In April 2016, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) started the Global Scientists and Engineers Program (GSEP). Under this program, qualified international students who have little or no proficiency in the Japanese language are now able to enroll at Tokyo Tech to pursue a bachelor of engineering degree in Japan.
GSEP is an undergraduate program for international students striving to be scientists and engineers with a global perspective in transdisciplinary fields. Proficiency in the Japanese language is not required for admission, as courses will be taught in English. However, students will be required to study basic Japanese, and will be encouraged to further familiarize themselves with the language and culture throughout the course of their studies. Students who successfully acquire advanced Japanese skills may take elective courses taught in Japanese from third-year.
Eight (8) students will be awarded a four-year scholarship by MEXT in addition to being exempted from paying application, admission, and tuition fees. Additionally, ten (10) privately funded international can also be admitted to the program. The privately funded international students can apply for other scholarships upon entering Tokyo Tech.
Applicants must satisfy the stated conditions specified under (A) or (B):
(A) To apply as a student supported by the MEXT scholarship:
- (1) Applicants must be residing outside of Japan.
- (2) Applicants must be nationals of a country with which Japan has diplomatic relations.
- (3) Applicants must be born on or after April 2, 1996.
- (4) Overseas applicants must have either completed (or be expected to complete) 12 years of regular schooling or graduated from the equivalent of Japanese high school prior to arrival in Japan. Those who have acquired a qualification to enter a Japanese university by other means are also eligible (see (B) (3)).
- (5) Accepted applicants should arrive in Japan between April 1 and April 7, 2021 as designated by MEXT.
- (6) Accepted applicants must acquire a College Student (ryugaku) visa before entering Japan. Please also note that individuals who change their visa status after arrival in Japan to a category other than College Student will no longer be qualified to be a MEXT scholarship recipient from the date the visa category changes.
- (7) Persons falling under any of the following conditions are ineligible for the MEXT scholarship (if any of the conditions are discovered after the start of the MEXT scholarship period, the student will be required to withdraw from the scholarship):
- (a) those who are military personnel or military civilian employees at the time of their arrival in Japan or during the provision of the scholarship;
- (b) those who cannot arrive in Japan during the period designated by MEXT;
- (c) those who are/were recipients of a Japanese government (MEXT) scholarship;
- (d) those who are applying for other programs under which a scholarship will be awarded by the Japanese government (MEXT);
- (e) those who are currently enrolled at a Japanese university with a College Student (ryugaku) residence status, or those enrolled or scheduled to be enrolled at a Japanese university as privately financed international students from the start of the provision of the scholarship. This does not apply to currently self-financed international students at Japanese universities who will complete their studies and return to their countries before the end of March 2021;
- (f) those who are planning to receive a scholarship from an organization other than the Japanese government (e.g., a government organization in the applicant’s country) after the start of the MEXT scholarship period;
- (g) those who were expected to graduate but could not satisfy the required academic conditions and qualifications; and
- (h) those who already plan, at the time of application, to engage in long-term research activities outside Japan (i.e., internships, fieldwork, etc.) or take a long-term absence.
(B) To apply as a privately funded international student:
- (1) Applicants must not hold Japanese nationality and are required to possess a College Student (ryugaku) Visa or intend to acquire one by the time of their enrollment.
- (2) Applicants should be at least 18 years old by March 31, 2021.(Note: If applicants have completed 12 years of regular schooling or have graduated with a high school equivalency (acceptable by Japanese standards) by March 31, 2021, they are still eligible to apply even if they are under 18 years old.).
- (3) Applicants must have completed or be expected to complete a 12-year regular education outside of Japan by March 2021 (excluding Japanese programs located outside of Japan that have been recognized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (hereinafter referred to as “the Ministry”) as an equivalent to a Japanese high school program), or be designated by the Ministry , or be designated by the Ministry as well as by Tokyo Tech.
- (4) Applicants who fall under the following conditions may have their admission/acceptance to the program nullified.－applicants who were expected to graduate but could not satisfy the required academic conditions and qualifications by the date separately specified by Tokyo Tech
- (5) Those who have passed the examination for the GSEP program cannot apply for additional entrance examinations at Tokyo Tech. Exceptions can be made if a letter of withdrawal submitted by the applicant to the GSEP program is approved by Tokyo Tech.
- The top eight applicants who have applied under Eligiblity(A) will be awarded the MEXT scholarship for four years.
- Eligibility requirements for the MEXT scholarship can be found here.
- Students who have been accepted for a MEXT Scholarship will not be required to pay the enrollment fee or tuition.
- The MEXT scholarship provides a monthly stipend of JPY 120,000 for undergraduate students. The amount of the stipend is subject to change in accordance with the directives of the MEXT scholarship program.
- In accordance with MEXT regulations, students will be provided with an economy-class air ticket from the international airport closest to their place of residence in their country of nationality to Narita or Haneda International Airport.
Those who are applying for other MEXT scholarship programs such as those requiring a recommendation from the Japanese Embassy or Consulate General, or a scholarship of the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) will be required to decline candidacy of the MEXT scholarship offered under the GSEP.
Once enrolled at Tokyo Tech, MEXT scholarship students will have their academic achievements reviewed every year. If they fail to obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.3 or fail to meet academic standards set by Tokyo Tech, they will be disqualified from receiving the scholarship.
(2) Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
- Applicants who will enroll in Tokyo Tech under a scholarship other than those offered by MEXT and do not reside in Japan may apply for a Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students awarded by JASSO.
- Please note that individuals who have been granted the above scholarship cannot apply to receive other scholarships at the same time.
- The monthly stipend is JPY 48,000, which is subject to change in accordance with the directives from JASSO. This scholarship will be offered from April 2021 to March 2022. Applicants will still be required to pay the application, admission, and tuition fees even if they are granted this scholarship.
- Applicants who currently reside in Japan are not eligible to apply for this scholarship and are instead requested to follow the instructions provided at the following website:
How to Apply:
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04 September 2020