Call for applications for 2020

MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology) offers one or two scholarships to Swiss students and artists who wish to study at Japanese universities as research students under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2020.

The Embassy of Japan in Switzerland and the Scholarship Service of swissuniversities conduct the preliminary screening which consists of a document inspection, written language examinations (Japanese, English) and an interview.



Fields of study must be subjects which applicants will be able to study and research at Japanese universities.


QUALIFICATIONS (extracted from the Application Guideline):

(1) NATIONALITY: Swiss nationality. An applicant who has Japanese nationality at the time of application is not eligible.
(2) AGE: Applicants must have been born on or after April 2, 1985.
(3) ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be university graduates and have completed at least 16 years of formal education.
(4) MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY: Applicant should apply for the field of study he/she studied at the previous university or any related field. Applicant must choose a field on which he/she can receive education and perform research at the university of his/her choice.
(5) JAPANESE LANGUAGE: Applicant must be willing to learn the Japanese language, interested in Japan and enthusiastic about deepening his/her understanding of Japan after arriving, and capable of engaging in study and research while adapting himself/herself to life in Japan.

(For details, see Application Guideline)



The application guidelines and the application documents are available online at:


Reception deadline for the application:
July 8, 2019 at Japanische Botschaft in der Schweiz, Japan Information and Cultural Center, Postfach, 3001 Bern

Examination and interview:

July 19, 2019 at Japan Information and Cultural Center (JICC), Engestrasse 43, 3012 Bern

Arrival in Japan:

Around April or around October 2020 (see Application Guidelines)




Japan Information and Cultural Center, Embassy of Japan

Email: jicc@br.mofa.go.jp

Phone: 031 305 15 87 


Scholarship Service of swissuniversities, Effingerstrasse 15, Postfach 3001 Bern

Ms. Christine Kyburz
Email: kyburz@swissuniversities.ch

Phone: 031 335 07 50




Weiterführende Links zu einem Studium in Japan:





All application procedures for Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarships are conducted through Japanese embassies, consulates in your countries, or institutions of higher education in Japan.

If you require further information regarding Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships, contact Japanese embassies, consulates in your countries, or institutions of higher education which you wish to enroll.

Application fee is not charged. So please be aware that organizations or individuals who charge application fee or deposits have no relation with the Japanese Government.

Thank you for your attention.


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