Once you have acquired your status of residence, please visit your nearest immigration bureau to complete all related procedures.
In addition, you must have your residence card on your person at all times while in Japan.
Extension of Period of Stay
In cases where your stay in Japan exceeds the initial designated period due to further education, the process to extend your period of stay is required. The review process takes between two weeks and a month to complete, so please be aware of time frame and apply promptly.
Period of Procedure
Applications can be submitted from 3 months before residence status expiration
*In certain situations documents other than those listed above must also be submitted
As a general rule, foreigners living in Japan under the "Student" residence status are not allowed to hold part-time jobs. However, if you require financial means to be able to continue your studies, you can receive a permit for "Permission to Engage in an Activity Other Than That Permitted by the Status of Residence Previously Granted" to work part-time. The maximum work time allowed during a part-time job is 28 hours a week, or up to 8 hours a day during university-designated holidays. In addition, international students are prohibited from holding part-time jobs related to the adult-entertainment industry.
If you leave Japan for a year or longer, you are required to receive a "re-entry permit" before departure. You cannot re-enter Japan without said permit.
*Based on the revision of law on July 9th 2012, you are not required to have a re-entry permit in cases when you return to Japan within one year of departure while within your period of stay. In said situation, please fill out the "Embarkation and Disembarkation Card for Re-entrants" (ED card) and complete the "Special Re-entry System" procedure.
In cases where relatives or acquaintances visit Japan, a visa may be required regardless of length of stay depending on country or region of origin. Please be aware that application forms and procedures differ depending on country and region. Please check the website of the Ministry of Justice for more information.
For the procedure for enrollment into National Health Insurance and Pension, please visit your area's city hall/town hall as soon as possible after you have arrived in Japan.
National Health Insurance
If you are staying in Japan for more than 3 months and hold the "Student" residence status, you must enroll in National Health Insurance. If you are enrolled in National Health Insurance, patient-costs for any medical treatment will be 30% of total expenses upon presentation of your Health Insurance card. In addition, insurance holders are provided access to high-cost medical expense benefits. Once the enrollment process has been completed, your Health Insurance card will be sent to your place of residence, so please be careful not to lose it. Furthermore, you cannot lend your Health Insurance card to others. In addition, the yearly National Health Insurance tax return will also be mailed to your place of residence, so if you will still be in Japan the following year, please fill it out and send it back.
National Pension and the Special Payment System for Students/Insurance Premium Exemption System
All individuals living in Japan between 20 and 60 years old are required to enroll in the National Pension. International students are included in this. However, among exchange students for whom payment of the insurance premium is difficult, there is the "Special Payment System for Students", for regular students to defer payment of insurance premiums while they are still in school, and the "National Pension Contribution Exemption/Payment Postponement" for non-regular students (special audit students, research students etc.) It is recommended that you apply for these systems with the pension application simultaneously. In addition, presentation of your student ID is required when applying, and this application must be made every year.
About Individual Number
Introduced in October 2015, this system's official name is the Social Security and Tax Number System. If you have a resident card in Japan, you are eligible for this service even if you are a foreign national. No special procedure is required; a "Notification Card" with your "Individual Number" will be mailed to you, so please be careful not to lose it. In addition, please do not share your Individual Number with others carelessly. Your Individual Number is required when completing government-related procedures or to hold a part-time job. For more information, please check the website of the Cabinet Office.
About Student Life Support
Provision of Student Discount Card
Student discounts (student passenger fare discount cards) are issued by the certificate issuance machine. In addition, student discounts for regular passes on JR lines, the Matsura Line (MR), buses and other transportation can be issued at the Student Group, Student Support Office Reception Window.
Introduction of Part-time Jobs
Part-time jobs aimed at students are announced through the notice board and through Live Campus. Please contact the Student Group, Student Support Office if you have any questions.
Information on Volunteering
We will provide information on volunteer options for students through the notice board and Live Campus. Please contact the Student Group, Student Support Office if you have any questions.
Sasebo Campus, Student Group, Student Support Office: 0956-47-5703
Siebold Campus, Student Group, Student Support Office: 095-813-5065
Events and Support
The following types of support are provided to help ensure that international students have a rewarding study-abroad experience.
Center for International Education
The Center for International Education answers questions from international students and helps them prepare for life in Japan. The Center also holds an enrollment ceremony and reception to welcome the university's international exchange students to campus, provides information on local community events and other activities, and hosts a food booth with the cooperation of the international students at the popular university festival in autumn.
Student Support Office
The Student Support Office provides advice to international students regarding class registration, academic issues, and everyday living. The Student Support Office Student Group and the Center for International Education work together to provide international students with consultation and support regarding personal and academic issues of concern.
Japanese Language Classes The University offers a Japanese language class and a class on Japanese affairs (collectively worth 14 credits on the Sasebo Campus and 2 credits on the Siebold Campus) for international students to help them improve their Japanese language skills and learn about Japanese culture and literature.
International Student Advisors To improve communication between students and instructors, the University has introduced and "office hours system" that enables international students to seek advice at any time.
Tutor System for International Students (Siebold Campus only) Japanese students enrolled in the University are available to assist international students. They provide support in a wide variety of areas, including helping international students complete their foreign resident registration upon arrival in Japan, opening a bank account, and learning how to use public transportation to commute to school.
Many different organizations and private companies offer scholarships for international students. Recipients are selected based on the University's recommendation. Privately financed international students who exhibit academic excellence but are having problems making their tuition payments may be eligible for a full or partial tuition exemption. Applicants are required to fulfill the standard number of credits provided by each faculty. The type of exemption will be determined mainly by the academic performance of applicants.
Information Provided to Students The University's Employment Section helps students find jobs. The Employment Section posts information on job openings received from companies and government agencies via online Career Support System that all students, both Japanese and international, can access.
Personal Guidance Personalized guidance on how to find job is available starting from each student's first year. Advisors look at students' career aspirations from various angles - from their purposes for enrolling in the University to the topics they want to study and the skills they want to acquire. Based on the information collected, the advisors provide advice regarding the career options available.
Certification and Skill Acquisition Support The Employment Section holds extracurricular classes to enable students to acquire the skills they will need after graduation and to conduct a more effective job search. These classes also help students acquire many different certifications and skills.
Job-Hunting Events The Employment Section offers job-hunting guidance, career seminars, joint company information sessions on campus, internships and alumni presentations about their careers.
Mental Health A public health nurse is available to provide personalized care in response to various concerns and questions related to student health. A mental health support system that includes counseling by a clinical psychologist has also been established for students.
International Student Activities
At the annual Siebold Campus Festival "SUNFESTA", international students set up food stalls. They work with the Center for International Education to cook and sell spring rolls, Korean chijimi, and other international foods. The authentic flavors enjoy high popularity every year. In addition, the Sasebo Campus has their own festival called Ootorisai, which is usually held in November every year, and has many unique stalls to enjoy.
The Nagasaki International Student Support Center holds an event entitled "Nagasaki Peace Study Field Trip" (Bus Hiking) for new international students in Nagasaki twice a year. This project's aim is to provide international students with an opportunity to learn about the history of Nagasaki and reconsider the meaning of peace through accounts of atomic bomb survivors' experiences and visits to the Atomic Bomb Museum and the Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture. The tour also provides a chance to interact with international students from other universities, allowing participants to enlarge their circle of friends.
Cultural Exchange Events with Local Communities
University of Nagasaki launched a cultural exchange project for international students in 2013, with the aim of enhancing their interactions with Japanese students and citizens living in Nagasaki Prefecture. International and Japanese students visited Hasami Town in the first year, Saikai City in 2014, and Isahaya City in 2015. During each event, students had increased chances for exchange with local people through lunch parties and visits to various facilities. This project also provides an opportunity for students - both international and Japanese - to interact with those from the other University campus. Students at the Sasebo Campus and the Siebold Campus rarely get a chance to meet each other. We believe that this project would not have been able to be carried out without the cooperation of local organizations. As a mission of the University, we encourage international students to actively promote their interactions with local communities.
・Orientation ・Routine Health Check ・Course Registration
・Start of Courses for First Half of School Year
・Anniversary of University's Establishment [the 4th] ・Kyushu Regional University Athletics Meet [Summer] ・Completion of First Semester Course ・First Semester End of Term Exams
・Graduate Regional Development Course - Entrance Exam by Recommendation [Master's]
・Graduate Regional Development Course - Summer Entrance Exam [Master's] ・Completion of Second Semester Courses ・Second Semester End of Term Exams
・Summer Vacation ・September Graduation Ceremony
・October Entrance Ceremony ・Start of Courses for Second Half of School Year ・Comprehensive Selections (Department of Global and Media Studies) ・SUNFESTA [Siebold Campus School Festival]
・Otorisai [Sasebo Campus School Festival] ・School Selections by Recommendation ・Comprehensive Selections (Department of Business Administration, Business Administration Division) ・Special Selections [Self-funded Students/Working Adults/Japan Returnees] ・Completion of Third Semester Courses ・Third Semester End of Term Exams
・Kyushu Regional University Athletics Meet [Winter] ・Winter Vacation
・General College Entrance Exam
・Completion of Fourth Semester Courses ・Fourth Semester End of Term Exam ・Graduate Regional Development Course - Winter Entrance Exam [Masters] ・Graduate School of Human Health Science - Winter Entrance Exam [Doctorate Program] ・General Selections [Schedule for First Half of the School Year]
・General Selections [Schedule for Second Half of the School Year] ・Graduation Ceremony ・Spring Vacation
Weather in Nagasaki Prefecture
Nagasaki Prefecture faces the East China Sea to the west and the Tsushima Strait to the north. Due to the warm Tsushima current flowing from the East China Sea to the Tsushima Strait, there is relatively little temperature variation throughout Nagasaki, and the weather is generally warm.
Nagasaki Monthly Temperature and Rainfall
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Nagasaki Prefecture Event Calendar
Huis Ten Bosch Tulip Festival (Sasebo City) The town of Huis Ten Bosch is covered in tulips.
Late March to Mid-April
Saikai Bridge, cherry blossoms, and whirlpools (Sasebo City) You can get a view of both powerful whirlpools and cherry blossoms reflecting the sunlight, all at once.
Nagasaki Tall Ships Festival (Nagasaki City) This is a large gathering of beautiful sailing ships from around the world. Ships with their white sails set gather at the Port of Nagasaki.
Nagasaki Hydrangea Festival The hydrangea is the city flower of Nagasaki. During the festival, hydrangeo blossoms adorn the Glover Residence and other parts of the city.
Isahaya Manto River Festival (Isahaya City) This festival was established to comfort the souls of the victims of the devastating Great Isahaya Flood.
Nagasaki Minato Festival (Nagasaki City) This is one of the largest events of the summer in Nagasaki. It includes many fun community events.
Sasebo Seaside Festival (Sasebo City) This festival features such events as a spectacular fireworks display launched from the port, a dance contest, a band and taiko (Japanese drum) performances.
Spirit Boat Procession (Nagasaki City) At this traditional event, the souls of the deceased are placed in a boat and sent out to sea.
Nonnoko Isahaya Festival (Isahaya City) This is the largest festival in Isahaya. Participants parade through the city clicking plates together.
October 7 to 9
Nagasaki Kunchi Festival (Nagasaki City) This annual festival is held at Suwa Shrine. It has been designated an important intangible cultural property of Japan.
Yosakoi Sasebo Festival (Sasebo City) More than 150 teams gather from around Japan to perform their yosakoi dances.
November (weekends and national holidays)
Kujuku Islands Autumn Oyster Festival During this festival, visitors can eat their fill of fresh oysters from the waters surrounding the Kujuku Islands.
Mid-November to Late December
Kira Kira Festival This is a signature winter event. During the festival, Shimanose Park and the surrounding area are illuminated with lights.
Late November to Late December
Nagasaki Heartful Illumination Lights reflecting on the water and the illuminated sightseeing spots at night create a romantic atmosphere.
Early to Late January
Nomozaki Narcissus Festival Ten million narcissus bulbs planted in Suisen-no-Sato Park bloom all at once.
Nagasaki Lantern Festival This winter lighting festival, which highlights Nagasaki in winter, was established to celebrate the Chinese new year.
February (weekends and national holidays)
Kujuku Islands Winter Oyster Festival During the festival, Shimanose Park and the surrounding area are illuminated with lights.
In Japan, each municipality has its own rules for disposing garbage. Failure to follow said rules may cause trouble for your neighbors, so please be sure to follow the rules decided by your municipality.
Click here for the garbage sorting in Sasebo *Sasebo Campus location
Click here for the garbage sorting in Nagayo *Nagayo Campus location
・Nagasaki International Student Support Center An international student support organization provided by trade high schools, short-term colleges, universities, municipalities, international relations organizations, and the business world of Nagasaki Prefecture. Providing support for international exchange student life and job searching, as well as information on events and seminars directed at exchange students.
An organization to support international students provided by regional industries, schools, government and businesses of the Sasebo region, which supports exchange student life and job searching, and holds events to promote relations between exchange students and with Japanese people.
When returning to your home country, please confirm and complete all procedures early enough to allow for processing. In addition, please visit the Student Support Office or The Center for International Exchange Programs and Foreign Language Education for university procedures.
Procedures at the City Hall/Town Hall
・Submission of Notice of Moving Overseas
・National Health Insurance Settlement and Withdrawal
・Forfeit of National Pension *When completing procedures, please bring your Residence card, National Health Insurance card, and Pension Handbook.
Procedures for Moving Out of Apartment/Student Dormitory
・Notification of Move-out Date *For private apartments, please contact your landlord and the managing company by the designated date. *For international student dormitories, please contact your university supervisor.
・Cancellation of Electricity, Gas, and Water, and Settlement of Fees *For private apartments, contact the company for each utility by the designated date to receive instructions on cancellation procedures.
・Disposal of Oversized Garbage Disposal of unneeded items is the responsibility of the owner, so please be sure to schedule disposal according to the local garbage rules. In particular, when contacting the garbage company, please be aware that the disposal of some oversized garbage may include an appliance recycling fee. When returning to your home country, please take appropriate measures for all owned items and return the apartment to the state it was when you moved in.
・Mail forwarding setup
Mail cannot be forwarded from Japan to international locations, so please discuss your forwarding situation with the university.
Procedures for Use of Related Services
・Cancellation of Phone and Internet Contracts and Settlement of Fees When cancelling contracts, penalty fees may be incurred depending on time of cancellation, so please be sure to confirm the contents of your contract. In addition, because the delivery of bills occurs the following month of the charge, please ask for assistance from someone living in Japan or the University in regards to payment after you have left Japan.
・Cancellation of Bank Account When cancelling your bank account, please confirm that there are no public utilities charges on account withdrawals, and that all payments have been completed. Cancellation procedures must be completed by the owner of the account. When cancelling, please bring your bankbook, ATM card, bank seal, and a form of identification.
・Return of Residence card
Please return your residence card at the airport of departure on the day of your return to your home country.