Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 MEXT (Japanese Studies Student) Scholarship!


The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) is now offering one-year scholarships to study in Japan for currently enrolled undergraduate students majoring in Japanese language, Japanese affairs or Japanese culture.
To apply, applicants must:
  • Hold U.S. citizenship
  • Be born between: April 2, 1993 to April 1, 2005
  • Be a current undergraduate student majoring in fields related to Japanese language or Japanese culture at a non-Japanese university at the time of arriving in and leaving Japan
  • Must have studied Japanese language or Japanese culture at a university for a total period of one year or more as of September 1, 2023.
  • Be able to arrive in Japan within two weeks before the first day of the study course set by the university (usually September or October)
  • Must have sufficient Japanese language ability to take classes at a Japanese university in Japanese
Application Schedule:

●Zoom Informational Meeting - January 26, 2023 (Thursday)
(Email: to register by January 25 (Wed) by 4:00 pm)

●Application deadline - February 15, 2023 (Wednesday)
Applications must be submitted no later than 4:00 pm.
Email applications to:      

●Written exam - February 27, 2023 (Monday)
The one hour and twenty minute Japanese language exam will be held at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Moore Hall Room 351.

●Interview - March 2, 2023 (Thursday)
Only applicants who pass the written exam will be granted an in-person interview. 

Application Guidelines and Forms:
Application forms and guidelines for the Japanese Studies Scholarship are available through the MEXT website, "Study in Japan: A Comprehensive Guide".
To download application forms and instructions, please visit the "Study in Japan: A Comprehensive Guide" website at:
Contact the Public Information & Cultural Affairs section at: (808) 543-3111 or