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Japanese Language

For Prospective Learners

●  Organisations where you can learn Japanese in Brunei
     -     Universiti Brunei Darussalam Language Centre                   
     -     Lifelong Learning Centre (L3C), Ministry of Education
    You can also find information on the Japan Foundation website

●  Learning Materials
JF Japanese e-Learning JF Japanese e-Learning Minato is a Japanese language-learning platform provided by the Japan Foundation. Users can take online courses to learn Japanese and interact with worldwide communities of like-minded people.
つながるひろがる にほんごでのくらし [Connect and Enhance Your Life in Japanese]
- Website for Foreign Nationals as Residents to Learn Japanese Language
This website is provided by Japanese Language Division, Agency for Cultural Affairs.
You can choose based on your Japanese level, the situation that interests you, and keywords.
Other Materials On this website, offered by the Japan Foundation, you can find the best learning materials (online, printed, etc.) for you.

For Current Learners

●  Japanese Language Event Information
Japanese Speech Contest
The Japanese Speech Contest, co-organised by the Lifelong Learning Centre (L3C) of the Ministry of Education, the Language Centre at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and the Embassy of Japan in Brunei Darussalam, aims to encourage contestants to give a public demonstration of their proficiency in the Japanese language. The winner of the contest will be invited to a programme in Japan organised by the Japan Overseas Enterprises Association (JOEA).

The 35th Japanese Speech Contest was held on 20 March 2024 (Wednesday). More information about the 35th Japanese Speech Contest can be found here.
JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) Every year The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is held on the first Sunday of December at the Language Centre, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Detailed information on the JLPT can be obtained from the JLPT official website

JLPT submission period: not open yet

●  Other activities
Grants for Japanese language institutes Grants for Japanese language institutes, such as the Sakura Network, are offered by the Japan Foundation. Other grant programmes can be found here.
NIHONGO Partners NIHONGO Partners was dispatched from the Japan Foundation Asia Centre to support Japanese Language Teachers and Learners at UBD and UTB as well as government and international schools throughout Brunei in 2023.

Study in Japan (Choosing a University / Scholarship information)

MEXT Scholarship Program

The Japanese Government, through the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT), offers scholarships to international students who wish to study in Japan.
Applicants can get the application guidelines and application form via the links below. Kindly submit the required number of hardcopies of the completed form with the required documents to the Embassy.

Past Examination Questions:

For more information on the MEXT scholarships, please visit this website:


Gathering information on studying in Japan

Study in Japan The portal site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan contains information on studying in Japan, as well as useful information about the application process.
Study In Japan Basic Guide
Study in Japan -Basic Guide-
This guide book, the ‘Study In Japan Basic Guide’, is an essential read for all international students thinking about studying in Japan. You can find it online, here, or at the Information and Culture Counter of the Embassy of Japan.

Searching for schools

Search for Schools Information related to applications, entry requirements, fields of study, mediums of instruction and on-campus scholarships for Japanese graduate schools, universities and junior colleges is available through the Excel files at this link.

Other scholarships
Scholarships for International Students in Japan 2023-2024 Pamphlet: ‘Scholarships for International Students in Japan 2024-2025

Pre-arrival Admission and Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)

(1) Pre-arrival Admission

The "Pre-arrival Admission" is a system to enable international students outside of Japan to secure admission to the higher educational institutions in Japan without having to go to Japan.
Please click here to find out more about the following details from JASSO:
  • Obtain entrance exam information via the university's entrance exam bulletin, website, etc.
  • Find out eligibility and other EJU-related requirements
  • Apply to take the EJU
  • Apply to the university
  • Notification of acceptance

(2) Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)

The Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) is used to evaluate whether international students who wish to study at the undergraduate level, at universities or other such higher educational institutions, in Japan possess the Japanese language skills and the basic academic abilities needed to study at those institutions.

About EJU
Date of Examination
For examinee
List of Schools Offering Pre-arrival Admission using EJU
EJU Syllabus
EJU Question Booklet (Publication)
EJU Questions and Answers

Exchange Programmes

JENESYS (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths)
The JENESYS programme (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) is a people-to-people exchange programme between Japan and countries of the Asia-Pacific region, which began in 2009.
The aim of JENESYS is to promote mutual trust and understanding among people of Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, and to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation while understanding ‘real’ Japan – its culture, economics, society, history, politics and diplomatic relations.
Participants are highly encouraged to disseminate what they have learnt in Japan and work to promote the relationship between Japan and their home countries.
The theme of JENESYS changes every year, and the selection of participants is done by MEXT (or another relevant organization) according to that year’s theme.
Information on the past activities of the programme can be found here.
SSEAYP (Ship for Southeast Asia Youth Programme)
SSEAYP (Ship for Southeast Asia Youth Programme) is a youth exchange programme between Japan and various ASEAN countries, organized by the Japanese Government (Cabinet Office), which began in 1974. Brunei joined the programme in 1985.
In SSEAYP, youth representatives from Japan and ASEAN countries travel together aboard an ocean liner and engage in cultural exchange activities to build friendships and promote mutual understanding.
This programme aims to broaden youths’ minds, raise their awareness of international affairs and improve their leadership skills, so they will be better equipped to positively contribute to their societies.
During the programme, the ship departs from Japan and docks in the ports of several ASEAN countries; in 2014 and 2018 it stopped in Brunei.
Other exchange programmes

Sports Programmes

Sport for Tomorrow
The Japanese Government is committed to building our future through the power of sport, with a plan to engage more than 10 million people from over 100 countries from now until 2020. With the Sport for Tomorrow programme, Japan aims to promote sport and the Olympic and Paralympic movements, including providing assistance to developing countries, training future sports leaders at a new international sports academy and protect the values of sport by extending anti-doping initiatives globally. As an offshoot of this, a badminton delegation, which included Mr Sho Sasaki, a participant in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, was dispatched to Brunei in 2016.
The Japan Foundation Asia Centre and the Kodokan Judo Institute work for the promotion of judo in ASEAN countries under a scheme called ‘Japan-ASEAN “JITA-KYOEI PROJECT”’ from 2017. In April 2018, Brunei Darussalam National Judo Federation was established to promote Judo in Brunei.