Hatsumoude is the custom of offering New Years’ prayers at a temple or shrine in Japan -and this year MSA started the new year by just doing just that! On the 3rd of January, we visited Meiji Shrine in Tokyo - one of the most important shrines in Japan and actually the busiest shrine for … Continue reading Hatsumoude – New Years Prayers at Meiji Shrine
In just a few weeks, a new batch of MEXT scholars will be arriving in Japan. Just as in last year, we will be holding a set of welcome meetups throughout the whole of Japan in order to welcome them. We wish that these events become chances for current scholars and alumni who have been … Continue reading Announcement: Autumn Welcome Meetups 2018
Written by: Ly Techsrun * This article will be divided into the following groups for the scholarship extensions for: A. Specialized training colleges to undergraduate courses B. Bachelors to Masters’ courses C. Research students The conditions for scholarship extension as below may be changed in the next application process. Please be sure to check the … Continue reading How Do I Extend the Scholarship When I End My Current Course and What are the Conditions?
We thank everyone for being a part of the event and turning it into a great success (despite the heavy rain). We have had an amazing turn out of MEXT scholars and alumni. A quick snap of the event: Alba told her amazing story of how she moved from biotechnology to entrepreneurship and what she … Continue reading Deloitte Tohmatsu Venture Support x MSA: Find your mission workshop
SUMMARY Yes, You may be allowed to if you meet the following conditions: If there is no significant change in the research field or major in your college. And if there are 'reasonable' reasons for changing university for a MA's or Doctoral Program. Written by: Jihyeon Kim As a rule, MEXT students are expected to … Continue reading Can I do my BA / MA and PhD at different universities?
SUMMARY Your post-graduation plans will depend heavily on the following: What career you want What you can offer to potential employers What kind of opportunities you get to know as a student But in any case, overconfidence is a big no-no Starting to look for opportunities early also really helps A list of companies where … Continue reading What job opportunities do I have after I graduate?
SUMMARY Yes, it is possible, but monthly allowance might be stopped while you are abroad and your scholarship term will not be extended. As a delicate issue, be sure to contact your supervisor and your office the soonest possible before applying to go abroad. Written by: Pedro Couteiro Can I go on exchange as a … Continue reading Is it possible to go on exchange while on MEXT scholarship?
SUMMARY Whatever difficulties you are facing, be aware that there is always support available These can include dormitory tutors, school student counsellors, anonymous counselling services etc. Please view the full article for a list of resources Written by: Austin Zeng Always keep in mind: You are not alone! One thing that we all know is … Continue reading Who do I approach if I need help?
SUMMARY Be aware of the fact that the job hunting cycle is entirely different from most other countries in the world. More specifically, job-hunting can start as early as the summer two years before you graduate if you graduate in spring. The situation for students graduating in autumn is more complex. The typical Japanese job-hunting … Continue reading Job hunting in Japan as an international student
We all know that the MEXT scholarship is difficult to get - but what we often don’t know are the wonderful things that former scholars are doing to impact society. Luke, one of these former MEXT scholars, for example, was one of the team who created the online language learning platform called "iKnow" (https://iknow.jp/). This … Continue reading Free use of language learning tool (iKnow) for MEXT scholars!