Study in Japan


Japanese Government
(Monbukagakusho: MEXT)
Scholarship 2024


General conditions
  • Belgian nationals
  • Born on or after 2 April 1989
  • Following academic background
    • For master’s and doctoral course (first phase) application
      • Completed 16 years of school education in countries other than Japan
      • Completed a program with the standard study period of three years or more at universities or equivalent educational institutions in countries other than Japan, and received a degree (bachelor’s or equivalent)
    • For doctoral course (second phase) / PhD application
      • Awarded with an overseas degree equivalent to a master’s degree or professional degree
      • Graduated from universities and have been involved in research study at universities or research centers for two years or more, and recognized as having academic competency equivalent to persons with a master’s degree by the graduate school
  • Willing to learn Japanese
  • Have ability to do research and adapt to life in Japan
*For details, please refer to the MEXT website.
Application Schedule
The following schedule may change according to regulatory measures.
Application deadline 16:00, 5 June 2023
Written exams and interviews*1 Latter half of June 2023 – the beginning of July 2023
Results of primary screening in Belgium*2 Early July 2023
Secondary screening in Tokyo October to November 2023
FINAL RESULTS with placement by Tokyo January 2024
Pre-departure orientation March 2024
Departure for Japan April or September/October 2024

*1: Past exams can be viewed here.
*2: Please note that, although candidates may be successful up until this point, the final result depends on confirmation of your university placement.

How to apply
・Please download the application documents from the following website and prepare them.
・Make an appointment by email ( for your documents submission during the application period (from 2 May to 5 June).  Be sure that you have all the required documents.
  Opening hours: 9:15-12:00 and 13:30-16:00 (Mon.- Fri.)
・Application documents will be examined in your presence.
Application deadline: 5 June 2023 (Monday), 16:00
  • Please read the application guidelines thoroughly.
  • Do not send your application by post or e-mail.
  • Do not visit the embassy without appointments.
  • Incomplete applications or late submission will not be accepted.
  • Submitted documents will not be returned.


For further information

Japan Information and Cultural Centre

If you are a non-Belgian national, please contact the Japanese Embassy of your country. 
(click here  to view a list of Japanese Embassies and Consulates in the world).