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Orientation is conducted in various languages soon after students arrive in Japan to explain life in Japan, and at the school. We also explain the procedures necessary at the municipal ward office after arriving in Japan.
We hold an exchange meeting for new and existing students as a vehicle to relieve any uncertainties for the new students. Here you can get advice about life and studies from senior students from your country.
In order to ensure peace of mind while the students live and study abroad, we conduct a health examination once a year for all of the students. KICL assumes the total cost of the examination.
This insurance provides for the payment of 30% of the expenses incurred for illness or injuries while students are enrolled at a Japanese language school. Thus, this insurance covers the amount not covered by the National Health Insurance, which the student must normally pay. Liability insurance and rescue expenses are also included. Death insurance benefits will be paid in case of death due to illness or an accident.
Our school has been recognized by the Immigration Bureau as an application agency. Limited to students with a good attendance record, the school can conduct the procedures required for the ""Application for Extension of Period of Stay"" and the ""Permission to Engage in Activity Other Than That Permitted under the Status of Residence"" application.
Based on investigations, students showing superior learning circumstances and superior results during a 6-month period may receive financial support in the form of a scholarship. Limited to 3 students, this scholarship provides an award of 100,000 yen for each student chosen. In addition, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology provides a study grant (30,000 yen per month, based on fiscal year 2019 results) for superior students (results and learning attitude) in Japan who intend to go on to higher education.
Students attending the school are eligible for a discount for commuter tickets for Kyoto City buses and the subways, etc. In addition, if a student wants to travel during long-term vacation periods, there is a student discount available for the JR trains.
Kyoto City has a pass for students studying abroad called the ""Ryugakusei Okoshiyasu Pass"" (Welcome Pass for Students Studying Abroad) that allows students to have free entrance at culture facilities. Students are also invited to attend cultural events held in Kyoto, such as traditional entertainment performances, concerts, and festivals, free of charge.
An interview with a graduate of KICL who found employment in Taiwan
１．What classes (afternoon elective classes) did you take at KICL?
I took classes in Kyoto Culture, Business Japanese, and the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
２．What classes did you take at KICL that you found useful in your job or for job hunting activities?
I think all of the classes are important. At work, I often have to contact people using e-mail, so I think composition is especially important, more than I originally expected. In addition, there are many cases where I can't understand someone while talking on the telephone, or even if I do understand, where I can't express myself well. Composition is very useful when trying to arrange things in my head. If you begin to write something that you think you understand, you can easily understand that you really don't understand it or that you can't express yourself well in Japanese. At present, through the work I do at my job, I am still learning new words and phrases in Japanese. At first, I couldn't answer questions on the telephone, but gradually I learned how to respond and answer questions.
３．What job hunting activities were you involved in?
① How did you search for a job?
I was employed by my company through an employment agency in Taiwan.
However, I wasn't employed right off, as I had interviews with five companies before the company I work for now employed me.
② Did your company require Japanese Language Proficiency Test scores, and what level was required?
Many companies require job applicants to have passed the Japanese Language Proficiency Test at the 1st or 2nd level (N1, N2). However, for people who have yet to pass the JLPT of the required level, it is still possible to find employment if they are proficient in English or have special skills. (When I was interviewed by the company I work for now, I didn't have an N1 level score.)
③ Do you have a message for your junior students at KICL?
During the two years I lived in Japan, I graduated from KICL after taking a variety of classes, from basic to advanced classes. At first I wanted to find employment in a Japanese company, but I didn't really think I could do that. However, while studying in the day-to-day classes and absorbing the culture of Japan, I realize that I was growing. In order to realize a dream, my motto is that it is necessary to be brave and take on the challenge before you. I encourage everyone to aim for their own dream and not give up easily.
４．What was your impression of studying at KICL?
I got a lot of help and assistance from the teachers and staff members at KICL while I was living in Japan. Studying at KICL changed my life. Now, looking back, I find that studying language at KICL, enlarging my world view, and making a lot of new friends was delightful. I am sure that everyone studying at KICL now, or anyone who has studied there, will find that life at KICL will be something you will never forget.
Our students can also take part in club activities and circles at the Kyoto University of Art and Design. This is a rare opportunity to experiences things that are only possible in Japan and make friends with Japanese students.
■Wadaiko Shin (Japanese drum circle ""Shin"")
I was interested in ""wadaiko,"" or Japanese drums, so I went to see an exhibition and participation event with a friend. I had no previous experience, so I was worried about whether I could actually do it. They taught me how to hit the drum, etc., and I learned how to do it. Now I practice with Japanese students and attend meetings too. Some people say the practice sessions are very hard, but for me it is a lot of fun. I am learning about Japanese traditions and culture from my ""wadaiko"" practice.
I thought I should try something I have never done before, so I observed several clubs, and joined the one that I thought suited me best, the badminton club. I participated in practice two times a week, and a 4-day, 3-night summer camp. At the camp we practiced in the daytime, and at night made dinner together, and played games to test each other's courage. That was the first time I had spent so much time together with Japanese people, and it was a lot of fun.