Finally Undergraduates Scholarships for International Students wishing to carry out Undergraduate study in Japan is now possible under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Monbukagakusho
These sets of scholarships are offered to foreign students who wish to deepen their understanding of the Japanese language, Japanese affairs and Japanese culture. The main purpose of these scholarships is to promote mutual understanding and deepening friendly ties between Japan and other countries through the application of advanced knowledge regarding Japan’s language and culture.
To be eligible:
Information and application guidelines can be accessed from mext.go.jp
You can reach the list of Japanese embassies in Africa where you can be consulted for more information and screening procedures on this link.
For Research students
You must be under 35 years of age and a college graduate (includes prospective graduates). Or you must have completed 16 years of schooling.
Teacher training students
You must be under 35 years of age and a graduate of a college or teacher training college. You must have at least five years of active experience as a teacher in a primary, secondary or teacher training college in your country. (Please note that college and university teachers currently in active service are not considered for this scholarship).
Undergraduate university students
You must be at least 17 and under 22 years of age and have completed 12 years of school education or have completed courses in a school comparable to a high school (includes prospective graduates).
Japanese studies students
Applicants for these must be from 18 to 30 years old. Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate students in faculties or schools which major in Japanese language or Japanese culture in a university outside Japan at the time when they come to Japan and must be enrolled in the home institution at the time when they return to their home countries.
College of technology students
You must be at least 17 and under 22 years of age and have completed school education comparable to a high school (a minimum of 11 years beginning in primary school) education (includes prospective graduates).
Special training college students
You must be at least 17 and under 22 years of age and have completed 12 years of schooling or have completed school education comparable to a Japanese high school (includes prospective graduates).