ASJA had implemented scholarship programs with the support of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The programs were subject to “budget screening” in 2009, and the contribution to ASEAN student exchange was allocated in 2014 to continue implementing the exchange programs.
ASJA implements exchange programs for Japanese government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) scholarship students. Currently, ASJA accepts ASJA-MEXT students who are nominated by the Japan Alumni Associations in each of ten ASEAN countries.
In the ASJA scholarship program, particular emphasis was placed on learning the Japanese language so that the international students can deepen their understanding of Japan. ASJA scholarship recipients generally spent one year after arriving in Japan receiving Japanese preparatory education at the Japan Student Services Organization Tokyo Japanese Language Education Center. From the 2014 fiscal year, ASJA-MEXT students now spend six months after arriving in Japan receiving Japanese preparatory education at the center.