Kyushu University School of Design, Graduate School of Design, International Exchange Portal Site

As part of globalization of the School of Design and the Graduate School of Design, the Geiko Global International Exchange Portal Site provides support to international students and students who want to participate in an exchange program.

九州大学生

International Students

International Students' Experiences

Student life in Fukuoka 2017-2020

I moved to Fukuoka in April 2017 with the main goal of conduct research and consequently obtain a Ph.D. degree.
Although life as a researcher is quite busy and stressful, I enjoy the Japanese atmosphere. The main points I would like to emphasize are:

Regarding academia.

– The University is well prepared and equipped to receive international students (e.g., English speakers are quite common in the administrative and academic environment).
– Laboratories have state-of-art equipment.
– Japanese government and industries offer many scholarships for international students. You may have the chance to win one.
– Professors, administrative personal, and Japanese/international students are quite friendly. They usually get together to eat and drink after a hard workday.

Basic points that may help you in your student’s daily life.

– Students will have access to a well-equipped dormitory for a cheap price during the first semester (or 1 year if you came as an exchange student).
– Staying in Japan longer than 1 year, you have to move to a new house, in such a case you need to equip it. Students can easily find secondhand domestics appliances and furniture at a reasonable price.
– Bicycle is a quite common way of locomotion in Japan, Fukuoka is plenty of bike lanes. It will help you to save some money on public transportation.
– The University offers a free Japanese language course (twice per week), it will help if you want to get a part-time job.
– By the way, as an international student, in Japan, you are authorized to work up to 28 hours per week.
– In your free time enjoy Japanese dishes, they are quite delicious and healthy.

April 2017 – March 2020
Department of Human Science Doctoral Course
Joao Paulo Cabral

The pictures were taken in traditional Japanese restaurants near the University.

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