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1. What did you do in Japan?

I’m often confused for an exchange student but no! I was a full time college student, so was there studying for 4 years to get my bachelor’s degree. I did a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and arrived in Spring 2012 and graduated in Spring 2016.

2. Which part of Japan did you live in?

I called the wonderful Kansai area my home, and lived in Hyogo prefecture’s Takarazuka and Nishinomiya cities! Where I stayed it’s pretty convenient to travel to Kobe or Osaka but it’s not as bustling so I get to avoid a lot of the crowd.

3. Why did you choose to study in Japan?

I didn’t plan to but I’ve always loved Japan and Japanese culture. Of course I loved watching anime growing up and learnt to enjoy the music as well too! Read my Why Japan? post for a more detailed answer!

4. What was it like studying in Japan?

In one word, it’s…different. It wasn’t what I was expecting but it’s been so fun! I’ve experienced so many new things, feel a bit bummed I didn’t experience more and wish I could go back to being a first year all over again.

5. What were some weird/bad encounters you’ve had living in Japan?

The first ‘big difference’ is that I never encountered a lot of what most foreigners experience, mainly this weird phenomenon called the “superstar treatment” because well, Asian foreigners are treated differently. That doesn’t mean I’ve not had my share of weird experiences…..and I’m glad I don’t get stopped frequently or stalked or stared at often. I guess another bad thing is having to say goodbye to people so frequently. When a lot of your friends are foreign exchange students, they mostly leave in a year or after 4 or 5 months or so and then I think I will never get to see them again.

Read more in this post: The weird, the bad and the ugly sides of Japan

 6. What are you plans after graduation? Will you be staying in Japan?

I have moved back to Singapore and am currently pursuing a Master of Arts at a local university.


  1. Ming Ming says:

    Hi, I like to ask will it be difficult to seek for a job in Japan itself with a degree coming from the global 30 program? Just being curious as I will be studying in Tohoku under the global 30 program too and maybe I might want to build a career there after graduating…:)

    • Bernie Low says:

      Hi Ming Ming,

      It really depends on how successful each individual is at Job Hunting – ie getting it right, following the system and doing a good job. Definitely make sure you have JLPT N2 at least because Japanese (and other) companies will not hire you otherwise.

      I know people who have had no problem getting jobs and also people who struggled and still can’t find a job. It’s all really an individual thing.

      My Japanese classmates started job hunting from Fall in 3rd year to secure their jobs upon graduation. You have to follow the set ‘job hunting’ periods because companies very rarely if at all hire during the off season. So study the job hunting process well, get your keigo down pat, get your JLPT N2, invest in the suit, learn how to write your CV.

      Hope that helps!

      • Ming Ming says:

        Thank you very much for your feedback.

        One more question, I have seen many comments about Japanese Universities workload for undergraduate courses being almost non-existent since most of the marks comes from attendance alone…Will companies in Japan or maybe my home country (Malaysia) take my certificate seriously after I graduate??

        • Bernie Low says:

          The workload based on my experience isn’t “non existent”. You may wish to check the global and local university rankings to determine if the certificate will be accepted or not.

          Japanese companies judge students based on the ranking of the university in Japan itself.

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