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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about getting accommodated in YNU

   Some foreign students have some worries and questions about getting accommodated to the new life in YNU in different aspects. 

Here are some of these questions and their probable answers:

1. Should I learn Japanese language before coming to Japan?

2. What exactly would be my research topic or what kind of research I should perform?

3. How will be the accommodation situation?

4. When I will get first scholarship payment and how much money should I bring with me?

5.  Is there anyone to help me when I arrive to Japan?

6. How many international students are there?

7.  I am married, Can I accompany my family?

8. Can I find "Halal Food" in Yokohama due to my religion?

 

1. Should I learn Japanese language before coming to Japan?

   In this program, all of the education, such as classes, seminars, and studios, are carried out in English. Master thesis and dissertation should be written in English. Thus for study and research, there is no need to be able to speak and understand the Japanese Language. On the other hand, Japanese communication ability would be useful for living and daily affairs, and it makes life easier, so this program and YNU provide various Japanese language classes for international students.

 

2. What exactly would be my research topic or what kind of research I should perform?

   This matter will be decided by you and your prospective supervisor. But of course, it would be related to your experience. There is an opportunity to conduct numerical, experimental, field work and other kinds of research in this program. This matter can be discussed and asked by email to your prospective supervisor.

 

3. How will be the accommodation situation?

   Yokohama National University has four dormitories, Ooka International Residence, Hazawa International Residence, Minesawa and International Student House. MEXT scholarship students have priority to be allocated a room in Ooka International Residence.

There are also other dormitories which do not belong to YNU specifically, but students can apply for them. The application forms are available in the Foreign Student Center in YNU.

 

4. When I will get first scholarship payment and how much money should I bring with me?

   Usually, it will take less than a month to get the first payment, and like any other places accommodation, food and transportation are the major expenses of international students in Japan. The situation may differ over the years and from student to another. However, the overall minimum necessary amount of money would be between 600 to 1000 dollars.

Here is an example of the costs for the first month:

  • Transportation (from airport to dormitory): 6,000 yen

  • Food (in the cafeteria of university lunch and dinner): 1,000 yen/day * 30 days

  • Transportation between university and dormitory by subway (without students discount): 540 yen/2 ways * 20 days

  • Insurance card (this fee is for a year but you should pay it when you arrive): 12,000 yen

  • Accommodation (Ooka international Residence rent bill and electricity for the first month):TYPE-1R 41,000 yen+ 4,000 yen

  • Mobile phone (its optional, this is a primitive cost and there are some monthly charges): 20,000 yen

  • Kitchen stuff (again optional, room in dormitory has bed and desk and air conditioner but no fridge or stove (cooker) or other kitchen stuff): 30,000 yen

 

5.  Is there anyone to help me when I arrive to Japan?

   Yokohama National University has Foreign Student Center which is in charge of helping international students; it will carry out some orientation meeting to help you with your new life in this university. By the way, there are some employees there who can speak English, and you can discuss with them your enquires. But the best part is the tutorship program for international students in YNU. For each newcomer, one tutor is assigned who is in charge to help you with all your primitive affairs. The first day that you will arrive in Yokohama, he/she will be waiting for you at the station to help you with the necessary accommodations and dormitory registration. He/she will help you to register for courses, getting information, to apply for a bank account, to buy living goods, etc.

 

6. How many international students are there?

   At present, 44 international students are studying at this program (as of October 1st, 2017). In Yokohama National University, 927 international students are studying at YNU, bot undergraduate and graduate level and it is 9% of all students.

 

7.  I am married, can I accompany my family?

   All expenses incurred by the presence of dependents must be borne by the grantee. He/She is advised to take into consideration various difficulties and the great expense that will be involved in finding living quarters. Additionally, to find a nursery for a baby/child under 6 years old is very competitive in Yokohama. Therefore, those who wish to be accompanied by their families are advised to come alone first and let their dependents come after suitable accommodation has been found.

 

8. Can I find "Halal Food" in Yokohama due to my religion?

   Yes, same as other Muslim students in this university, you can buy "Halal Food" from some shops near Yokohama Station such as Tehran Shop or you can order food on the internet through some sites. The university cafeteria offers Halal food.

 

 

 

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