Please prepare your Notification of Admission, Certificate of Eligibility for Resident Status, and passport, along with any other necessary documents, and apply for a visa at a Japanese diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate) in your own country. We recommend that you contact the diplomatic mission in advance and ask what documents must be submitted.
Exchange students have priority in using accommodation at International House or apartments leased by Niigata University. Information on the apartments (overview, accommodation charges, etc.) can be found HERE. You will be informed about the application procedures later. Requests for particular accommodation are acceptable, however, there is no guarantee as to whether such requests will be met. You will be notified of the final decision regarding your accommodation prior to departure.
Students who will arrive before the residence halls open must arrange and pay for accommodation at a hotel by themselves.
The accommodation offered by Niigata University does not come furnished with futon (Japanese-style bedding) or bedclothes. You may make your own arrangements after your arrival or request the university to arrange bedclothes at your expense prior to your arrival. We will ask you about your preference at a later date. The bedding items the university can arrange include: comforter, futonmattress, pillow, sheet, comforter-cover for each, for the total price of 12,000 yen (to be paid upon your arrival).
You will be informed of the address of your accommodation prior to departure. If you have any luggage to send, it can be sent to the address. Please ship your luggage to be delivered after your arrival so that you will be in the residence hall to receive it.
If you plan to bring electric appliances from your home countrty, be sure to also bring an electric transformer adapter by yourself. Power outlets in Niigata provide 100 volt of power 50 Hz and its plug type is A.
After exchange students are accepted to the program, Niigata University will provide detailed information on pick-up service (Niigata Station/ Niigata Airport) and post-arrival orientation program. If you plan to use the pick-up service, you should schedule your flight and/or train accordingly. It is preferable that students from the same university should travel together. If students choose to travel on their own, they should first come to Niigata University International Office between Monday and Friday during its office hours (8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.) in order to pick up the key to their room.
* Orientation Program takes place after suggested dates of arrival during the week before classes start.
|Pick-up at Niigata Railway Station/Niigata Airport (Details to be announced)|
|Orientation for Newly-Enrolled Students, Opening Ceremony, Japanese Language Courses Guidance,|
|Life in Niigata Orientation, Bank Orientation (Students may apply for opening a bank account)|
* Japanese students will help international students for address registration at the city hall, and shopping for daily necessities.
If you already have a personal seal (inkan, hanko), please bring it with you. You might find it convenient to have one during your stay since a personal seal is used on various occasions in Japan.
Please bring 1 identification photo (40mm×30mm)
Exchange students at Niigata University fall into the following categories:
|Status at Home University||Purpose of Study||Status at Niigata University||Admission fees||Examination fees||Tuition
( Free for fee-exempt students )
|Global Education Center
"Special Auditing Student"
"Special Auditing Student"
(Students are able to attend lectures with a permission of the lecturer, but credits are not offered)
"Special Research Student"
There are no compulsory subjects. However, the Japanese Immigration Bureau's rules stipulate that international students must take taught classes or conduct research for more than 10 hours (600 minutes) per week. Since each class is 90 minutes long, students who are not undertaking research will need to take at least 7 taught classes per week.
This is a decision for your home university to make. Please be sure to consult your university about credit transfer rules before you study abroad. Niigata University confers 2 credits to students for each subject they pass (90 min x 15 times, a total of 1,350 min.) and 1 credit for each foreign language class of the same length (1,350 min.) including Japanese language classes.
International Affairs Division
8050 Ni-no-cho Ikarashi, Nishi-ku, Niigata-shi 950-2181, Japan
Tel: +81-25-262-7627 / Fax: +81-25-262-7519