Education & Culture


MEXT Scholarship

The Embassy of Japan in Botswana offers Japanese Government-Sponsored MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) Scholarship every year. MEXT scholarship supports foreign students who study in higher education institutions, selected on the recommendation of the Embassy. 

1. Research Students 2025 (Embassy Recommendation):
Deadline for submission: Wednesday, 15th May 2024 @1645 hrs CAT
 (Application is now open.)
*Typewritten applications are highly recommended.
*All applications can be hand delivered to the Embassy of Japan in Botswana,
 4th floor Barclays House, Plot 8842, Khama Crescent, Gaborone.
*Alternatively you can submit via e-mail to:
 (make sure that your e-mail is less than 5 MB).

2. Undergraduate Students 2025 (Embassy Recommendation): 
It will not be conducted at the Embassy of Japan in Botswana for Undergraduate Students 2025. 
 (Application is now closed.)

3. Teacher Training Students 2024 (Embassy Recommendation): Deadline is January 31, 2024
 (Application is now closed.)
All the necessary documents for applications should be submitted to the Training Coordinator's Office at the Ministry of Education and Skills Development, Botswana by 31st January 2024.


'Program in Economic and Public Policy (PEPP)'

Program in Economic and Public Policy (PEPP) at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, JAPAN, is a master's program that offers scholarships to mid-career professionals from developing and transition countries who have had a solid university education and working experience in areas related to policy making. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the PEPP provides the scholars with the training and the necessary skills for the conception, design and implementation of development policies. Applicants admitted to the PEPP may apply for scholarships provided by the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) of the World Bank. For details please follow the link below.

'Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP)'

JJWBGSP is a scholarship programme that is solely funded by the Government of Japan. Since 1987, JJWBGSP has enabled more than 6,000 mid-career professionals from developing countries and Japan to complete graduate degrees in development-related fields. As of 2019, 27 Batswana benefitted from this scholarship programme.
Please check further details in the following site.

'E-JUST TICAD7 African Scholarship for STI'

E-JUST (Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology) TICAD7 African Scholarship for STI is a scholarship to develop high quality human resources in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation toward African STI network and beyond. E-JUST was established in 2010 in Borg El Arab, in the suburbs of Alexandria city which is the second largest in Egypt, under the bilateral agreement between the Government of Egypt and that of Japan.
Application is currently closed.
If you have any inquiries on the program, please contact E-JUST (tel/fax: +20-(0)3-459-9806, E-mail:, NOT the Embassy of Japan.
Please also note that the university is located in Egypt, not Japan.

'JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme'

The aim of the programme is to enhance foreign language education in Japan and promote international exchange at a local level, through hiring foreign nationals as language instructors.
(Application is CLOSED.)

ABE Initiative

The 'African Business Education Initiative for Youth (ABE Initiative)' announced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2013 is a strategic plan to support young personnel who have the potential to contribute to the development of industries in Africa. It offers opportunities for young African participants to study Master’s Degree courses at Japanese universities and experience internships at Japanese enterprises.
At the seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) held in Yokohama in 2019, Prime Minister Abe launched the 'ABE Initiative 3.0' which aims to train 3,000 industrial human resources to promote business between Africa and Japan over 6 years.
The International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been appointed to implement a master's degree and internship program within the ABE Initiative framework developed for countries whose official requests have been approved by the Government of Japan.

'Kizuna Program'

For developing countries with rich mineral resources, compared to the development of other industries, mining development is a powerful growth engine producing outcomes in a short term. To continue long-term sustainable mining development, the developing countries who has the mineral resources requires a wide range of knowledge and abilities such as legal system development, mineral resources exploration and development, mine safety, mine pollution and environmental measures, and closing of mines. JICA supports sustainable mining development by implementing a long-term training in cooperation with Japanese graduate schools and companies for developing human resources of governments and universities. By developing human resources and the strengthening of human networks, exploration and investment in the developing countries with mineral resources by Japanese companies are boosted, contributing to mining development and at the same time a stable supply of mineral resources.
Please check further details in the following site for more detail.

Inter-University Exchange

Direct cooperation between academic institutions in Japan and those in Botswana have been growing over the years.
The Akita University in Japan has entered into schemes for cooperation with the University of Botswana (UB) and the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) respectively. In 2017, the Akita University has opened an office at BIUST campus. The office is to be used for various academic purposes and for deepening the collaboration of the two universities. The academic cooperation lies mainly in the field of mining engineering, where Akita University has strength.
The Faculty of African Research at the Kyoto University in Japan has also entered into a scheme for cooperation with their counterparts in UB, and Kyoto University and UB are working towards expanding their areas of cooperation.
Some other Japanese universities, such as Waseda University and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, have also developed exchange programs with UB.
The Embassy provides indirect support for such cooperation among the academic institutions in both countries.

JF Japanese e-Learning: 'Minato'

'JF Japanese e-Learning Minato' is an online Japanese Language learning platform, designed to offer opportunities to study Japanese Language for the people who cannot attend an actual Japanese Language class in the world. At this platform, there are not only 'self-study courses' but also the 'tutor support courses' that provide assistance of assignments, evaluations, and live lessons with teachers. 'Minato' means 'Harbor' in Japanese. Therefore, registrants are able to not only learn Japanese but also meet other learners of Japanese language all over the world via online communication. The link below directs you to the 'JF Japanese e-Learning Minato' by The Japan Foundation.

'Japanese e-leraning contents: 'Tsunahiro' 

'Tsunahiro' is a website for foreign nationals who live in Japan to connect and enhance your life in Japan by learning Japanese language. The site is also useful for non-resident of Japan and those who would like to learn hands-on Japanese language are encourage to utilize this site. The link below directs you to the 'Japanese e-Learning Tsunahiro'

Japanese e-leraning contents: 'Active Your Japanese!' 

The Japan Foundation has collaborated with NHK Educational Corporation to produce this program. From 2022 onward, it will be broadcast on television channels and video sites in various countries and made available to classrooms in and out of Japan. Broadcast and availability of this program as on-demand video on NHK WORLD-JAPAN also began on February 28, 2022.

Cultural & Information Centre

Cultural and Information Centre
The Cultural and Information Centre is set within the Embassy's reception area and provides opportunities for visitors to get comprehensive information on Japan through books, magazines and DVDs. The center is closed on the Embassy's holidays. Our DVDs 'Japan Video Topics' which introduce Japanese culture, lifestyle and technology and Japanese movie DVDs are regularly shown here. Please contact us for further details.

Events & Exchange Programs

Japan International MANGA Award
Japan International MANGA Award is being implemented with the purpose to spread MANGA culture overseas and promote international cultural exchanges through MANGA.
Events hosted by the Embassy or the Japan Foundation
Following the link below you will finde some examples of cultural events and exchange programs the Embassy was involved in.

Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Projects (GCGP)

Grant assistance for Cultural Grassroots Project (GCGP) is a scheme for facilitating cultural exchanges and deepening friendship and mutual understanding by providing non-profit organizations with support for procurement of equipment and construction of facilities to promote culture and higher education. The grant amount per project, in principle, is up to 10 million yen. The implementation period of the project is one year after the signing date of the grant contract.
For further information, please contact:
Please follow the link below to learn about the GCGP projects financed by Japan in Botswana thus far.