- Visa Application
- Make Your Travel Plan
- Before Departure
- After Landing
- Living in Osaka (Dormitory, Living Cost, Eating Options, Insurances, Mobile and Internet)
- Information Resource for International Students
Information here is intended for exchange students from partner universities and UMAP member institutions. It is, however, relevant for regular international students and short-term trainees as well, so use it for your reference.
Foreign nationals will need to obtain a visa to enter Japan unless you are exempted from it.
Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
When applying for a visa, it is strongly recommended for you to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) beforehand. COE is an official document issued by the Immigration Services Agency of Japan, and it has the advantage of reducing the time required to obtain a visa and complete immigration procedures.
OIT will apply for the COE on behalf of the exchange students themselves, and send the COE to your home institution as soon as it has been issued.
Certificate for Completion of Registration to the ERFS system
As a part of new border measures of Japan, receiving organizations must apply for the Certificate for Completion of Registration to the ERFS system, which stands for Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System.
OIT will apply for the ERFS certificate and send you a PDF copy by email. You are requested to show a hardcopy of this certificate when you apply for a visa at a Japanese overseas mission, embassy or consulate-general.
To apply for the "Student" visa, the students themselves must visit a Japanese embassy or consulate-general in their country and submit COE with other required documents.
It normally takes at least 5 to 8 business days to issue a visa. During the COVID-19 pandemic, you may need to make an appointment before you visit the embassy or consulate-general of Japan. Please check their Web site for further information.
Make Your Travel Plan
It’s said that COVID-19 border measures of Japan will be eased from June 1, 2022. The information below will be updated after the government’s announcement.
Normally, you plan to arrive in Osaka 3 days prior to the starting date of your program. However, currently, we suggest you to arrive 7 days prior to the start due to COVID-19 border measures of Japan.
Book Your Flights
After you book your flights to Osaka, please send a copy of flight information (e.g. e-ticket) to OIT International Office. We will inform the dormitory your check-in date and time.
- Be aware that immigration process at an airport of your entry in Japan is time consuming because of COVID-19 related boarder measures including a mandatory COVID-19 test. If you are taking a connecting flight to Osaka, please make sure that you have 4 hours or even more for the flight connection.
- If you are staying in the dormitory, please be aware that available check-in time is from 9 am to 5 pm. If you arrive late, you will need to stay in a hotel with your expence.
International Travel Insurance
OIT requires all exchange students to be covered by an international travel insurance for the entire period of your study abroad. Read more here.
COVID-19 Test before Departure
All entrants must provide a certificate of inspection within 72 hours prior to departure. Read more about Inspection Certificate here.
You can pre-register for airport quarantine procedures to reduce your time in the airport. You need to register require documents with "MySOS" application, and the screen will change to green after documentation review is complete. Please complete the pre-application via the application at least 16 hours prior to your flight’s scheduled arrival time. Pre-register in English
During your immigration check after the first landing in Japan, show your MySOS screen to an officer and answer to questions.
Your COE will be exchanged with "Residence Card" upon your entry in Japan. It contains your personal information such as name, birth date, gender, nationality/region of origin, address, status of residence, period of stay, and whether or not you can work.
Since July 9, 2012, it became possible for a foreign national whose status of residence is "Student" to obtain "permission to engage in an activity other than that permitted under the status of residence previously granted" at the port of entry. However, OIT does not allow exchange students to obtain the permit and work during their stay in Japan.
COVID-19 Test at Airport
It is mandatory to take a COVID-19 test at the airport of first landing in Japan. If you are tested positive of COVID-19 at the airport quarantine, you will need to follow directions of the Chief of the Quarantine Station and recuperate at a specific facility designated by the Chief of the Quarantine Station. Read more here.
Even you are negative of COVID-19 test at the airport, if you are coming from designated countries/regions in response to coronavirus variant Omicron, you are required of 3-day self-quarantine after landing in Japan.
Most of countries, however, are no longer designated. In that case, you are not required of any self-quarantine.
Read more about quarantine measures here.
Living in Osaka
Exchange students can live in our dormitory "International House" provided by Josho Gakuen Educational Foundation. It is fully furnished and no deposit required. A janitor is stationed to support students in their daily lives. It is conveniently located near downtown and 3 km from Omiya Campus. For further information, please refer to the following link:
- Available check-in time: from 9 am to 5 pm (preferably from 10 am to 4 pm) everyday including weekends
- Available check-in date: from 3 days prior to the starting date of your study at OIT
* Currently permitting 7 days prior to the start due to COVID-19 border measures of Japan.
- Check-out: by 3 days after the last day of your study at OIT
Access from Kansai International Airport
From Kansai International Airport (KIX), it will take about 2.5 hours to the dormitory by public transport;
1. Kansai Airport Limousine Bus & Keihan Railway
- Take a limousine bus to Keihan Moriguchi Station from the bus stop No. 10 located just outside the 1st floor of the Terminal 1, which takes approx. 1.5 hours.
- Take a local train (Keihan Railway) from Moriguchi Station to Noe Station.
- Walk along the railroad from Noe Station to the dormitory.
2. JR (Kansai Airport Rapid Service) & Keihan Railway
- Take the “Kansai Airport Rapid Service” train from JR Kansai Airport Station to Kyobashi Station which takes approx. 80 minutes.
- Take a local train (Keihan Railway) from Kyobashi Station to Noe Station.
- Walk along the railroad from Noe Station to the dormitory.
For more details, please click here.
Access to OIT Campuses
It depends on the individual, but in general more than 85,000 yen is required per month.
|Rent for Dormitory||35,000 yen/month|
|Mobile Phone||2,700-3,000 yen/month (for if discount mobile companies)|
|National Health Insurance||1,800 yen/month|
|Food||30,000 yen or more/month|
|Transportation (round trip/day)||Omiya Campus: 320 yen
(Keihan Railway: Noe Sta.-Senbayashi Sta.)
|Umeda Campus: 360 yen
(JR: Noe Sta.-Osaka Sta. (via Shin-Osaka Sta.))
|Hirakata Campus: 1,180 yen
(Keihan Railway: Noe Sta.-Kuzuha Sta.
Keihan Bus Service: Kuzuha Sta.-Kitayama-chuo)
*Free Wi-Fi is available campus-wide. At the dormitory, free Wi-Fi is only available in the lounge (1st floor).
- Cafeterias and a cafe on campuse
- Cooking for yourself in your room at the dormitory
- Restaurants and cafes around the dormitory or campuses
- Buying light meals at convenience stores
International Travel Insurance
Payment of medical bills is the students' own responsibility, and OIT cannot provide any financial assistance.
OIT requires all exchange students to be covered by an international travel insurance for the entire period of your study abroad. The coverage must be more than the following table.
|Death by Bodily Injury||JPY 1,000,000|
|Permanent Disability by Bodily Injury||JPY 1,000,000|
|Injury Treatment||JPY 1,000,000|
|Illness Treatment||JPY 1,000,000|
|Liability (no deductible)||JPY 100,000,000|
*In case your insurance does not cover all requirements above, you will have to buy a supplemental insurance when you arrive at OIT.
- Most Japanese clinics and hospitals do not accept private health insurance and do not provide medical services without cash payment. If seeking care under travel insurance, you will need to make full payment for treatment upfront and file a refund application by yourself.
- Private insurance companies often require a medical certificate and receipt for the refund, so it is best to contact your insurance company before visiting a hospital.
National Health Insurance (NHI)
Exchange students who will stay in Japan more than 3 months must join the National Health Insurance (NHI) regardless of the kind of insurance they may already have. This is a strict legal requirement in Japan. Once you arrive in Japan, you must complete the required procedures at your local city/ward office *.
(*OIT staff or student volunteer will support you with the procedures.)
Under NHI, patients need to pay 30% of the total cost of care at clinics and hospitals. More than 90% of Japanese hospitals and clinics, including dental clinics, accept National Health Insurance. NHI also provides benefits for high medical costs associated with surgery and hospitalization.
Premiums are charged monthly. Though costs will vary depending on your annual income and the area you live in, you only pay about 1,800 yen per month if you don’t have a previous year’s income in Japan.
Personal Accident Insurance for Student Pursuing Education and Research "Gakkensai"
"Gakkensai" provides necessary support in the case of accident or injury suffered during activities related to research or education. All exchange students need to purchase this insurance when they arrive at OIT. Premium (JPY 1,000) * will be charged when applying.
*The annual premium is charged even for those who enroll midway through the academic year.
Mobile and Internet
We recommend you to make a mobile contract at one of discount mobile phone companies in Japan, for example: “povo” is provided by Au, and “ahamo” is provided by DoCoMo. With a new SIM card, you can use your own smart phone in Japan.
- On campus:
Free Wi-Fi (OIT-AirLAN.1x) is available on campus.
Free Wi-Fi is only available in the lounge area on the 1st floor.
- Other Area:
To use the Internet in your room, you need to make a contract with a service provider at your own cost. You could also make a contract for a mobile WiMAX router or rent it if it’s for short-term.
Information Resource for International Students
- For more information, contact us:
- You can contact the OIT International Center by e-mail to OIT.Kokusai@josho.ac.jp. We will get back to you as soon as possible.