Programme Details

The MEXT Scholarship has been developed by the Japanese Government to strengthen ties with other nations through educational and cultural exchanges.

There are 3 spots available for New Zealand Students and 2 spots available for Australian students with departure being the
9th of October 2024 returning the 11th of November 2024

New Zealand Students – CLOSED
Australian Students – 21st of April 2024

Scholarship Value & What's Included?

Through the MEXT scholarship the cost of this 4 week programme is $2,000 NZD/$1860 AUD with the Japanese Government covering the rest.  If you meet the criteria please follow the steps to apply below.

  • Pre departure Orientation in Auckland/Brisbane
  • Return flights to Tokyo, Japan from Auckland or Brisbane
  • Medical and Personal Liability Insurance
  • Host family placement during four week stay
  • 24/7 support from AFS Japan and AFS New Zealand


  • You will need to be between 15 years 6 months to 18 years 6 months.
  • Have been studying Japanese or willing to start studying Japanese prior to the start of the program. AFS will provide free online resources to the students.
  • Be enrolled in a New Zealand or Australian school.
  • Capable of adjusting to new experiences and environments, and open to adjusting to cultural difference.
  • Have an interest in the Japanese culture and language.

Apply here

To be considered for the MEXT Scholarship it is a requirement to make a 1 minute video introducing yourself and your interest in Japan. As well as a letter written by you for your potential host family.

The applications for NZ students is CLOSED
for Australian students it’s the 21st April 2024
Please send your video and letter to [email protected] by your country deadline.

We will contact you if you are successful or not within two days of the country deadline.
If you are successful you will have a month to fill in an application.

To find out more and to answer your questions you can go through this link. We will send you more information about AFS and send you a link to our next zoom session. Or alternatively email us on [email protected].

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