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Q. How did you prepare the necessary money for your study abroad?

A. Many students saved money by working either full or part time before they join the university. Others received support from their families. A significant proportion of the international students have MEXT scholarships, which covers all the tuition fees and basic living costs. There is also the possibility of being recommended for a variety of smaller value scholarships. These are competitive and availability varies from one year to the next.

Q. How did you find your living accommodation?

A. After being accepted at Nagoya University, many international students find a place in a student dormitory. These places are very popular and the stay has a limit of 6 months to 1 year. After this period, students usually find accommodation through real estate agents. Many students received helpful advice from other students, the Education center for international students of Nagoya University, and the International Student advisor of the Graduate School of Environmental Studies.

Q. How did you obtain an appropriate visa for your stay?

A. All the students obtained the necessary visas for studying in Japan from the Japanese embassies in their home country. In most cases, the documents needed for the application can be sent by post, but the applicant may have to collect the visa in person.

Q. What are the main problems you have encountered living in Japan?

A. The three main points raised are:
1) the high cost of living;
2) language problems, in particular the challenge presented by documents written in Japanese; and
3) differences in the food — however, most students said they quickly adapted to the different cuisine.

Q. What are the good points about Nagoya University?

A. The following good points were listed by international students.

  • High standards in education and research
  • Good access
  • Many international students
  • Good facilities
  • The campus of Nagoya University is very beautiful, and the Japanese classes are very interesting
  • Polite staff and a great working atmosphere
  • Warm-hearted and helpful people
  • Earth Environmental Systems Group
  • Geology and Geobiology Group
  • Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry Group
  • Earth and Planetary Physics Group
  • Earth and Planetary Dynamics Group
  • Chronology and Natural History Group
  • Ecology
  • Hydrospheric-Atmospheric Science

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