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Completing Your Post-Acceptance Requirements (No Visa)

To learn more about the questionnaires and materials you will need to complete after your acceptance into your JCMU program, please review the information on this page.

Post-Acceptance Requirements (YouTube playlist)

Wondering where to begin? Then follow along with this video playlist as we go over each part of your post-acceptance requirements. 


Stuck on a certain form/questionnaire? Then click the various content below to learn more about a specific part of your post-acceptance requirements.

Do You Need a Visa?

As you prepare for your time in Japan, you may be wondering if you will need a visa. If you don’t know what that is, a visa is a legal document issued to a foreign passport-holder that allows the traveler to legally enter and reside in a different country. If you are a citizen from a visa waiver country though, you will not need a visa for your upcoming trip to Hikone.

Citizens of some countries, such as the United States and Canada, host a visa waiver for travelers remaining in Japan 90 days or less. This means that you can be in Japan for up to 90 days without a visa, which covers the full length of your JCMU program.

An up-to-date list of visa waiver countries can be found at the link at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan's website. If your country of citizenship is not listed as having a visa waiver, please contact us right away.

If you would like us to walk you through this process, view the YouTube video tutorial for why you should not need a visa.

Post-Acceptance Questionnaires

You will be asked to complete additional online questionnaires within 2 weeks after your acceptance to JCMU. While it might seem like a lot to do in a short period of time, each questionnaire should only take few minutes to complete.

We won’t go over all of them in detail, but there are additional video tutorials for the following questionnaires that are frequently completed incorrectly:

If you have concerns about any of your post-acceptance questionnaires, feel free to e-mail, call, or stop by our East Lansing office.

If you would like us to walk you through this process, view the YouTube video tutorial for your post-acceptance questionnaires.

Statement of Responsibility

After your acceptance into your JCMU program, you are required to review and electronically sign the Statement of Responsibility. With this form, you will review the rules and policies pertaining to your time at JCMU. This includes topics such as alcohol, academic dismissal, program withdrawal, and more. Please read this carefully before electronically signing.

If you would like us to walk you through this process, view the YouTube video tutorial for the Statement of Responsibility.

MSU OEA Application (MSU students only)

Link to the MSU OEA application search site

If you are a degree-seeking Michigan State University student, you must also be registered with the MSU Office for Education Abroad, or OEA, for participation in your program. This will ensure that you are in the OEA database for health and safety purposes.

Please find your JCMU program and semester in the Office for Education Abroad Student Portal and apply. Once you have finished your application, return to your JCMU application and click that you have read and agree to this signature document.

While this is a required step for your full admission to the JCMU program, you will not have to pay any additional application fees through the OEA application, nor will your acceptance to JCMU be rescinded. Rather, the OEA application you will complete is a very short modified form asking only for basic personal and student information.

If you would like us to walk you through this process, view the YouTube video tutorial for the MSU OEA application process.

Health/Treatment Emergency Authorization Form

Download the Health/Treatment Emergency Authorization Form 

In order to be medically cleared for travel abroad, you will be asked to complete the Health/Treatment Emergency Authorization Form. The review of this form is done by the University Physician at Michigan State University with the sole purpose of helping JCMU provide appropriate assistance to you should the need arise during your experience abroad. This information will be kept confidential as required by law and by professional ethical standards. The information in this form is not shared JCMU.

Please complete all the entire form honestly so that the University Physician be aware of any health conditions which might affect your ability to fully enjoy your time in Japan. In an emergency, this form may provide critical health information to the medical professionals treating you. If the University Physician has any concerns, they will contact you directly.

If you are a degree-seeking student from Michigan State University, or MSU, you will complete this form through your MSU application for JCMU. If you are not a degree-seeking MSU student, you will complete a hard copy version of the form and mail or drop off the form to our East Lansing office.

If you would like us to walk you through this process, view the YouTube video tutorial for this important health form.