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Japanese Government (MEXT) funding for Specialized Training College Students in Japan, 2016

Applications are open for Japanese government awards available for international students to pursuing training programme at a Japanese specialized training College. The scholarship period will last for three years from April 2016 to March 2019, including one-year preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects due to be provided upon arrival in Japan. Results of the primary screening will be notified to each applicant on the date designated by the Japanese diplomatic mission.

Study Subject(s): Those who wish to study in Japan as a student at a specialized training college should choose a field of study to major in from (1) to (7): Technology, Personal Care and Nutrition, Education and Welfare, Business, Fashion and Home Economics, Culture and General Education and Other Fields. Note 1: Select a field of study from (1)-(7) above, and enter it in “Preferred field of study in Japan” on the application form. Applicants may also refer to a separate sheet titled “Majors and related subjects for field of study”, and enter a first and second choice of subjects from the same field of study.
Note 2: Applicants who choose (7) “Other Fields” are required to specify what kind of field they want to study in “Chosen field of study and subjects in Japan (Field of study)”on the application form.
Note 3: For applicants who choose (7) “Other Fields,” there may be cases when there are no accepting colleges or it is difficult to be accepted at a college because the period of study exceeds that of the MEXT scholarship.
Note 4: Applicants who select “Other Fields” for a field of study should specify their chosen subject in “Chosen field of study and subjects in Japan (First choice of subjects, Second choice of subjects)” on the application form.
Course Level: award is available for pursuing training programme.
Scholarship Provider: The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
Award can be taken at: Japan

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Eligibility: The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) is now accepting applications from overseas students for study in Japan. Our aim is to foster human resources who will become bridges of friendship between your country and Japan through study in Japan and who will contribute to the development of both countries and the wider world.
(1) Nationality: Applicants must have the nationality of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. Applicants with no official nationality are also eligible to apply. An applicant who has Japanese nationality at the time of application is not eligible. However, persons with dual nationality who hold Japanese nationality and whose place of residence at the time of application is outside of Japan are eligible to apply as long as they choose the nationality of the foreign country and give up their Japanese nationality by the date of their arrival in Japan. Applicant screening will be conducted at the Japanese diplomatic mission in the country of applicant’s nationality.
(2) Age: Applicants generally must have been born between April 2, 1994 and April 1, 1999.
(3) Academic Background: Applicants must either have completed 12 years of regular school education or have graduated from a school equivalent to an upper secondary school in Japan. (Applicants who will meet the above qualifications by March 2016 are eligible.)
(4) Japanese Language: Applicants must be willing to learn Japanese. Applicants must be interested in Japan and be willing to deepen their understanding of Japan after arriving in Japan. In addition, in general, applicants must be willing to receive specialized training college education in Japanese. 2
(5) Health: Applicants must be free from any mental or physical disabilities that would impede the pursuit of study at Japanese schools.
(6) Arrival in Japan: In principle, the selected applicants must be able to leave for and arrive in Japan between the 1st and 7th of April 2016. (7) Visa Requirement? Applicants must acquire College Student (ryugaku) visas before entering Japan. They then enter Japan with the College Student (ryugaku) residence status. Please also note that those who change their visa status to one other than College Student after arrival in Japan will lose their qualification to be Japanese government award recipients from the date when their visa status changes.
(8) Others: After returning to the home country, former scholarship recipients shall cooperate with the conducting of post-return survey questionnaires, participate in events conducted by Japanese diplomatic missions in their country, and work to improve relations between the home country and Japan.
(9) Any applicant who meets any or all of the following conditions is ineligible. If identified after the start of the program period, the applicant will be required to withdraw from the program:
? Those who are military personnel or military civilian employees at the time of their arrival in Japan;
? Those who cannot arrive in Japan during the period designated by MEXT or the accepting university;
? An applicant who is a previous recipient of a Japanese government award;
? Those who are currently enrolled at a Japanese university with a College Student (ryugaku) residence status; those enrolled, or scheduled to be enrolled, at a Japanese university as a privately financed international student during the period when the application was filed in the home country until prior to the start of the provision of the program. This does not apply to current self-financed international students at Japanese universities who will complete their courses of study and return to their countries before the end of the current fiscal year;
? Recipients of scholarships from institutions other than MEXT (including government institutions in their home countries) that overlap with the Japanese government award (Prospective beneficiaries are included);
? Applicants who are expected to graduate at the time of application and cannot satisfy the qualifications and the conditions related to academic background by the deadline given; or
? Holders of dual nationality at the time of application who cannot verify that they will give up Japanese nationality by the time of the arrival in Japan.

Open for International Students: Students who have the nationality of a country which has diplomatic relations with the Japanese government (Asia-Pacific: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Republic of Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam. North America: Canada and United States of America. Latin America and the Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentine, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Commonwealth of Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela. Europe: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan and Vatican. Middle East: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Palestinian Authority. Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabonese Republic, Gambia, Ghana, Republic of Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia, Uganda and Zimbabwe) can apply for this Japanese Government Scholarship.

Description:  The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology ? MEXT ? offers scholarships to international students who wish to study at Japanese specialized training college under the Japanese Government (MEXT) program for 2016 as follows.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): The scholarship period will last for three years from April 2016 to March 2019, including one-year preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects due to be provided upon arrival in Japan. If a scholarship grantee graduates from a specialized training college and is admitted to a Japanese university as a junior transferee, he/she may have the period of his/her scholarship extended upon successful examination by MEXT and provided that he/she has outstanding academic achievement that meets certain criteria.

What does it cover?
-Allowance: 117,000 yen per month. (In case that the recipient research in a designated region, 2,000 or 3,000 yen per month will be added. The monetary amount each year may be subject to change due to budgetary reasons.) The grant is cancelled in principle if the recipient is absent from the specialized training college or preparatory Japanese-teaching institution for an extended period. The sponsorship will be also cancelled in principle in the following situations. If the recipient has been receiving the program despite his/her falling under any of the following situations, the recipient will be ordered to return the amount of scholarship that he/she received during the period wherein he/she was involved with any of the following situations.
-The recipient is determined to have made a false statement on his/her application; 3
-The recipient violates any article of his/her pledge to the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology;
-The recipient violates any Japanese laws;
-The recipient is subject to disciplinary action by the specialized training college, including expulsion;
-It has been determined that it will be impossible for the recipient to complete the training course within the standard time period because of poor academic grades or suspension from the specialized training college;
-The recipient’s residence status has changed to one other than College Student as defined in the Appended Table I-4 of the Immigration Act;
-The recipient has received a scholarship from another institution (excluding those specified for research expenditures); or
-The recipient has proceeded to a higher level of education without receiving approval for an extension of the period of the program. (2) Traveling Costs
-Transportation to Japan: The recipient will be provided, according to his/her itinerary and route as designated by MEXT, with an economy-class airplane ticket from the international airport nearest to his/her home country residence to the New Tokyo International Airport or any other international airport that the appointed university usually uses. Expenses such as inland transportation from his/her home address to the international airport, airport tax, airport usage fees, special taxes on travel, or inland transportation within Japan will NOT be covered. (*The address in the country of the recipient’s nationality stated in the application form is in principle regarded as the recipient’s “home country residence.”)
-Transportation from Japan: In principle, the recipient who returns to his/her home country within the fixed period after the expiration of his/her support will be provided, upon application, with an economy-class airplane ticket for travel from the New Tokyo International Airport or any other international airport that the appointed university usually uses to the international airport nearest to his/her home address.
Note 1: If a grantee returns home without an extension though having applied for extension of scholarship period, he/she will not be paid travel expenses to return home in general.
Note 2: Any aviation and accident insurance to and from Japan shall be paid for by the recipient.
Note 3: If a grantee continues to stay in Japan after the program period has ended, he/she will not be paid travel expenses to return to the home country for a temporary return.
(3) Tuition and Other Fees: Fees for the entrance examination, matriculation, and tuition at universities will be paid by the Japanese government.

Selection Criteria: In cooperation with the governments of the applicants’ countries the Japanese diplomatic mission will conduct primary screening of applicants by means of submitted application documents, interviews and academic examinations.

Notification: Results of the primary screening will be notified to each applicant on the date designated by the Japanese diplomatic mission. Applicants who have been selected through this primary screening will be recommended to MEXT. MEXT will then conduct the final selection of the recommended applicants and decide the program grantees. MEXT may select candidates from each field of study.

How to Apply: Applicants must submit the following documents to the Japanese diplomatic missions by the required date. The submitted documents will not be returned.
-Application Form (a prescribed form)
-Academic transcript for the past 3 years
-Graduation certificate of the last school attended (or certificate of expected graduation for an applicant due to graduate)
-Recommendation from the principal or the adviser of the last school attended
-Medical certificate (prescribed form)
-Certificate of enrollment (for an applicant currently enrolled in a university)
-Certificate of passage of university entrance qualification examination (if applicable)
Note 1: These documents must be written in Japanese or English, or translations in either of these languages should be attached.
Note 2: Photographs (4.5×3.5 cm, taken within the past six months, upper body, full-faced, uncapped. Write your name and nationality on the reverse and paste them onto the Application Form and Placement Preference Form) attached to the original application must be originals; copies are not acceptable. It is acceptable to paste the data of photo on each application form and print it. (To print your photos and paste it on the application form is not allowed.)
Note 3: For items (6) and (7) above, a photocopy of the graduation certificate and/or the qualification certificate is acceptable, provided that the copy is attested by the relevant school or examining organization.
Note 4: An application will not be examined unless all the documents mentioned above are fully and correctly completed. For applicants with ? Certificate of passage of university entrance qualification examination, this document may be submitted in place of documents.
Note 5: Number the documents(? through ?) in the right upper corner.

Application Deadline: The deadline of the applications differs according to the country. Please contact with Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country.

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