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Pre-Arrival Information

                                  June 2018

To: Prospective NUPACE Students

Pre-arrival Information - Spring 2019

We, at Nagoya University, wish to extend a heartfelt welcome to all of those students who are coming to Japan this spring to participate in the Nagoya University Program for Academic Exchange (NUPACE). For your reference, please find information on the program and life in Japan as follows:

1. 1. Information Required by NUPACE before Arrival <IMPORTANT>

1-1. Intention to Participate/JASSO scholarship/Contact Details/Smoking Habit
Please confirm 1) your intention to participate in NUPACE, 2) your intention to receive the JASSO scholarship (nominees only), 3) contact details (postal address and telephone number) at which you wish to receive your ‘Letter of Admission’ and ‘Certificate of Eligibility’, and 4) smoking habit (This information will be taken into account when allocating accommodation.) no later than Wednesday, January 23. The attached‘Participation form’should be filled out and sent via e-mail to the Student Exchange Division (SED), Nagoya University (

1-2. Travel Itinerary and dormitory moving-in schedule
The designated moving-in date to Nagoya University housing is Monday, April 1, 2019, with Tuesday, April 2, 2019 as a possible alternative. All students are required to arrive and move into their dormitories between 10am and 5pm. Further information (dormitory name, room number, access, maps, etc.) will be sent by e-mail at the early March

As soon as you have confirmed your travel itinerary (ensure that this is no later than Friday, March 1), register the following details at the itinerary registration form.

(a)  Flight route (including transiting airport, if applicable)
(b) Airline company and flight number to Central Japan International Airport, if applicable
(c) Scheduled arrival date and time at Central Japan International Airport or Nagoya Station, including access, if arriving at another airport
(d) Date and approximate time of your arrival at the dormitory (NUPACE stipulated arrival time; 10:00-17:00)

*If, after registration, you decide to change your travel itinerary, especially your arrival time at the student residence, make sure to notify the NUPACE Office of the revised schedule. This is important because University staff and volunteer students will be waiting at the dormitory to help you with moving-in procedures at the stipulated time.

1-3. Departure from Japan
If you are reserving a return flight, please take into account the following matters. -In order to receive final monthly stipend, JASSO, JTEA, and Canada-Japan Strategic Interchange Program scholarship recipients are required to stay in Japan for at least ten days of the month of departure. -Residents of International Ohmeikan (IO), International Residence- Higashiyama (IRH), and International Residence-Yamate (IRY) should avoid moving-out on Mondays, weekends, National Holidays, and university holidays. (Please refer to the calendar below.) -You will be informed of the moving-out dates for International Residence-Daiko upon confirmation.

*If you are departing at the end of the spring semester, you will be requested to move out of university housing by Friday, August 30, at the very latest. If you are departing in February 2020, the moving-out date is expected to be Friday, February 28, at the latest.

2. Passport, Visa and Registration Matters

2-1 Students Entering Japan on a Non-Japanese Passport Visas
Your ‘Certificate of Eligibility’, the document required for visa procedures, will be sent to you from the Student Exchange Division via express mail in early March. Once you have received the Certificate, promptly take it, and any other relevant documentation, to the nearest Japanese diplomatic mission in order to apply for a ‘student’ visa. Please be sure to arrive in Japan after you have obtained a ‘student’ visa in your home country.

2-2 Landing Procedures and Confirmation of Residence Card
As part of landing procedures in Japan, you will be required to submit your fingerprints and facial photograph at immigration control. Also, when you receive your residence card at the airport, please check whether the spelling and spacing of your name are correct..

2-3 Students Entering Japan on a Japanese Passport
Students entering Japan on a Japanese passport shall not be subject to the landing procedures outlined above. They should, however, ensure that they bring the following documentation with them to Japan to facilitate resident (moving-in) registration procedures at the local ward office.
  1. Family register (koseki tohon)
  2. Appendix to Family Register – history of resident records (koseki fuhyo)
The above documentation can be obtained from the local municipality at which your family is registered. If you are not in possession of it, please make sure to prepare in advance.

3. Part-time Work Permit (Students entering Japan on a Non-Japanese Passport)
Permission to engage in part-time work can be applied for and approved at any international airport in Japan. Students interested in working part-time should fill out the application form attached to this e-mail and submit it upon arrival at the airport. Once you have applied for the permit, please confirm that there is a permission statement and stamp on the reverse side of your residence card.

NB. Part-time work restrictions do not apply to Japanese nationals.

4. Moving into Student Dormitories
Please note that university housing will NOT be made available before Monday, April 1, 2019. Before this date, it will be students' responsibility to find your own accommodation.

Students can travel in Japan before arriving in Nagoya. Please keep in mind that the validity of your period of residence begins from the date of your entry into Japan. If you arrive in Japan too early, your residence status may expire during the program period.

All students are requested to make their own way to the dormitories directly from airports or hotels. It takes approximately one hour from Central Japan International Airport, and half an hour from Nagoya station, to reach each dormitory. If arriving at Central Japan International Airport, please book a flight which arrives no later than 3pm.

After leaving your luggage in your room and receiving materials, including the fixed schedule of orientation period, at the dormitories, please come to the NUPACE Office.
As far as the residents in International Residence Daiko are concerned, it is not necessary to come to the NUPACE Office on Monday, April 1 or Tuesday, April 2 as office procedures will be conducted in the lobby of the accomodation.

5. Orientation and Academic Schedule
The NUPACE orientation program will be held between April 3 and April 10, 2019. All students must ensure that they do not miss any session relevant to them. During the orientation period, you will need 1 photograph (3.5 cm x 4.5 cm) for student registration at your school of affiliation. This should be a full-frontal picture of your face.

Please DO NOT complete procedures at the local municipal office before the orientation. As procedures comprise not only moving-in notification, but also application for your health insurance and pension waiver, NUPACE has arranged a paperwork session which will facilitate the process.

The NUPACE academic calendar 2019-2020 runs as follows:
Spring 2019 Semester
Orientations (Introductory, Academic, etc.): April 3 to April 10, 2019
Academic Semester Commences: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Academic Semester Ends: Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Autumn 2019 Semester (Dates are tentative.)
Orientations (Introductory, Academic, etc.): September 19 to October 1, 2019
Academic Semester Commences: Tuesday, October 2, 2019
Academic Semester Ends: Monday, February 10, 2020
(Winter Vacation Dates: Thursday, December 26 - Tuesday, January 7)

Course registration procedures are explained at the academic orientation.

6. Insurances
All NUPACE students are required to subscribe the Japan National Health Insurance (JNHI) program after arrival, irrespective of duration of stay in Japan, or prior enrolment in an insurance program in their home country. For a monthly premium of approximately ¥1,700, JNHI policy holders are entitled to a 70% discount on most medical and dental fees incurred.

All NUPACE students are also required to subscribe to the ‘Personal Liability Insurance for Students’ offered by Nagoya University Co-op, even if they have already taken out such insurance in their home country. The Insurance fee is ¥1,800 per year and it covers up to 100 million yen of damages to a third party. Although application for personal liability insurance requires the purchase of student co-op membership, the membership fee (¥4,000) will be refunded prior to your departure.

7. Money Matters
Ensure that you have enough money with you when you enter Japan, preferably in Japanese yen, to help defray initial expenses. We recommend a minimum of ¥150,000

A) Bank Account:
JASSO, JTEA, CSC and Canada-Japan Strategic Interchange Program scholarship recipients will be assisted in opening a bank account with the Bank of Mitsubishi UFJ in order to receive their scholarship stipends. It will take approximately a month to open the bank account. *Please note that students from universities in the USA are required to declare their TIN or SSN numbers when opening a bank account.

Independently-financed students are responsible for opening their own bank or post-office accounts. (Opening bank accounts is not mondatory.)

【International Remittance】
MUFG Bank: For international remittance when the remittance is completed through the internet-banking, approximately ¥3,000 will be charged as a transfer fee, while ¥5,500 will be charged when completed at the teller.
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Japan Post Bank: Please refer to

JASSO, IAJ, CSC and Canada-Japan Strategic Interchange Program Scholarship Recipients
Scholarships are usually transferred to students’ bank accounts on the 25th of every month. However, the first stipend will be provided in late May. Please ensure that you bring sufficient money with you to help defray initial expenses. We recommend a minimum of ¥150,000

B) Credit Cards
You can withdraw money by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or any other card with Plus or Cirrus symbols) at ATMs displaying an ‘International ATM Service’ sign, and NUPACE strongly recommends that you bring a credit card to Japan.

International Education & Exchange Center
Nagoya University
Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8601, Japan
TEL: +81-52-788-6119/789-5406   FAX: +81-52-789-4201

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