Delegation of the European Union to Japan

Travel to the EU from Japan

17/01/2017 - 16:41
Travel to the EU

Useful information on traveling from Japan to the EU, such as visas, travel restrictions and consulates, and for studying there.

The Delegation does not issue visas. Visas are issued by the embassies of the Member States.

Japanese nationals do not normally need a visa for short-term travel to Europe. However, if in any doubt please contact the nearest embassy of the country that you wish to travel to. Stays of over 90 days may require a visa.

Please note that when travelling to the EU, passports need to be valid for at least 3 months after the date you intend to leave the EU country you are visiting, and they should have been issued within the previous 10 years.

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The EU with its 27 Member States is one of the world’s most exciting destinations for international students. The EU enjoys high academic standards and its cutting-edge technology, advanced research facilities and a diversity of cultures, languages, and societies make for a great variety of degree programmes.

Learn about EU scholarships to study or conduct research in the EU, about a unique opportunity to meet European university representatives at the European Higher Education Fair, and where to get more information on studying in Europe.

Study in Europe with an EU scholarship

  • Joint Master Degrees

Two EU programmes, Erasmus Mundus and Erasmus+, offer Japanese students the chance to apply to joint master programmes and study in Europe in at least 2 different countries and to get scholarships of up to €25,000 per year. Around 350 new joint master degree programmes will receive EU funding over the coming years, providing a wealth of opportunities for international students. Most courses will be taught in English.

A full list of courses is available online. Prospective students should apply directly to the consortium, which carries out a competitive selection for scholarship places. Application deadlines are set by the consortium in charge of the programme but in general they vary from mid- December to late January, with most programmes starting the following autumn.

'Information on Erasmus+ can also be found on the official Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association website, and the official Erasmus+ Facebook page. Japanese alumni testimonials (Japanese only) illustrate how beneficial studying on such programmes can be, both professionally and personally.

  • Short-term Study Abroad

Japanese students can apply for a grant for short-term study abroad (3 to 12 months), to spend part of their study period (at bachelors, masters or doctorate level) at a partner institution in Europe. Students can earn credits at their host university, which are recognised by their home university without paying any extra fees.

Japanese students should ask their home university's international relations office for more information on existing Erasmus+ partnerships.

  • Doctoral candidates

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorates offer three year fellowships and up to €129,900 to doctoral candidates. The full list of courses is available online.

Doctoral candidates can also apply for a doctoral fellowship or other research grants available under the Marie Sklodowksa-Curie programme part of the EU's Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation.

European Higher Education Fair (EHEF)

Europe is a global leader in study programmes for learners of all ages and is a popular destination for students from around the world. The European Higher Education Fair is held every year in Tokyo and Kansai, with over 70 European higher education institutions represented.  It is a unique opportunity to meet European university representatives and learn about courses, programmes, and scholarship opportunities.

Sample the atmosphere at the EHEF in this video.


Further information

The Study in Europe Guide  provides basic information about EU programmes, as well as study and scholarship opportunities in each of the 27 EU Member States. Up to date information on study opportunities, and Delegation/Member State events can be found on the Study in Europe Facebook page. Student events showcasing study opportunities, as well as European food and culture are also held at the Delegation.

The EU's Study in Europe website also provides a wealth of general information, as do the StudyPortals and ScholarshipPortal websites.

EU Alumni

Have you participated in the EU Visitors Programme (EUVP), or taken part in programmes under Erasmus Mundus or Erasmus+, from Japan? Keep in touch so that we can stay connected. We are pleased to invite our alumni to events organised by the EU Delegation and hold occasional social events to meet other alumni.

To update your contact information, please e-mail us. (

-To find out more and hear testimonials of former EUVP participants from around the world, visit the EUVP website


Check all EU Networks in Japan promoting EU and its culture.


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