistry. Note: A student who intends to major in Natural Sciences and would like to choose more than one major is required to choose and select first-, second-, and third-choice subjects from the subjects in parentheses from within the same course (i.e. Natural Sciences A, B or C). However, a student who selects Course C as his/her first choice may choose his/her second-choice subjects from Course B or C and thirdchoice subject from Course B as Course C offers only two subjects. 3.


(1) Preparatory Education: Each grantee will be enrolled at a preparatory school (either at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies or Osaka University) designated by MEXT for a one-year intensive course in the Japanese language and other subjects necessary for preparation for proceeding to university. The preparatory course lasts for one year. Its curriculum mainly consists of education in the Japanese language, and includes other subjects such as Japanese affairs, mathematics, English, and social studies for those majoring in Social Science and Humanities, and physics, chemistry and biology for those majoring in Natural Sciences.

(2) Change of Field of Study: A grantee will not be permitted to change his/her field of study between Social Sciences, Humanities and Natural Sciences, nor between Social Sciences and Humanities A and B, or between Natural Sciences A, B, and C.

(3) Subjects to be Studied: A grantee must study compulsory subjects as determined by the preparatory school even if he/she has already studied them at a university outside Japan.

(4) Point for consideration: A grantee will not be allowed to proceed to the accepting university if he/she is determined to be incapable of completing the prescribed course at the preparatory school. (The grantee will be required to return to his/her home country upon such determination.)


(1) Applicants who have sufficient Japanese language proficiency may choose to enroll directly in their university without taking the preparatory education course. For cases where the undergraduate school of a university does not require Japanese language proficiency at the time of enrollment and allows applicants to enroll without going through the preparatory education, applicants may enroll in the said undergraduate school through direct placement. In such cases, enrollment may be from the autumn term (grantees arrive in Japan in September or October 2018, and start from the autumn term), depending on the university.

(2) A list of undergraduate schools permitting direct placement is provided by the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General (hereinafter referred to as the “Japanese diplomatic mission”).

(3) The decision on universities for placement of applicants who desire direct placement shall be made by MEXT in consultation with the relevant university; however, in case acceptance for direct placement is impossible for all universities, the applicant will not be accepted. During the application process, after inquiring at the Japanese diplomatic mission, be careful when applying to ascertain the undergraduate schools accepting direct placement, the number of students accepted, any conditions for acceptance, the period when oversees students may enroll and start their studies, etc.


(1) Entrance into University: A grantee who has completed the preparatory education will go on to a university designated by MEXT upon passing its entrance examination. The university whose examination a grantee will take will be decided by MEXT in consultation with the university and the preparatory school and in comprehensive consideration of the results of the academic examinations in the First Screening held in his/her home country, academic achievement at the preparatory school, the grantee’s proposed major subject, and the receiving capacity of the university. No objection by the grantee against the decision will be allowed.

(2) Academic Year: In principle, the academic year begins on April 1 each year and ends on March 31 the following year.

(3) Language Used at University: All classes will be given in the Japanese language (except where a grantee is placed at a university which requires no Japanese language ability).

(4) Degree of “Gakushi” (Bachelor’s Degree): If a grantee attends the designated university for the prescribed number of years and earns the required number of credits as determined by the university, he/she will be awarded the degree of “Gakushi.”

Nationality: Applicants must have the nationality of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. An applicant who has Japanese nationality at the time of application is not eligible. However, persons with dual nationality who hold Japanese nationality and whose place of residence at the time of application is outside of Japan are eligible to apply as long as they choose the nationality of the foreign country and give up their Japanese nationality by the date of their arrival in Japan. Applicant screening will be conducted at the Japanese diplomatic mission in the applicant’s country.

Age: Applicants, in principle, must have been born between April 2, 1996 and April 1, 2001.

Academic Background: Applicants must meet one of the following conditions: ① Must have completed 12 years of school education, or are expected to complete said education by March 2018. (However, for applicants wishing to enroll from the autumn term through direct placement, applicants must be expected to complete the 12 years of school education by August 2018.) ② Must have completed an educational course at a school equivalent to a high school, or are expected to complete the course by 2018. (However, those desiring direct placement are excluded.) 3 ③ Other than the qualifications in ① and ② above, must have qualifications deemed to be suitable for enrollment in a Japanese university at the time of application.

Japanese Language: Applicants must be willing to learn Japanese. Applicants must be interested in Japan and be willing to deepen their understanding of Japan after arriving in Japan. In addition, in principle, applicants must be willing to carry out their academic studies in Japan in Japanese.

Health: Applicants must submit a health certificate in the prescribed format signed by a physician attesting that the applicant has no physical or mental conditions hindering the applicant’s study in Japan.

Arrival in Japan: In principle, applicants must be able to arrive in Japan between the 1st and 7th of April 2018. If an applicant is to enroll in his/her university from the fall semester through direct placement, he or she must be able to leave for and arrive in Japan by the date specified by the accepting university.

Visa Requirement: The applicant shall receive a “Student” visa, as stipulated in Appended Table 1(4) of the Immigration Act, and enter Japan with the residence status of “Student.” In regards to the visa, it should, in principle, be issued at the Japanese diplomatic mission in the applicant’s country.


The scholarship period will last for five years from April 2018 to March 2023, including the one-year preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects due to be provided upon arrival in Japan. For scholarship grantees majoring in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or a six-year course in pharmacy, the scholarship period will be seven years until March 2025.

The preparatory education requirement may be waived for grantees who have sufficient knowledge of the Japanese language to pursue their studies or who wish to enter a university which demands no Japanese language ability (via direct placement). In such cases, the scholarship period will last for four years (or for six years for those majoring in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or in a six-year course in pharmacy).

For more information on applying for this scholarship, you can visit this link 2018 Application Guideline – Undergraduate students
or send us an email at teenafricaacademy@gmail.com with the title of this scholarship as the subject of the message

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