When formulating a plan for college study abroad in Japan, you’re in luck There are many program options to choose from, ranging in length, location, and topic of study. Below are tips on how to study abroad in Japan.
1. Applying for a Visa
If you’re planning on studying abroad for a semester or over the summer the United States has a visa exemption agreement with Japan, which allows for U.S. citizens to remain in the country for 90 days without a visa. For programs that extend beyond 90 days, you will need to apply for a student visa. The first step is to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) through your program. This process can take two to three months. Once you receive your COE, make an appointment with your nearest Japanese embassy or consulate. Provided that all your information is correct.
2. Booking of Flight
Layovers, departure and arrival time, and the day of the week can all affect the price. Consider the possibility of arriving early for your program or sticking around after it ends to take full advantage of fluctuating prices. You can also look to see if there’s a cheaper flight out of another airport.
Japan is a cash based society and many places do not accept credit cards. Bringing enough cash will ensure that you don’t miss out on any meaningful experiences. Japan does have ATMs, typically in convenience stores like 7/11, but you are likely to get hit with fees from your card company each time you withdraw. Also, a common mistake many travelers make is exchanging currency at the airport. Don’t do this airports have notoriously terrible exchange rates.
Responding in Japanese will be received warmly. For beginners to the language, some programs may include Japanese classes as part of your study or orientation. Either way, it’s always polite to attempt communication in the native language.
Cleanliness is incredibly important in Japan and in many places, such as restaurants, hostels/hotels, temples, and museums, you will need to remove your shoes. Some places may offer you a pair of house shoes to wear inside, but you should always have a pair of socks on you just in case. It’s also a good idea to learn how to use chopsticks and to familiarize yourself with Japanese eating etiquette sit up straight and clean your plate Many Japanese customs boil down to respect. Be polite, be punctual, and slurp loudly.