Application for 2018 Japanese Government (MONBUKAGAKUSHO:MEXT) Scholarship (Embassy Recommendation Students)

Last Update: April 24, 2017

Thank you for your interest in the MEXT Scholarship and Keio University. Applicants who wish to enroll in Keio University through the Japanese Government Scholarship scheme should read the following information.

[ Notes ]
After arrival of your application at Keio University, it probably takes about three weeks for you to receive the result due to summer break of Professors.

Summer break:
Keio University will be closed from August 9 to August 16 due to summer break. Please be aware that we cannot reply to your email and call during the period mentioned above. Also, most professors are away from the campus from the end of July through the middle of September, so we may be not able to contact with professors.

1. Preliminary Screening

To apply for this Scholarship, you must pass a preliminary screening conducted by the Japanese Embassy / Consulate General where you live at first. For further information, please see the guidelines for Monbukagakusho scholarship applicants.

[English]Guidelines for Monbukagakusho Scholarship applicants 2018

[Japanese]Guidelines for Monbukagakusho Scholarship applicants 2018

2. Request for Letter of Acceptance

No application without any of the following materials will be accepted.

The candidates who has passed the preliminary screening must submit the following materials to Office of Student Services (International Exchange Services Group), Keio University no later than August 31, 2017.

1. CoverLetter
Please make sure to attach the Cover Letter.

2.Copy of the same set of documents as those submitted to the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General with a confirmation seal of the Japanese diplomatic mission.  Make sure to include "Placement Preference Form".  Even if you did not submit this form to the embassy, please fill it out and send it to us along with the other documents.

3.Copy of the certificate of the preliminary selection issued by the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General

4. InformationForm

5.Copy of passport (the page which shows your personal information and your face) if you have.

*Since the application documents will NOT be returned, please make sure you retain a copy for your records.


※There are two contact offices for Japanese Government (MONBUKAGAKUSHO:MEXT) Scholarship applicants at Keio University depending on the Graduate School you are going to apply for.

Applicant for

  • Graduate School of Letters
  • Graduate School of Economics
  • Graduate School of Law
  • Graduate School of Human Relations
  • Graduate School of Business and Commerce
  • Graduate School of Medicine
  • Graduate School of Business Administration
  • Graduate School of Media and Governance
  • Graduate School of Health Management
  • Graduate School of System Design and Management
  • Graduate School of Media Design
  • Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Law School

Address: MEXT Scholarship Coordinator
Keio University Office of Student Services (International Exchange Services Group),
Mita Campus
2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku Tokyo 108-8345 JAPAN

※Please send the materials to the above address by airmail or e-mail (Make sure to send by PDF).

Applicant for Graduate School of Science and Technology
Address: MEXT Scholarship Coordinator
Keio University Office of Student Services (International), Yagami Campus
Faculty of Science and Technology Yagami Campus
3-14-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama 223-8522 JAPAN

※Please send the materials to the above address by airmail or e-mail (Make sure to send by PDF).

Faculty Profile Links:

To complete the Information Form, you can access information on Keio faculty here.
Faculty Profile Links

★Tips for searching for a supervisor:

It would be better to consult with your university adviser and get him/her to introduce you to a suitable Keio professor at first. You may also find it helpful to review academic journals or other resources open to the public.

Please be aware that MEXT Scholarship Coordinator will not introduce any KEIO Professors to you.

★English Based Courses and Japanese Based Courses:

Please note that Keio University has an English based course only at the Graduate Schools of Economics, Science and Technology , Media and Governance ,System Design and Management , and Media Design . The applicant who seeks to obtain a degree at the Graduate Schools other than those Graduate Schools is required to have a native level Japanese knowledge, since the entrance examination and all the courses are conducted in Japanese. Although the MEXT can provide a 6-month Japanese language training program (full-time Japanese Language Course) during the first 6-month period after your arrival, that may not be enough to prepare for the entrance examination if you are a Japanese beginner. Please make sure that you discuss your future plan including full-time Japanese Language Course with your academic advisor well in advance.

3. Notification

After screening your documents, MEXT Scholarship Coordinator will contact the graduate schools or professors based on "Information Form" regarding whether they will provisionally accept the applicant. Letter of Acceptance will be sent to the address provided in your "Information Form". Please note that Keio University does not guarantee that the letter will be issued to every applicant. In the event the letter cannot be issued, MEXT Scholarship Coordinator will inform the applicant through the email given in the Information Form.

4. University Placement

MEXT determines university placement. Neither the applicant nor Keio University has authority to make this decision or influence its outcome. Additionally, a Letter of Acceptance does not, of itself, guarantee an assignment to Keio University.

* Entrance to a Master's / Doctoral program *
We strongly recommend you to read carefully the application guide of graduate schools you would like to enroll in before coming to Japan. That is because some schools require you to submit a "Certificate of Graduation" issued within three months before the deadline of the graduate school application, the original copy of TOFEL score, and so on. It will be much easier for you to prepare them in your country than in Japan.

The information on admission is available in Admission page of Keio Website. You can also go to admission information from page of graduate schools.
[ Admission page of Keio Website]
[ Page of graduate schools] only)