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Japanese Government Undergraduate Scholarship

The Embassy of Japan in Nigeria is organizing a MEXT scholarship programme for Nigerian students. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships to international students who wish to study at Japanese universities as undergraduate students under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program for 2018 as follows.

FIELDS OF STUDY
Those who wish to study in Japan as an undergraduate student must choose a field of study (major) from (1) or (2) below. Applicants may enter a first, second, and third choice.

(1) Social Sciences and Humanities:
A: Law, Politics, Pedagogy, Sociology, Literature, History, Japanese language, others.
B: Economics, Business Administration.

Note 1: Applicants who wish to major in fields other than those listed above (“others”) may have difficulties in finding universities that can accept them.

Note 2: Any fields related to “Economics” and “Business Administration” in Humanities B are not included in “others.”

(2) Natural Sciences: Science (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry),
– Electric and Electronic Studies (Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Information Engineering),
– Mechanical Studies (Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture),
– Civil Engineering and Architecture (Civil Engineering, Architecture, Environmental Engineering),
– Chemical Studies (Applied Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Chemistry, Textile Engineering),
– Other fields (Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Maritime Engineering, Biotechnology).

(3) Agricultural Studies: (Agriculture, Agricultural Chemistry, Agricultural Engineering, Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Forestry, Food Science, Fisheries), Hygienic studies (Pharmacy, Hygienics, Nursing), and Science (Biology).

(4) Medicine and Dentistry
Note: A student who intends to major in Natural Sciences and would like to choose more than one major is required to choose and select first-, second-, and third-choice subjects from the subjects in parentheses from within the same course (i.e. Natural Sciences A, B or C). However, a student who selects Course C as his/her first choice may choose his/her second-choice subjects from Course B or C and third-choice subject from Course B as Course C offers only two subjects.

PREPARATORY EDUCATION PRIOR TO PLACEMENT AT UNIVERSITY
Each grantee will be enrolled in a preparatory school (either at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies or Osaka University) designated by MEXT for a one-year intensive course in the Japanese language and other subjects necessary for preparation for proceeding to university.

The preparatory course lasts for one year. Its curriculum mainly consists of education in the Japanese language, and includes other subjects such as Japanese affairs, mathematics, English, and social studies for those majoring in Social Science and Humanities, and physics, chemistry and biology for those majoring in Natural Sciences.

QUALIFICATIONS AND CONDITIONS
MEXT is now accepting applications from international students for study in Japan. Our aim is to foster human resources who will become bridges of friendship between the grantee’s 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. 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 applicant’s country.

(2) Age: Applicants, in principle, must have been born between April 2, 1996 and April 1, 2001.

(3) Academic Background: Applicants must meet one of the following conditions:
Must have completed 12 years of school education, or are expected to complete said education by March 2018. (However, for applicants wishing to enroll for the autumn term through direct placement, applicants must be expected to complete the 12 years of school education by August 2018.)

Must have completed an educational course at a school equivalent to a high school, or are expected to complete the course by 2018. (However, those desiring direct placements are excluded.)
Other than the qualifications in ①and ② above, must have qualifications deemed to be suitable for enrollment in a Japanese university at the time of application.

(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 principle, applicants must be willing to carry out their academic studies in Japan in Japanese.

(5) Health: Applicants must submit a health certificate in the prescribed format signed by a physician attesting that the applicant has no physical or mental conditions hindering the applicant’s study in Japan.

(6) Arrival in Japan: In principle, applicants must be able to arrive in Japan between the 1st and 7th of April 2018.If an applicant is to enroll in his/her university for the fall semester through direct placement, he or she must be able to leave for and arrive in Japan by the date specified by the accepting university.

(7) Visa Requirement: The applicant shall receive a “Student” visa, as stipulated in the Immigration Act, and enter Japan with the residence status of “Student.” In regards to the visa, it should, in principle, be issued at the Japanese diplomatic mission in the applicant’s country.

(8) Others: While the applicant is studying in Japan, he/she shall contribute to mutual understanding between Japan and the home country by participating in activities in schools and communities with the aim of contributing to the internationalization of Japan. The applicant shall make efforts to promote relations between the home country and Japan by maintaining close relations with the university attended after graduation, cooperating with the conducting of surveys and questionnaires after the return home, and cooperating with all relevant projects and events conducted by the Japanese diplomatic mission in the applicant’s home country.

(9) Any applicant who meets any or all of the following conditions is ineligible. If identified after the start of the scholarship period, the applicant will be required to withdraw from the scholarship:
1. Those who are military personnel or military, civilian employees at the time of their arrival in Japan;
2. Those who cannot arrive in Japan during the period designated by MEXTor the accepting university;
3. An applicant who is a previous recipient of a Japanese government scholarship;
4. Those who are currently also applying to another program (Research Students, College of Technology Students, Specialized Training College Student programs) under the Japanese Government (MEXT) scholarship system.
5. Those who are already enrolled in a Japanese university with a residence status of “Student,” or who are enrolled, or plan to enroll, in a Japanese university as a privately-financed international student from the time of application to the MEXT scholarship program in the applicant’s country until the commencement of the period of the MEXT scholarship. However, this stipulation does not apply to those who, even though they are currently studying as a privately-financed international student in Japan, verifiably complete their studies within the end of the fiscal year and return to their home country;
6. 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;
7. Those who are planning to receive scholarships from an organization other than MEXT (including a government organization of the applicant’s country) on top of the scholarships provided by MEXT after the arrival in Japan;
8. 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;
9. Those who change their residence status to that of other than “Student” after their arrival in Japan.

PERIOD OF SCHOLARSHIP
The scholarship period will last for five years from April 2018 to March 2023, including the one-year preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects due to be provided upon arrival in Japan.
For scholarship grantees majoring in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or a six-year course in pharmacy, the scholarship period will be seven years until March 2025.

SCHOLARSHIP BENEFITS
Allowance: 117,000 yen per month. The scholarship is cancelled in principle, if the recipient is absent from the university or preparatory Japanese-teaching institution for an extended period. 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.

METHOD OF APPLICATION
Interested candidates can visit the Embassy of Japan to pick up application forms. They can also download a form from>> http://www.ng.emb-japan.go.jp/culture.html

Completed MEXT scholarship application forms can be submitted by hand or by post to the;
Information and Culture Section,
Embassy of Japan office,
No.9 Bobo Street (off Gana Street)
Maitama, Abuja (PMB 5070, Wuse, FCT).

Please note that application forms for the current exercise is clearly marked – (2018). Applications made with the 2017 forms will, therefore, not be processed by the Embassy.

DEADLINE: The closing date for submission of all completed application forms is June 9, 2017; applications not received on or before that date will not be processed.

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