Plan your Stay
Plan your stay in Japan before you go there. When doing so, you have to think about the following issues: housing and money.
Plan your stay in Japan
Where you will live? At the home of a Japanese family (homestay), in a shared apartment or a private apartment if you can afford it, or in a dormitory … ? There are many criteria to take into account. Money first, of course. But also the independence/freedom you need. Your motivation to be fully immerse and learn Japanese faster, or not. Take the time to think about it. Also keep in mind that at Motivist Japan, we help you find the right accommodation if you need our help.
What will be your monthly budget? How much will you need to afford daily expenses in addition to the school fee? That varies from person to person. We recommend you reflect on that and calculate your needs, as precisely as possible. Open a new Excel sheet and start your simulation without further delay.
If your budget is tight, you may consider looking for “arbeit” – part-time job. As a foreign students, you are allowed to work up to 28 hours per week – provided you apply and get the authorization. In principle, this is a mere formality: you should get the authorization. Better yet, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to find a part-time job. This is one feature that makes Japan so attractive to international students.
Click here to learn more about the conditions to be working in Japan while studying.