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What’s it like being a college student in Japan? Written by a Japanese college student

What’s it like being a college student in Japan?
Written by a Japanese college student

Connect Study ABROAD provides useful information regarding studying abroad in Japan. This article introduces the lifestyle of college students in Japan.

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Summary

So you want to study in Japan but you can’t imagine what it’s like. Look no further. This article introduces what being a college student is like. Best of all, it’s written by me: a college sophomore!

Agenda

  1. A week in the life of a college student
  2. What extracurricular activities do you participate in?
  3. What part-time jobs do you have?
  4. What internships do you do?


1.A week in the life of a college student

 A week in the life of a college student

I take 3 classes on weekdays and each class is 100 minutes long. Homework includes writing my thoughts of the day’s session, preparing for presentations, and reading at the library. The amount of work varies by day. When I don’t have class, I work part time, enjoy extracurricular activities, or go to my internship. In the final years of college, I’ll be engaged in job-hunting while attending classes and I’ll also be attending seminars and writing my senior thesis.

2.What extracurricular activities do you participate in?

I volunteer during the summer and teach English to junior high school students. I prepare teaching material ahead of the summer break. The school offers a lot of extracurricular activities and clubs, including those related to sports and music. People join whatever they like and interact with people who have the same hobbies.



3.What part-time jobs do you have?

I work at a company that is developing an app that teaches English. My task is to check for bugs. Many students are conscious about job-hunting and choose office jobs as their part-time work, but working at dining establishments is also popular. The pay ranges from JPY 1,000 to JPY 1,500 per hour.


4.What internships do you do?

I write blogs for the CSA site operated by Fourth Valley! Internships allow students to build business skills. They’re useful and allow us to get a better idea of what it’s like working full-time after graduating college. Also, the experience is useful when job-hunting. The types of internships are also varied. Some are 1-day internships, while others last over 3 months. If you’re planning to work in Japan after studying, don’t forget about internships!



You should now have a better idea of what living in Japan is like. Connect Study ABROAD will continue to post useful study abroad information, so stay tuned!