Fully Funded MEXT (UR) Scholarship for International Students 2023/24

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The MEXT (UR) Scholarship for International Students at Ritsumeikan Asian Pacific University (APU) is now accepting applications from highly qualified candidates interested in pursuing a degree program at the university for the academic session 2023 – 2024.

This prestigious scholarship is sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and aims to bolster the global competitiveness of Japanese universities while fostering vibrant international student exchanges. By supporting outstanding individuals from around the world, MEXT aims to create a diverse and enriching academic environment that promotes cross-cultural understanding and collaboration at APU.

Scholarship Summary:

  • Scholarship Sponsor(s): Japanese Government
  • Host Institution(s): Ritsumeikan Asian Pacific University (APU)
  • Scholarship Worth: Fully-Funded
  • Number of Awards: Several
  • Study Level: Undergraduates & Postgraduates
  • Nationality: All Nationalities

Scholarship Details:

Outstanding international students who receive a recommendation from Asian Pacific University (APU) have the opportunity to be awarded this scholarship. The APU Graduate School provides a wide range of scholarship options available during the application period. To be eligible for this particular scholarship, applicants are required to apply to the university first. The university will then select qualified candidates to be recommended for consideration by the scholarship organization.

Scholarship Criteria:

To be eligible for the MEXT (UR) Scholarship for International Students, applicants must fulfill the following criteria:

  1. Intend to study in Japan from a foreign country.
  2. Hold nationality from a MEXT designated country.
  3. Be born on or after April 2, 1989.
  4. Attain a minimum GPA of 2.30 on a 3.00 scale in their most recent university studies.


Please take note of the following eligibility criteria for the MEXT (UR) Scholarship for International Students:

  1. Ineligible Categories:
    • Individuals currently serving on active military duty or working as military civilians at the time of application are not eligible for this scholarship.
  2. Arrival Period:
    • Recipients must be able to arrive in Japan during the specific arrival period set by APU.
  3. Prior MEXT Scholarship:
    • Applicants who have previously received a MEXT scholarship are ineligible unless they possess more than 3 years of educational research experience after the final payment of the previous MEXT scholarship award.
  4. Concurrent MEXT Scholarship Application:
    • Those applying for this scholarship cannot simultaneously apply for another MEXT scholarship.
  5. Other Scholarship Organizations:
    • Recipients of this scholarship cannot receive funding from other scholarship organizations while studying at APU.
  6. Student Visa Status:
    • Successful applicants must hold a “student” status of residence (visa status) in Japan.
  7. English Proficiency Test Score:
    • The English Proficiency Test Score must be from an examination taken on or after March 23, 2022, to meet the validity period requirement.

Scholarship Benefits:

Those who are awarded the MEXT (UR) Scholarship for International Students will be entitled to the following advantages:

  1. Full coverage of admission fees.
  2. 100% tuition coverage provided through the APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship.
  3. A monthly stipend of 144,000 JPY for living expenses (subject to potential adjustments).
  4. Economy class air travel between their home country and APU at the commencement and conclusion of the program.

Application Procedure:

Here is the step-by-step guide on how to apply for the MEXT (UR) Scholarship for International Students:

  1. Application Submission: Interested candidates should submit their APU application by November 15, 2023, for enrollment in September 2024. No additional documents are needed specifically for this scholarship consideration.
  2. APU Review and Selection: APU will carefully review the application documents and identify exceptional candidates to recommend to MEXT for the scholarship.
  3. Notification of Recommendation: Applicants selected for recommendation will be informed about their final APU application results, including the scholarship recommendation.
  4. Additional MEXT Application: The chosen candidates will then need to complete and submit additional MEXT application documents to APU as part of the process.
  5. Final Scholarship Decision: The ultimate decision regarding the scholarship award will be made by MEXT based on the submitted materials and assessment conducted by APU.

Application Deadline: November 15, 2023

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