It is a permit to enter Japan issued by the Japanese government to foreign nationals. Other than a tourist visa (a stay up to 90 days) and a student visa (up to 2 yrs.), there are various visas such as working holiday visa, working visa, family stays visa, spouse visa, etc.
How long does it take to have a student visa application processed?
It takes about 6 months. It is necessary to prepare for the visa application far in advance.
Do I have to apply for a student visa by myself?
Application for a student visa to the immigration office is conducted by the school. However, you need to prepare necessary documents by yourself beforehand.
In the case of applicants who wish to enroll in the Evening Course, Private Lessons or JLPT Preparation Program, the School cannot support you with your application for a student visa.
Can you help me prepare the necessary documents for the application?
Study abroad agents can help you. We are presently collaborating with some agents in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Vietnam, Russia and Mongolia.
Can those who do not have a student visa be admitted to the school?
Yes, there are many students who possess a visa other than the student visa.
Can I change a visa to a different one?
Tourist visa → student visa Yes. (You need to apply for a student visa about 6 months in advance.)
Student visa → tourist visa No.
Student visa → Working visa Yes.
Working visa → student visa Please consult us.
Working holiday visa → student visa Yes. (You need to apply for a student visa about 6 months in advance.)
Student visa → working holiday visa No.
* Please note that there are cases that you cannot change the visa status. Please consult us for details.
All the students will take the level check test (placement test) on the enrollment day. You will be placed in a class suitable for your Japanese language level. The enrollment day is the first day of the school term.
When am I going to buy the textbooks?
You will purchase the textbooks soon after the classes commence.
Can I attend other classes besides the classes in the morning?
You can enroll at other programs offered in the afternoon hours such as JLPT Preparation Program, Japanese for Job-Hunting, Kanji Class, etc. Extra fee is charged for those programs. You may use the self-study room after your class.
For the single term programs, you need to pay in a single payment. For the courses which last for 1 year or more, it is possible to pay by installments; you may pay the fee for the first 2 school terms (6 months) and, after that, you may pay every school term.
Are the textbook costs included in the tuition?
No, they are not included. You need to pay them separately from the tuition fee.
What is the cost for the textbooks?
It differs according the Japanese level. It costs about ¥8,000 for the beginner level students, about ¥4,000 - ¥10,000 for the intermediate and about ¥6,000 for the advanced students.
Are there any discounts depending on the visa status?
No. But if you re-enroll at Naganuma Schooll after completion of your course or program, we do not charge you extra for the enrollment fee and application fee.
Do the students of single term programs study with the students of long-term courses in the same class?
Yes, they join in the same class. Regardless of the duration of the study, you will be placed in a class that best suits your level of Japanese.
Do we receive tests while studying in the course?
There is a check test after every lesson of the textbook, a mid-term test and a term-end test. These tests will tell you whether you are on the right track of learning and show the areas where you need to review. The term-end test is a comprehensive test composed of conversation, listening and writing.