Last time, we examined two universities in America. Now, we will introduce universities in Japan! As you know, Japan is one of the countries where a desirable educational environment is provided. We have selected two universities in Japan which are our sister universities and have a good education system for students who want to study Japanese or other majors.
Ritsumeikan University is a representative Japanese private university.
Its main campus is located in Kyoto, and it has two more campuses. There are 12 colleges and 12 graduate courses. It has various policies on dormitories, job support programs and scholarships for foreign students. In particular, the College of International Relations has been recognized as the best department in Japan since its establishment in 1900. The course of this major is run only in English, so you can be granted a degree even if you are not good at Japanese.
-Ritsumeikan Summer & Winter Japanese Program
The Ritsumeikan Summer Japanese Program(RSJP) and Ritsumeikan Winter Japanese Program(RWJP) are designed for foreign undergraduate or graduate students with minimal knowledge of the Japanese language. Each program is for about five weeks. RSJP is run twice, but RWJP is run once a year. These programs aim to provide a comprehensive introduction to Japanese language and culture. They consist of two major subjects. One is intensive Japanese language class, and the other is a Japanese studies class which will help students understand Japanese culture by taking part in fieldwork excursions.
To apply for this program, you should download the application form on the website and fill it out. Send it to the International Center, and they will inform you of receipt by e-mail and will send out the next application steps and instruction guides. After they confirm that the payment has been received, you will be informed that the application process has been completed. The application period for RSJP begins in the middle of February and at the beginning of April. The period for RWJP starts at the beginning of October.
The five-week program fee is 190,000JPY (around 2.1 million Korean won). It covers tuition, textbooks, fieldwork excursions, a commuter bus pass, and liability insurance. Additional expenses are not included in the program fee. The estimated additional expense of accommodations is from 48,000 to 120,000JPY, airport shuttle is 7,000JPY and food is 50,000JPY (around another 2.5 million won, total).
Each participant in this program is matched to a volunteer buddy. Buddies will introduce you to life on campus and provide assistance with daily life in Japan outside of class. By spending time with your buddy, you can practice everyday conversation, and at the same time, you can make many new friends.
-Japan-Korea Joint Exchange Program
56-1 Toji-in Kitamachi, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8346, JAPAN
-About Nagoya University
This university, which is one of the most renowned universities in Japan, was established in 1871. It has nine colleges and 13 graduate schools and has a Global Solar Environmental Research Center and Earthquake Research Center which are both affiliated with the university. There are 15,811 students, and the number includes students who are from 78 other countries. It has three more campuses besides the one in Nagoya. The university produced a professor who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2001 and three more winners in 2008 who graduated from the school.
This program is for undergraduate students of Science and Engineering. It is implemented as part of a cultural exchange between Japan and Korea based on the Japan-South Korea Joint Declaration. All students who are participating in this program will be awarded a scholarship funded in both Japan and Korea. They will take Japanese language class and fundamental professional courses first at Kyung Hee University in Korea for six months and then at each receiving university for the next six months. After that, they will study in the science & engineering department of each university together with other Japanese students, starting in April.
-Japanese Language Program
There are many courses in this program. One of the most popular programs is the Standard Japanese Course. This is for international students, scholars and faculty members at Nagoya University who want to learn Japanese. The course aims at developing Japanese proficiency needed in daily and academic life in Japan. The spring semester begins in April and ends in July, and the fall semester begins in October and ends in January. The course is offered at various levels of Japanese.
-Global Family Program
The Global Family Program organizes a short term homestay program on weekends and national holidays for international students. University staff members, members of local volunteer groups, and individuals who are interested in international exchanges can act as host families for the program. International students participating in the program can enjoy eating home-cooked Japanese meals, playing with children, talking with local people, and many other fun activities. Students can also have the opportunity to introduce their own countries to their host families.
Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku Nagoya 464-8601, JAPAN
To Survive in Japan
The following is information from the website of Nagoya University:
“Japan witnesses many earthquakes. Familiarizing yourself with the nearest evacuation area and emergency procedures is essential for minimizing potential earthquake damage. You should not sleep where furniture or items may fall down on you. Secure bookshelves or heavy furnishings to the wall and do not panic when you feel the quake. Rushing out in alarm will result in unnecessary injuries.
In Japan, if you are under 20, you are not allowed to drink or smoke. Smoking is not allowed in many places, including stations, public facilities and within campuses. Most of the cities in Japan have special zones where smoking on the street is banned. If found smoking there, you will be fined.”
Up until now, we’ve looked into two universities in Japan. There are many other programs you can participate in as an international student.
It can be tough to live in a country where you have not been before. You may have to go through culture shock many times and take care of yourself without your family or close friends when you are in trouble. But all of these will come to you as special experiences in your life and you will learn many things that you can never get in your own country. Run beyond the borders!