Ask a question

Studying Japanese In College

About studying abroad in Japan for college?

I’ve wanted to move to Japan for a really long time and have always loved the culture, so when deciding on a college it came to my mind I might just move there now and skip the long wait and go for college. I have no plans to return to America once I leave either. I’m fluent in the language (I just need to learn Kanji >_<) I still have a while to practice though. I just have a few…inquires. My mother had some serious medical problems and could no longer do much. She couldn’t work, cook, clean, shop, etc. So since it’s just me and my mother in this house and just us in this state she pulled me out of school half way through high school to take care of her and the house. So I only have my GED, I’m 18 and am thinking of going to college here for a year before I go anywhere. I’m not sure though, I despise this place and always have and feel so held back by all these circumstances. I know the only way for change is for me to leave because there’s nothing here for me and I honestly doubt I can take it here for another year… Anyways, my mother’s condition is better and she can manage by herself now, so that’s no longer a problem, but I’ve fallen into a deep pit in the middle of nowhere. I know I have to climb up, but I can’t see the light at the top and have no idea how to start climbing…

So, if I where to go to college in Japan would I be able to with just a GED? And would I have to be in some sort of program first? (Such as already in a college or some sort of schooling.) I can’t find much information, but I’ve heard of people going for one year…would I be able to just move there and go as long as I’m in college? How would I find out more? Any websites?
I know it’s probably going to be really expensive, but I’m confident I could manage it somehow. Oh, any financial aid help for studying abroad would be nice too.

Please, any information would be helpful. I just need to hurry and get out of this hole and go to a place I really belong…

Can I self study Japanese ?

I have been wanting to learn Japanese from a long time. The problem is my city doesn't have any classes nor do I have Japanese speakers around me. I am willing to spend some on books. Even my college doesn't offer a course. If I can self study , how do I ? Is it possible to self learn ? How do I start ? Please help.

Should I take Japanese or Spanish in college?

I'm going into college next year for journalism, and the school that I'm going to requires that all undergraduate students take a foreign language. I've been studying Spanish in school since seventh grade, so I have a lot of experience with the language and I'm relatively fluent. The thing is, I find Spanish to be absolutely the most boring thing in the world, and I'm not even the slightest bit interested in it. Last year I began teaching myself Japanese, and although I'm not very far into the study of the language, I usually have small conversations at school with my friend who is also studying the language and I'm able to get by in those conversations. I really like Japanese and I think the whole language and culture of the country is fascinating, and I'd really like to learn more of the language from a professional teacher.

So my question is, which language should I study in college? Spanish, the boring monotonous language that I know I can get a solid grade in, or Japanese, the fascinating language that I actually want to learn although I'm not sure how I'll do in the class. The school offers both, and it's just a matter of which placement exam I take before I register for my classes in two months. Is the lack of experience in Japanese really that big of a deal, even if I plan on enrolling in a beginner level course?

I’m planning to go to college in Japan. How much Japanese should I study? Do I need to be fluently good in order to get accepted?

Hi. I would highly recommend to study the language as hard as you can before coming but it is not a must.If you plan to go to Japanese colleges with the program in Japanese only, you will need to eitherLearn Japanese hard before coming and pass all the required tests. (EJU and/ or JLPT)Go to Japan and attend language schools there, study religiously for 1–2 years (depend on your current language skills) until you are good enough to take EJUHowever, now, there are a number of International Colleges where you need zero knowledge of Japanese to be eligible to enroll.My college Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University offers 4 years program in both English and Japanese. Your don’t need to have any prior Japanese knowledge to enroll - Just have good result in HS and money (living in Japan can be expensive)- and apply on time.After enrolling, you will be required to take Japanese classes while studying your major during the years though. (up to 20 credits/140 credits to graduate if I’m not wrong)

Why do people advise against studying in Japan?

I have studied/worked in 2 British, 1 Swiss and 2 Japanese universities. One big difference is that in the west, university is easy to get in, but hard to graduate, whereas in Japan it is the opposite.For my undergraduate (engineering) degree in England, there were about 70 people initially enrolled on my course and only about 30 made it through to the end and passed. It was really hard work and the final exams were torture. But in Japan, the hard work comes before entering uni, for the entrance exams. They are really harsh and there is a lot of competition and pressure on Japanese students at this time. But once they are in, it's smooth sailing.My experience in Japanese universities has been very bad. There was no research being done, it is all about the appearance of research. For example, the lab I was in, the next grant depended on them getting a certain number of papers published in an international conference. So, the (undeservedly) famous professor was able to organise a workshop for a prestigious American symposium, but only accepted papers from people within the project. As the native English speaker, I had to proofread them and they were all awful. No new ideas, just really trivial or stupid stuff. The other foreign researchers and I called it "publication through obfuscation". But they hit their quota and got the next project funded.I may have just been unlucky with the particular labs I worked in, but I get the impression is was pretty common.

Does anyone know which colleges have Japanese Studies?

The State University of New York at Albany. I have met several students majoring in Japanese studies. It focuses on laguage as well as culture. They tell me the Japanese program here seems to be regionally renowned. Good Luck

-P.S: I would suggest minoring in a more commercial language (Spanish, Italian, French...) because if all else fails you can always teach those languages at primary/secondary school level.

Is it a good idea to study in Japan (Japanese college/university)?

It depends on what you are going to study.It is obviously very good to study Japanese language, culture and society, but not so good for most other disciplines! But some schools are better than others.Also, if your plan is to work in Japan in the future, then again studying in Japan would be a good idea.Do not study in a college in Japan something that you want to continue to study at a reputable institute in the US, for example, because you will be at a lower level at entry point there.

Is it possible to study abroad in Japan with a GED?

What I mean is, can I get a visa to study abroad with a GED? I know you need a BA to live there, but is there any possible way I can study Japanese for four years in Japan? Be honest with me now -- I wll do whatever it takes to pursue my dream of going to Japan. I now have a family member who's willing to help me out financially with all of this. (^_^) I know, it's expensive. :_: I'm typing this on my phone, so I apologize if it's writing out the Additional Details two or three times.

Need Advice/Help with going to Nihon Kogakuin College in Japan.?

Hello. Here's my plan. I'm going to school in School of Visual Arts (NY) for animation, but after I graduate, I really want to study in Japan for animation/illustration. I really enjoy the asian style of art (not anime/manga exactly) but I wouldn't mind learning that. After looking through some colleges Nihon Kogakuin seems to be my best bet.

I believe they're art program is for 2 years? I was wondering if anyone knows the tuition cost and dorming cost. Also how much I would need to be stable for 2 years(?). Also, I heard something about how students can't do part time jobs? (I don't know, I need clarification on how a college student could make a little bit of money while in school).

Also, I was reading online, on how I would a student visa to apply for colleges in Japan.

Language wise, I'm studying Japanese right now, but I plan on taking a study abroad trip to japan to take intensive language classes.
I apparently just need to pass the Japanese proficiently test lvl 2.

Just wondering, for the future, if I did succeed in going to school in japan, what are the chances of me being able to live there (apartment, job). What are the chances for foreigners who graduate from Nihon Kogakuin College to get a job?

Any advice on
-a Study abroad program (intensive for a year) is appreciated. (I'm currently looking at KCP or WLE).
-Nihon Kogakuin College
-or anything in general
is much appreciated. Thank you very much.

P.S. My family just told me that after this year, I will have to pay for SVA on my own for the next 3 years, which will be hard, but if I pay through student loans, and go to Japan for another year, does anyone know if the student loans could be held off for another couple years? Also if American financial Aid is available for Japanese Schools.

thank you.