is it hard to attend a college or university and also live in Japan?
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i am very interested in transferring to a college or university in Japan within the coming years, and am currently learning Japanese so i can manage to get around a bit easier. But i am concerned about finding an apartment and actually getting accepted into any schools over there also, and finding a job that will help me sustain myself at the same time if you could possible help me out with anything i mention i would greatly appreciate it very much, also i have been wanting to move to Japan for over a year now just been way too scared with knowing anything ahead of time, thank you for your time.
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Posted 8/21/12

Ronmelmanslayer1 wrote:

i am very interested in transferring to a college or university in Japan within the coming years, and am currently learning Japanese so i can manage to get around a bit easier. But i am concerned about finding an apartment and actually getting accepted into any schools over there also, and finding a job that will help me sustain myself at the same time if you could possible help me out with anything i mention i would greatly appreciate it very much, also i have been wanting to move to Japan for over a year now just been way too scared with knowing anything ahead of time, thank you for your time.


By "move", do you mean to "emigrate"?

See first if you qualify for immigration to japan, and what documentation is necessary. For most cases, if you plan to move there for academic purposes, you can file a petition for a student (working/non-working) visa for an extended period of time. See the Japanese Immigration Bureau website for more info: http://www.immi-moj.go.jp/english/


You'll also need an endorsement, usually from a college professor in both your current school and the school you plan to apply to. If there are exchange student programs available, you can actually try go for one of those first so you have better chances in immigration.

As far as working is concerned, refer again to the Immigration laws and what grants it has for foreign nationals residing in Japan.
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Posted 9/5/12
Its easy if you marry in
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Posted 9/19/12
yeahh i think soo.. :P
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I believe that there is a college in the east coast of America (Pennsylvania?) that has a branch out in Tokyo. I believe the process is more costly as in your family in the U.S must provide your living expenses. Housing I believe will be included in tuition. It is an American college and you will be around other Japanese who speaks English as well to make your life easier. It's not a complicated process so long as you apply on Student Visa. With working there, you might have to check the Japanese Embassy in America or wherever you are at. Good luck!
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Okay. Getting into Japan isn't easy. As edsamac said, you need an endorsement from your university. Many universities don't do the whole endorsement thing or help you with the immigration processes. Lucky for me my school did it for me. If you go as a student you can't work unless you have a permit (and not many universities allow it) if you do you can only work 28 hours a week. About grants... Japan is pretty expensive but it is possible depending of what your mayor is. If it's something like engineering, medicine and architecture you can get a grant (check with the japanese embassy what mayors have grants). You have to be younger than 22 to enter most universities. Also, it depends which university and what part of the country you go to. Most of the time grants aren't enough to pay for everything and 1 year tuition can cost regularly $7,000. That doesn't include housing and transportation. To enter a japanese university you need at least a level 2 in japanese and most universities don't give lectures in english. Which is why I am currently studying at a language school in Tokyo. All in all, if you want to go to japan you need a lot and I mean A LOT of money, because if you plan to work and study it won't be enough.
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Posted 11/12/12
Of course it's going to be difficult as hell.
I'm prepared to have a difficult time because I want to transfer back into my old country in which I fluently know the language of. (Yet I'm a little rusty, and don't have the necessary vocabulary for writing essays and such in that country)

Plus Japan is known for giving certain foreigners a hard time (but then again, I've heard they are also very polite and kind to gaijin)
Oh, and it most likely is going to be quite expensive. And forget about apartments. And most job opportunities.
Posted 12/13/12

I agreed. It's very difficult.
I had a hard time too.
Especially when it comes to the interview session and the immigration session.
But somehow I passed.
I will be living in a dormitary so I won't be having a hard time finding a place to stay.
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Posted 12/14/12
Thanks for linking that website edsamac !
I might plan on eventually going to Japan, at least if I still think the same about the country after a few visits there.
But I'm going to college and university here first. After that I hope to apply as a skilled professional and I'll have to figure out how to make my diplomas valid in Japan (taking tests in a university there probably). So I still have a minimum of 10 years to get fluent in Japanese

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