Planning and Preparing to Study Abroad
Planning and Preparing to Study Abroad

An Overview of the Procedures to Study Abroad

Students who are interested in studying abroad may be unsure of where to start and have various concerns about how they will live overseas. We have prepared a number of safe and fulfilling study abroad programs for students. This page provides a basic roadmap and outline for the procedure for studying abroad.

Study Abroad Roadmap (Hachioji Campus)

Procedure for Studying Abroad

Step 1: Decide on your purpose

Many students want to study abroad because they want to be able to speak another language, but it is important to think about what they want to achieve by doing so. Language is a tool. Imagine the kind of person you want to become through the use of your language skills.

Step 2: Collect information

Check the university's website and pamphlets or consult the staff directly at the office. Events such as study abroad fairs held on campus are great opportunities to learn more, so don't forget to participate proactively. Furthermore, the faculty, exchange year, the languages you can study, the period, and the cost will differ depending on the exchange program. Scholarships may be available for some programs. Think carefully about what will be the optimal program to achieve your goals and what preparations you need to make.

Step 3: Select a program to participate in

If there are several programs that interest you, you may be able to get a clearer picture by browsing the websites of the host schools or reading about the experiences of people who have participated in those programs. In addition, it is important to consult with your parents in advance, as parents often provide financial assistance.

Step 4: Apply

Depending on the program, there may be conditions for participation, such as language qualifications. If you need language certification, you should acquire it by the time you apply. If you do not have a passport, it is a good idea to apply for one in advance, as it may take some time before it is issued to you. Please check the documents required for application carefully and make sure you aren't missing anything.

Step 5: Take the selection test

Some programs, including exchange programs, require you to pass a selection test. This includes an evaluation of grades and classroom conduct, as well as interviews. Be prepared not only to properly attend classes on a daily basis, but also to communicate your purpose for participating in the program and your plans after returning to your home country.

Step 6: Complete the necessary procedures

After passing the selection test, you will be required to complete various procedures necessary for studying abroad, such as those related to visas and insurance. There are deadlines for each procedure, so check the information daily to make sure you don't complete in anything late.

Step 7: Attend preliminary training and pre-departure briefing session

The preliminary training and pre-departure briefing sessions held to prepare you for your actual trip are mandatory events that explain how to prepare for the program, how to stay safe, and about life in the destination country.

Step 8: Travel

Each airline imposes its own weight limits for checked baggage, so be careful not to exceed the limit. In addition, long flights and jetlag can make you very tired. It is a good idea to prepare medicines that you are accustomed to taking if necessary.

Step 9: Participate in post-training

After studying abroad, we will conduct post-training sessions to connect what you learned abroad to your future. Participants will discuss what they learned and felt during their experience, and make an action plan on how to lead their student life as they prepare for job hunting and pursue their dreams for the future.