What would you like to study?
What do you know about Japan? What would you like to know? There is so much to
learn and explore here _ language, culture, history... art and entertainment both
old and new in the world of Japanese anime or film, and much more. You can study
at one of hundreds of schools, or explore Japan on your own. Japanese are, on
the whole, very proud of their culture and the people you will meet and experiences
you have here will certainly be something you will treasure for years to come.
All roads lead toc Japan?
Many people around the world grew up with Japanese cartoons, video games and movies,
and whatfs more, tools like the Internet have made Japanese culture easier to
access and more popular than it ever has been before. Japanese language, electronics,
anime, fashion, music and more _ wouldn't you like to see where it all comes from?
Japan's culture is unique in many surprising ways, and is best experienced in
person! Whether you come for the rich history and art, the beautiful scenery,
the cutting-edge technology and fashion, or the language and delicious food, there's
much to discover here.
Living in and learning from Japan
One of the most valuable parts of studying abroad is how it gives you the chance
to learn about your own culture, and yourself. Japan has a unique culture that
can look European on the outside but is actually quite different. Many things
will surprise you after you arrive in Japan; often things that you weren't expecting
_ "There's so many vending machines!" or "There's so much English
on TV and on things in the store!" Other things take a little time to sink
in before they surprise you, such as differences in culture, personality and customs.
By living in Japan, studying the language, talking with the people around you,
joining in cultural events, you will get to know Japan, and more importantly,
Working in Japan
If you are interested in working in Japan, know this: raw Japanese language ability
and work history are definitely needed, but what you really need to know is how
to really communicate with people in Japan. Many people can speak Japanese; wouldn't
you like to be someone who can speak to Japanese? The key to the Japanese language
lies in understanding the culture and customs of Japan, and studying abroad will
give you the chance to learn about both. Modern Japan is in need of workers in
many industries as the population ages and "internationalization" moves
forward, and the experience you gain will give you a valuable advantage in an
increasingly tight market.
Do you have a dream?
Wherever your "dream" lies _ be it mastering the language, becoming
a manga artist, fashion designer, visiting famous cities like Kyoto, Osaka and
Tokyo, or something smaller like finally seeing where those video games you played
as a kid were created _ talk about it with the people you meet. You will find
that many people share the same dreams!
Deciding how long to stay in Japan
How long would you like to stay in Japan? The longer you stay here, the more you
can learn. However, that also means living expenses, tuition, and transportation
costs will go up as well. When deciding how long to stay in Japan, you should
consider what your goals are and balance accordingly. Looking up Japanese visa
types and lengths is also a good idea.
[Japanese Language School]
Just as the name suggests, Japanese language school is the place to go if you
want to study Japanese full time. Unlike most universities or vocational schools,
you can start from a complete beginner level, and generally study however long
you would like. Many students go on to study at other schools after Japanese language
Many schools also teach the unspoken "rules" and customs of Japan, giving
you a deeper understanding of the country and people. The best thing about Japanese
language school is, you can make friends from around the world, something that
is usually not possible with just a homestay.
>Japanese Language School
Vocational Schools are places where people gain skills and knowledge for living
and working in Japan. Most vocational school programs are two years in length,
and start in April every year. Graduates receive a "senmonshi" or technical
degree that helps greatly with finding employment. There are hundreds of vocational
schools all over Japan with countless areas of study, including medicine, engineering,
business, education, social welfare, carpentry, fashion design, agriculture, Japanese
education, anime (animation), 3D graphic and graphic design, culinary skills,
travel, hotel management, etc.
A large percentage of high school graduates choose to go on to university in Japan.
Unlike many western countries, getting into the university is usually the most
challenging part, and every year there are many students who fail the university
entrance exams and must study for another year (known as "Ronin", a
term traditionally used for wandering samurai). For the study abroad student,
a university is a great chance to make connections with Japanese students that
will last long after graduation. Universities have many groups and circles, volunteer
activities and of course, parties you can attend. Just remember that just studying
at a university is not enough -- you have to go out and talk, make friends, and
get involved. You won't regret it!