You will need a study visa to be able to study in Japan. Find out about the related formalities in this article.
If you want to study in Japan, you have to apply for a student visa at the Japanese embassy or consulate in your home country. (See section “Work visas in Japan” and “certificate of eligibility”)
There are two main types of student visas in Japan: the "College Student visa" designed for foreign students registered in Japanese universities for 1 or 2 years, and the "Pre-College Student visa" designed for students attending Japanese language classes. Students holding the Pre-college Student visa are allowed to stay in Japan either for 6 months, or 1 year.
As a foreign student, you are not supposed to work in Japan. However, if special permission is granted, you may take any paid activity up to 28 hours a week.
Foreign students selection is very strict in Japan. An entry test, the EJU, is performed (Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students – in sciences, mathematics, Japanese culture or Japanese as foreign language). You can take the examination in Japanese or in English according to your curriculum needs. Strong command of Japanese is nonetheless recommended to enter Japanese universities.
Tuition fees may turn out to be very expensive in Japan (between 5,000 to 10,000 € a year). Note that in particular cases, tuition fees exemptions apply. For more information, contact your school or university in Japan. There may also be partnerships between your home university and universities in Japan. Government-sponsored programmes and scholarships may also be available. Contact the Japanese embassy or consulate in your home country to find out more information.