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Undergraduate Scholarships

The Monbusho (Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture, Government of Japan) offers scholarships to foreign students who wish to study at Japanese universities as undergraduate students under the Japanese Government (Monbusho) Scholarship Program. Details are as follows: 

Fields if Study

(1) Social Sciences and Humanities Law, Politics, Economics, Business Administration, Education, Sociology, Literature, History, Japanese Language and others.
* Applicants who wish to major in studies categorized as 'others' may have difficulty in finding a university where such majors are available.

(2) Natural Sciences Natural Sciences - A: Science (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry), Electric and Electronic Studies (Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Information Engineering), Mechanical Studies (Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture, Agricultural Engineering), Civil Engineering and Architecture (Civil Engineering, Architecture, Environmental Engineering), Chemical Studies (Applied Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Chemistry, Textile Engineering), and other fields (Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Mercantile Marine, Biotechnology).

Natural Sciences-B: Agricultural studies (Agriculture, Agricultural Chemistry, Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Forestry, Food Science, Fisheries), Hygienic studies (Pharmacy, Hygienics, Nursing), Science(Biology). Natural Sciences - C: Medicine, Dentistry.

Qualification

(1) Nationality: Applicants must be nationals of the country to which the scholarships are offered.

(2) Age: Applicants must be at least seventeen years and less than twenty -two years of age.

(3) Academic Background: Applicants must have either completed a twelve year regular course of school education or have graduated from a school equivalent to the senior high school in Japan.

(4) Japanese Language: Applicants must (be willing to) study the Japanese language and (to) receive university education in the Japanese language.

(5) Health: Applicants must have no infectious diseases. In view of expected psychological burden due to cultural and environmental changes, mental as well as physical health is an essential prerequisite.

Scholarships

(1) Allowance: 142,500 yen (in FY 1999) per month will be given to each grantee during the term of his/her scholarship, with the understanding that the scholarship will be suspended in the case in which a grantee is long absent from the university.

(2) Transportation:
a. Transportation to Japan: The grantee will be supplied, according to his/her itinerary as designated by the Monbusho, with a tourist class air ticket from the international airport nearest to his/her home address to the New Tokyo International Airport or an international airport designated by the Monbusho.
b. Transportation from Japan: The grantee who returns to his/her home country within the fixed period after the expiration of the scholarship will be supplied, upon application, with a tourist class air ticket from the New Tokyo International Airport (or the international airport nearest to the university at which he/she studied, on condition that it is less expensive to leave from that airport) to the international airport nearest to his,/her home address.
* Any aviation and accident insurance to and from Japan shall be borne by the applicant.

(3) Arrival Allowance: The sum of 25,000 yen will be given to the grantee on arrival.

(4) Field Study Allowance: An allowance (within the framework of budget) will be given to the grantee in the final year of the course for use in his/her field work in Japan. (The amount of the allowance will be decided by Monbusho.)

(5) School Fees: Fees for the entrance examination, matriculation and tuition at universities will be exempted.

(6) Accommodations:
a. During the first year after arrival in Japan, the grantees will be offered housing at the residence hall of the preparatory institution or in other accommodations provided by the program authorities.
b. Accommodation for the grantees who have completed the preliminary course will be as follows:

(a) The Foreign Student Houses, operated by the Association of international Education, Japan The grantees enrolled at universities in Tokyo or Osaka District may reside, if they so desire, at one of the Foreign Student Houses operated by the Association of International Education, Japan. However, these dormitories may not be able to accommodate all the students who have applied for housing.

(b) Residence halls for foreign students established by national universities. At present about 80 national universities have residence halls for foreign students. The grantees enrolled at universities where such facilities are available may reside, if they so desire, at these residence halls according to certain conditions. However, some of these facilities may not be able to accommodate all the students who have applied for housing.

(c) Private boarding houses or apartments. Those who are not able to find accommodations in the above facilities will have to live in a dormitory of the university or in private boarding houses or apartments introduced by the university.

(7) Students may receive subvention for part of the medical expenses in Japan. The allowance, special housing service and subventions mentioned in the above items (3), (6) - b - (a), and (7) are carried out by the Association of International Education, Japan (AIEJ). AIEJ, founded in 1957, which runs foreign student houses in Tokyo and Osaka and performs various activities for foreign students in cooperation with the Monbusho and universities in Japan.

Selection

(1) The Japanese diplomatic missions abroad will, in cooperation with the foreign governments concerned, select preliminary candidates from among applicants by means of an interview and academic examination and a review of the submitted documents. 

Subjects to Study

a. Social Sciences and Humanities Majors: Mathematics, English, World History and the Japanese Language. All the applicants must sit for the examinations in these four (4) subjects.

b. Natural Sciences Majors: Mathematics, English, two subjects selected from among Physics, Chemistry and Biology, and the Japanese Language. All the applicants must sit for the examinations in these five subjects. In the case of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, applicants must take the examination in the following two subjects according to their fields of study at universities.

Natural Sciences - A: Physics, Chemistry

Natural Sciences - B: Chemistry, Biology

Natural Sciences - C: Chemistry, Biology
* The examination in the Japanese Language is given for reference.

(2) Those who have been selected as the preliminary candidates will be recommended to the Monbusho.

(3) The Monbusho will select the grantees from among those recommended.

University Education

(1) Preliminary Education prior to University Placement: The grantees will be enrolled at the preparatory school designated by the Monbusho and will there be given a one - year intensive course in the Japanese language and such other subjects as are necessary to prepare them for receiving university education. The curriculum of this School will mainly consist of training in the Japanese language, but will include instruction in other subjects such as Japanese affairs, mathematics, English, and social studies for social science and humanities majors physics, chemistry and biology for natural sciences majors. This preliminary education can be omitted for those whose knowledge of Japanese language is sufficient to pursue their studies at universities.

(2) University Placement: A grantee who has completed the prescribed course will go on to a national university if they pass the entrance examination conducted by the university. The Monbusho, in consultation with the university concerned and the Preparatory School, will decide on the university to which a grantee should apply for admission. In this decision, the following will be taken into consideration: results of the academic examination at the preliminary selection hold in his home country, academic attainments at the Preparatory School, proposed major subject, capacity of the university, etc. No objection shall be made regarding the university placement.

(3) Change of Major Field of Study: During preliminary education and at the time of entrance to the university a grantee will not be permitted to change his/her major field of study between Social Science and Humanities and Natural Sciences, nor will he/she be permitted to change it among Natural Sciences A, B and C.

(4) Academic Year: The academic year begins on April 1 every year and ends on March 31 of the following year.

(5) Instruct ion Medium: All the instructions are given in the Japanese language.

(6) Degree of "Gakushi" ( Bachelor's Degree ) : The degree of "Gakushi" will be conferred upon a student according to his/her major, who has attended a university for the prescribed period and obtained the required credits as provided by the university. (e.g. Gakushi of Economics, Gakushi of Engineering, etc.)

(7) Required Subjects: A grantee must take the required subjects decided by the preparatory school and by the university where enrolled, even if he/she has already studied them at a university attended in countries other than Japan.

Application Procedure

Applicants must submit the following documents to the Japanese diplomatic mission abroad by the date appointed by the mission. The numbers beside each item represent the required number of the original document and that of the photocopy of the document.

(1) Application for Admission (prescribed forms) : 2 + 0

(2) Photographs of passport size ( 6 X 4 cm) taken within the past 6 months (should be pasted on the application forms) : 2+0

(3) Certified school records of the last 3 years : 1 + 1

(4) Reference from the principal or the advisor of the last school attended : 1 + 1

(5) Attested copy of graduation certificate of the last school attended and/or certified copy of qualification for admission to university (or the certificate of enrolment in case of the applicant with prior college work) : 1 + 1

(6) Medical certificate on the prescribed form (to be issued by the medical institution designated by the Japanese diplomatic mission) : 1 + 1
* These documents must be written in either Japanese or English, or accompanied by a translation in either of these languages.
** For the item (5) above, a photocopy of the graduation certificate and/or the qualification may substitute. However, it should be attested by the authorities concerned.
*** No application will be accepted unless all the documents mentioned above are fully and correctly completed.

Research Student Scholarships

The Monbusho (Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture, Government of Japan) offers scholarships to foreign students who wish to study at Japanese universities as research students. Following are details:

Fields of Study
Humanities and Social Sciences: Literature, History, Aesthetics, Law, Politics, Economics, Commerce, Pedagogy, Psychology, Sociology, Music, Fine Arts, etc. Natural Sciences: Pure science, Engineering, Agriculture, Fisheries, Pharmacology, Medicine, Dentistry, Home Economics, etc.
* Students majoring in medicine or dentistry shall not be allowed to carry out their clinical studies by conducting medical examinations or performing operations, unless they are permitted by the Minister of Health and Welfare under the provisions of the Japanese laws concerned.
** Fields of study must be one of those available at Japanese universities. Practical training given by factories or companies is excluded.

Qualifications

(1) Nationality: Applicants must be nationals of the country to which the scholarships are offered.

(2) Age: Applicants must be under 35 years of age as of April 1, 2001 (i.e. born on and after April 2, 1966).

(3) Academic Background: Applicants must be university or college graduates. Applicants wishing to enter a Master's Program must be college graduates and have completed 16 years of school education. If an applicant is from a country where the completion of 15 years of school education qualifies one to apply to a graduate school, s/he may apply if the Japanese graduate school recognizes her/his academic background as equivalent to that of the applicant who has completed 16 years of school education.

(4) Study Area: The study area must be in the same field as the applicant has studied or is now studying or a related one.

(5) Japanese Language: Applicants must (be willing to) study the Japanese language and (to) receive instruction in Japanese.

(6) Health: Applicants must have no infectious diseases. In view of expected psychological burden due to cultural and environmental changes, mental as well as physical health is an essential prerequisite.

(8) Other: Applicants are requested to contact a professor of the Japanese university where he/she wishes to study and obtain a letter of acceptance.
* Military personnel and military civilian employees registered on the active list are excluded.
** The grants may be cancelled if grantees fail to arrive in Japan by the appointed date.
*** The applicant whose spouse has already won a Japanese Government (Monbusho)

Scholarship will not be selected as a grantee, and likewise in the case of a couple applying at the same time.
**** The applicant who has been awarded a Japanese Government Scholarship in the past will not be selected as a grantee unless he/she has had a few year's research or teaching experience after returning to his/her home country. However, former "Japanese Studies" scholarship students may apply for admission to the Research Student Program once they have completed the undergraduate program after returning to their home countries.
***** The applicant who is already enrolled in a Japanese university is not eligible to apply for admission.

Scholarships Benefits

(1) Allowance: 185,500 yen (in FY 1999) per month will be given to each grantee during the term of his/her scholarship, with the understanding that the scholarship will be suspended in the case in which a grantee is long absent from the university.

(2) Transportation:
a. Transportation to Japan : The grantee will be supplied, according to his/her itinerary as designated by the Monbusho, with a tourist class air ticket from the international airport nearest to his/her home address to the New Tokyo International Airport (or the international airport nearest to the university he/she is placed, on condition that it is less expensive to arrive at that airport).
b. Transportation from Japan : The grantee who is going back to his/her home country within the fixed period after the expiration of the scholarship will be supplied, upon application, with a tourist class air ticket from the New Tokyo International Airport (or the international airport nearest to the university at which he/she studied, on condition that it is less expensive to leave from that airport) to the international airport nearest to his/her home address. * Any aviation and accident insurance to and from Japan shall be borne by the applicant.

(3)Arrival Allowance: The sum of 25,000 yen will be given to the grantee on arrival.

(4) Field Study Allowance: An allowance (within the framework of the budget) will be given to the grantee for use in field work in Japan. (The amount of the allowance will be decided by Monbusho.)

(5) School Fees: Fees for the entrance examination, matriculation and tuition at universities will be exempted.

(6) Accommodations: a. The Foreign Student Houses, operated by the Association of International Education, Japan The grantees enrolled at universities in Tokyo or Osaka District may reside, if they so desire, at one of the Foreign Student Houses, operated by the Association of International Education, Japan.

However, the capacity of these dormitories is not yet large enough to accommodate all of the students who wish to reside there.

b. Residence halts for foreign students established by national universities. At present about 80 national universities have residence halls for foreign students. The grantees enrolled at universities where such facilities are available may reside, if they so desire, at these residence halls according to certain conditions. However, at some of these facilities, the capacity is not yet large enough to accommodate all the students who wish to reside there.

c. Private boarding houses or apartments. Those who are not able to find accommodations in the above facilities will have to live in dormitories of the university or in private boarding houses or apartments introduced by the university. The grantees living in private houses or apartments may receive subvention, if necessary, for part of the room rent.

(7) Students may receive subvention for part of the medical expenses in Japan.
* The allowance, special housing service and subventions mentioned in the above items (3), (6) - a, and (7) are carried out by the Association of International Education, Japan (AIEJ), AIEJ, founded in 1957, which runs foreign student houses in Tokyo and Osaka and performs various activities for foreign students in cooperation with the Monbusho and universities in Japan.

Selection

(1) The Japanese diplomatic missions abroad will, in cooperation with the foreign governments concerned, select preliminary candidates from among applicants by means of an interview and a review of the submitted documents.

(2) Those who have been selected as the preliminary candidates will be recommended to the Monbusho. The Monbusho will choose tentative grantees through a screening committee. The scholarship grantee will be finally selected after the university placement has been made.
* In principle, applicants who wish to pursue such fields of study as Japanese linguistics, Japanese literature, Japanese history, Japanese law, etc., will not be selected as grantees unless they have enough knowledge of the Japanese language to follow these courses.
** As a part of the preliminary selection, an assessment test in Japanese will be given to all the applicants.

Placement to and Education at University

(1) Placement of grantees to universities will be made by The Monbusho after consultation with the universities concerned. No objection by the grantee shall be made regarding the university placement.

(2) All lectures, experiments and practical training at universities are conducted in the Japanese language.

(3) A grantee whose knowledge of the Japanese language is insufficient will be placed to the language training course for the first 6 months after arrival in Japan. Those who have completed the language course will be transferred to the university chosen by the Monbusho for their major studies. However, a grantee whose achievement in the Japanese language training course is unsatisfactory and is estimated as insufficient to conduct his studies at the university will be deprived of his scholarship. 

(4) A grantee whose knowledge of the Japanese language, at the time of application, is recognized by the Monbusho as sufficient to conduct his studies may be placed at a university without a preparatory course in the Japanese language.

(5) A grantee will be usually enrolled at a university as a non - degree student, i.e. a research student  or an auditor.

(6) Those who wish to enter Master's or Doctoral program of a graduate school must sit for and pass the entrance examination given by the university concerned after having studied at least for 6 months as non - degree research students. Failure in the examination will result in re - enrollment as non - degree research students.
* According to the educational system of Japan, the course for a Master's degree requires at least 2 years of study after graduation from a university (i.e. after 16 years of formal education) and the course for a Doctoral degree requires at least 3 years of study after completion of the Master's degree course. Those who have studied in such courses for the required terms of study, have obtained necessary credits, and have passed the comprehensive examination after submission of their thesis, will be given the degrees concerned. A student who is not studying in the Doctoral degree course may be given the Doctoral degree, if his/her dissertation is recognized as adequate by the authorities.
** In the fields of medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, most of the universities offer only a Doctoral degree course which requires 4 years of study after completion of 18 years of school education. If an applicant is from a country where the completion of 16 years of school education qualifies one to apply for admission to a doctoral program in these fields, s/he must have research experience of two years or more at a university, a research institute, or other institution, and must be recognized by the Japanese graduate school as equivalent to the applicant who has completed 18 years of school education.
*** The method of examination for admission to graduate school varies according to the university where post-graduate courses are offered. In general, applicants, must sit for examinations in 2 foreign languages, his major subject and essay test.

Application Procedure

Applicants must submit the following documents to the Japanese diplomatic mission abroad by the date appointed by the mission. 

(1) Application for Admission (prescribed forms) : 2+0
Application (Annex) by the prescribed form : 1+0

(2) Photographs of passport size ( 6 X 4 cm) taken within the past 6 months (should be pasted on the application forms and Annex) : 3+0

(3) Certified academic record of university attended (to be issued by the university authorities) : 1 + 1

(4) Reference from the university president or dean, or academic advisor : 1 + 1

(5) Reference from the present employer (in addition to from(4) listed above, if employed) : 1 + 1

(6) Medical certificate on the prescribed form (to be issued by the medical institution designated by the Japanese diplomatic mission) : 1 + 1

(7) Photocopy of the university diploma, or of certificate of degree : 0 + 1

(8) Photograph showing applicant's own works of art or a recorded tape of musical performance (only for those majoring in fine arts or music) : 0 + 1
* These documents must be written in either Japanese or English, or accompanied by a translation in either of these languages.
** No application will be accepted unless all the documents mentioned above are fully and correctly completed.
*** Applicants are requested to submit a letter of acceptance which was obtained in the above paragraph 2(8) along with his/her application.

Japanese Studies Scholarships

The Monbusho (Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture, Government of Japan) offers scholarships to foreign students who wish to pursue Japanese Studies. This program offers students an intensive course of the Japanese language and introduction to Japanese studies in various aspects.

Qualifications

(1) Nationality: Applicants must be nationals of the country to which the scholarships are offered.

(2) Age: Applicants must be at least eighteen years and less than thirty years of age.

(3) Academic Background:

a. Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate students in a university outside Japan at the time when they come to Japan and must be enrolled in the home institution at the time when they return to their home countries.

b. Applicants must be students who are studying the Japanese language, culture or a closely related field as a major at their university. A student who is a minor in one of these fields may also apply, but he/she must indicate this on the application form.

(4) Japanese Language: Applicants must have good knowledge of the Japanese language.

(5) Health: Applicants must have no infectious diseases. In view of expected psychological burden due to cultural and environmental changes, mental as well as physical health is an essential prerequisite.

Terms of Scholarships

An allowance will be given to each grantee for a necessary period of time to complete this course.

Scholarships Benefits

(1) Allowance., 142,500 yen (in FY 1999) per month will be given to each grantee during the term of his/her scholarship, with the understanding that the scholarship will be suspended in the case in which a grantee is long absent from the university.

(2) Transportation:

a. Transportation to Japan: The grantee will be supplied, according to his/her itinerary as designated by the Monbusho, with a tourist class air ticket from the international airport nearest to his/her home address to the New Tokyo International Airport (or the international airport nearest to the university at which he/she is placed, on condition that it is less expensive to arrive at that airport).

b. Transportation from Japan: The grantee who goes back to his/her home country within the fixed period after the expiration of the scholarship will be supplied, upon application, with a tourist class air ticket from the New Tokyo International Airport (or the international airport nearest to the university at which he/she studied, on condition that it is less expensive to leave from that airport) to the international airport nearest to his/her home address.
* Any aviation and accident insurance to and from Japan shall be borne by the applicant.

(3)Arrival Allowance: The sum of 25,000 yen will be given to the grantee on arrival.

(4) Field Study Allowance: An allowance (within the framework of the budget) will be given to the grantee for use in field work in Japan. (The amount of the allowance will be decided by Monbusho.)

(5) School Fees: Fees for the entrance examination, matriculation and tuition at school will be exempted.

(6) Accommodations:

a. The Foreign Student Houses, operated by the Association of International Education, Japan The grantees enrolled at universities in Tokyo or Osaka District may reside, if they so desire, at one of the Foreign Student Houses operated by the Association of International Education, Japan. However, these dormitories may not be able to accommodate all the students who wish to live there.

b. Residence halls for foreign students established by national universities. At present about 70 national universities have residence halls for foreign students. The grantees enrolled at universities where such facilities are available may reside, if they so desire, at these residence halls according to certain conditions. However, some of these facilities may not be able to accommodate all the students who wish to live there.

c. Private boarding houses or apartments. Those who are not able to find accommodations in the above facilities will have to live in a dormitories of the university or in private boarding houses or apartments introduced by the university.

(7)Students may receive subvention for part of the medical expenses in Japan.
* The allowance, special housing service and subventions mentioned in the above items (3), (6) - a, and (7) are carried out by the Association of International Education, Japan (AIEJ). AIEJ, founded in 1957, which runs foreign student houses in Tokyo and Osaka and performs various activities for foreign students in cooperation with the Monbusho and universities in Japan.

Selection

(1) The Japanese diplomatic missions abroad, in cooperation with the foreign governments concerned,  will select preliminary candidates from among applicants by means of an interview and academic examination (Japanese Language) and a review of the submitted documents.

(2) Those who have been selected as the preliminary candidates will be recommended to the Monbusho.

(3) The Monbusho will select the grantees from among those recommended.

Placement to and the Courses of Japanese Studies at Universities

(1) Placement: Placement of grantees to universities will be made by the Monbusho after consultation with the universities concerned. No objection shall be made regarding university placement.

(2) Instruction Medium: All instructions are given in the Japanese language.

(3) The Courses of Japanese Studies: Japanese Studies Students are assigned according to the purpose of study to the following courses.

a. A course basically designed to develop one's Japanese language ability with supplementary study of life and culture of Japan.

b. A course basically designed to study life and culture of Japan with supplementary instruction in the Japanese language. The content of study in each course varies for each university. In addition to the study of the Japanese language and special lectures on life and culture of Japan, each student will be able to take undergraduate courses related to his/her major field of study.

(4) A grantee is classified as a non - degree student, but he/she will get a certificate after completing the required course at the university. This program is not designed for those who wish to enter a Bachelor's, Master's, Doctor's degree course.

Application Procedure

Applicants must submit the following documents to the Japanese diplomatic mission abroad by the date appointed by the mission. The numbers beside each item represent the required number of the original document and that of the photocopy of the document.

(1) Application for Admission (prescribed form) : 2 + 0
Application (Annex) for Admission (prescribed form) : 1 + 0

(2) Photographs of passport size ( 6 X 4 em ) taken within the past 6 months (should be pasted an the application forms and Annex) : 3 + 0

(3) Certified student registration from the university currently enrolled : 1 + 1

(4) Certified academic records at the university : 1 + 1

(5) Reference from the university president or dean, or the applicant's supervisor : 1 + 1

(6) Medical certificate on the prescribed form (to be issued by the medical institution designated by the Japanese diplomatic mission) : 1 + 1
* These documents must be written in either Japanese or English, or accompanied by a translation in either of these languages.
** No application will be accepted unless all the documents mentioned above are fully and correctly completed.     

 

For detailed information on these scholarships you may contact:

Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh
Plot 5 & 7, Dutabash Road
Diplomatic Enclave, Baridhara
Dhaka 1212
Telephone : 8810087 (Hunting Lines)
FAX           : 8826737

 

 

 

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