Admission Process

For those wishing to obtain a student visa

For those wishing to obtain a student visa

Obtaining a student visa takes approximately 6 months.

If you wish to apply for a student visa, you will need to submit the necessary documents to the immigration office through our school.
It takes time to prepare the application documents and for the immigration authorities to review them.
If you wish to obtain a student visa, please contact our school as soon as possible regarding the necessary documents and procedures.

Application period

Admission period Application period
4 August 8st - October 1st of the previous year
July (Nagoya / Kobe only) 1/10 to 3/15
10 3/21 to 5/31
January (Kobe school only) 7/1 to 9/15
  • If the maximum number of applicants is reached, applications may be refused even when made during the application period. We recommend you apply as early as possible.
  • The application period varies slightly depending on the school. For details, please check each school's application guidelines.→ Download materials

Eligibility

  1. Those who have completed (or are expected to have completed) 12 years of education.
  2. Those who have completed a secondary education course that qualifies them to be admitted to a university.
  3. Those who are recognized to have achieved the equivalent of 1 and 2 by our school.

About the student visa

Normally, foreign nationals need to obtain a "student visa" in order to study at a Japanese language school for more than a year.
The primary purpose for entering Japan on a student visa is to receive an education.
Therefore, while it is possible to work part-time by obtaining permission to engage in activities other than those permitted by your visa status, working is limited to 28 hours a week.
In addition, students are prohibited from working during their first three months in the country by ECC so as to allow them to focus on their studies.

Required documents

Applicant

  • 5 photos
  • A copy of your passport
  • Application form
  • Letter stating your reasons for studying in Japan
  • Graduation certificate and academic transcript from the last school attended
  • Japanese language certificate

Financial Supporter

  • Statement of the intent to support the applicant financially
  • Certificate of bank balance
  • Documents showing the relationship between the applicant and the financial supporter
  • Documents showing the family structure

* The documents required to apply for a student visa vary depending on the school. For further details, please check each school's application guidelines.

Process of student visa acquisition / admission

Step 1

Confirm the application requirements

To begin, please download and check the application guidelines.Download documents
If you would like to consult with us after checking the application guidelines, feel free to contact us using the inquiry form. Contact FormPlease feel free to contact us.

Step 2

Document screening
Online interview

Documents will be selected on the entry sheet.
If there are no problems with the application conditions, a selection fee of 21,000 yen will be charged.
After paying the selection fee, we will have an online interview.

Step 3

Submission of required documents
Document screening

Please submit the documents required for admission application and study abroad visa application.Download documents
The documents required to apply for a student visa vary from school to school.
For details, please check the application guidelines of each school.

Step 4

Application Approved

we will apply to the Immigration Bureau for a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) on behalf of the applicant.

Step 5

Immigration

The Immigration Bureau will review the application, and if there are no problems, a "Certificate of Eligibility (COE)" will be issued.

Step 6

Issuance of Certificate of Eligibility
Payment

The ECC Japanese Language Institute will notify you of the issuance of the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and send you an invoice for the course fee.

Step 7

Payment of course fees.

You will be required to pay the course fees.

Step 8

Dormitory arrangement

After confirming the payment of tuition fees, we will send the applicant their "Admission Certificate" and "Certificate of Eligibility (COE)".
At this point, please contact us if you wish our help in arranging accommodations.

Step 9

Visa issuance

Applicants are required to prepare the documents necessary to obtain a student visa, such as the "Certificate of Eligibility (COE)" and "Admission Certificate", and apply for a visa by themselves at the Japanese embassy or consul general in their area of ​​residence.

Step 10

Notification of arrival date

After obtaining a student visa, please book a flight to Japan and inform the ECC Japanese Language Institute of your arrival flight and arrival time.

Step 11

Admission / course commencement

Please ensure that you have entered the country before classes commence and come to the school on the day designated by the ECC Japanese Language Institute.
Classes will start after an entrance ceremony and orientation.

For Japanese residents/ short-term visitors

For Japanese residents/ short-term visitors

The enrollment procedures for those who do not need to obtain a student visa are simple.

  • For those who live in Japan
  • For those who live overseas.
  • For residents of countries/regions that are exempted from temporary visitor visas requirements.
  • For those who are not from countries/regions that are exempt from temporary visitor visa requirements.

Eligibility

  • Students must be 18 years old or older* Please contact us if you are under 18 years old.
  • Those who have a visa that permits them to stay in Japan during their studies

Enrollment period

April / July / October / January

  • Applications close when classes have reached their maximum capacity, so we encourage students to apply as quickly as possible.
  • Students studying Japanese for the first time are encouraged to enroll during the enrollment periods above.
  • It may be possible to join the course after it commences, depending on whether or not there is space available in a class at the appropriate level.
  • Please check each school's application guidelines for details about course commencements.Download documents
  • Applicants residing in foreign countries should apply at least one month before the admission date.

For those who live in Japan

Those who already hold a visa such as a family stay visa, spousal visa, working holiday visa, a working visa, etc.

Admission Process

Step 1

Contact us

Please contact us using the inquiry form on our homepage or by coming to an ECC Japanese Language Institute school. Contact FormPlease contact us from, or come directly to ECC Japanese Language Institute.
We will provide you with details about our courses, their contents, and the admission procedures, and will also give you a tour of the school facilities and textbooks.

Step 2

Japanese level check

Your level of Japanese ability will be checked.

Step 3

Submission of required documents

Please submit a copy of the application form and residence card.

Step 4

Payment

Please pay the course fees.

Step 5

Admission / course commencement

The course will commence.

Required documents

Copy of application form and residence card (front and back)

For those who live overseas.

Those who are planning to enter Japan on a temporary visitor visa or working holiday visa.

What is a temporary visitor visa?

A temporary visitor visa is a visa that allows you to stay in Japan for up to 90 days for the purposes of sightseeing or visiting acquaintances and relatives in Japan.

Temporary visitor visas are divided into visa-exempt countries/regions, where it is possible to come to Japan with only your passport, and visa-required countries/regions, where you need to obtain a visa before coming to Japan.
Please check the website to the right to determine if you are from a visa-exempt country/region. → Ministry of Foreign Affairs | Visa Waiver Countries / Regions (Short-term stay) [Japanese]

If you are from a visa-required country/region, you will need documents such as a letter of invitation from our school in order to apply for a temporary visitor visa.
For further details, please check the website to the right, or check with a Japanese embassy in your country.→ Ministry of Foreign Affairs | Visa application method (short-term stay) [Japanese]

Admission process for students from visa-exempt countries/regions

Step 1

Contact us

In order to enroll or if you have any questions, please contact us using the inquiry form on our homepage.Inquiry formPlease contact us.

Step 2

Japanese level check

Your level of Japanese ability will be checked.

Step 3

Submission of required documents

Please submit a copy of your application form and your passport.
Download application form

Step 4

Payment

Please pay the course fees.

Step 5

Sending of your admission permit

After confirming your payment, an "admission permit" will be sent to you by the ECC Japanese Language Institute.
At this point, please contact us if you wish our help in arranging accommodations.

Step 6

Notification of arrival date

Please book a flight to Japan and inform the ECC Japanese Language Institute of your arrival flight and arrival time.

Step 7

Admission / course commencement

Please ensure that you have entered the country before classes commence and come to the school on the day designated by the ECC Japanese Language Institute.
Classes will start after the orientation.

Admission process for students from visa-required countries/regions

Step 1

Contact us

In order to enroll or if you have any questions, please contact us using the inquiry form on our homepage.Inquiry formPlease contact us.

Step 2

Japanese level check

Your level of Japanese ability will be checked.

Step 3

Submission of required documents

Please submit a copy of your application form and your passport.
Download application form

Step 4

Payment

Please pay the course fees.

Step 5

Sending of your admission permit

After confirming your, an "admission permit" and "invitation letter" will be sent to you by the ECC Japanese Language Institute.
At this point, please contact us if you wish our help in arranging accommodations.

Step 6

Visa issuance

Applicants are required to prepare the documents necessary to obtain a visa, such as the "admission permit" and "invitation letter", and apply for a visa by yourself at the Japanese embassy or consul general in your area of residence.

Step 7

Notification of arrival date

Please book a flight to Japan and inform the ECC Japanese Language Institute of your arrival flight and arrival time.

Step 8

Admission / course commencement

Please ensure that you have entered the country before classes commence and come to the school on the day designated by the ECC Japanese Language Institute.
Classes will start after the orientation.

Required documents

Application form, a copy of passport, a copy of residence card (front and back) (*Only required for those who will have a residence card after entering Japan)