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2024/5/23

Scholarship

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The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) of the Japanese Government offers scholarships to foreign students who wish to study at Japanese universities. To date, some 65,000 students from approximately 160 countries and regions around the world have studied in Japan under the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship programme established in 1954. 


Warning: In some countries there are fraudulent organisations that offer to help students apply for these Japanese Government scholarships in return for a deposit. The only way to apply for a Japanese Government scholarships is through the Embassy or consular office of Japan in your home country, or through a participating Japanese university. You will not be asked to pay a deposit to apply for the scholarships.


There are three types of scholarships offered to New Zealand citizens and two types for Niueans and Cook Islanders in New Zealandunder the Japanese Government Scholarship programme.

  1. Research students (OPEN)
  2. Undergraduate students (OPEN)
  3. Japanese studies students (Closed)
  4. College of Technology (KOSEN) Students (OPEN to Niueans and Cook Islanders with New Zealand Passports only)
  5. Specialised Training College Scholarship (OPEN to Niueans and Cook Islanders with New Zealand Passports only)

For further Information, please refer to the Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide別ウィンドウで開く.
 

1. Research students

2025 applications are now open. 

Qualifications
Applicants must be New Zealand citizens and must be under 35 years of age. Each applicant must have an undergraduate degree or the same or a higher level of academic ability than a university or college graduate.
 
Schedule of the 2025 Research Students
April 2024 Applications open
4 June 2024 Applications close
17 June 2024 Examination
19 June 2024 Interviews
November 2024 Secondary Screening
January-February 2025 Notification of Acceptance
April/September-October 2025 Arrival in Japan


For applications and guidelines please refer to the Study in Japan website. Please submit your application in paper form to the office where you wish to sit the examination and be interviewed. Applications will not be accepted via email.

Please note that the Certificate of Health is required at the application stage, if you apply through Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland.  Self-Assessment Medical Report is not acceptable
 

2. Undergraduate students

2025 applications are now open. 

Qualifications
Applicants must be New Zealand citizens and must be between 17 and 25 years of age and have completed 12 year of school education or have completed courses in a school comparable to a high school (includes prospective graduates).
 
Schedule of the 2025 Undergraduate students
April 2024 Applications open
4 June 2024 Applications close
17 June 2024 Examination
19 June 2024 Interviews
October/November 2024 Second Screening
November 2024 Notification of Acceptance
April/September-October 2025 Arrival in Japan

 

For applications and guidelines please refer to the Study in Japan website. Please submit your application in paper form to the office where you wish to sit the examination and be interviewed. Applications will not be accepted via email.

The Certificate of Health is required at the application stage, if you apply through Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland.  Self-Assessment Medical Report is not acceptable
 

3. Japanese studies students

2024 applications are now closed. The information below is for reference only. Applications for the 2025 Scholarship will open in January 2025.

Qualifications
Applicants must be from 18 to 30 years old. Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate students in faculties or schools which major in Japanese language or Japanese culture in a university outside Japan at the time when they come to Japan and they must be enrolled in the home institution at the time when they return to their home countries.
 
Schedule of 2024 Japanese Studies Students
15 January 2024 Applications open
13 February 2024 Applications close
20 February 2024 Examination/Interviews
Mid March 2024 First Screening Notification
July/August 2024 Placement Notification/Orientation
September/October 2024 Depart for Japan

For application forms please see the Study in Japan website. Please submit your application in paper form to the office where you wish to sit the examination and be interviewed. Applications will not be accepted via email.

4.College of Technology (KOSEN) Students

2025 Applications are now open.

Qualifications
Applicants must be either Niuans and Cook Islanders with New Zealand passports only who will complete Year 11 on or by March 2025, and who are born on or after 2nd April 2000. Applicants will ideally have intermediate level Japanese at present, be willing to learn Japanese and will have competency to receive education in Japanese after the one-year preparatory Japanese language course as all classes are taught in Japanese.
 
Schedule of 2025 KOSEN Students
April 2024 Applications open
4 June 2024 Applications close
17 June 2024 Examination
19 June 2024 Interviews
October/November 2024 Second Screening
November 2024 Acceptance notification
Early April 2025 Arrival in Japan

For applications and guidelines please refer to the Study in Japan website. Please submit your application in paper form to the office where you wish to sit the examination and be interviewed. Applications will not be accepted via email.

5.Specialised Training College Students

2025 Applications are now open.

Qualifications
Applicants must be either Niuans and Cook Islanders with New Zealand passports who have completed Year 12 on or by March 2025, and who are born between on or after 2nd April 2000. Applicants will ideally have intermediate level Japanese at present, be willing to learn Japanese and will have competency to receive education in Japanese after the one-year preparatory Japanese language course as all classes are taught in Japanese.The study fields available under this scholarship are as follows:(A) (Industrial) Technology, (B) Personal Care and Nutrition, (C) Education and Welfare, (D) Business, (E) Fashion and Home Economics, (F) Culture and General Education.
 
Schedule of 2025 Specialised Training College Students
April 2024 Applications open
4 June 2024 Applications close
17 June 2024 Examination
19 June 2024 Interviews
October/November 2024 Second screening
November 2024 Acceptance notification
Early April 2025 Arrival in Japan

For applications and guidelines please refer to the Study in Japan website. Please submit your application in paper form to the office where you wish to sit the examination and be interviewed. Applications will not be accepted via email.

 

Past Examination Samples

Please see the following website for samples of past examinations: Study in Japan 
Japanese Studies exams have not been displayed so please see the Japanese exams for Research Scholarships as they are equivalent.


For further enquiries, please contact:

Consulate-General of Japan ( Auckland)
Level 15, 41 Shortland Street, PO Box 3959, Auckland 1140
Tel: 09-303 4106 E-mail:info-cul@ac.mofa.go.jp)

Japan Information and Cultural Centre (Wellington) 04-495 8332 Jicc@wl.mofa.go.jp

Consular Office of Japan (Christchurch) 03-366 5680 cultural.chc@wl.mofa.go.jp