Acceptance Policy for Exchange Students Fall Semester 2022
Acceptance Policy for Exchange Students Fall Semester 2022

Although there is still uncertainty about the status of the COVID-19 infection around the world, vaccinations are progressing, the Japanese government has decided to ease the entry of new foreign students into Japan under certain conditions, effective as of March 1. Given the situation, our acceptance policy for exchange students for Fall Semester 2022 will be following.
Please be aware that depending on the status of the COVID-19 at the time of your travel plans, you may be asked to postpone or cancel your trip, or the quarantine period upon entry may be prolonged, in accordance with the policy of the Japanese government.

1. Research/Internship (September 2022- for more than 3 months stay)
- Student Exchange Program for Partner Universities and UMAP
- Application deadline: March 31, 2022
* If you cannot meet the deadline, consult us because applications may be accepted up to 6 months prior to the program start date.

2. Coursework (Fall Semester 2022) (late September 2022 – early February 2023)
- Student Exchange Program for Partner Universities and UMAP
- Application Deadline: March 31, 2022
*If you cannot meet the deadline, consult us because it may be extended by the end of April at the latest.

◇OIT's Basic Policy on Student Mobility Programs
OIT's basic policy of Student Mobility Programs (especially for short-term stay training) is based on the premise that the programs will be implemented at a safety level of Level 1 or below (all four levels, lower being safer) according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Overseas Travel Safety Information*.
*https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/masters/explanation.html

However, we are accepting exchange students who plan to stay for more than 3 months from partner universities in countries with an infectious disease risk level of 2 or higher provided that the following three conditions are met prior to the planned trip (preferably at least three months in advance).
(1) Your country allows the outbound travel to Japan and your visa can be obtained.
(2) Japan's borders reopen to the nationals of your country
(3) The classes, practical training, experiments, seminars, etc. will be conducted face-to-face on the OIT campus.

[Cautions]
- Please make sure that you fully understand the entry restrictions and quarantine measures implemented by the Japanese government.
- If you are required of quarantine, you are responsible for paying for your own accommodation during the self-quarantine period after arriving in Japan. OIT can arrange safe and inexpensive hotels.
- If you are unable to attend school after September 22 due to delays in visa issuance, postponement or cancellation of travel, waiting for quarantine after entry into Japan, or closure of the university campus due to infectious diseases, there are courses that can be taken online.
- After your arrival in Japan, please follow the instructions of the person in charge in accordance with the safety management policy of the Japanese government and the university regarding infectious disease control. Depending on the situation, students may not be allowed to enter the campus.

Measures by the Government of Japan
As of March 1, 2022, new entry of foreigners is permitted under the supervision of the person in charge of the host institution, except for touristic purposes.
In the case of student mobility programs in universities, "other than for tourist purposes" means obtaining "Student" or “Cultural Activities” visa and so on which requires a stay of three months or more.
In addition, for those who can comply with the border measures implemented by the Japanese government, the quarantine period and activity restrictions can be reduced to 3 days or none.
The overview of these measures can be found on the following websites.

Border measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan)
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html

Corona virus (COVID-19) travel restrictions by Japan National Tourism Organization
https://www.japan.travel/en/coronavirus/

Measures for Resuming Cross-Border Travel
Travel Alerts and Disaster Updates by japan-guide.com
https://www.japan-guide.com/news/alerts.html

Contact
If you have any further questions, please contact the OIT International Center (OIT.Kokusai@josho.ac.jp).

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
OIT International Center