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Studying in Japan is cheaper than in other countries, but still an expensive experience. There are many scholarships that help afford a Japanese university education, but one of the most prestigious ones is offered by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
The MEXT (Monbukagakusho) scholarships have already supported around 92,000 students from 160 countries and regions, according to the government’s official records. Students who want to pursue technical or university education in Japan are welcomed to challenge to try to get one of them.
There are six types of scholarships: research student, teacher training student, undergraduate student, Japanese studies student, college of technology students, and special training college student. The amount of the scholarship varies from ¥143,000 (around USD 1,430) to ¥148,000 (around USD 1,480) per month, for post-graduation levels, and ¥117,000 (around USD 1,170) to ¥120,000 (around USD 1,200) per month for undergraduate levels. The scholarship length is different for each program and in some cases can be extended.Not only are the students awarded with a monthly allowance, but the university or school fees are also free of charge to the student, so the student can use the whole amount of the scholarship for his or her own expense.
It is possible to apply for the scholarships while in Japan or while in your home country, and some say that the first option is the hardest one. While in Japan, you must be already accepted by an institution and you need to be recommended or selected by the university you are to be enrolled in. The other way is by “Embassy recommendation”, when you apply at your home country’s Japanese Embassy and are required to pass some tests and interviews.
The MEXT scholarship is currently being offered to students in 168 countries and you can find detailed information at your country’s Japanese Embassy or at this website: http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/index.html