KCP Response and Updates on COVID-19

Please check this page often as we will constantly be updating it to address the evolving situations brought about by the COVID-19 crisis.


The Summer Short 8-week program application deadline is extended until May 10. Students will enter Japan on a tourist or 90-day short-term visa.

We hope that the Japanese authorities will relax their entry requirements before students are asked to arrive in Japan. If the Covid-19 situation is not contained and strict restrictions remain in place, unfortunately we will have to cancel the summer short program.

We are working on possible online course options in the event of cancellation. If you are unable to enter Japan on a tourist or short-term visa, we will refund $300 of your non-application deposit. No program payment will need to be made until mid-May, when we can safely predict that these entry restrictions will be relaxed.

🔴 For Summer Short-term 2021 students

$300 of the $350 deposit will be refunded if you cannot enter on a tourist or 90-day visa if the Japanese government keeps the current travel restrictions in place.

For help understanding Japan’s visa policy, see Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

🔴 Eligibility and Visa Updates

Due to the current COVID crisis, Japan’s border enforcement measures are subject to constant change. The Japanese government is currently considering lifting the entry ban for business travel first, then for those with academic purposes once the crisis situation has settled. Therefore, we strongly advise new students to apply for the student visa.

Visit Passport and Visa for more details.

🔴 Refunds

All students will receive a 100% refund, less a $50 application processing fee, if they are not allowed into the country for their summer or summer short term programs at KCP.

If the Japanese government shows no signs of lifting the entry ban in time for the students’ chosen term, we will make an announcement in advance so that students can make their decision to cancel their study abroad enrollment before the deadline.

Visit Refunds for more details.

🔴 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization
U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Japan
Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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