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Large Buddha Statue in Japan

An archipelago of 6,852 individual islands, the "Land of the Rising Sun" has as many opportunities for BC students as pieces of land it calls its own. As one of the most powerful and fast-moving economies in the world with a culture that is unique and distinct, Japan offers opportunities for students in all disciplines. Combining innovation with tradition and discipline with imagination, Japan can provide BC students with a truly unforgettable study abroad experience.

BC Programs- Semester & Academic Year

BC students wishing to study in Japan have the option of either Sophia University or Waseda University in Tokyo. Both offer exceptional academic programs and access to the Japanese capital.

Map of Japan
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Speak to an OIP Advisor

In preparation for your study abroad in Japan, you will work with a Boston College OIP Advisor who specializes in this country and in BC's programs there. Your advisor will help guide you through the application and pre-departure process, as well as act as your main contact with BC while abroad. For students studying abroad in Japan, your advisor is Christina Hatzipetros. To find out more information about this program, or to schedule an appointment with Christina, please click here.


Currency in Japan

The currency in Japan is the yen (¥) ATM's are widespread and are the best way to get Japanese currency. It is important to remember that Yen and US dollars are not equal, however, and students should consult a currency conversion calculator.


Current Events & News Resources

In preparation for your time in Japan, you should familiarize yourself with the current events and contemporary issues facing the Japanese Republic. By knowing about your host country before you arrive, you are making yourself a more informed traveler, a more receptive student and a better prepared individual. It is also helpful to know about your host country so you can pack correctly. Following these and other news sources will be of great value in preparing you for your time abroad.


Language & Customs

Japanese (日本語) is the national language of Japan. While English instruction is fairly widespread, students should rely primarily on their foreign language proficiency in their day-to-day activities outside of class.

Japanese customs may be very different than many in the United States. It is best to familiarize yourself with acceptable practices before you arrive in the country. Some tips for successful cultural integration may be found here.


Visa Information

Your host university will send you a Certificate of Eligibility (COE), a document which you will need in order to obtain your visa. You will need to submit the COE and your acceptance letter to the Japanese Consulate nearest your home. The student visa will be stamped in the back of your passport, and the COE will be stapled into your passport. As an exchange student, your visa status should be “College Student.” To locate the appropriate consular office, you can contact the Boston Consulate General of Japan at (617) 973-9772 or on their website. Along with the completed application for a College Student Visa, you should submit the COE, your passport, and a passport-sized photograph to the nearest Japanese Consulate. Please consult the Japanese Embassy website for updated information on required visa application documents, regulations and procedures, as they may vary from state to state.