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For international students

What is the Sojo International Center?

Sojo International Center undertakes services such as support for overseas study and training programs, admission and living support for foreign students, and international exchange with overseas partner universities.

Greetings from the Director of the Sojo International Center

Katsuki Kusakabe

Katsuki Kusakabe, Director of Sojo International Center (Professor in the Department of Nanoscience, Faculty of Engineering)

Sojo University is proactively accepting foreign students, and the increasing internationalization of our campus is progressing with official foreign students studying in faculties as well as foreign students visiting under foreign exchange and in short-term programs. The student circles and international exchange supporters who assist and support foreign students are able to enjoy meaningful on-campus exchange with foreign students.
Furthermore, many graduates have become active in the center based ontheir development during university-sponsored study abroad programs, which serves as a great encouragement for current students.

Introduction to Support for Foreign Students

Information on procedures for residence in Japan

Always have your residency card with you. If you have lost your residency card or passport, be sure to contact Sojo International Center immediately.
It is possible to update the residency period from three months before its expiration. Please consult Sojo International Center. If you want to work in Japan, you may work part-time only after obtaining permission to work at the Immigration Bureau, and the working hours may not exceed 28 hours per week. If you temporarily return to your home country during the residency period, check the box to request special re-entry on the embarkation card when departing from Japan.

Housing

In your apartment or place or residence, please be careful about regulations including those for noise and garbage pick-up. If you violate such rules, you may be charged with a significant fine.
If you cannot find a cosigner for an apartment lease, consult Sojo International Center.
If the university serves as a cosigner, you must join the Comprehensive Renters’ Insurance for Foreign Students Studying in Japan.

Information on scholarships

Sojo University Tuition Exemption for Privately Funded Foreign Students
Students who satisfy the following conditions may qualify for the Sojo University Tuition Exemption for Privately Funded Foreign Students.

  1. Be a privately funded foreign student who is enrolled in the official course and his/her resident status is “college student”,
  2. The annual income of the financial sponsor is less than 5 million yen, and monthly average allowance sent from the financial sponsor is 90,000 yen or below, and
  3. Attendance rate is 70% or above (attendance rate in Japanese language school or other school for new students, or attendance rate in the previous academic year for undergraduate students).

Note that the tuition exemption must be updated every year. Students who desire to receive tuition exemption must submit the following documents by the specified date/time every year.

  1. Duplicate of passport,
  2. Duplicate of front and back sides of residency card,
  3. Income certificate of financial sponsor, and
  4. Document showing attendance rate (for new students only).

Other scholarships

Response in case of emergency

Call the police on 110 in case of an emergency situation or accident. Call the fire department on 119 in case of fire or need for emergency first aid.
In Japan, you need to be mindful of disasters such as earthquakes. Check the website shown below and prepare yourself so that you can take appropriate action in an emergency. If you must evacuate, follow the evacuation route indicated at the university site.

Information on job hunting

To continue job hunting in Japan after graduation, you need to switch your resident status to “designated activities.” If there is no track record of job hunting in your residency period, however, we cannot issue a recommendation letter, which is necessary for switching the resident status.
Therefore, be sure to attend explanatory meetings without fail when they are announced by the Employment Section and proactively carry out job hunting while you are a student.

Other matters

If you have any other concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Sojo International Center by phone or via e-mail.

Sojo International Center

TEL: (From 8:30 to 17:30 on weekdays) +81-96-326-3178
(On holidays and non-office hours on weekdays) +81-96-326-3111
E-mail: kokusai@ofc.sojo-u.ac.jp