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For my year abroad placement I am planning on spending my year abroad in Japan focusing mainly on study at one of its universities. I am planning on taking International Development and Japanese as a language. Is there any source of information or advice I can obtain for someone in my situation. Like are there any do's or dont's that they don't teach you in school outside of the basics regarding respect and some day to day aspects?

Any and all help is welcome and greatly appreciated
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As a Japanese who also went on exchange, I can give you some insights into universities here. Generally speaking, academic lectures in English at Japanese universities are literally jokes, and this applies even to the top tier universities (ICU and Sophia might be exceptions tho). No intention of bragging, but I graduated from one of the top 3 schools in Japan, and took some Econ courses in English. Assignments were easy, starting reviewing 1 week before midterms and finals is enough to get "A"s since there is so-called "kakomon". Many profs just want to focus on their research and are too lazy to make a new exam, so they just make one 80% based on the previous year's exam. If your Japanese proficiency is good enough and you're willing to take academic lectures in Japanese, which are also easy as most students don't study to be honest, but this would be good opportunities for you to learn academic Japanese. However, I've seen some exchange students take those and struggle while the others who only took language courses were so relaxed and had fun times. That being said, think through your purpose of studying in Japan whether you just want to learn the language itself or study academic stuff in Japanese.

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For my year abroad placement I am planning on spending my year abroad in Japan focusing mainly on study at one of its universities. I am planning on taking International Development and Japanese as a language. Is there any source of information or advice I can obtain for someone in my situation. Like are there any do's or dont's that they don't teach you in school outside of the basics regarding respect and some day to day aspects?

Any and all help is welcome and greatly appreciated
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As a Japanese who also went on exchange, I can give you some insights into universities here. Generally speaking, academic lectures in English at Japanese universities are literally jokes, and this applies even to the top tier universities (ICU and Sophia might be exceptions tho). No intention of bragging, but I graduated from one of the top 3 schools in Japan, and took some Econ courses in English. Assignments were easy, starting reviewing 1 week before midterms and finals is enough to get "A"s since there is so-called "kakomon". Many profs just want to focus on their research and are too lazy to make a new exam, so they just make one 80% based on the previous year's exam. If your Japanese proficiency is good enough and you're willing to take academic lectures in Japanese, which are also easy as most students don't study to be honest, but this would be good opportunities for you to learn academic Japanese. However, I've seen some exchange students take those and struggle while the others who only took language courses were so relaxed and had fun times. That being said, think through your purpose of studying in Japan whether you just want to learn the language itself or study academic stuff in Japanese.
Thanks very much, I'll keep that in mind!
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