The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan offers scholarships to international students who wish to study at Japanese specialized training colleges as Specialized Training College Students under the Japanese Government Scholarship Program as follows.
FIELDS OF STUDY
Those who apply for a specialized training college student must choose a field of study in accordance with the following procedure and fill in “Preferred field of study and subjects in Japan” on the application form. (1) Choose a preferred field of study from among (A) to (G) below. (A) Technology (B) Personal Care and Nutrition (C) Education and Welfare (D) Business (E) Fashion and Home Economics (F) Culture and General Education (G) Other Fields (2) Choose preferred subject(s) from the “Name of Subjects” listed in the chosen field of study on the Annex “Majors and Related Subjects for Fields of Study”. Applicants may enter a first and second choice of subjects from the same field of study. (Note 1) Applicants who choose “(G) Other Fields” or “Other Subjects” in the field of (A) to (F) are required to specify what kind of field they want to study in “Preferred Field of Study and Subjects in Japan” and “Reasons for Selection of Subjects” on the application form. There may be cases when there are no accepting colleges for the specific subjects or it is difficult to be accepted at a college because the period of study exceeds two years (Examples of subjects: medicine, biology, aircraft piloting, etc.).
QUALIFICATIONS AND CONDITIONS
MEXT accepts applications from international students for study in Japan who satisfy the following qualifications and conditions. Its aim is to foster human resources who will become bridges of friendship between the grantee’s country and Japan through study in Japan and who will contribute to the development of both countries and the wider world.
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 other country and renounce their Japanese nationality by the date of their arrival in Japan. The First Screening must be conducted at the Japanese Embassy or Consulate (hereinafter referred to “Japanese diplomatic mission”) in the country of which the applicant chooses the nationality.
Age: Applicants, in principle, must be born between April 2, 1994 and April 1, 2002. Exceptions are limited to cases in which MEXT deems that the applicant cloud not apply within the eligible age limit due to the situation or circumstances of the applicant’s country (military service obligation, loss of educational opportunities due to disturbances of war, etc.) Personal circumstances (financial situation, family circumstances, state of health, circumstances related to applicant’s university or place of employment, etc.) will not be considered for exceptions.
Academic Background: Applicants must satisfy any one of the following conditions. ① Applicants who have completed 12 years of schooling in countries other than Japan. (Applicants who will meet the above qualifications by March 2019 are eligible.) ② Applicants who have completed studies at a school equivalent to a Japanese upper secondary school in countries other than Japan. (Applicants who will meet the above qualifications by March 2019 are eligible.) ③ Other than the above ① and ② conditions, applicants who are eligible for enrollment in a postsecondary course at a specialized training college 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 before and after arriving in Japan. In addition, in principle, applicants must be willing to receive specialized training college education 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, the selected applicants must be able to arrive in Japan between the 1st and 7th of April 2019. Departure from the home residence should be on or after 1 April. If the applicant arrives in Japan before the specified period above for personal reasons, travel expenses to Japan will not be paid. Excluding cases in which MEXT deems as unavoidable circumstances, the applicant must withdraw from this scholarship program if the applicant cannot arrive in Japan by the end of the specified period above.
Visa Requirement: An applicant shall, in principle, obtain a “Student” visa at the Japanese diplomatic mission located in the applicant’s country of nationality, and enter Japan with the residence status of “Student.” Accordingly, even if the applicant already has other residence status (“Permanent resident,” “Long-term resident,” etc.), the applicant must change it to the “Student” status and re-enter Japan. Moreover, the applicant should be aware that after expiration of the status as a MEXT Scholarship student and even if the student again applies for their original resident status of “Permanent resident” or “Long-term resident,” such resident statuses might not be necessarily granted.
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