Once you have sent out your completed application form to your home campus (the US campus that you applied for study abroad), you should receive an acceptance letter within about three to six weeks, depending on how early you sent your application out. Be exited! This means you are one step closer to going to Japan to study abroad. So now what?

Included with your acceptance letter should be an assortment of papers and other forms. First take all these thing out of the, more than likely manila, envelope. Spread them out on a table so that you can see all of them and revel in your excitement for a while, you earned it ^_^. Okay, once that’s done lets look at what you have there.

All institutions run this a little differently but here’s a basic rundown of what you should see in front of you:

  • The acceptance letter itself (feel free to frame this or whatever is necessary 🙂 )
  • A checklist with a list of what you should do next
  • Some sort of general information booklet
  • A group of forms that you have to fill out

I’m assuming you have already read the acceptance letter a few times, so we’ll take it from there. Look at the checklist and take note of the due dates for different forms and any information listed within. In the set of forms that are included, you will probably have to get a physical of some kind from your doctor, this should be one of the first things you do as you will have to make an appointment to do this. Along with this you should obviously do the things on the checklist that have the soonest due dates, and read the general information pamphlet. It will answer most of your basic questions.

The most important thing that you will have to do, and I recommend that you do this as soon as possible, is get your passport. And that will be the topic of my next post, till then!