Student Exchange Programs
1. Intake of foreign students
The Japanese government is promoting the “300,000 international student plan”, which aims to accept 300,000 international students by year 2020. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in partnership with The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), the governing body for education in Japan, and other ministries, provide wide-ranging services for international students. This includes providing study in Japan information, assistance for former international students and others.
2. Accepting International Students
(1) Provision of study in Japan information
Overseas missions of Japan, act as major source of information for potential international students. They provide individual consultations and hold study in Japan information sessions which may cover Japanese Government Scholarship, university and college information, and other general information regarding life as a student in Japan. Information about studying in Japan is also available on the website, “STUDY in JAPAN”.
(2) Recruiting and screening of Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Students
At present, prospective students from about 190 countries and regions interested in obtaining Japanese Government Scholarship, can apply to Japan’s overseas missions where the initial screening process is conducted to be shortlisted for final selections procedure by MEXT in Japan.
(3) Pre-departure orientation
Overseas missions provide pre-departure orientation for Japanese Government Scholarship students about travel to Japan.
(4) Stay in Japan
Support is given to cultural exchange and other international student support structures, conducted by local government and private entities. In addition, cultural exchange and support for Japanese Government Scholarship students from ASEAN are conducted through ASJA International.
3. Support for Returning Students
After completing their studies in Japan, international students are expected to use their experience to play active roles in their home countries and beyond. They serve as a valuable bridge between Japan and their home countries, and thereby contribute to the deepening of the understanding of Japan and friendly relationships between Japan and other countries. MOFA, through overseas missions, provides support for organizing alumni associations of former international students to Japan and support for alumni activities and functions to ensure that the former students keep in touch with Japan. There are 205 Japan alumni associations of the former international students in 111 countries (as of December 2018).
4. Promotion of Japanese students to study abroad.
By 2020, Japanese government aims to double the number of students studying abroad to 120,000. There is a global trend in demand for talented individuals who can take an active part in the ever globalizing world with valuable skills in foreign language and intercultural understanding. For this reason, MOFA encourages Japanese students to study abroad more than ever.