Taking on a study abroad adventure sounds so thrilling. Whether you intend to take a short course, a full program, an exchange student opportunity, with the culture and lifestyle, what’s not to love? Okay so you’ve decided to take your international student experience to Japan. Now what?
Step 1: Get accepted in a school
Before you go hopping on a flight to Japan, let’s plan in out shall we? First thing to do is to make sure you’ve already been accepted in a program. Having a sure slot in a program in Japan, secures you reason to go and actually stay there for longer than the usual 15-30 day duration given to Filipinos.
Step 2: Submit your requirements
Okay, now you’ve gotten into your dream school, you have to start working on the documents that will enable you to stay and actually finish your program. To do that, your school will ask you to submit a series of documents. After submitting these requirements to the school, they’ll check it, rewrite it, and forward it to the immigration officers so you can get your CoE (Certificate of eligibility). But before you get there, here’s the list of requirements you’ll need to prepare.
- A filled-out visa application form
- Personal history form – they’ll want to know more about you and your family background
- Application essay – they’ll want to know why you chose to study in Japan among other countries
- Diploma and transcript from your previous school – if you’ve already taken a course in Japan, they’ll want to see the certificate of that, too.
- A copy of the bio page of your passport
- Passport photos – Headshot printed on a 45X35mm dimension and preferably with extra copies
- Medical history – they’ll want to know the status of your health and family’s health history
- Remittance Letter – they’ll want to know how you intend to fund your stay in Japan
- Bank account – they’ll want to see proof of the funds meant to sustain your stay in Japan
- Acceptance letter – they’ll want to see you were accepted to a program to study in Japan
- A written pledge – they’ll want to know that either you or your guarantor are committed to fully funding your stay in Japan
Step 3: Get your COE
So once the school has accepted your application and you’ve submitted all required documents, it’s time to wait for your CoE or the Certificate of Eligibility. This usually is released as soon as you have paid for the first semester of the program you applied for. On that note, make sure you write down the right address on your applications because the CoE is usually sent via mail. So, check and double check!
Step 4: Apply to the Japanese Embassy closest to you
If you’ve completed all the previous steps, it’s time to put them together and head on over to the Japanese Embassy closest to you! Remember to bring all the required documents including:
- Your CoE
- Your passport
- Passport photos
- A filled-out visa application form – you can fill this out digitally or manually!
- Guarantor or Reference – you can write your school under this, unless stated otherwise.
And once you’ve completed all the steps – all you have to do next is wait for your visa to come out, hop on a plane and voila! You got your student visa set and you are ready to take on Japan! Arigatōgozaimas, indeed!
Japan is just one of the many student-friendly destinations. If you want to know more on how to get your student visa ready for other study destinations, Edukasyon.ph’s Study Abroad blogs are loaded with guides and How-to’s! We’re here to help!