Dos and Don’ts of Studying Abroad in Japan
Studying abroad isn’t an easy thing to do. Especially, if it is the first time you are away from your friends and family. It takes a lot of courage and determination to go away from your family and study in a new country. So before going, you need to keep in mind some things. If you are a foreign student studying in Japan or are planning to study in Japan, the following list of things may come in handy for you.
1. Follow the Rules
One thing foreign students are taken aback in Japan are the rules. Rules are not so strictly followed in many countries like they are in Japan. Be it the university rules, bank rules, or traffic rules. Every rule must be properly followed or you may find yourself in trouble. For example, think about the traffic rule in Japan. In many countries when you are crossing the road even if there is a red light, but the road has no cars, people tend to cross it more often than not. But here in Japan even if there are no cars you always follow the lights. So keep the rules in mind.
2. Learn the Language
If you plan on living in Japan for at least four years then learn the language as soon as possible. Even before coming to Japan learn the basics Hiragana and Katakana and some important vocabulary. That will help you move around Japan and communicate a bit. That is one mistake I made. Even though in recent times Japanese people are starting to learn English and more shops are keeping English speaking employees it is really important to get to know the language quickly. I know Japanese language is hard but don’t hate it. Once we get a hang of it, it gets easy.
3. Be Punctual
If you have been living a lazy life all your life then please be prepared and get ready for punctuality. Japanese people are in my opinion the most punctual people in this world. From the employees of small jobs to the big businesses everyone maintains punctuality here. Before coming here whenever I attended any orientation or programs in my country I knew that they will always be at least 15-20 minutes late, but, not in Japan. If they give you a time then they will start it at that time. Moreover the bus timings are impeccable too. No matter what day or what weather it is the buses are always on time. So start being punctual.
4. Be Ready for Culture Shock
Japanese culture is really different from most other countries. You will almost nowhere see this much hard work, honesty, and punctuality. They are the most sincere people. But they also have some basic culture that they want everyone to follow. Keep in mind those things. Slowly step by step daily you will get to know about it. Whenever you come to a new country you will get culture shock, but, don’t be shocked admire and embrace the culture.