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If you want to study in Japan, you must generally get a Student Visa – unless the you come from specific countries and intend to study less than 3 months. To obtain a student visa, you must apply for a visa at the Japanese consulate or embassy in you home country, however, you must get a Certificate of Eligibility first.
To apply for a student visa to Japan is a multiple step process.
Step 1: You fill in different visa application documents and submit to your school.
Step 2: The school checks that your application is complete before they rewrite it and submit it to the immigration authorities in Japan.
Step 3: After you get a Certificate of Eligibility that you need for the final step of your visa application. Apply your student visa application at the Japanese consulate or embassy in your country.
Step 4: Get your visa. If you submit a complete application you will almost always get your visa from the Japanese Embassy.
The visa application fee is about 3,000 yen for single entry, and 6,000 yen for a double-entry or multiple-entry.
The length of the visa is maximum 2 years from the date of entry and depending on the studying period.
Note: All documents for your visa application must be in either Japanese or English.