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Thursday, June 10th, 2010
2:22 pm
Almost There...

I'm going to be leaving for Japan to study abroad for nine months in August and I was wondering if there was anyone in the community who has already gone or is about to leave?

I'm trying to work some kinks out and figure some things out before I leave and it would be great to talk to someone with experience/in the same boat.

Send me a PM if you feel like it!



Current Mood: anxious
Friday, February 5th, 2010
4:44 pm
Some help with Studying Abroad to Japan
Hello! I'm tsukisprite!.....I have taken japanese, yet it has been a while since the courses and am rather rusty.

However I would like to study abroad in Japan to learn more of the language, culture and gain real world experience away from home. The only problem is that my parents are not happy about me wanting to study abroad. The main reasons being that I'm not street smart enough and this is not going towards my major. I am majoring in graphic design.

This might seem like a stupid reason but I feel this may be the only way for me to grow up since a lot of the classes I'm taking now with the work load doesn't allow the time to hold a part time job...I have told them this and they still are not happy...

What should I do?
Saturday, January 9th, 2010
1:08 pm
Questions about tuition fees and so on
Hello there~

So, I'm a student of Japanese (3rd semester) and my parents finally agreed in letting me study abroad. I am currently planning on going to Japan in the middle of 2011, but I feel like I simply don't know anything about how to enroll or how much money I need to pay the fees.

I don't necessarily need a university in Tokyo, for I also love places like Nagoya or Osaka. What universities can you recommend? How much money was needed to enroll? What about living costs and when do I have to send in my application?
Both helpful links and personal experiences are highly recommended!
Thursday, October 8th, 2009
1:10 am

Monday, April 13th, 2009
2:52 am
Studying Abroad Through the UC System
I'm not in any kind of rush to study abroad right now.  I've actually only just started college a few months ago, and I thought it just sounded best to actually get things done first (at least declaring a major and getting some general ed. done).  I've been pretty thoroughly Westernized/American-encultured and now I'm looking for a clash.  Japan seems like the epitome of the globalized, liberalized East (something comfortable with it's own different twistyin).  I'd really just link some info in general, in regards to how studg abroad is like under the California college system.  I'm under the impression that it's pretty structured and you don't really have to know the language when it gets down to the actual studying/lectures.  Then again, I really don't know much about it at all.
Thursday, March 12th, 2009
12:32 am
Introduction Questions
Hello Community!

I'm looking to study abroad to Japan next spring semester (2010). I'm not sure which program/school I want to go for, but I do want to be as close to Tokyo as possible.

Where did you all go when you went abroad, and how was your school?
Who else here hasn't gone yet? Where are you looking into?
Thursday, February 26th, 2009
11:14 pm
I'm leaving in almost one month!
Hello everyone!

I will be studying abroad in Japan from April to August. My school is Sophia University (上智大学) in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, but I will be living in Warabi City, Saitama. Long commute.

My family and I need some advice. I've never really been out of the States, let alone Japan.

1. What should I do about banks/atm cards? I have Bank of America, which has a horrible withdrawal fee ($5) and unreliable service. If I get a Japanese bank account, will my parents be able to transfer money into it from the states? Will I be able to get a Japanese credit or debit card?

2. Contact with my parents. My cell phone won't work, and I don't really want to rent one just to call my parents every few weeks. I got Skype, but I still need to figure it out completely (and my parents are bad with computers). Suggestions?

3. What's the best way to get yen? I definitely need some cash on me almost immediately after I arrive. I heard it's better to wait till you get there to do it though... But how?

Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. :)
Friday, May 2nd, 2008
9:35 am
Cancer/Bad Occurrences and the Japanese

I have cancer in my spine and CP (cerebral palsy) and I heard that the Japanese blame the person or family if something bad has happened to an individual.

Comments? Can someone help me?
Thursday, March 1st, 2007
3:22 pm
Again, sorry for the x-posting, but one more (ok 2 more) quick Japan questions. Again, we're going to be in Tokyo for a few days, staying in Yokohama.

-We are thinking of doing a city tour or some day trips. Has to be in English as neither of us knows any Japanese. Any recommendations on specific travel companies/tour operators? What was your experience? Pros/cons-things you wanted to see but didn't, or places you went but didn't want to?

-Also if you have any suggestions on guidebooks-pros and cons-greatly appreciated!

Thanks again!!!
Monday, February 26th, 2007
12:32 pm
Hello, all. Apologies in advance as this is x-posted to several communities. My boyfriend and I will be spending a few days in Tokyo, Japan. Flight and hotel are done. We've never been and really know nothing about the area. We're going to get a guidebook and do some web research, but if anyone has any suggestions, tips or places to check out in or near Tokyo I would greatly appreciate it!!
Saturday, October 7th, 2006
8:53 am
One year in Hokkaido!
I'm planning go back in Japan to study for 6 months or one year, and my original plan was to come back to Tokyo.
I contact many schools in Tokyo but no one never replayed to my emails, so a friend of mine gave me the address of his school in Sapporo, Hokkaido were he will go in april telling me Sapporo is a good city, less expensive and chaotic than Tokyo and no foreigners so better to study, so I contact this school in Hokkaido and they immediately answered me! They are very kind and polite, so probably I will go there (also because time for student visa is ending and I need to do it quickly) but I left a peace of me in Tokyo! I love this city!!! And I'm so bother about this!!!

But nobody who has been to Hokkaido and Sapporo and can tell me how is this place? Is it good to study? I have never been there before!


Current Mood: annoyed
Monday, September 11th, 2006
7:08 pm
Study programs... what's good??
Hey!! My school doesn't go through too many programs that go to Japan... so I am looking for some programs that go to Japan for either a summer or fall semester! What are some suggestions on programs to go through?? I have looked into IES, CIEE, KCP, and USAC so far. I'm hoping there are some other options. Thanks for any information you might be able to come up with!!

btw, incase this info helps with finding a program... my main goal for a summer semester is just to focus on Japanese language and culture. If I go for the semester, I have to make sure they offer sociology classes for my major! Thanks again!
Sunday, August 20th, 2006
4:58 pm
Wauugh! I can't believe I'll be leaving in three weeks.

Anyone else feeling overwhelmed with all the organizing/packing/finding-out-you-need-yet more-passport-sized-photos-for-various-documents? ;_;

I'm not really sure how to begin to pack for the long term. I know, after talking to former exchange students they said they thought they brought too many clothes..Does anyone have any pointers?
I haven't bought luggage yet, but I guess one or two big suitcases? I'm not sure if regular clothes + seasonal clothes + omiyage will fit into just one.
Here's another thing...after we arrive in Japan we're supposed to send on our luggage to our host families, but take an overnight bag to the special orientation camp they have for us. With the current luggage restrictions (not being allowed to bring toiletries in carry-on luggage) I'll have to put the overnight bag into my checked luggage and take it out before I leave the airport I guess..?
Sorry I'm kind of rambling but I'm trying to figure out how to make arriving as smooth as possible. :sigh: I hope I won't have to carry around my backpack (with laptop + books + music for flight) and my overnight bag around all orientation...

My visa is being processed at the moment. Are there any other documents I should get before I go? Someone mentioned registering with the embassy before I go, both embassies? Is it necessary?

Oh...another luggage type question...
My mom wants me to buy a winter coat before I go. My Japanese friends say to wait until I get to Japan and buy it when I need it. Should I go ahead and get one here even though it will take up a lot of space in my luggage? Or wait to get one in Japan, even though it might be significantly more expensive?

By the way, what will the weather be like around the Kanto area in mid-September? Still hot from summer? Crisp and cool? Hot and rainy? Cool and rainy? Just a general idea..

Alright! I probably have many more questions where that came from but that's enough for now.
Thanks so much!
Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
11:55 am
in two yeard I'll finish school... and my plan is to save monew in that time, an d try to study in japan (you know... a university)
and GOD! I really need to save a LOT of money because EVERYONE saids the same: Japan is just TOO expensive!!!
well, I DON'T care, I'll BE THERE (don't konw how but I'll be there ^^)
So, I'm asking for HELP.... because this is not just because I need to go there, the other thing is that when I get to go there I'll have to find a job for survive. So please give me some tips about what kind of jobs can I look for, and which one of that jobs is the best for making more money XD
Monday, June 26th, 2006
2:14 am
Kansai Gaidai
I'm going to be studying abroad in Kansai Gaidai, Hirakata-Shi, near Osaka for a semester. It's my first overseas from the US. I was wondering if anyone here has been to Kansai Gaidai and could tell me a little about it and also about Osaka and the areas around it? For those of you who's been abroad, how many money did you spent and on what? I am a Chinese-America, would this be a problem, like would i be treated differently? Thanks!
Friday, June 23rd, 2006
12:12 am
Hi! I am a 20yr old American junior Japanese major! Starting this october I will be a student at Chiba University, is anyone else going/has anyone gone there? Any hints for living abroad for a year? (I have been to Japan last January for a month)

Current Mood: bouncy
Tuesday, June 20th, 2006
11:30 pm
Hi everybody,

I was just accepted into TUJ last week. I am trying to decide how much to borrow and I need conservative estimates of how much the average monthly cost is for food and transportation. If anyone can give me a suggestion, that would be fantastic.

Anybody using the dorms? ...the 4000$ ones? What do you recommend for the dorms? How furnished are they, and how much stuff do I need (dishes, housewares, etc)?

I'll be coming as a Junior. Anyone with any wisdom to impart would be very helpful.

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, June 8th, 2006
4:26 pm
Hi everyone! I'm Woods.

Tomorrow, I'm going to begin travelling so that I can eventually make my way to Sendai in the Tohoku region. I was wondering if anyone could tell me what they knew about Sendai, or specifically Aoba-ku, because whenever I look it up, I only get brief tourist information.

I'm really grateful for any help. :3

(I might post this somewhere else.)
Monday, June 5th, 2006
9:52 pm
New Community!

For students who have, are, or going to attend Nagoya Gakuin University.

I didn't see anything about no whoring communities, so I apologize if this isn't allowed.
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