Japanese Government Scholarship (MEXT)

Scholarships to support international students' study in Japan are available through the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
There are several types of program for the Japanese Government Scholarship and Kanagawa University normally accepts students in the programs for Graduate School Level Research Students (non-regular students) who have the enrollment qualification to enter graduate school.

Type of Recommendation Timing of entering Japan Timing of University Entrance Allowance School fees※1 Traveling Expenses※2
Embassy Recommendation April※3 Or September October Covered by MEXT
University Recommendation
(Graduate-level students)
September Covered by MEXT Covered by Kanagawa University Covered by MEXT (or Kanagawa University in some cases)
Domestic Recruitment Domestic Recruitment is for regular students at master or doctoral course level (including students who are applying to become regular students at master or doctoral course level.) Covered by MEXT

※1: School fees are application, admission and tuition fees.
※2: Traveling expenses are for transportation to and from Japan. Airport usage fees etc. for travel to/from Japan shall be borne by the recipient.
※3: If an applicant is judged by the accepting university (Kanagawa University), based on the results of the written language test given in the First Screening, not to have adequate Japanese language proficiency to understand lectures or research guidance for experiments or practical training at the university, the applicant will be placed in a Japanese-language training course at an institution designated by the university of placement or MEXT for the first six-month period after the arrival (The end March to April) in Japan. Upon completion of the Japanese language training, the grantee will enter the university of placement for advanced education as a Graduate School Level Research Student (non-regular student).

Recently, there have not been any placement requests from MEXT to accept undergraduate students.
Please kindly let the International Center know first if an applicant is planning to transfer to Kanagawa University after learning at a specialized training college as a specialized training college student (MEXT).

1 Types of Recommendations

(1) Embassy Recommendation

MEXT asks the Japanese embassies to recommend candidates for the MEXT Scholarship. Since application and selection periods differ by country, those wishing to receive an Embassy Recommendation should check with the Japanese embassy in their home country.

After passing the first round of screening at a Japanese embassy, scholarship candidates should contact a Kanagawa University academic as soon as possible to ask for a "Letter of Acceptance". This "Letter of Acceptance" confirms that Kanagawa University would accept a scholarship candidate if they are accepted for the MEXT Scholarship.

Please pay attention to the following when you ask for acceptance by Kanagawa University.

  • Please ask Kanagawa University only after you have chosen a potential academic supervisor
  • Please leave enough time to ask for acceptance since it takes some weeks to answer. Please do not ask just before the deadline designated by MEXT.

Candidates can find potential Kanagawa University academic supervisors by using the following URL:

Other reference information:

Those who have been accepted to receive the MEXT Scholarship as a Graduate School Level Research Student (non-regular student) should plan to arrive in Japan in April or September, but if, based on the results of the written language test given in the First Screening, Kanagawa University deems that the candidate does not have adequate Japanese language proficiency to understand lectures or research guidance for experiments or practical training at the university, the applicant will be placed in a Japanese-language training course at an institution designated by the Kanagawa University or MEXT for the first six-month period after arrival in Japan. Upon completion of the Japanese language training, the grantee will enter Kanagawa University as a Graduate School Level Research Student (non-regular student).

A student who passes Kanagawa University’s entrance examination during the Graduate School Level Research Student period may enroll in a master's or doctoral program. The MEXT Scholarship period can be extended under certain conditions specified by MEXT. (Not every student who applies for an extension is guaranteed to receive it.)

【Schedule of acceptance after passing the first screening (Plan)】

for 2019 academic year (Arrival in April or September, 2019)

~August 24th, 2018 Apply for Acceptance of Kanagawa University (candidates → Kanagawa University)
~September 25th, 2018 Received Letter of Acceptance (Kanagawa University → candidates)
October~November, 2018 Second Screening by MEXT
~February, 2019 Placement fixed (MEXT → Kanagawa University)
April or September,2019 Arrive in Japan
~September, 2019 (when a candidate arrives in April) Japanese language training (Apply for a Graduate Level Research Student (non-regular student) position at Kanagawa University during this period)
October, 2019 ~ Enter Kanagawa University as a Graduate School Level Research Student
~March, 2020 Admission (to Graduate School) ※1
April, 2020 Enter Kanagawa University as a Master or Doctor student ※2

※1 MEXT provides the scholarship to a Graduate School Level Research Student (non-regular student) until March, 2021.
※2 Non-regular students wishing to advance to a regular course in a graduate school as a regular student or students wishing to proceed to a doctoral course from a master’s course may apply for an evaluation screening for the extension of the scholarship period. If accepted, the MEXT Scholarship period can be extended.

(2) University Recommendations

MEXT of Japan offers the University Recommendation scholarship program to Japanese universities for the purpose of strengthening international competitiveness and promoting international exchange. Kanagawa University will recommend a limited number of students for the MEXT Scholarship by using this recommendation program. The target is graduate school level international students who would newly come to Japan. Prospective students cannot apply for both the (1) Embassy Recommendation MEXT scholarship (2) University Recommendation MEXT scholarship at the same time.

Arrival in Japan is in September, and normally the candidates enter Kanagawa University as Graduate School Level Research Students The MEXT Scholarship period can be extended under certain conditions specified by MEXT. For University Recommendation scholarships, students wishing to advance to a regular course in a graduate school as a regular student or students wishing to proceed to a doctoral course from a master’s course may apply for an evaluation screening for the extension of the scholarship period only for Kanagawa University and transferring to another university is not permitted. (Not every student who applies for an extension is guaranteed to receive it.)

【Schedule of acceptance for University Recommendations (Plan)】

for 2019 academic year (Arrival in September, 2019)

~end of December, 2018 Read Guidelines for University Recommendation MEXT scholarship (MEXT)
January~begin Fbruary,2019 Application preparation (Kanagawa University → applicants etc.)
Mid-February~March, 2019 Screening in University and Applying (Kanagawa University → MEXT)
June, 2019 Notification of Result (MEXT → Kanagawa University)
June~July, 2019 Apply for a Graduate School Level Research Student (non-regular student) position at Kanagawa University & Prepare for arriving in Japan.
September, 2019 Arrive in Japan
October, 2019 Enter Kanagawa University as a Graduate School Level Research Student (non-regular student) ※1
~March,2020 Admission (to graduate school) ※1
April, 2020 Enter Graduate School as a Master or Doctor student ※2

※1 Enter as a Graduate School Level Research Student (non-regular student), scholarship will be paid until March, 2021.
※2 Non-regular students wishing to advance to a regular course in a graduate school as a regular student of Kanagawa University or students wishing to proceed to a doctoral course from a master’s course at Kanagawa University may apply for an evaluation screening for the extension of the scholarship period. If accepted, the MEXT Scholarship period can be extended.

(3) Domestic Recruitment

Privately-financed international students at Kanagawa University who have achieved excellent grades as regular students are eligible to apply for the MEXT Scholarship (Domestic Recruitment). If there is an offer by MEXT, internal screening is held by Kanagawa University to choose the recommended student(s) but the MEXT Scholarship (Domestic Recruitment) has not been offered by MEXT in recent years.

About MEXT Scholarship

(1) Allowance

(the amount of payment may be subject to change each fiscal year)

  • 【Non-regular student】
    Graduate School Level Research Student (postgraduate): 143,000 yen/month
  • 【Regular student】
    Graduate school student (Master course): 144,000 yen/month Graduate school student (Doctoral course): 145,000 yen/month

A supplemental regional allowance of 2,000 yen or 3,000 yen per month will be added to the monthly scholarship amount for the grantees studying or conducting research in specially designated regions.
For Kanagawa University, 3,000 yen per month for Yokohama Campus students and 2,000 yen per month for Shonan Hiratsuka Campus students will be added to the monthly scholarship. The abovementioned allowance is the amount before adding the regional allowance.

(2) Education Fees

Education fees are fees for application, admission, and tuition. For the application fee, Kanagawa University asks applicants to pay first at the time of application, but it will be returned after admission is confirmed. Also, the entrance examination fees for Graduate School Level Research Students to enter the Master or Doctor regular course and for progressing from the Master’s course to the Doctor’s course must also be initially paid by the applicant. After the student has been accepted and extension of the scholarship has been granted, the money will be returned to the scholarship recipient.

(3) Traveling Expenses

Transportation to Japan In principle, MEXT stipulates the travel schedule and route, and provides an Economy class airline ticket for the flight from the international airport closest to the grantee’s residence (in principle, the country of nationality) to Narita International Airport or to any other international airport used on the normal route to the accepting university. The grantee shall bear at his/her own expense all costs related to domestic travel from the grantee’s residence to the nearest international airport, airport taxes, airport usage fees, special taxes necessary for travel, travel expenses within Japan (including airline transit costs), travel insurance expenses, carry-on luggage or unaccompanied baggage expenses, etc.
Transportation from Japan Based on the application by the grantee, MEXT will provide an airline ticket to grantees graduating the accepting university and returning to the home country by the end of the final month of the period of scholarship designated by MEXT. MEXT, in principle, shall provide an economy class airline ticket from Narita International Airport or the international airport used for the normal route to and from the accepting university to the international airport (in principle, in the country of nationality) nearest to the returning grantee’s residence. The grantee shall bear at his/her own expense all costs related to travel from the grantee’s residence in Japan to the nearest international airport, airport taxes, airport usage fees, special taxes necessary for travel, travel expenses within the country of nationality (including airline transit costs), travel insurance expenses, carry-on luggage or unaccompanied baggage expenses, etc.

Arrival Orientation

MEXT students studying at Kanagawa University are asked to attend the arrival orientation in September. Also, we send the pre-departure information for preparation.

Accommodation

Kanagawa University offers university accommodation for 6 months to MEXT students who are newly arrived in Japan and wish to live on campus. After 6 months, students are asked to find a room by themselves. Please refer to the following site of the dormitory for your reference: https://www.kanagawa-u.ac.jp/campuslife/living/
And please apply to the Student Life Department if you wish to live on campus as a regular student (master or doctor course).

Link for reference: Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship

FAQ

In case of Embassy Recommendation

Q:Please inform how to get an Acceptance Letter from Kanagawa University after passing the first screening.

A:Please ask the International Center first for an explanation.
Please pay attention to the following when you ask for acceptance to Kanagawa University.

  • Please ask Kanagawa University only after you have chosen a potential academic supervisor
  • Please leave enough time to ask for acceptance since it takes some weeks to answer.
  • Please do not ask just before the deadline designated by MEXT.

Candidates can find potential Kanagawa University academic supervisors by referring to the following URL:

Other reference information:

In case of University Recommendation

Q:Please inform how I can be selected as a candidate for University Recommendation.

A:Please ask International Center first. Depending on the timing of your inquiry in relation to the university screening process,, it might not be possible to accept your request.
Please pay attention to the following when you ask:

  • Please ask Kanagawa University only after you have chosen a potential academic supervisor
  • Please contact Kanagawa University only after you have prepared your career outline and summary of your thesis (if applicable).
    However, if Kanagawa University deems that you cannot be accepted by the academic supervisor and/or graduate school that you chose as preferred, you cannot be considered for the screening of candidates for University Recommendation.

Candidates can find potential Kanagawa University academic supervisors by referring to the following URL:

Other reference information:

Q:Is there any language requirement?

A:YES. In case of University Recommendation, candidates are required to have Japanese or English proficiency of the following level:

【Japanese】

  1. Passed N2 or higher level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) at time of entering course for regular classes.
  2. Completed an academic course in which Japanese is the primary language that satisfied the entrance requirements for a Master’s or Doctor’s course in a graduate school in Japan.

【English】

  1. Possessing a qualification or proficiency test score that is the equivalent of B2 or above in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) for English at time of entering course for regular classes※.
  2. Completed an academic course in which English is the primary language that satisfied the entrance requirements for a Master’s or Doctor’s course in a graduate school in Japan.

※A table of comparison of various tests announced by MEXT (in Japanese) can be found at the below link:

Other

Q: Do I need to pay for the application fee?

A:You need to pay for the application fee when you apply to Kanagawa University but after admission is confirmed this money will be returned to you. Also, the entrance examination fees for Graduate School Level Research Students to enter the Master or Doctor regular course and for progressing from the Master’s course to the Doctor’s course must also be initially paid by the applicant. As above, after the student has been accepted and extension of the scholarship has been granted, the money will be returned to the scholarship recipient.

Q:I want to know the details of admission.

A:Please refer to the following URL.

Q:Please inform me how to cancel the application.

A:Please contact to International Center first if you have the intention to cancel.
If you have already been accepted then MEXT will ask you to write an explanation letter. In the case that you have already, paid application/entrance examination fees to Kanagawa University, a refund is not possible.

Contact

International Center, Kanagawa University

E-mail:intl-inbound@kanagawa-u.ac.jps