More than 100,000 international students are currently studying at universities, junior colleges, professional schools and other educational institutions in Japan. Their number has been increasing rapidly since the 1980s. Foreign student in Japan need a student visa in order to study in Japan. Visa applicants require an educational institution as their sponsor in order to obtain a student visa.

Student visa holders are not allowed to engage in any paid activities, unless they get the permission of the school and the immigration office. Even then, students may work only a set maximum number of hours per week.

Japanese language schools exist in many cities across Japan, ranging from informal conversation schools to government recognized institutions that offer preparatory courses for students to enroll at universities.

There are language schools for all proficiency levels, and courses of different duration from just a few weeks to more than one year.

Program in Japan:

One can apply to language school, college and university even only to study Japanese language in Japan. All of them will have their own set of rules and regulations as well as they differ in fees and the level of study one can go for. A Nepalese student can choose any of the institutions that fit to them.

A Nepalese student who has completed his/her 12 years of total formal education can apply for four sessions in a year (January/ April/ July/ October).

A Nepalese student who has completed his/ her graduation/ post graduation can apply to university (research /special study of Japanese language for two academic sessions (April/ October).

One can apply for short term Japanese language course (3 months to maximum 6 months).

Visa for Japan:

For studying in Japan Nepalese students can apply for two kinds of visas:

  1. a)  Pre- college visa
    b) College student visa

Both of these visas have their own characteristics. For example: Pre-college visa is issued for at least 6 months and for the maximum period of 1 year whereas college visa is issued for at least 1 year and for the maximum period of 2 years. However, there is no problem in extending visa throughout the time one is studying in Japan. One has to pay only 4 thousand Yen for 1 renewal.

For students who have only completed SLC or his/her 10 years of formal education can apply for Pre-college visa only. Other students can apply for both pre-college visa and student visa. International Students only studying Japanese language can study for maximum of 2 years whatever the visa he/she has applied for. Then after, the students have to transfer either to professional college or university.

Admission Procedure in Japan:

There are two types of Visa; i. College Visa and ii. Pre-College Visa

  1. College Visa
  • Students must pass Intermediate Level.
  • Minimum 200 hours language course in  Nepal
  • Minimum 1 year is compulsory but one can learn maximum 2 years of Japanese Language Course in Japan.
  • Academic Session is two times a year in Japan (April and October)
  1. Pre-College Visa
  • Students must pass Intermediate Level.
  • Minimum 200 hours language course in Nepal
  • Minimum 1 year is compulsory but one can learn maximum 2 years of Japanese Language Course in Japan.
  • Academic Session is four times a year in Japan ( January/April/July/ October)

Important Things for Nepalese students  In Japan:

Japan is a very different experience especially for Nepalese students. Japanese, despite being at the pinnacle of physical comfort, follow their culture and tradition with equal enthusiasm and importance.

In fact, for the initial 1-2 year Nepalese students go to Japan for Japanese language study. They can only enter to Bachelor’s Master’s or to any other professional studies after that. Therefore, students from non Khanji nations (Khanji means the written language of Japan, China and Korea) should put their special efforts in studying Japanese Language during the language training.

Generally, Nepalese students looking for employment opportunities in Japan after studies should better go for technical or engineering studies. Students wanting to either stay in Japan or return back to Nepal for business should better study management or economics.

Besides, there are many other subjects available in Japan which is relevant to Nepal. One has to choose any subject to study based on his/her institution and capability. Generally, it’s not mandatory that you pursue the same study you were doing.