Country Prep Subpages
Every student needs a valid passport. If you are a US citizen and need to apply, please contact the passport division of the State Department. Routine service requires 4-6 weeks.
Visa for Japan
Program managers can advise students about the application process, timeline and documents required.
If you are a U.S. citizen and will be returning to MIT in the fall (e.g. not graduating this year), and will be staying in Japan for less than 90 days, a visa might not be necessary. If you are not a U.S. citizen, will be graduating before going to Japan, or will be staying in Japan for longer than 90 days, you most likely will need a visa. See if your country requires a visa here: http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/short/novisa.html.
If you will require a visa, please consult with the Program Manager on how to apply.
If your airfare will be paid for by the host, you will need to discuss the details of how to book your flight with them. If the flight will be paid for by the MIT-Japan Program, students must purchase tickets themselves, and the MIT-Japan Program will add the cost of the ticket to their stipend (up to a maximum amount based on average round-trip Boston to Tokyo economy class tickets at the time [$1,400 in 2013]. If the ticket price exceeds that amount, the student will be responsible for the extra cost).
For summer internships, most students book flights in April/May after they have confirmed their summer internships dates.
If your total stay is fewer than 90 days and you do not require an entry visa, you may be able to stay in Japan to travel after your internship ends (at your expense).
Renting an apartment in Japan for a short-term stay can be tricky, as most landlords require guarantors, large deposits and “gift money.” However, there are several solutions to this problem, and the MIT-Japan Program provides resources and advice for housing. The MIT-Japan Program promises up to 80,000 yen/month for housing, and rent rarely exceeds this amount. (As with airfare, however, you are welcome to rent a more expensive apartment, but you will only be given up to 80,000 yen/month.)
Many Japanese companies, universities, and research institutes have dormitories for their employees, and if your host has a dorm, it should be your first choice. Contact your host to ask if they have a dormitory, and if so, whether they will have an opening. Even if your host does not have a dorm, they will often help you find housing, so you should first discuss your options with them.
2. “Share houses”
These can be large houses with rooms for rent and shared kitchen and living space, or they could simply be short-term apartment rentals. Because they do not require large deposits, guarantors, or “gift money,” they are popular among foreign visitors and exchange students. Some of the better known share houses are: