Each semester, prior to the commencement of classes, the Center for International Education offers an orientation program for newly arriving students. The primary purpose of the program is to provide new students with instructions on necessary things to do as well as a basic introduction to Japanese culture and daily life: social and cultural traits, and notable differences in customs and mores.
Drawing upon experiences and previous study, each student is encouraged to participate and contribute to the Q & A session. Now that our program participants are from around all over the world, interesting notions and questions pop up, reflecting upon students' distinctive cultural backgrounds. Such a brief orientation never answers all of the questions, nor keeps you from somewhat frustrating experiences, but it will be an important first step for understanding the dynamics of cross-cultural experiences. The following is a list of topics covered during the orientation program:
- Student Visa and Certificate of Eligibility
- Re-entry Permit
- Part-time employment
JAPANESE LANGUAGE PLACEMENT TEST
The placement test, comprised of a written test and an interview in Japanese, is required for all students who have previous knowledge of the Japanese language. Those students who do not have any knowledge of the Japanese language will be automatically placed in the introductory level Japanese class.
PAYMENT OF FEES
You must complete necessary payments during the orientation.
Regardless of enrollment status, a refundable deposit of 10,000 yen is required of all participants in the Asian Studies Program. This fee must be paid in yen currency and will be refunded upon termination of your studies at Kansai Gaidai.
Tuition can be paid in either US dollars or in Japanese yen. Since we use a fixed exchange rate set at the beginning of each semester (slightly higher than the current exchange rate) it may be advantageous to pay tuition in US dollars.
The homestay or dormitory fee must be paid in yen currency only. A refundable security deposit of 15,000 yen is required of all the dormitory residents.
|MANDATORY LIABILITY INSURANCE
All international students are required to pay 1,000 yen to join a mandatory liability insurance plan which will cover up to 100,000,000 yen (approx, US$ 870,000).
|MATERIALS FEE FOR STUDIO ART COURSES
For a Studio art courses (Ceramics or Manga Drawing), a materials fee of 10,000 yen must be paid prior to course registration.
A student loan, free of interest, is available. This service is only for those students who cannot complete necessary payments within the specified periods, due to late arrival of checks or other extenuating circumstances. The application form is available at the Center for International Education
Four courses, including mandatory Japanese, are the minimum required semester load for recognition as a full-time student. A student may register for a maximum of six courses. No preregistration will be accepted.
Faculty members in the Asian Studies Program and some international students from the previous semester will lead discussion groups in order to share their experiences on a variety of topics which may ease the participants' "culture shock."
Faculty members are available in their offices during the designated periods of the orientation program for academic advising. You may contact any professor to obtain further information on the courses you are interested in taking during the semester.
A brief campus tour will be conducted so as to introduce you our campus facilities such as library, cafeterias, bookstore, administrative offices, etc.
An on-campus medical facility is available for students with minor health-related problems. Since the medical facility is equipped to provide only first aid, major health problems are treated at the nearby hospitals, accompanied by our staff member for language assistance.
All of the Asian Studies Program participants must be covered by an insurance policy which is valid for the entire stay in Japan. If students bring their own insurance from their home countries, the minimum coverage of 5 million yen (US$45,000) for medical treatment expenses is required.
Students may choose to the join the Japanese National Health Insurance after arrival in Japan. In this case, students must carry separate insurance which is valid until the end of the second month of the first semester of residence (September for the fall semester and February for the spring semester), since there will be a time lag between students' arrival date and the actual joining date of the National Insurance. Students must submit the evidence of their insurance plans before registration.
OPTIONAL TOUR TO KYOTO
This trip is designed for international students to get accustomed to the transportation systems, and introduce some well-known sightseeing spots in central Kyoto (Approx. 1,000 yen for transportation will be necessary.)
On the orientation weekend, students who have selected Homestay will meet their "Japanese family." A group of three parties, an international student, the family, and an office staff member, get together to introduce each other and discuss household rules, dietary habits, and expectations. On the other hand, dormitory students will meet roommates and attend a check-in meeting where terms and conditions of dormitory life are addressed.
The moment you turn off the light in your dorm room on the very last day of the orientation program, you may draw a long sigh of relief, wondering "What's next?" The day before the first day of classes, Homestay students may struggle to remember the right directions from the host family's home to school by public transportation or bicycle, while dorm students may walk around the dormitories to get themselves acquainted with the nearby area. Student life at Kansai Gaidai starts just like this.