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Preparing to Enter Japan: Essential To-do List

Below is a basic check-list for what you need to do before you leave your country of origin. If you are starting your preparations, use this list as your guideline; if you have finished your preparation, please double-check if there is anything you have left out!

Check List

  • Check about the cost of living for Japan. A summary of expenses for international students can be found here.
  • Check about the required documents to apply for Status of Residence and a Visa. (see here to check)
  • Apply for a Visa at the Japanese embassy or consulate.
  • Check with your University department's contact person whether you need to find your own lodgings in Sendai.
  • Confirm your lodgings in Sendai.
  • Check up on insurance.
  • Prepare a credit card (VISA, Master Card, American Express, etc.).(You need one to contract a mobile phone.)
  • Book your flight.
  • Check access from your port of entry to your final destination.
  • Inform your University contact of your desired date for moving in to your accommodations, reserving a hotel if necessary.
  • Pack your Certificate of Eligibility in your carry-on baggage.
  • Undergo allergy testing before your arrival.

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