Japanese Govt Invites SPM Leavers To Apply For Their 2023 Undergraduate Scholarships

Applicants must have at least 9As (A+ or A) in SPM to qualify for the scholarship.

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The Japanese government is inviting Malaysian high school leavers to apply for their 2023 MEXT Undergraduate Studies Scholarship programme for a chance to study in Japan

The Embassy of Japan in Malaysia announced that applications for the scholarship programme is open from now until 20 May 2022.

The scholarships are targeted towards Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) leavers, especially Malaysians aged 17 to 25, who aim to pursue their bachelor's degree at a Japanese university for the 2023 academic year.

Applicants must have at least 9As (A+ or A) in SPM — including in major subjects such as English, Mathematics, and Chemistry, Physics, or Biology — to qualify for the scholarship.

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The scholarships cover monthly allowances, all tuition and examinations, as well as a round-trip flight ticket to Japan

The tenure of the scholarship is five years, except for Medicine and Dentistry degrees which are seven years, inclusive of a one-year intensive Japanese language course.

Although the amount is subject to change, the embassy said recipients will receive a monthly stipend of JPY117,000 (RM4,000).

The government is looking for students with an interest in the field of:
Social Sciences and Humanities (such as Law, Politics, Economics, Business Administration, Pedagogy, Sociology, Literature, History, Finance, Japanese Language, etc)
Natural Sciences A (such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Naval Architecture, Engineering, Architecture, Applied Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Mercantile Marine, Biotechnology, etc)
Natural Sciences B (such as Agriculture, Agricultural Chemistry, Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Forestry, Food Science, Fisheries, Pharmacy, Hygienic, Nursing, and Biology)
– Natural Science C (such as Medicine and Dentistry)

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Qualified applicants will be required to sit for a written examination in Kuala Lumpur, tentatively in June this year

Subjects for the written examination will be based on the student's field of interest, including English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, or Physics.

After that, based on the results of the examination, short-listed candidates will be called for an interview at the embassy.

Besides SPM graduates, students who have completed their Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), A-Levels, Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), matriculation, or diploma in Malaysia are also encouraged to apply.

For complete information, visit the Embassy of Japan in Malaysia's website here.

Here's the embassy's post on Facebook:

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