Before You Arrive
Projected Living Expenses
Beyond housing fees, students are recommended to budget approximately 50,000 JPY per month for living expenses:
Meals (40,000 JPY～)
National Health Insurance fees (1,500 JPY～)
SIM card or phone bill (3,000JPY～)
In addition, study abroad students are recommended to have at least 150,000 to 200,000 JPY in cash for their first two months to purchases textbooks and cover expenses related to moving in.
Some study abroad students get part-time jobs to help cover their living expenses. When there are part-time job opportunities on campus, we will share that information with you and the other study abroad students. Most students with part-time jobs work off campus.
In order to get a part-time job, you must first apply for and obtain "Permission to Engage in Activity other than that Permitted under the Status of Residence Previously Granted"--basically, a work permit. You can apply for this permission when you receive your residence card at the airport or later on through the Regional Immigration Bureau. With it, you can work up to 28 hours per week. The Immigration Services Agency of Japan has more information about this permission.
Most semesters, a limited number of Toyo's study abroad students from partner universities receive JASSO's Scholarship for Short-term Study in Japan. The scholarship is competitive and recipients are not selected until very late in the study abroad application process.
Please visit JASSO for more information.
Yakkan Shoumei for Prescription Medications
In order to bring prescription medications into Japan, you will need a "yakkan shoumei", which is basically an import certificate. To receive a yakkan shoumei, you need to fill out the following documents and submit them to the Kanto Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare:
Import report of medication (form)
Explanation of product (form)
Copy of prescription or directions for medicines with doctor's signature
Documents indicating arrival date and place (copy of travel itinerary, etc.)
It takes about a week to approve a yakkan shoumei application and you can submit the necessary paperwork via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will need to present your yakkan shoumei to the customs officer at Narita Airport or Haneda Airport who will confirm that the medications (and quantities) you have with you match those indicated on the yakkan shoumei.
This Q & A includes more information about the yakkan shoumei and PDF copies of the documents you will need.
The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has more information about bringing medicine into Japan, including which kinds of prescription medications you may bring into the country.
Anyone staying in Japan for 3 months or more is obligated to enroll in the National Health Insurance Program. When visiting medical institutions, you will be exempt from 70% of medical and pharmaceutical fees by showing your National Health Insurance card. You can enroll in the NHI during the orientation after arrival. In addition, we strongly recommend you to make arrangements for voluntary travel insurance in your home country that covers your travel to/from Japan and emergencies.
Toyo is committed to ensuring that students with disabilities are able to take courses and exams at Toyo.
If you would like to request special accommodations for courses and/or exams, please submit a medical certificate from your doctor and a letter from your university accessibility office that explains your disability and the accommodations you receive at your home institution and you request during at Toyo. We will consult with our student support office and do our best to accommodate your needs.
Advice from Past Study Abroad Students
- Be open-minded, respect the staff of Toyo, be curious, find the strength to overcome cultural shock in order to truly appreciate Japan. ENJOY IT.
- Use your academic advisor, volunteer, go to events, get involved.
- If you want to get a full experience of Japan and want to really learn Japanese, try to make friends who don't speak your language but speak Japanese; especially Japanese friends.
- Don't panic, and enjoy your moment in Tokyo and at Toyo University.
- Bring lots of money, don't try to work too much at your part-time job, perhaps once or twice a week is OK.
- Don't drink too much, it is fun to party with your dorm mates, yes, but visiting an early morning temple will be much more memorable for you.
- Do your best to be open-minded and get to know different people.