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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 foreign students are there?

7.  I am married, how would be situation for my family?

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

 

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

   For MEXT scholarship that mentioned in this webpage, courses will be in English, and research outputs also, thus for study and research there is no need to know Japanese Language. In the other hand having Japanese communication ability would be useful for living and daily affairs and to make life easier, even though most of foreign students have no Japanese language experience before coming to Japan.

 

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 supervisor and it is not clear before your meeting. But of course it would be related to your experience and submitted CV.  Depended on department and topic, there is opportunity to conduct numerical, experimental, field work and other kind of research in this university. For more information this matter can be discussed and asked by email to your supervisor or to the foreign student officer.

 

3. How will be the accommodation situation?

   This university has three dormitories. You will get a room in the first year for sure, but for the other years you should apply for dormitories or you can rent an individual apartment. Three available dormitories are Gumioji and Ooka and Minesawa dormitories at the moment.

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. Situation may differ over years and 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): 6000 yen

  • Food (in the cafeteria of university lunch and dinner): 1000 * 30 yen

  • Transportation between university and dormitory by subway (without students discount):   420 * 30 yen

  • Insurance card (this fee is for a year but you should pay it when you arrive): 12000 yen

  • Accommodation (Gumyoji dormitory rent bill and electricity for the first month): 14800 + 4000 yen
    (Ooka international Residence rent bill and electricity for the first month):TYPE-1R 41000 + 4000 yen

  • Mobile phone (its optional, this is a primitive cost and there are some monthly charges):     20000 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): 30000 yen

 

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

   YNU 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. First day that you will arrive to 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 bank account, to buy living goods and etc.

 

6. How many foreign students are there?

   During the recent years, the civil engineering department allocated 6 scholarships for graduate students each year in English and some other in Japanese, which will be shared between labs. Thus there are 5 international students in each lab in average. Furthermore there are some other programs for foreign students to come to the same university such as exchange program or World Bank programs and etc, leading you to find many foreigners in YNU.

 

7.  I am married, how would be the situation for my family?

   In the beginning, married people come to Japan alone and after 6 month they would be prepared to take care of their families. There are also some facilities for married students such as cheap accommodations etc, which they can apply for after coming to Japan.

 

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 in the internet through some sites e.g.  bardicom.com.

 

 

 

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