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Guideline for Application for “Japanese Government MEXT Scholarship for 2020
–Research Student” - Yemeni citizens
 
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships to Yemeni citizens who wish to study in graduate courses at Japanese universities either as (Non-Degree) student or regular student for a degree under the MEXT Scholarship Program for 2020.
 
- Applicant must have Yemeni nationality and be born on or after 2nd April 1985.
- Applicant must have completed or will complete a 16-year school.
- Enrolled as Non-Regular Student (research Student, part-time non-degree student, or auditor, etc.):
the scholarship will be provided either for 24 months (from April 2020 to March 2022) or 18 months (from October 2020 to March 2022).
- Enrolled as Regular Student (master's, doctor's or professional graduate course for a degree):
the scholarship will be payable for a period necessary for him/her to complete his/her regular course (standard course period).

- The Embassy will hold “Written Examination” (in both Japanese and English) and “Interview” (by either Japanese or English). Only applicant who passed the Documentary Screening will be contacted by the Embassy and invited to the “Written Examination” and “Interview”.
- Please see Selection Schedule and Qualification Exam in previous years. FAQ is also available on the bottom of this page.

※  For further information, please contact: Tel:(+967)711069069 (only 7:45am – 3:30pm, Sunday -Thursday) / Email: culture@sa.mofa.go.jp
 
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How to apply:
- Please read the guidelines carefully before you apply.
- Please submit all the required documents either
    1. to the Embassy of Japan in Yemen (Sanaa office) or
    2. to the Embassy of Japan in Riyadh
 
by 16th June, 2019 as follows:
※Written Examination and Interview must be taken at the Embassy to which applicant submitted the documents. Applicant must bear the expense for coming to the Embassy on his/her own.
  
1. Submission to the Embassy of Japan in Yemen (Sanaa office)
- Scan all the following documents into the PDF format and submit all of them together in one email to culture@sa.mofa.go.jp by 16th June, 2019. The submission by dividing documents into several emails is not accepted.

※These documents must be written in Japanese or English.
※Number the documents (1 through 10 or 11) in the right upper corner.
※Written Examination and Interview must be taken at the office of the Embassy in Sanaa.
※It is not accepted to submit the documents by hand to the office of the Embassy in Sanaa.

 
(1)Application Form (Download)
※Please write "Embassy of Japan in Yemen" in the blank of 7(3):Name of Japanese diplomatic office where you will apply for visa issuance.
(2)Placement Preference Application Form  
(Download)
(3)Field of Study and Research Plan (Download)
(4)Academic transcript for all academic year of university attended.
(5)Graduation certificate or degree certificate of the university attended (or an attested document certifying that the applicant will graduate from the school where applicable)
(6)Recommendation letter from the president/dean or the academic advisor at the current or last university attended (any form/style of letter is to be accepted (Download of Sample Format))
(7)Medical certificate on the prescribed form (Download)
(8)Abstracts of theses(Abstract of the graduation thesis and any presented papers, if applicable)
(9)Certificate of language proficiency (if applicable: e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, JLPT etc.)
(10)Recommendation letter from the present employer (if currently employed) (any form/style of letter is to be accepted
(Download of Sample Format))
(11)Photograph showing applicant's own works of art (only for those majoring in fine arts)
(12)Face photograph (4.5 by 3.5 cm)
(13)Copy of passport (Face photo page)
※All the original documents must be submitted to the Embassy after applicant’s passing the Documentary Screening step. The Embassy may request applicant to submit an additional document.
 

2. Submission to the Embassy of Japan in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Submit all the following documents by post to the address of the Embassy by 16th June 2019.
      The address of the Embassy:
       “Culture Section, Embassy of Japan, A-11 Diplomatic Quarter, P.O. Box 4095, Riyadh 11491”

- It is also possible to deliver the application documents by hand: please pass the documents to the security team at the Embassy's gate during 8AM - 5PM Sunday - Thursday. Write on the envelope [Attention to: Culture Section].

※These documents must be written in Japanese or English.
※Number the documents (1 through 10 or 11) in the right upper corner.
The submitted documents will not be returned to the applicant.
※Written Examination and Interview must be taken at the Embassy in Riyadh.
※It is responsibility of applicant to arrange the VISA to enter the Saudi Arabia for taking examinations in Riyadh.

 
(1) Application Form with a photo (4.5 by 3.5 cm): 1 original & 2 copies 
(Download)
※Please write "Embassy of Japan in Yemen" in the blank of 7(3):Name of Japanese diplomatic office where you will apply for visa issuance.
(2) Placement Preference Application Form: 1 original  (Download)
(3) Field of Study and Research Plan: 1 original & 2 copies  (Download)
(4) Academic transcript for all academic year of university attended: 1 original & 2 copies
(5) Graduation certificate or degree certificate of the last university attended (or an attested document certifying that the applicant will graduate from the school where applicable): 1 original & 2 copies
※A copy of the certificate is acceptable if the copy is attested by an authorized official of the university. Do not submit the originals as the submitted documents will not be returned.
(6) Recommendation letter from the president/dean or the academic advisor at the current or last university attended: 1 original & 2 copies (any form/style of letter is to be accepted
(Download of Sample Format))
(7) Medical certificate on the prescribed form: 1 original & 2 copies 
(Download)
(8) Abstracts of theses (Abstract of the graduation thesis and any presented papers, if applicable): 1 original & 2 copies
(9) Certificate of language proficiency (if applicable: e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, JLPT etc.): 3 copies
(10) Recommendation letter from the present employer (if currently employed): 1 original & 2 copies (any form/style of letter is to be accepted
(Download of Sample Format))
(11) Photograph showing applicant's own works of art or a recorded tape of musical performance (only for those majoring in fine arts or music): 1 original & 2 copies

                                                                                    
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F A Q 
I live in outside of both Yemen and Saudi Arabia? Can I apply through the Embassy of Japan in Cairo, Amman or others?
- No, application is opened only at the Embassy in Yemen (Sanaa office) and Riyadh in this year.
 
I would like to apply to the Embassy in Riyadh. Can the Embassy help me to obtain the VISA to enter Saudi Arabia?
- No, it is responsibility of applicant to arrange the VISA, and also bear the expense for coming to the Embassy.
 
Do I have to submit my photos with the application? 
- Yes, under any circumstances, submission of your photos is necessary. You may wear hijab, shemagh or ghutra.
 
Do I have to take Japanese exam? I have never studied Japanese before.
- It is mandatory for you to take both Japanese and English exam. You will not be rejected because of your lack of Japanese language ability. However trying to answer as much as you can in the Japanese exam will show your strong interest in studying in Japan. So, please prepare well with using Qualification Exams in previous years
  
I would like to bring my family member to Japan. Is it possible?
- Please note that under the MEXT scholarship program, the allowance and plane ticket fare will be covered only for the student who passed the exam. If you wish to bring your family to Japan, Japanese government will not pay for his/her visa, allowance or plane ticket fare. Visa processing time and necessary documents may vary depending on how you are related to the family member who wishes to go to Japan with you.
 
I have an important appointment on the exam day. Can you reschedule the date? 
- No, we cannot make any exception to be fair for every applicant.