Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship for 2021: Japanese Studies Students / Embassy Recommendation (Application trought Japanese Embassies) Students


Call for applications for 2021 (CLOSED)

The Japanese Government's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships to international students who wish to study for a period of one year at designated Japanese universities as Japanese Studies Students in order to deepen their understanding of the Japanese language, Japanese affairs and Japanese culture under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program.


The most important qualifications are:
(extracted from the Application Guideline)
  1. Swiss nationality: An applicant who has Japanese nationality at the time of application is not eligible.
  2. Age: Applicants must be born between April 2, 1991 and April 1, 2003.
  3. Academic Background: Applicants must be undergraduates at foreign (non-Japanese) universities majoring in fields related to the Japanese language or Japanese culture at the time of arriving in and leaving Japan. Therefore, Swiss students enrolled in the following courses are eligible:
    • Asien-Orient-Institut, Abteilung Japanologie, Universität Zürich
    • Unité de Japonais, Université de Genève
    • Kunsthistorisches Institut, Abteilung für Kunstgeschichte Ostasiens, Universität Zürich
  4. Japanese Language Ability: Applicants must have Japanese language ability sufficient for receiving education at a Japanese university in Japanese.
  5. Arrival in Japan: Applicants must be able to arrive in Japan within the two weeks before the first day of the course set by the university (usually September or October) and the period set by the admitting university.
(For all details, see Application Guideline)


Note: The study is implemented only in the university study courses listed in the "Course Guide of Japanese Studies Program" This Course Guide is available from the MEXT's website and the Japanese diplomatic mission in the country of applicant's nationality.

For the Application Guideline (in Japanese and English), the Application Form, the Certificate of Health and other relevant information please visit the following link:
For the implemented university study courses please refer to the following link:
List of Course Guide of Japanese Studies Program 2021

Aplication deadline for the scholarship 2021
March 1, 2021 (NOTE: the application has to be submitted by the date of the deadline to the Embassy.)
Address: Japanische Botschaft in der Schweiz, Japan Information and Cultural Center, Postfach, 3001 Bern

Examination and Interview:
Friday, 12 March 2021
(NOTE: the examination and interview will be held at the Embassy of Japan in Bern)

Scholarship student nomination for the scholarship 2021:
July / August 2021

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the current situation with the spread of Covid-19, it may possible that the examination and interview day will be postponed. As the evolution of the pandemic remains uncertain dates may change. After application you will be informed in case dates or other important points get changed.


For more information, please contact:

Japan Information and Cultural Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan
Phone: 031 305 15 70
Email: jicc@br.mofa.go.jp


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.