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  • [ Q & A ]

  • [ The MEXT Scholarship ]

  • Hey everyone, it's me, Loretta/KemushiChan!

  • One of the most popular videos I posted recently

  • is "How I Moved to Japan"

  • talking about the MEXT Scholarship

  • and how I was granted it and allowed to move to Japan

  • for grad school and live here

  • basically all expenses paid.

  • It has been a year!

  • and I'm still getting comments on that video asking about

  • questions about the process, tips, tricks & things you were confused about

  • so I thought I'd go over that in a video today.

  • To my viewers in Japan:

  • this video is basically all in English so

  • maybe this time it can be more like listening practice.

  • If you're into that type of thing

  • feel free to use the subtitles

  • to watch this video!

  • YEAHH!

  • To do this I'm going to BRIEFLY

  • go through your comments and messages

  • Also, just letting you know, I dont work for the Japanese government.

  • If you have legitimate questions about your eligibility

  • or if you want to check on a special case

  • there's a link to every consulate offering this scholarship

  • But for more general questions, 319 of them...

  • LET'S GO!

  • "I only see scholarships for doctors and whatnot?"

  • The scholarhips available to you are written on your consulate website.

  • CLICK THE LINK!

  • As far as I know, the standard Scholarship options are

  • The 4-year college in Japan scholarship

  • the one year study abroad while you're a college student

  • Research Student! Grad school, pHD or Doctors...

  • that's for higher education, post-graduate studies

  • Specialized Training College

  • That's for any non-typical, non-academic school

  • training, vocational school, etc.

  • In terms of being a doctors...

  • Check on your consulate website!

  • Next question:

  • "Do you have to pay the government back afterwards?"

  • NO.

  • It's a scholarship, not a school loan.

  • But that's why the application process is so rigorous!

  • "Do I need to be able to write Japanese?"

  • At least for the Research Student graduate-level scholarship

  • there is a part of the application process where

  • if you get so far, they ask you to take Japanese assessment test.

  • They do say it's just an assessment.

  • But they do use it to get an idea of how strong your Japanese is.

  • It's not a requirement that you be fluent in Japanese

  • I think it more depends on which school you apply to,

  • whether they're competitive or not,

  • It looks better if you can read/write Japanese

  • but that's not a required part of the application.

  • If you're worried, check with your local consulate.

  • "Do you still take the language assessment if you passed JLPT N1"

  • Yep! Congrats on N1!

  • "Do you know anyone who took their families as a grad student?"

  • No, I don't think I've personally met anyone

  • who brought their spouse or family over.

  • But it's not on heard of.

  • On almost every school's website they'll say

  • if you're coming and you're bring your family or your spouse

  • the best advice is to get set up, yourself, first

  • and then bring them over.

  • I very highly agree with that

  • it's a lot of adjusting.

  • You land and fall into a pile of paperwork

  • so you kind of want to get settled before bringing everyone else.

  • Asking about the research scholarship...

  • "Should you start reaching out to schools before starting your application."

  • In the application process there is the initial screening

  • then testing,

  • then there's the part where you reach out to schools

  • show them your nominated and ask them to accept you.

  • But in terms of when to reach out,

  • I would start reaching out if you can.

  • Certain schools have MEXT scholarship sections on their websites

  • so try reaching out to teachers through there.

  • Try to get as many schools and professors as you can

  • so that you have an idea of who to reach out to if you get to that point

  • because you will be short on time.

  • Another question from Maya!

  • What did I choose for my research plan?

  • You can propose a study of whatever you want

  • but I highly recommend you place it in the framework

  • of things that Japan's government understands.

  • For me, I like start ups,

  • but writing a proposal saying ' I want to research startups"

  • It sounds a little like, "...yeah, but what?"

  • Think of what excites them, so for me,

  • I basically said

  • there's a lot of news that the 2020 Olympics

  • will supposedly revamp Japan's economy

  • and my research is more about Tokyo startups

  • and global startups bring foreign talent to Japan.

  • Is that really a solution to Japan's economy problem?

  • How do you manage a business like that?

  • How do you grow a business like that in this environment?

  • That's what my research is about.

  • Take whatever your topic is

  • and frame it in those buzz words or whatever else Japan is currently interested in

  • make it obvious why they'd want to pay you to do research

  • that they want to see done.

  • "Does Illustration count under the Specialized Training Scholarships"

  • which is the non-University version

  • if you want to go to trade school or vocational school

  • there is a .pdf that lists the types of schools

  • I remember seeing culinary school, design, fashion...

  • so you should check that list.

  • "Did you have to take any other assessments (math, chemistry, etc.) besides Japanese?"

  • For me, no!

  • "For Research Student Scholarship: can medical students apply?"

  • I remember seem a blurb about the medical/ pre-med track

  • there was something...and it may not be possible

  • but it is written on the website so check for that.

  • "Do they have any majors/minors in Music over there?"

  • It depends on the school.

  • You're applying for a scholarship AND a school.

  • So while you're looking at the scholarship

  • start looking for schools that have your preferred program.

  • If you're doing the research scholarship

  • what ever major you pick is supposed to be close to

  • whatever you did in college.

  • So your major, foreign language and business,

  • supposedly, for the MEXT scholarship

  • either stick to something close to that

  • or convince the gov't why it makes sense to change your major.

  • "Do they check for high GPAs in the MEXT scholarship?"

  • Yep! They ask for your transcripts.

  • I don't know how closely they look at them

  • so just keep that in mind.

  • "Do I have to be in college to apply to the Research Student Scholarship?"

  • Nope, as long as you qualify for all their other qualifications

  • I was six years into the workforce when I applied

  • so I went back to school 6 years after graduating (college).

  • Should be fine.

  • "Would you really be able to live off the scholarship

  • without a part-time job?"

  • You can live off of it, but it's pretty tight.

  • If you intend to go out, socialize, etc.

  • then you'll probably want a part time job.

  • The scholarship is basic living expenses

  • so that you can exist and eat.

  • What is this?

  • Satisfaction bar??

  • Some kind of protein bar thing.

  • YOU CAN AFFORD MORE THAN THIS.

  • "Is it required that you can speak Japanese?"

  • No, like I said before

  • I've met MEXT students who do and don't speak Japanese

  • in general I think it's better that you at least try to learn

  • or show that you are trying to learn.

  • There's that language assessment test so

  • WATCH OUT FOR THATTTT

  • "What about the interview process & your research project creation?"

  • So this is for the Research Student Scholarship.

  • The interview was pretty rough!

  • They basically grilled you on your research project

  • there's a panel of judges. I had 3 in my case.

  • Two were Japanese, one was an American

  • who had gone through the MEXT scholarship in the past.

  • They want to ask about your Research at that point

  • It's a lot of money that they're offering you so

  • they want to ensure that you're worth

  • their time, effort and money to send you to Japan.

  • I used advice from a past professor

  • that I used for other scholarships I've done.

  • In each field there's always a hot topic

  • that people want to know more about

  • if you can bring your research proposal closer to that

  • it makes you look more relevant, on top of the field and cutting edge

  • that's kind of the stuff they're looking for

  • so mine was business in Japan

  • so I brought it into the realm of Tokyo business

  • in terms of the olympics, etc.

  • "Is accomodation provided?"

  • It depends on the school but

  • usually you're set up with some kind of dorm application process

  • and if you want to, you can move out from there.

  • This is not a dorm, as you can probably tell

  • because I moved out!

  • "Does the Research Student Scholarship also apply to you if you become a regular graduate student?"

  • If you test into a regular graduate program

  • you can apply to have your scholarship extended.

  • It's technically not automatically granted, you have to apply for it.

  • Someone ask about their case,

  • If they took a year off in High School in but graduated later,

  • can they still apply for the Undergraduate option.

  • Not sure, this sounds like a special case option

  • I would ask the consulate about your situation.

  • "Do you recommend applying to a school that will accept me easily?"

  • YES.

  • You definitely need a safe/fall-back school.

  • You're not just competing at your consulate

  • you're competing with everyone in your country

  • people around the world and those already in Japan

  • who all want scholarships for the same schools.

  • So if you''re trying to get into one of the most elite schools in Japan

  • you're fighting the entire world to do so.

  • GET A BACK-UP SCHOOL.

  • Do we really need to learn hiragana, katakana, & kanji for the exam?

  • I would say DEFINITELY learn hiragana, katakana, and a little kanji

  • You're going to be assessed on your language skills

  • and if you haven't taken to the effort to learn at least that much

  • why would they take the effort to pay for you??

  • "Why am I trying to extend my scholarhip into an actual grad degree program" ?

  • Honestly, all the work I did before in New York

  • I would sit down with people and they'd ask

  • what's my actual experience in Japan.

  • I'd be like: "Well, I went to school a little bit and learned a lot of Japanese?"

  • So for me, this is my FREE chance to go to Japan

  • and kind of lay down some roots

  • so that I can build a more sound career for myself.

  • "If you get a degree in Japan, does it count in the U.S.?"

  • The schools that offer the MEXT scholarship

  • are all public, accredited schools in Japan.

  • But if you are in a high demand field

  • for example, studying to be a lawyer or doctor, etc.

  • those fields are already very picky about what school you go to

  • so outside of medicine, law & other high-demand fields

  • I wouldn't worry about that.

  • It's getting dark guys! There's a lot of questions!

  • "Is your apartment provided by MEXT?"

  • Nope, I found this one through a friend of a friend

  • usually with MEXT you have option to move into

  • a dorm first and get settled

  • so you don't need to worry about aparments unless you want to.

  • "After the scholarship can you extend your visa into a permanent residency?"

  • Nahh, dude!

  • The way visas work in Japan,

  • a student visa doesn't count towards permanent residency.

  • So if you want to live in Japan as a permanent resident

  • a Work Visa is the best route to get that done quickly.

  • Can you apply to MEXT if you went to an online high school?

  • That, again, sounds like a special case.

  • I would ask the Consulate directly.

  • But I'm assuming if you had a regular diploma,

  • then that's fine?

  • But don't take my word for it. Definitely ask.

  • So thomson90tan saw my apartment

  • and said this looks too expensive for the MEXT scholarship.

  • "Are you working parttime?"

  • I got a student discount through a friend

  • so I could pay for this via MEXT

  • but I do have a job as well.

  • To anyone on the MEXT scholarship

  • I think it's good to have a