|In regard to a scholarship recommended by the University (“University Recommendation”), we provide it only for students from our partner universities and we do not accept any applications
from individual applicants.
If you are a student from our partner universities and are interested in Japanese Government (MEXT) Recommendation Scholarship, please consult your advisor at your university.
If you are not a student from our partner universities, you cannot apply for a scholarship recommended by the University (“University Recommendation”) . We suggest you consider “Embassy Recommendation ”in this case.
Thank you for visiting our Website on the Monbukagakusho (MEXT: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) Scholarship.
These instructions are for those wishing to apply for a scholarship recommended by a Japanese embassy or consulate general (“Embassy Recommendation”).
When you pass the First Screening to be held at the Japanese Embassy, please contact us and submit all the necessary documents for obtaining a “Letter of Acceptance” before the deadline fixed by Nihon University.
1. Please attend to the following 1.-8
- You will submit all the necessary documents as an e-mail attachment to the International Affairs Division, Nihon University.
- Application Period for 2024 runs from June 1 to August 25(JST).
- Your future supervisor will be decided in the process of application and you are unable to directly contact the faculty before getting the final result.
- We will start handling your application after you have handed in all the necessary documents.
- A Letter of Acceptance will be issued only when the applied graduate school of Nihon University concludes that the graduate is able to write it for you.
- The procedure at the University requires around 1 month after the arrival of the documents.
- Receiving a Letter of Acceptance from Nihon University does not mean that you are formally admitted to Nihon University, since the final decision should be referred to the MEXT. You will hear the final result in February of the next year.
- Some supervisors require you to have proficiency in Japanese as a language for instruction.
2. The first program in which foreign students will enroll at Nihon University
（1）At Nihon University, foreign students awarded a Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship through the recommendation of a Japanese embassy or consulate general (“Embassy Recommendation”) will, in principle, enroll at the university as “research students”. The research students are non-degree students who are not aiming to acquire a degree but to conduct a research activity under a supervisor of Nihon University. The enrollment period as a research student will be considered and determined by Nihon University based on the students’ preferred period written on the application form.
（2）We assume it will be difficult for foreign students to enroll in the regular programs (Master’s or Doctoral program) at the Graduate School of Nihon University from the very beginning of their visit to Japan, for the following reasons:
- (a) The entrance examination of the regular program takes place before the decision to accept the MEXT Scholarship students. In addition, foreign students must take the entrance examination of the Graduate School of Nihon University in Japan.
- (b) In the event that foreign students take an entrance examination before being awarded the MEXT Scholarship they will have to bear expenses including travel, stay and exam fees. Also, fees for admission and part of the tuition will have to be paid in advance by the student.
- (c) In the event that that foreign students visit Japan for an entrance examination with a short-term VISA before being awarded the MEXT Scholarship, Nihon University cannot issue an invitation letter or the evidential documents of identity guarantee needed for the visa application.
（3）If foreign students hope to enroll in a regular program (Master’s or Doctoral program), they will be required to pass the entrance examination of the preferred Graduate School after they enroll at the Nihon University as a research student. The regular program starts in April and the entrance examination takes place from Autumn to March in the previous academic year. The timing of the examination differs depending on the Graduate Schools.
3. Please submit the followings to the International Affairs Division, Nihon University at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 25,2023(JST).
(1) Copy of a Passing Certificate of the First Screening issued by the Japanese diplomatic mission
(2) A set of copies of the following documents that have been stamped by the Japanese diplomatic mission and returned to the applicants.
（a） Application Form
（b） Field of Study and Research Plan
（c） Academic transcript for all academic year of university attended
（d） Certificate of graduation or degree certificate of the university attended
（e） Recommendation letter from the president/dean or the academic advisor at the current or last university attended
（f） Abstracts of theses (*Only if submitted to the Japanese diplomatic mission)
（g） Certificate of language proficiency (*Only if submitted to the Japanese diplomatic mission)
（h） Recommendation letter from the present employer (*Only if submitted to the Japanese diplomatic mission)
（i） Photograph(s) showing applicant’s own works of art or a digitally recorded media of musical
performance (*Only if submitted to the Japanese diplomatic mission)
(3) Additional Form
*Do not submit “Placement Preference Application Form” and “Medical Certificate” to us.
*We will inquire to appropriate Graduate School from the information in your documents. Once the Graduate School decides to issue a letter of provisional acceptance, they allocate your supervisor (professor) and show it on the letter.
*If you pass ASCOJA program, please attach a recommendation letter from ASCOJA as well and let us know when you submit application documents.
*You can contact up to a maximum of two universities at the same time. Do not contact more than two universities at the same time. If, however, you have received a rejection from one of the universities and thus they have been waiting for reply from less than two universities, then you can newly contact another university for request a letter of provisional acceptance.
*In case you cannot submit documents by e-mail, send the documents to the address below by courier mail.
International Affiairs Division, Nihon University.
4-8-24, Kudan-Minami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8275 JAPAN
*We do not receive any applications which arrive after our application period.
We all hope that a lot of eager MEXT candidates will get the best learning place here in Nihon University to attain your goals.