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Incoming Student Special Info: COVID19
Information for Incoming Students: COVID19
IUJ is preparing to welcome our incoming students per the September 2021 arrival schedule. Please check the September Schedule for updates regularly.
IUJ is moving on the normal timeline to support student visa applications (JICA sponsored students please refer to your scholarship host). When the CoE is returned to us from the immigration office, and with your admissions fee paid in full, we will send you your Letter of Admissions and CoE for student application procedures. The initial window of opportunity to obtain the student visa and enter Japan is 3 months, however, this is now extended for up to 6 months (and perhaps longer if required) and if this is necessary, IUJ will support you.
ARRIVAL in JAPAN
As the situation changes, we will keep you updated. Please refer to this list.
Please keep in close touch with the Office of Student Services* informing them of your flight availability, arrival plans, PCR arrangements (if necessary in September), quarantine plans and dates (again, if applicable), and finally campus arrival plans. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org providing your Student ID and good topic in the subject line like “1C1001 NAME Arrival update”
*JICA sponsored students please do this communication directly with JICA or your scholarship host.
TRAVEL PRECAUTIONS – as of May 2021
If at all possible, please come to Japan fully vaccinated against COVID. Even if vaccinated, please take all precautions you can.
When you are able to arrive in Japan, please be sure to take all precautions during the door-to-quarantine door transport: wear masks and possibly a shield too. Wash and sanitize your hands often. Do not wear contact lenses but wear your glasses. Wipe down your seat, arm rests, drop down tables with disinfectant wipes before settling in on the buses, trains and planes.
QUARANTINE – As of February 2021 (watch for updates later in the summer)
Those arriving from overseas must quarantine for 14 days even with a negative PCR result. During this time, you cannot use public transportation. IUJ has provided some options for this quarantine to incoming students. We ask you to book your pick up and hotel reservations with those services directly to establish direct communications with them in case you need to contact them after arriving in Japan (finding the pick up car, notifying the service if the flight is delays, etc.). Or, if your travel agent is helping you, that is fine as well. Update the OSS on your arrangements, when known.
Those needing financial support for this required quarantine, and who are not helped by your scholarship provider, can request help from IUJ up to a stated expenditure limit. The OSS will be in touch with those eligible.
You will not be able to travel to Niigata and enter our dorms until after your quarantine period.
While it is our goal to offer Face to Face classes, for incoming students who are not able to arrive because of travel restrictions, arrangements to keep your academics on track are in process. Please watch for updates. However, please make all efforts and preparations to arrive in mid September.
Those with scholarships that provide for monthly stipends, please check with your scholarship coordinator about your specific situation before arriving in Japan, as each scholarship will be different.
The IUJSupport2021 Facebook page will provide updates and answer questions. Please be sure to join that group. To request access please give your official name and IUJ Student number when prompted.