MEXT University Recommendation Scholarship at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

This scholarship is awarded to outstanding international students who are recommended by APU. The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) provides this scholarship with the aim of enhancing the international competitiveness and promoting the active exchange of international students in Japanese universities.

To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must first apply to APU. APU will then select eligible candidates to recommend to the scholarship organization.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Intend to study abroad in Japan from overseas
  • Not have Japanese nationality and be a national of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan
  • Be born on or after April 2, 1987
  • Have achieved a GPA of at least 2.30 on a 3.00 scale at their most recent university


  • Those who are serving on active military duty or civilians employed by the military at the time of application are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Recipients must be able to arrive in Japan during the arrival period stipulated by APU.
  • Those who apply for this scholarship cannot have received a MEXT scholarship in the past unless they have more than 3 years of educational research experience after the final payment of the previous MEXT scholarship award.
  • Those who apply for this scholarship cannot be applying for another MEXT scholarship.
  • Recipients of this scholarship cannot receive a scholarship from another scholarship organization while studying at APU.
  • Recipients of this scholarship must have “student” as their status of residence (visa status) in Japan.


  • 100% of tuition (covered by the APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship)
  • 144,000 JPY per month for living expenses (amount subject to change)
  • Economy class air travel between the home country and APU at the beginning and end of the program

Application and Selection Process

1. Submit the APU application by November 17, 2021 (for September 2022 Enrollment). Additional documents are not required to be considered for this scholarship.
2. APU reviews application documents and selects outstanding candidates to recommend to MEXT.
3. Applicants selected to be recommended for this scholarship are notified with their final APU application results.
4. Selected applicants complete and submit additional MEXT application documents to APU.
5. The final scholarship award results are decided by MEXT.

Application Period Start Date

  • The application will open on September 1, 2021, and applicants may submit their application at any time before the deadline for their desired application type. Regardless of the time of submission, applications will not be screened until after the corresponding application deadline.

September 2022 Enrollment

  1. Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (Doctoral) 2022 Enrollment Application Information
  2. Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (Master’s) 2022 Enrollment Application Information
  3. Graduate School of Management (MBA) 2022 Enrollment Application Information
  4. For Internal Applicants Admissions Guidelines for Current APU and Ritsumeikan University Students (2022) Enrollment

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