Generally speaking, you may study at school for a short term (maximum of six months) with a short-stay visa. Requirements for obtaining a short-stay visa vary depending on your nationality. Please contact the Japanese embassy of your country of citizenship for details.
Student Visa General Info
If you wish to learn Japanese for a longer period of time, (3 months to 2 years) you need to obtain a College Student Visa.
Upon the receipt of your application, WAVE USA, Inc. will walk you through the visa application process.
Documents Necessary for the Visa Application
□ An application form (KAI form)
□ A photograph that has been taken within the last 6 months. (No hat, plain background, semi-formal clothes in JPEG format. The minimum size is 960 pixels x 1280 pixels. This photo will be used on your resident card as well.)
□ Personal records and statements of the purpose of your stay in Japan. (KAI form)
□ A certificate of graduation from the last school that you have attended.
□ A certificate of your Japanese proficiency (if applicable)
□ A photocopy of your passport (passport data pages, pages with the dates of entry/departure to/from Japan)
□ Proof that you have sufficient financial resources: Please see below for detail.
Proof of Sufficient Funds – How Much Do I Need to Apply for the College/Student Visa Japan?
One year: Fee ¥ 800,000 + Living expenses (¥100,000/month) ¥1,200,000 ≒ ¥2,000,000
Two years: Fee ¥1,600,000 + Living expenses (¥100,000/month) ¥2,400,000 ≒ ¥4,000,000
Working Holiday Opportunities
If you are from the countries listed below, you may apply for a working holiday visa. With a working holiday visa, you can study Japanese during your stay in Japan. Please contact the Japanese Embassy/Consulate of your country.
★ New Zealand
★ Hong Kong (from January 2010)