For Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholars

Hey there fellow scholar!

Here, are all the posts I've made about the MEXT scholarship. If there's anything I've left out, or if there's anything you want to know, let me know and I'll try to answer your questions! (And perhaps I should make a FAQ page too?)

Please remember that all these posts reflect my personal experience. You may experience something quite different (especially for the application, and especially if you're from a different country). If you want to share your experience, please feel free to comment or email me*. And I welcome guest posts as well (if you're going to Osaka gaidai, even better! I'd love to know more).

FREE EBOOK: I've made a 100+ page PDF summarising my MEXT experience. You can get pretty much the same information from the blog posts below, but if you want something to read offline, just go to this post.

Blog Posts
Introduction (The Application Process)
Pledge 
Pre-Arrival Information (for Tokyo University of Foreign Studies students)
The Dorm Room at TUFS (Picture Heavy)
University Presentations 
Post-Exam Write Up (Reflections on eight months of TUFS)
University Posting (Preliminary)
Kyushu University (Kyudai): Year 1
Kyudai Year 1 Semester 2
Kyushu University Lesson Review: 日本事情
Introducing QREC
Choosing my ゼミ (Part 1)
ゼミresults (Part 2)
A Note on the MEXT Scholarship Amount and Groceries 
Making Friends in Japan

Guests Posts
Osaka U-Program (Guest post by Devangi)

Guides
House Hunting for Students
How To Renew Your Visa
How to Change Your Phone Carrier
Shukatsu (Job hunting) Seminar Notes
How to Get a Job in Japan (Q&A Format)
How to Live on a Budget
How I Got My Driver's License

Question and Answer Time!
Frequently Asked Questions: Geared towards the application process (and a little bit about life in TUFS
Frequently Asked Questions Part II: Geared towards life in Japan during the language year.
Frequently Asked Questions Part III: There are three sections - scholarship, life in Japan, university related things and personal matters. Some answers to previous FAQs were updated here, so do check it out as well.
Frequently Asked Questions Part IV: Odds and ends. But I do cover the question of applying for the scholarship while in NS.
Please Do NOT Ask Me These Questions (These are questions that I can not answer - and at the end, I do tell you which questions I love to answer!)
Please look at these three pages before emailing/commenting with questions(:

Fellow scholar Inas has also made an FAQ video! Check it out on Youtube here.


Others:
The Monbusho Scholarship and How to go Study in Japan: My friend Austin over at Tofugu shares his advice, go read it!
Inas is an Indonesian scholar who got the MEXT scholarship and started vlogging! If you don't like reading my (quite often) wordy posts, you should check out her YouTube channel. You can read my introduction of her here.
With a Leap of Faith: My cousin Charmaine is also a MEXT scholar (whooo it runs in the family [maybe]), and she's studying in Osaka now!
-> Also, my cousin just recorded some sample lectures, why don't you give them a try?
MEXT Past Year Papers: Many people have asked me for it, and up till now, I didn't have the link. However, Rodolfo from Mexico sent it to me, and then Brandon from Singapore sent me the updated link, so if you want to thank someone, thank them. ^^
Japan, Through Seasons and Time: A Blog by another MEXT scholar! Her language school was Osaka University!

Disclaimer: I am just a MEXT scholar student, and while I can try to give advice, I cannot assure you that what I say will come true. This is especially so if you're from a country other than Singapore as I have no idea what the selection process is like in your country. 

*Note: A few of you have found my Facebook page and messaged me through Facebook. Please be aware that these messages normally go straight to the "Other" inbox, which I rarely check. In any case, my Facebook is for friends and family, so if you want to chat, please email me, leave a comment or use Google+ (If you're messaging me through Google+, please let me know you're here from this blog. If it's just a "hi" I probably won't reply)! I will definitely get back to you as soon as possible. Please do NOT message my Facebook, I won't reply.

32 comments :

  1. Hi Eustacia, I'm sorry that I'm asking my question here, the FAQ column is not responding...please I'm applying for the MEXT scholarship and on the application form it says that those born on April 2 1992 - April 1 1997 are eligible to apply,my problem is that i was born on the month of March 11 1992. I just want to know if you've seen anybody with a similar case as mine.

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    1. Hi Shelia!

      Hmm.... it seems like you missed the age cutoff by a little! I'm not very sure, but I think all of us are within the age limit (at least, we're all within the same few years).

      I think you should check directly with the embassy about this.

      Sorry I couldn't be of much help.

      ._.

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  2. hello, eustacia-senpai
    i'm fadlan. i have a question

    What books are used for support in preparation for a written test of Monbukagakusho Scholarship?
    especially prepare for math test if choose social and humanities study

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    1. Hi Fadlan,

      I'm sorry, but I didn't use any books at all. I did use the past year papers provided by JASSO, but that was about it.


      All the best!

      ^_^

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  3. Eustacia senpai have a paper from 2011-2012 ?

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  4. Great article. I'm applying currently for the undergraduate scholarship, but I thought it was meant for high school graduates only. I'm graduating from university already, but I'm still in the age limit. By the way, in my case, which documents will I include, my high school documents or my university documents? thanks

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    1. Hi Ariel!

      Hmmm.... if you're graduating from university, why not apply for the graduate scholarship? I'm not sure what documents are needed, seeing as I applied while I was in Junior College (High School). Perhaps you should check directly with the embassy.

      Sorry I couldn't help!

      ^_^

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  5. ms Eustacia,im applying for the mext undergraduate for medicine here in Brazil,i know the difference between countries,but in your country and your view,and from the people you know,is the selection really hard,i mean,can normal people be selected(non Einstein),with average grades? thank you for your timev
    matheus

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    1. Hi Matheus,

      I'm definitely normal. In fact, I'm not that smart, so there's hope for everyone!

      ^_^

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  6. hi i was hoping you could answer a few questions
    1.- my school year ends in july and it says that you have to be able to go to japan by april is there any chance that it´d be ok if i arraived a little late (considering i wouldn´t go directly to university but to preparatory education)
    2.- my parents aren´t gonna give me any money at all so is the money they give you enough to live decently? (i don´t know how much it costs to live in asia let alone japan)
    3.- if i really don´t want to do my undergraduate degree in tokyo do i get a say in it
    4.- and just how is it living there?

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    1. oh i forgot something i am currently finishing 10th grade and up untill now i haven´t the best grades ever since i didn´t really care but then i heard about this scholarship and raised my grades from 8.4 to 9.6 but the thing is the change in my grades barely started and i´ve only got a year and a half to raise a little more till i´d have to apply so just how competitive is this thing? i read that there are a lot of students aplying from china, the phillipines, and other countries that are relativly close to japan but that from america there have only been from the us and canada which means there haven´t been many from my country i was just wondering if i´d actually have a shot at it

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    2. Hi Sofia,

      I'll try my best to answer your questions:

      1. I think it should be fine, but it would mean that the Japanese government won't pay for your ticket there (I think). If I remember correctly, one of the rules were that to get that free ticket there, we had to travel by their time.

      2. You'll definitely be fine for the first year. From the second year onwards.... well, I'm still figuring that out! But you can get a part-time job from then onwards so there should be no worries.

      3. Of course. You do get to choose which university you want to go to (provided you have the required marks)

      4. I love it! I've made so many posts on it, well, most of my posts on this blog is on life in Japan, so feel free to read around!

      Hmm..... I believe that you're competing only with students from your own country. I'm not very sure on the selection details though, it might be better if you ask the embassy directly. Sorry I can't help here >.<

      ^_^

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  7. Hi, my name is Jean Pierre and i'm from mexico. First of all, i want to thank you for all the information you offer us concerning the mext scolarship. As you said, there is few information about undergraduate mext. I find this info particullarly useful because I'm applying to it.
    Days ago I took the test and last wenedsday the embassy informed me that I was selected for the interview. I would like to know what question did they asked you when you had the interview. Is it really hard and important for the obtention of the scholarship?
    Thank you in advance. Please, answer me as soon as possible, because my interview is on wenedsday and i'm pretty nervous.

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    1. Hi Jean Pierre,

      I'm glad you found the information useful. I can't remember much of the interview, but yes, it's very important - the interview is the final stage of the embassy selections. If I remember correctly, most of the questions were normal, stuff like why you want to study in Japan, what do you want to do in the future, etc.

      All the best!

      ^_^

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  8. Hi, my name is Erdiani and i'm from Indonesia. I'd like to ask about the written test for MEXT scholarship, especially about the answer sheet for math, do we just give the answer or we have to explain the calculation process to get the answer? Thank you!

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    1. I can't remember what the instructions were, but I wrote out the steps. That was really what I was taught in school though - I think the test paper will state whether the workings need to be written down. All the best!

      ^_^

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  9. hi Eustacia, greeting from Peru, first of all ill like to thank you for sharing this valuable information to all of us, im looking foward to take the MEXT(Monbukagakusho) exam next year, im really nervous about the math exam, there is a link provided by the studyinjapan.go. where u can find "Qualifying Examinations for Applicants for Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarships 2010 - Examination Questions" and the test looks really hard, How u prepare for the math exam please i dont know what is the difference between studying from that webpage or the EJU website. thanks for your time :)

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    1. Hi Daniel,

      Like I've said before, I just the past year papers and hoped for the best. I got the papers from the JASSO website and didn't actually do anything else, so I'm not qualified to advise you on this :p (Although, as far as I know, the EJU exams are for private students going to study in Japan, and not the students on MEXT)

      All the best!

      ^_^

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    1. Hi Tanvir,

      To be honest, I don't even know my own marks. I have no idea if your marks are good enough to get the scholarship (so please don't ask me).

      Your next question is covered in the MEXT application form ^^

      And well, it depends on where you live. If you stay in Tokyo, a part-time job may be necessary. In other places.... not so much.

      Best,

      ^_^

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  11. Hello
    My name is Vijay
    I want to know that ..is Japanese language is compulsory for MEXT scholarship ?

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  12. Hello, I'm Namwan from Thailand. I would like to know that for Kyushu university did you have to take entrance exam? Thank you so much!

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    1. Hi Namwan!

      For MEXT scholars, the answer if no. If you're intending to apply as a private student, the answer is yes.

      All the best!

      ^_^

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    2. Thank you, Eustacia! I didn't know anyone from Kyushu university and I was kind of curious :P I'm sorry, but I forgot asking another thing, for MEXT scholars, is it no for all faculties? Thank you a lot! :D

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    3. I'm actually not sure :/ I only know that it's "no" for Econs/Business, but since no one else came to Kyudai with me, I have no idea bout the other faculties. Sorry!

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    4. It's okay. It seems not many people want to go to Kyushu. :I Anyway thank you so much senpai! :)

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    5. Yeah, Kyushu is underrated :/ All the best!

      ^_^

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Thank you so much for reading and commenting! I love to hear your opinions and stories! (And if you want to guest post, do let me know too!)

If you have a question about the MEXT scholarship, please check the FAQs and anti-FAQs to see if it's been covered.