Getting A Japanese Visa

After much delay, I took the plunge yesterday night and bought my plane ticket.

It may not a big deal for seasoned travellers but I felt overwhelmed. This the first time I’m travelling alone and honestly, I’m not used to making these type of decisions on my own.

Another reason which caused the delay was because of my visa.

It’s a known fact that having visa is as important as purchasing a plane ticket. Each country has its own rules when granting visas to foreigners.

These rules are changes frequently and as such, my university was reluctant to offer advice with this part of the application process.

For this reason, I want to share my experiences of getting a student visa in Japan. Perhaps another applicant will find this post useful.

Well, my journey started when I sent my application form to my host university in December 2014. They included a Certificate of Eligibility form. Any foreigners intending to stay in Japan are required to fill this, the exception being temporary visitors of course.

This form required me to state my intention for visiting Japan. In addition, prove I have sufficient funds for the duration of my stay.

I had a little trouble explaining my method of payment in Japan. Even though I have a financial supporter, I’m financially prepared to pay for most things myself.

My coordinator and I managed to sort it out in the end; we wanted to make sure it was perfect before sending it off. From there, my host university filed my CoE to the Immigrations Office in Nagoya.

It was approved and sent off to my university at the beginning of February. After picking it up, I handed in my visa application to the Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne.

My host university warned me that it may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to receive my passport back. I was a little concerned because I intend to travel beforehand.

Thankfully they were really efficient; I only waited one week for my visa to be ready. Above all, it was free of charge!

With my visa sorted and my tickets purchased, my application process to study abroad is finally. Now the real fun begins…


Let’s Get Going

I didn’t get around to updating yesterday because I was busy editing a video. For some reason upload speed was over two hours.

In the end, I gave up and tried again in the morning.

The plan was to record while I was on campus, but I got shy; it’s something I need to work on, haha


Another day, another adventure.

I received some information about the housing options available to me whilst I’m in Nagoya. I’m currently tossed up between two choices: a dormitory and a shared house.

Both have their own perks and drawbacks.

In terms of distance from my host university, it’s the same – one hour and a half via public transport. However, the dormitory is located in the heart of the city, whereas the the shared house is situated in a quiet area of Nagoya. This is reflected in the rent with the shared house being approximately AUD$450 cheaper.

I was initially drawn to the dormitory as I will have a space to call my own. Nonetheless, my recent financial situation has made me reconsider my decision.

After the excitement from yesterday died down, I felt a little anxious about my trip. I began to worry about managing my money and meeting new people.

The concept of living in a shared house is new to me. Aside from family, I have never lived with outsiders for a prolonged period of time. There’s also the prospect of socially awkward situation; I’m terrible at confrontations.

Rationally speaking, it’s the smarter choice. Firstly, I will have my own room whilst having direct contact with local students. If I want to improve my Japanese, this might be the best way. The distance from the shopping centre may also stop me from overspending.

The idea of having someone around after a long day at school is quite comforting.

In the process of writing this post, I decided to select the shared house as my first preference. There are only four spots available for the shared house. So I will leave it to the university make the decision for me.

I’ll keep you all posted on how it goes!