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2015/8/13

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 under the Japanese Government Scholarship programme offered to New Zealand citizens in New Zealand.

  1. Research students (Closed)
  2. Undergraduate students (Closed)
  3. Japanese studies students (Closed)

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

1. Research students

2022 applications are now closed. The information below is for reference only. Applications for 2023 will open in April 2022.

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 2022 Research Students
April 2021 Applications open
4 June 2021 Applications close
21 June 2021 Examination
25 June 2021 Interviews
30 June 2021 Primary Screening
October-November 2021 Secondary Screening
January-February 2022 Notification of Acceptance
April/September-October 2022 Arrival in Japan


For applications please see the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand website. Please submit your application to the office where you wish to sit the examination and be interviewed.
 

2. Undergraduate students

2022 applications are now closed. The information below is for reference only. Applications for 2023 will open in April 2022.

Qualification
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 2022 Undergraduate students
April 2021 Applications open
4 June 2021 Applications close
21 June 2021 Examination
25 June 2021 Interviews
30 June 2021 Primary Screening
October/November 2021 Second Screening
November 2021 Notification of Acceptance
April/September-October 2022 Arrival in Japan

 

For applications please see the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand website. Please submit your application to the office where you wish to sit the examination and be interviewed.

 

3. Japanese studies students

2021 applications are now closed. The information below is for reference only. Applications for 2022 will open in December 2021.

Qualification
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 2021 Japanese Studies Students
December 2020 Applications open
22 February 2021 Applications close
10 March 2021 Examination/Interviews
Mid March 2021 First Screening Notification
June 2021 Final Screening Notification
July/August 2021 Placement Notification/Orientation
September/October 2021 Depart for Japan

For further information regarding applications please see the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand website. 
 

Past Examination Samples

Please see the following website for samples of past examinations: Study in Japan For Japanese Studies students 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, AIG Building
41 Shortland Street, PO Box 3959, Auckland 1140
Tel: 09-303 4106 E-mail:info-cul(AT)ac.mofa.go.jp)

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

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


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