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Japan is a cluster of numerous islands close to the East Coast of Korea, China and Russia. It is a country located in East Asia. People in Japan live on one of four of islands. The pacific ocean is to the east of Japan and the sea of Japan is to the west and Japan is well known as a ideal place to live with its low crimes. In the event you misplace something, it will be returned to you definitely. Public transportation system in Japan is reputed as on time departure and arrival and helps you reach the destination safely on time. you can receive advanced medical treatment if you fall ill with a small amount of payment with the support of well -established health insurance system. International students who feel anxious after leaving their homes, Japan is a country to live with peace of mind. Surrounded by the sea, Japan has many things to offer for happy student life. Mt .Fuji a symbol of Japan as well as Himeji Castle and Itsukushima shrine In Japan are world heritages sites. Traditional Washoku is a registered intangible cultural heritage is a colorful and healthy food using the ingredients of the season and contributes to Japan being one of the countries with the world’s highest life expectancy. Japanese people disciplined and are well known to have with sober habits. In Japan the ”Omotenashi
‘ hospitality ,which is a spirit to care about the guest with the highest priority, is deeply rooted.

Japan Visa Category 

• Temporary Visitor Visa for Sightseeing Without Guarantor
• Temporary Visitor Visa for Sightseeing with Guarantor
• Business Affairs/Market Research/Conference Visa
• Multiple Entry Business Visa
• Transit Visa
• Medical Stay Visa
• Long Term Stay With Certificate of Eligibility(COE)
• Internship /Interview /Conference Visa for Students
• Applicant With Sufficient Financial Capacity
• Spouse or Children of the Individuals with sufficient Financial Capacity
• Applicants with Travel Records to Japan and G7 in the last 3 years
• Short Term Stay
• Work or Long Term Stay
• Diplomatic and Official

Visa Types

1. Temporary visitor visa for Tourism(Sightseeing)

This visa is for tourism purposes, mostly the applicant visiting there without guarantor and applicant or travel agent may arrange hotel reservation. The applicant should enclose supportive documents with financial capacity ,family tie, social tie etc. The Visa Officer also may consider travel history prior to issuing the tourist visa. Applicant must make prior appointment with VFS Global(www……address…)and must present in person. Travel agent also authorized to present the application on behalf of the applicant. The applicant also can authorize another person to submit the visa application passport and other documents with an authorization on behalf of the applicant. Tourist Visa Check List attached.

2. Temporary visitor visa for tourism/visiting relatives or acquaintances with guarantor

Temporary tourist visa application with a guarantor in Japan.

3. Non profit business affairs ,Cultural and Sports Exchange etc.

This allows business people to make short business visit to Japan for up to 90 days during your visa validity period in several times.

4. Transit Visa
This visa for the purpose of travel to Japan is only for countries transit on the way to and from other countries. This type of visa limited to sightseeing and purpose. In the event the purpose is commercial or visiting friends and or relatives.

5. Medical Stay Visa

Medical Visa issued to patients to visit Japan for medical purposes.

6. Long term stay with certificate of eligibility

Stay during which the applicant can work for a salary such as Professors, Journalists, Researchers, students etc.

International Students in Japan

In higher educational institutions in Japan about 140000 students from more than 170 countries and regions of the world are studying. Through exposure to Japanese as well as diverse cultures of the world the students will have a broader view. The Constitution of Japan guarantees freedom of religion and thinking and having different concepts and ideologies. International students 76 % of them in Japan are working part-time. They earn an average about JPY 59000(US$518) per month. It is impossible to cover all college expenses and cost of living solely depending on part-time work. Therefore, be sure to make an appropriate financial plan so that you do not have to depend too much on income from part-time work. Due to students low school attendance rates every year hundreds of students are forced to leave Japan as they cannot extend their period of authorized stay in Japan. This is because they work part-time and overlook their studies.

Tuition Fees

In Japan tuition fees are actually relatively reasonably priced, especially when compared with those in the other European countries. There are a number of scholarships that students can apply for financial assistance and fees for international students are fairly low. Fees at the high ranking university of Tokyo start at 485900 yen (£3520) for undergraduates. Admission fee is normally a 248500 Yen (£1800) But do not think that the more elite universities will charge higher tuition fees. A further prominent University, Kyoto University charges a much higher fees of 535800 yen(£3900),however, it would be rare for fees to exceed this amount. Students will also have to pay an admission fee usually be around 282,000 yen (£2000).

Average Tuition Cost for a Semester

In the event you are not planning to attend one of your university’s sister school in Japan if they happen to offer them, you will have to directly pay tuition at the institution. The direct enrolment tuition fees can range from less than $3000 to $20000 for one semester. You can consider studying at a public university in a lesser known city in order to save money. Third party study abroad options are also available however, the total costs might be higher. They are generally more convenient as you pay all charges at once. However, there are benefits and drawbacks to both .here are some sample fees for tuition to study in Japan. Tuition fees for a semester through direct enrolment excluding housing is as follows:

Nansen University: $4390(2020)
Tokyo International University: $4137(2020)
Kansai Gaidai University: $14000(2020)
The University of Tokyo: $2462(2020)

Tuition for Semester Through a third – party provider (including housing)

CET Intensive Language &Culture
Studies in Osaka: $21490(2020)
CIEE Tokyo :$24550 (2020)
USAC Japan: $8122(2020)
IES Tokyo: $21900(2020)

Estimated Cost:

• Meals :Inexpensive Meal- US$ 8.09
• Date at a mid-range restaurant US$ 36.38
• One Gallon of Milk US$ 6.50
• Monthly Rent -for one bed room apartment in a city US$ -776
• For a one bedroom apartment outside of a City Centre US$ 400
• Utilities -About US$ 189 per month
• Cell Phone -about US$ 75 per month
• Local Transportation -a monthly pass about US$ 92
• A one-way ticket about US$ 2.
• Personal Expenses-pair of Jeans US$ 63
• Movie Ticket US$ 16
• Total from $3500 to $ 8000 on housing , airfare and other expenses.
• Food and rent are significantly cheaper outside of Japan’s suburbs.

In order to studying Tokyo will be expensive. However, the countryside will not the majority of Japan is covered in scenic mountains. You can consider studying in Hokkaido, Nagano or Gifu as more less expensive alternatives to a major City. Food and rent are significantly cheaper outside of Japan’s suburbs. You have to improve your language skills. Tuition fees in Japan are comparatively cheap. In the US in State’ Students generally pay at least $10000 a year on tuition, and ‘out of state ‘and international students pay more. Tuition fees at Japanese Public Universities are 535800 yen, or $6500. There are also hundreds of colleges and universities in Tokyo, including Japan’s highest-ranked institution, the University of Tokyo ,currently 23rd in the QS university rankings of the world. The city is also home to Tokyo institute of technology Japan’s third highest ranked university at 58th position. Monthly living expenses including tuition in Japan for international students on average nationwide comes to about 138000 Yen. The Shikoku region has the lowest living expenses at 104000 Yen, and the Kanto region has the highest living expenses at 154000 yen.

Available Financial Support

The Japanese government has established a number of scholarships to provide financial support for international students and encouraging more students to study in the country and as a result one such scholarship is the Japanese government scholarship. This requires students to provide a recommendation from the university or Japanese embassy in Sri Lanka.

Japanese High Schools That Accept Foreign Students:

1.Tokyo metropolitan Kokusai High School
2.Tokyo Metropolitan Asuka High School
3.Tokyo Metropolitan Fuchu High School
4.Tokyo metropolitan Minami katsushika Senior High School
5.Tokyo Metropolitan Tagara High School
6.Tokyo Metropolitan Takenodai High School
7. International senior high school
8.International Christian University High School
9.KeikaGakuen
10.Otsuma tama Junior and Senior High School.

List of Main Universities :

1.Tohoku University                                                     
2.Kyoto University
3.The University of Tokyo
4.Tokyo Institute of Technology
5.Kyushu University
6.Hokkaido University
7.Nagoya University
8.Osaka University
9.University of Tsukuba
10.Akita International University
11.Hiroshima University
12.Waseca University
13.Keio University
14.Kobe University
15.Hitotsubashi University Nagoya University of Technology
16.Kanazawa University

Student Life

Japan is known for its delicious cheap meals and street food, so make sure you take full advantage of them. A meal out will cost on average 1000 yen however, there are more premium options if you are willing to spend the money.