Study Abroad at TMU

Japanese government [MEXT] scholarships

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) administers a Japanese government scholarship program for international students in order to provide outstanding international students with opportunities to study in Japan. There are three ways to apply for the scholarships: embassy recommendation, university recommendation and domestic selection. Note that there are very few slots available in all three categories, and selection processes are very competitive. For detailed application guidelines, please refer to the MEXT website

(1)Embassy Recommendation

International research students (graduate school level) 
Feb. - May. It differs depending on country where Japanese diplomatic mission is located.
Applicants submit applications to the Japanese embassy or consulate in their home country, and undergo a preliminary screening (written test and interview). After passing, applicants must obtain a Letter of Acceptance from Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU). Selection as a Japanese government scholarship student is determined after a final screening by MEXT. For details, click here.

(2)University Recommendation

International research students (graduate school level)
Nov. - Dec. Applications are accepted, through TMU teaching staff, from overseas universities with which TMU has a partnership agreement or a prior history of exchange. TMU screens the applications and recommends selected applicants to MEXT.

(3)Domestic Selection

International research students (graduate school level)
Oct. - Nov. TMU selects outstanding privately financed international students from among those already enrolled at TMU, and recommends nominees for Japanese government scholarships to MEXT. For details, click here.