Question: Given that exchanging business cards is an important part of Japanese culture, should I bring my own?
Answer: You are not required to bring business cards but might want to as a way to connect better with the culture or as a networking tool.
Question: Do I need a student visa or any other kind of Japanese visa for this tour?
Answer: At the time of this writing, according to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there are over 60 countries that do not require any kind of visa for a stay of less than 90 days in Japan. Our programs run less than 90 days and if your country is one of those that do not require a visa, than you do not need to get one. If you are required by the Japanese government to obtain a visa, you are fully responsible for any related expenses and must obtain it on your own. However, we are happy to help out by providing any required documents and tips that we might have based on our experiences helping other participants.
Question: How will we travel around in Japan?
Answer: Once you arrive at the designated meeting place for the beginning of the tour, World Campus International, Inc. will take care of all of your tour related transportation planning and costs. We mostly travel as a group in buses from city to city, although sometimes it is necessary to use a train, van or plane. While living in a city with your host family, often you will be driven by your hosts to facilities and sometimes you will use public transportation such as trains or buses. Despite very high costs in Japan, through the kind support of our community partners, we are able to provide a relatively inexpensive travel experience without affecting the quality of the program.
Question: Do we travel together as a group in the day and then return to our respective homestays?
Answer: Yes, the class meets together during the day for various seminars and hands-on activities. On most evenings, participants go back to their host family although on some evenings there will be further activities with the class in the evening.
Question: Can I earn college credit?
Answer: Because college credit systems vary greatly from country to country, there isn’t a standard plan for college credit. However, some participants will receive college credit by engaging with appropriate contacts at their school to make such arrangements. We are happy to assist participants by providing needed documents for such arrangements. Just let us know!
Question: Can I participate if I don’t speak any Japanese?
Answer: Yes you can. Because of the expected national and cultural diversity of each class, our common operating language is in English. However, part of our curriculum will include language instruction for a variety of levels. So if you are fluent, you could perhaps join a higher level discussion group in Japanese. If you are a beginner, there will be short daily lessons.
Question: Are lectures/lessons conducted through the staff?
Answer: The seminars are planned in coordination with local Japanese community partner members. They are facilitated jointly by our staff and community resources including local business people, academics, government officials, politicians, community activists and volunteers.
Question: What kind of “Professional Development” experiences can I expect?
Answer: One of the unique features of the World Campus — Japan program is the unparalleled access to multiple layers of Japanese society. This includes discussion panels with university students and professors, company visits followed by question and answer sessions with representatives from local, national and international businesses as well meetings with politicians. These highly unique opportunities are inspiring, sometimes challenging and rare. Remember that part of what makes this even more special is what you and your fellow participants from around the world add tremendous richness to the learning opportunities. In addition to broadening your global understanding, these interactions are wonderful networking opportunities and might even lead to a job after the program!
Question: Is this program selective?
Answer: Yes, however not in a traditional “university style” manner. Our goal is to create a highly diverse profile of each class with a variety of nationalities, ethnicities, political and social perspectives, religions/and or life philosophies, ages, academic levels and life/work experiences. Having open-minded, adaptable, active, creative and globally –thinking/acting people are critical for a successful program which is what we are looking for during an approximate 30-45 minute interview which takes place after applying to a program.
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