I treat this posting as the sequel from Scholarship to Japan
It’s been a long time after that “useful” posting. Is it useful?? ha ha, no idea though. 😛
But hope at least for the ones who pursue to study and look for scholarship in Japan, can get some useful points in my beginner-level-writing-skill.
It was when I analysed my blog stats, one of the top posts is about the scholarship to Japan, so it popped up my mind to share my life study experience after arrival in Japan.
Disclaimer, as it’s personal view, you’re considered to be wise enough to pick up the points that are good for your own sake. 🙂
Here we go..
1) Complete your admistrative registration at the municipal hall : shiyakusho(市役所） / kuyakusho(区役所）
It’s quite tough and challenge to deal with Japanese considering the barrier language problem for the touroku shoumeisho(登録証明書)-
alien registration card(ID card), applying for the kokumin hoken(国民保険)-national insurance.
Last time, I did it by myself, accompanied by neither the experience ones nor the Japanese.
Tips : better to ask assistance from Japanese or the seniors who have got the experience.
2) Becomes a research student
Usually the foreigners have to go through their 1/2 year or 1 year period of time to experience as kenkyuusei(研究生）-research student before the master/doctor degree starts.
What’s that for?
As Foreign students need to adapt theirselves to the education system, this status can be helpful(more or less in my point of view, considered as the 4th year undergraduate student for Japanese) Not only the language barrier, educational system can be a shock culture as well.
While you hold research student status, what you have to do?
a) Learn Japanese
Eventhough you need no Japanese for your study, but better treasure your time to study Japanese while you’ve the chance staying in the native country. Don’t you think so?
You’ll feel it useful to make your daily life easier, at the minimum point.
Tips : try to apply the japanese course in the university, most of the universities provide free japanese course for the foreigner students. You can also find a volunteer organization in your city or ward area, in Japan, we called it shi(市）or ku(区).
If you apply to the Japanese school, you should reconsider of the high tuition fee. It can cost approximately about 80,000 yen/month. (thrice in a week for about 2 hours/day)
b) Usually it’s the time to prepare for the entrance test.
Some departments provide the option to take either an English or Japanese written test.
– You’d better confirm to the professor or the admistrative officer for the method of the test
– Find some past entrance test cases as it may help to give an overview of the problemsets.
– Take some lectures that are probably required or supported you for the entrance test preparation
– Analyze the statistic of the past years applicants (how many applicants applied, how many applicants passed the tests, and so on)
– If you find it hard for you to pass the test, you may try starting to find the reserved departments for another enrollment. But please notice about the entrance date time, if it’s closed enough, it can be tiring to prepare two or more tests. So I suggest it’s better to concern on your preference and put all of the efforts on it.
3) Post entrance test
It’s the time to conduct and focus more about your research, taking lessons for fulfilling the master/doctor degree. In my case, to accomplish master degree, 30 credits are required.
As for the doctoral degree, it’s not a must, the number of internationally published publications are the indication of acquiring the degree.
Another milestone from kenkyuusei(研究生）-research student to daigakuinsei(大学院生）－master student, you need to find what lectures you wish to take. I enroll for the classes by observing through the curriculum book, and also can be accessed to the registration web-based.
Tips : Try to observe the objective of the study, what language it’s conducted, who’s the professor, the grading system.
I find it hard when it comes to Japanese lecture, so few tips I have as followings :
– Make the balance of kinda logical lectures and literature lectures.
Logical lesson can be like the mathematical terms or programming that need not much Japanese.
– Attend the class and then ask the lecturers if reports/presentations in English are possible.
– Try to find lectures conducted in English or the lectures who are foreigners (at least their Japanese are still quite understandable and can be well-digested). 😛
And as for the research, better to find journals related to the research, reading some books, and discussing with the professor can be helpful.
I’ll try to write my impression for the lectures I’ve taken in my first semester in separate postings (after the end of the semester will be good, i guess).
Btw, if you want to take the nihongo nouryoku shiken(日本語能力試験）-JLPT(Japanese Language Proficiency Test), the application period is August,1 – Sept, 12. Be prepared!
And starting next year, the JLPT will be held twice in a year. July for Level 2&1, and December for level 4,3,2,1. ( I dunno if this rule is only for Japan or comply in other foreign countries).
Hiyaahh.. have a nice weekend buddies!!
It’s raining whole day long from the morning here.
Really hate rainy season. -_-;