The study visa for Japan (日本) is your entry ticket if you want to attend a Japanese university or language school. It is a general opinion that learning a language is best done when you are in its country of origin. Being fully immersed into a Japanese environment will certainly help you speed up your learning process.
Now, what do you need to attend a Japanese language school? First, you need to find a suitable one and enroll in it of course. After that, you need some paperwork to get your study visa approved.
How to apply for a Study visa
The big difference is that you need a so-called Certificate of Eligibility (CoE). After enrolling in your school and paying the tuition fee, your school will provide you with this CoE, proving that you have enrolled in their school.
With this, you can head to your nearest Japanese embassy or consulate. The CoE is the most important part of your application, be sure to treasure it! They need to review your CoE and possibly get in contact with your language school. The application process for the study visa might take a little longer because of this.
If everything is fine, you can get your visa and be on your way to Japan. In many cases, the length of the study visa is longer than your actual enrollment period might be. This leaves you with some more time to spend in the country.
On a study visa, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week. Make good use of this in order to finance your (quite expensive) language school. Popular jobs include clerk in a convenience store (konbini) or a supermarket, factory work, hotel staff, waiter/waitress.
Working a job like that is also recommended because you make immediate use of your Japanese language skills.
Applying for a Japanese study visa is similar to the tourist visa. The most important step is to decide on a language school or a university and get the CoE from there.
Studying in Japan is getting more and more popular and is easily one of the best ways to increase your Japanese language skills. You get to know Japanese culture on a deeper level as well.
For more information, you can check out this link (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan).
That’s it for the Japanese study visa, I hope you enjoyed it.
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Next up, we’re going to talk about the third big visa, the work visa.
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