Tutors for International Students

Friendly help and advice for international students

The Tutors for International Students provides international students at Teikyo University with support and assistance to help them acclimatize to their new environs and ensure that their time at the university is both enjoyable and valuable. One of the key roles of the scheme is to facilitate interaction between international students and their local counterparts at Teikyo University.

Background

Most of us are familiar with the mixture of enjoyment and trepidation at coming into a strange environment without knowing anyone. Many international students at Teikyo University are quite young, having come to Japan directly after finishing high school, and for a large number of students it will be their first experience living away from home. On top of this, the pronounced differences in culture, language and customs can be quite stressful for some.

Learning to adapt to a new environment and discovering different ideas and value systems is certainly a formative and valuable experience, but it can also be very difficult without the proper support structures in place. Tutors for International Students are local students who are dedicated to helping new international students acclimatize to their new surroundings so that they can make the most of their studies and enjoy their time in Japan.

Events and activities

The Tutors for International Students organize a full calendar of events throughout the year, beginning with orientation sessions in April for newly arrived students, ongoing friendly advice and guidance, and regular parties and events to mark the four seasons of the year.

Tutors for International Students - Calendar of events

Month Description
April
  • Orientation for all international students (for new students and current students alike)
  • A bus tour for new international students of spring courses
  • Orientation for new international students
  • Tutoring by Tutors for international students commences
May
  • Welcome party for new international students of spring courses
  • Sporting event
  • Making dango event
July
  • Farewell ceremony for exchange and short-term international students (who leave the university with the end of spring courses)
  • Summer festival
September
  • Orientation for international students of autumn courses
  • A bus tour for international students of autumn courses
  • Tutoring by Tutors for international students commences
  • Welcome party for new international students of autumn courses
October
  • Halloween Party
November
  • Cooking Event
December
  • Christmas party for international students
January
  • Making rice cakes event
February
  • Farewell ceremony for exchange and short-term international students (who leave the university with the end of autumn courses)
March
  • Training workshop of tutors for international students

A view into the activities

Student Message

Good friends and people you can turn to for advice help make university life fun.

Currently we have about 60 international students assistants. These volunteers support international students generally, on academic matters as well as adjusting to campus life. They advise on registering for classes and plan fun events for international students. The friendships formed between international students and assistants enrich both campus life and academic life. Feel free to contact us!

Yuri Nishiyama (Japan) / Faculty of Liberal Arts, Department of Education

Aoi Yamamoto (Japan)
Department of Economics,
Faculty of Economics

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