Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship for 2024: Japanese Studies Students / Embassy Recommendation (Application through Japanese Embassies)


Call for applications for 2024 (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, 1994 and April 1, 2006.
  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
  4. Japanese Language Ability: Applicants must have Japanese language ability sufficient for receiving education at a Japanese university in Japanese.
  5. Arrival in Japan: In principle, applicants must be able to arrive in Japan by the designated period (usually September or October) between the day two weeks before the course starts and the starting date of the course.
(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 website listed below.

For the Application Guideline, 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:
Course Guide of Japanese Studies Program 2024 (Japanese only)

Aplication deadline for the scholarship 2024
Monday, 19 February 2024 (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, 01 March 2024
(NOTE: the examination and interview will be held at the Embassy of Japan in Bern)

Scholarship student nomination for the scholarship 2024:
July / August 2024


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.