Prospective Students

Necessary Preparations for Those Coming to Japan as JICA Students

As a JICA student, please make necessary preparations prior to coming to Japan, as follows.

1. Tuition and Fees

Your enrollment and tuition fees will be covered by JICA.

2. Air Ticket

JICA will contact you about your ticket and flight schedule, so please do not reserve flights by yourself.

3. Visa

JICA students are required to obtain a student visa. This procedure is handled only through the Japanese embassy indicated on your application. JICA will contact you about the procedures for your visa.

4. Housing

Tokyo Tech offers off-campus dormitories to newly arrived international students. Although rooms cannot be guaranteed for all students, you are automatically in line as a candidate for dormitory accommodation. Should you be selected, you will be notified by the division in charge before the month you will leave for Japan via email. The maximum period of residence depends on each dormitory. If you are not selected, you will need to find accommodation yourself with the support of International Student Exchange Division of Tokyo Tech.

If you have any urgent questions about housing, please contact the Student Support Division at . In the email, please include your name, your intended department at Tokyo Tech, and state that you are a JICA student (with your JICA program name).

In general, you cannot check in to dormitories on weekends or national holidays, and each dormitory sets its own check-in desk schedule, often with limited hours. For your reference, monthly dormitory fees vary from approximately JPY 30,000 to JPY 65,000, and in most cases, dormitories do not calculate fees on a per-day basis.

Notification for bringing your family to Japan

If you are bringing your family to Japan, you need to arrange accommodation by yourself. As it may take some time to secure family housing, it is recommended that you first come alone before inviting family members to join you. JICA strongly recommends that you invite family members after six months following your arrival and after you enroll as a regular student (for Research Students). Requests to invite family members within the first six months may be rejected by JICA.

5. Stipend

You will be provided a monthly stipend. The amount of the stipend is specified by JICA regulations.
The first stipend is generally transferred to your Japanese bank account around one month after entering Tokyo Tech. Therefore, it is suggested that you bring at least JPY 200,000 to cover various expenses during your first 6 to 8 weeks in Japan.

6. Application for Tokyo Tech Student ID Card

*Research Student only
Please fill out the “Application for Student ID Card” form and send it with your photo attached in JPEG format to the International Student Exchange Division. If your name does not fit in the space, you can indicate your first or middle name as an initial.

7. Prevention of Infectious Diseases

To manage the risk of infectious diseases at the Institute, international students (including those from other domestic universities, technical colleges, and Japanese language schools) who have passed the entrance exam, are requested to submit a health certificate before enrollment. Please refer to “Measures to help control infection for international students.”

8. Orientation and Opening of Bank Account in Japan

It is important that you make arrangements to attend the orientation organized by the International Student Exchange Division, which is scheduled to be held at the Ookayama campus. We will explain how to open a bank account during the orientation, the dates and details of which will be announced later.