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Academic

Why did you choose the English course program at Osaka University?

Student A

from Thailand

I chose this English course program because the ranking of Osaka University is in the high rank of Asian Universities.

Student B

from Philippines

Not all globally-competing universities offer English program for foreign students and it is a great opportunity to be a member of this graduate school.

Student C

from Germany

Possibility of a full scholarship was very attractive.
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How did you decide which lab is the best one for your research and study?

Student B

from Philippines

My basis for choosing the laboratory to join is the uniqueness and novelty of the researches conducted in my current lab.

Student D

from Vietnam

Based on my background, interest and getting information on the website of each lab.,
I chose a suitable and the best laboratory for myself to study.

Student E

from Malaysia

After contacting several professors and discussing the lab research theme, I made my own decision to enter my current laboratory to do the research that I have interest.
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Did you propose your own research topic or did your supervisor suggest some topics for you to choose from?

Student B

from Philippines

The supervisor gave an overview of the studies that his lab is handling.
After which, he let us propose our own topic of interest by suggesting related topics.

Student E

from Malaysia

My supervisor suggested me some topics that related to my interest and also the goals of our laboratory.

Student F

from Belize

I chose my own topic, but modified it to address some of the current needs of my laboratory.
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What was the biggest challenge / difficulty that you face so far, with your academic life in this program?

Student D

from Vietnam

Comparing with my previous education in my country, research activities in Japan are more developed and modern, so this gap is my big due that I have to cope with.

Student F

from Belize

The biggest challenge so far has been to adapt to the long working hours that's required to produce a successful project.

Student G

from Philippines

I think I don't have. Members as well as staff in our laboratory were really accommodating and helpful.
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Do you satisfy with your learning environment?

Student A

from Thailand

Yes, I like learning environment because there are small numbers of students in each class.

Student D

from Vietnam

Yes, I do. Osaka University has a great learning environment for students, from modern library with up-to-date books and journals resources to number of learning rooms in good condition.

Student H

from Indonesia

I chose my own topic, but modified it to address some of the current needs of my laboratory.
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Life in Japan

Is it necessary to learn Japanese?

Student A

from Thailand

Yes. I think it is very good idea that our program provides a tutor to help foreign students in the first year.

Student F

from Belize

It would be better to learn Japanese in order to communicate with colleagues about any issues surrounding your research and in order to build better friendships.

Student G

from Philippines

It is inevitable to learn the basic of the language especially outside of University.

Student I

from Indonesia

Yes, it is necessary. Don't be worry; you will get used to learn from your friends here.
Osaka University also supports us by providing Japanese language classes.
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Please share your culture shock experience with us!

Student B

from Philippines

During my first days in Japan, I always go on the wrong lane of the road (right). It is “Keep Left” in here. Day by day, I got used to it.

Student E

from Malaysia

People in Kansai area do not talk in the way you learn in Japanese class.
They speak different language (Kansai accent) which is much funnier and somehow friendlier.

Student J

from Malaysia

Culture shock that I experience here is how they always on time and their attitude toward work.
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Any advice on how to smoothly adjust to Japanese culture, custom and people?

Student A

from Thailand

To adjust myself to Japanese culture, custom and people, I try to participate in the lab party and some events.
This is a good chance to learn and understand Japanese culture, custom and people.

Student B

from Philippines

Being foreigners in a foreign land, it is rightful and just to respect the existing culture of the country which you are in. In my opinion, the best way to smoothly adjust to Japanese culture is to learn to observe and follow rules, strictly. By diligently following rules and regulations, everything will fall in its rightful places.

Student E

from Malaysia

Talk to people and interact! Don't be afraid to challenge yourself to live in different environment and learn different culture.
It will be an exciting journey in your life experience. Besides that, don't forget to share your own unique culture with the local people. They will appreciate that too.
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Personal

Can you go back to your home country to visit your family, during your study in Japan? How often and how long usually you stay there?

Student C

from Germany

I go back every one or 1.5 years, for two to three weeks.

Student E

from Malaysia

Yes, I usually go back home during Ramadhan and Eid-Fitr to celebrate my religion’s big celebration with my family.
I was allowed to stay away for at most a month long.

Student I

from Indonesia

Yes, of course I can. I just have to ask for permission from my supervisors, I went back for about two-three weeks.
I was able to introduce the life in Japan to my family by inviting them to come and stay here for a while as well.
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How does it feel to live in Japan (particularly Osaka)?

Student F

from Belize

Coming from a small country, it's quite exciting to live in a big city with many people(Japanese and internationals), high-rise buildings and effective transportation.

Student K

from Thailand

Japan is a very safe place to live and it's convenient and easy to go around by train and bus. Living in Osaka is awesome. You can easily visit many interesting places in Kansai like Kyoto, Kobe, Nara just about one hour by train. I think Kansai people is very funny, friendly and kind. The foods are delicious!
The weather is great not so cold like the northern part of Japan.

Student L

from Vietnam

Security, environment, citizen awareness of law, environment protection and respect to each other are very good. Food quality is good. But the price in Japan is high in comparison to other countries, and it varies among different cities in the same prefecture. Personally I think the price of living in Osaka is higher than some other prefecture so it affects my life to some extent.
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What do you do on a holiday? Where is the most impressive place that you have been to in Japan?

Student E

from Malaysia

Sightseeing and enjoy the cultural celebration. I love Miyajima Island in Hiroshima Prefecture because of its nature and view.

Student F

from Belize

On a holiday, I would do one of several things including visiting a famous city, village or world heritage site, go to the beach or go hiking on a mountain to see the landscape.
Every place I have visited in Japan so far is impressive as they are all unique, but in terms of architecture, Tokyo is quite impressive.

Student G

from Philippines

Shirakawa-go in Gifu Perfecture is a must-see place in Japan. One can visit the place during winter or summer.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site features the traditional houses and culture in the area.

Student J

from Malaysia

I always travel somewhere especially in Kansai. The most impressive place that I have been was Kinkakuji in Kyoto.
It is because that temple is very beautiful and impressive with the art of that temple.
I love the scenery during spring as it is surrounded by flowers.
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