Before coming to Japan, accepted students would need to obtain a ``college student'' (Ryugaku) visa, issued by the Japanese Embassy or Consulate, in their country of residence.
We will send a letter of acceptance to students who are officially accepted to OUSSEP. At this time, Osaka University will request that the Japanese Immigration Bureau issue a Certificate of Eligibility for Status of Residence (CESR) for each of the students. Only the latter document will serve as proof of a student's status when the student applies for the visa, which is required for entering Japan as a student.
The process of obtaining a CESR takes time and the certificate usually does not come through until early September. We will forward the CESR, by an express courier service, to each student's summer address, as indicated in the OUSSEP Application Form. We often have to make urgent contacts with the applicants during the summer.
It is important that the applicants provide us with accurate information about their summer address, including street address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address.
Applicants should follow the advice of the Japanese diplomatic office in their home country, concerning the procedure for obtaining the visa.
More information related to OUSSEP, including study and living guides for students, may be found at OUSSEP's web site.