How school life changed after
making Japanese friends
The Bunkyo Campus
Faculty of Commerce
Department of International Business,
I live within walking distance to Bunkyo Campus, so I walk to school in the morning. I buy breakfast at a nearby convenience store. Bunkyo Campus is located in the town of Myogadani, which is a peaceful and quiet neighborhood. There’s also nature, and so the walk to school is also quite comfortable.
I’m in my second year, so I’m learning about the general introduction to commerce.I’m interested in starting up a business in the future, and so I hope to make use of what I learn in the classes for my future.There’s also a lot of space for studying privately in the Bunkyo Campus. There are PC study rooms equipped with computers, and I often go there to focus on what I have to study for the classes.
I usually get lunch from the nearby convenience store, or sometimes grab a late lunch somewhere outside the school. There are many places to eat such as fast food restaurants, casual restaurants, restaurants with set meal menus, and cafes near Myogadani Station, which is a few minutes away on foot from the Bunkyo Campus. Many students go to these places during their breaks.
I took part in an event at the university festival called the “Miss & Mister Contest” in my second year, and with this as a start, I made Japanese friends. I think people tend to hang around with others from the same country who speak the same language, but I strongly encourage international students to find Japanese friends to make the most out of our experience in Japan. In my case, university life changed from there and it’s very stimulating. We should look for opportunities and make challenges.
PART TIME WORK
I want to open a tapioca milk tea shop, and so I started working part-time at a place I often went to in order to study. Serving customers is also a great help for learning Japanese. Of course, it’s important to learn what you can in school, but it’s also helpful to make use of time outside of the university.
I miss food from my home country. There are many Taiwanese restaurants in Ikebukuro, which is 5 minutes away by train from Myogadani Station, the closest station to the Bunkyo Campus. I was searching for a Taiwanese restaurant in Japan serving menus that were close to authentic, and I found it in Ikebukuro. I often take my friends too.
Around 10% of the student body at Takushoku University are international students, and we have scholarship programs that provide support for students from overseas.
Part Time Work
International students can reside in Japan with a “Student” residency status for the purpose of pursuing academics in Japan. Since this status does not permit working in Japan, application for “Permission to Engage in Activity Other than that Permitted under the Status of Residence Previously Granted” is required in order to do part-time work. Please make sure to apply as those who engage in part-time work without this permit will be subject to punishment by law. Students must apply for the permission to engage in activity other than that permitted under the status of residence previously granted directly to your regional immigration office or immigration information center. Please make sure to apply at the same time when extending your residency period.
The permitted working hours for part-time jobs is no more than 28 hours per week. (No more than a total of 28 hours is permitted, even if working at more than two different places.)
The following part-time jobs are not permitted.
- Illegal jobs (related to crime)*Selling or giving mobile phone devices, cash cards or bankbooks to other people.
- Jobs with unclear labor conditions (working hours, working location, payment, etc.)
- Jobs that are educationally inappropriate (sexual establishments, hostess clubs, touting, etc.)
- Dangerous jobs (work that requires driving vehicles or operating machines, exposure to radiation, etc.)
- Jobs in unhygienic environments
*Please note that those who engage in part-time work without the permission to engage in activity other than that permitted under the status of residence previously granted or those who exceed permitted working hours may have their permission canceled, requests for extending residency status turned down, or deported from the country.
About the Intensive Japanese Language Program
Takushoku University has a Japanese language education institution (Intensive Japanese Language Program) that teaches the Japanese language, current affairs, and culture to international students who wish to enter Japanese universities or graduate schools, and provides extensive support for individuals who may find it challenging to study the Japanese language on their own.
Muslim Friendly Services
Based on guidance from the school’s Shariah Research Institute, Takushoku University offers Muslim dishes in the halal cafeteria menu (Bunkyo Campus) as well as halal instant cup noodles at the school stores that can be safely enjoyed by our Muslim students. As an international university that accepts students from many different countries, we provide various services that meet the needs of such students with various cultural backgrounds.
About the Dormitory for International Students
Takushoku University provides dormitories for international students. While there is a capacity limit, the university also offers various support with introducing other residential spaces.
Continuing to acquire legal knowledge,
And enhancing professional skills
The existence of friends
that helped to broaden my perspectives
Make use of student life to develop yourself,
and enjoy making progress
Building a foundation for working
on an international scale
A comfortable and
fulfilling dormitory life