Japanese Government Scholarship (Research Student)
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships for foreign students who wish to study at Japanese universities as research students under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program. This scholarship enables recipients to study as research students at Japanese universities for 2 years and includes a 6-month intensive Japanese language course.
Application to Musashino Art University as a MEXT Scholarship Recipient
You are eligible to apply to our university as a research student under the MEXT scholarship after you pass the preliminary selection of the MEXT scholarship held by your nearest Japanese Embassy/Consulate.
If you have passed the preliminary selection of the MEXT scholarship and are interested in being accepted at our university, please send the following documents by mail or by e-mail by Fri., August 24, 2018 (Japan time);
1) Copies of the documents submitted to the Japanese diplomatic mission that were stamped by the mission and returned to the applicants
(Application Form, Field of Study and Research Plan, Certified grade transcript for each academic year, Graduation certificate or degree certificate of the last university attended, Recommendation letter from the president/dean or the advisor of the last university attended or the university currently attending, etc.)
2) Copy of a passing Certificate of the First Screening issued by the diplomatic mission
3) Musashino Art University Application Form
- * Application documents or copies thereof will not be returned once submitted, regardless of any special circumstances on the part of the applicant.
Please send application by mail or by e-mail to
Musashino Art University
Center for International Relations
1-736, Ogawa-cho, Kodaira-shi, Tokyo , 187-8505 JAPAN
We will notify applicants of the screening result by mid to late September.
Frequently Asked Questions about MEXT Scholarship
Do I write the name of the professor whom I would like to be supervised by at the time of application?
Yes, it is strongly advised that you write the name of the professor you would like to be supervised by.
The profile of our professors is available at
The deadline to submit the Letter of Acceptance to the Embassy/Consulate is before your application deadline (end of August), do you think you could issue the Letter of Acceptance before the end of August?
No. We receive applications until the end of August, so we are afraid that we cannot issue the Letter of Acceptance before we close the application submission. We receive many applications from MEXT applicants throughout the world, and we would like to be fair to all the applicants. If we issue the Letter of Acceptance in June to someone, that would affect the following applicants, say those who apply in August, because each Department tends to accept just one or two MEXT students due to the limited number of professors who can take care of MEXT students and due to space/facility issues. Please inform your Japanese Embassy/Consulate of our screening schedule.
Are the classes conducted in English?
All the classes at our university are conducted solely in Japanese; therefore, it is strongly advised that you attain at least a basic command of Japanese before coming to Japan . Also, if you are accepted at our university as a research student, you are required to take a 6-month intensive Japanese course offered by MEXT before starting at our university.
Can I do the Master’s/Doctoral course when I first get accepted at your university under the MEXT scholarship?
We basically accept MEXT scholarship students as research students first. They study for either 6 months or one year and a half as research students, then take an entrance exam, and if they pass it, then they start the Master’s/Doctoral course. If you would like to start the Master’s/Doctoral course from the beginning of the MEXT scholarship period, you need to take the entrance exam prior to coming to Japan (It is held either in October or January every year and it takes place only in Japan. Please check the schedule beforehand, since some departments have their exam either only in October or January). It costs 35,000 yen, and this fee can be reimbursed only if you pass the exam and decide to study at our university.
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