I would like to report my result for 5 months of study from April 2017 to August 2017 at Tsukuba University, Ibaraki Prefecture under AIMS program:
1. This is all of my subjects which I registered:
· Social Nature: grade D (1 credit)
· Theoretical Ecology: grade B (1 credit)
· Marine Biology I: grade B (1 credit)
· Practical Plant Biotechnology: grade D (1 credit)
· Economics: grade C (2 credits)
· Special Seminar IV: unknown (2 credits)
· Special Seminar V: unknown (2 credits)
· Water Environmental Management Technology: unknown (1 credit- intensive)
· Basic Global Society: unknown (1 credit)
· Trans-ASEAN Global Agenda Debate: unknown (1 credit)
· Global Issue Internship: grade A (1 credit)
· Specialize Field Practice III: grade A (1 credit)
· Specialize Field Practice V: unknown (1 credit)
· Plant physiology: unknown (1 credit)
· International Education: grade C (2 credits)
· Marine Biogeochemistry I: unknown (1 credit)
2. Field trip
· Going around Tsukuba University
· Visiting Saitama Prefecture and meeting high school students for exchanging culture and then going out with them for chatting and shopping.
· Going to Tsukuba Mountain for researching about the process of Mount Tsukuba and …. And then we were going to the old village and knew the ways of constructing, arrangement and the characteristic of Japan’s house. After that, we continued moving to … Lake to research the pollution of that lake and gave the resolution for applying the different countries.
· Going to silk factory which exists for a long time and had a chance of making silk.
· Going to the Japan making paper’s factory to know how it worked and made stuff for ourselves.
· I have a second chance to go to … Lake again in the course name “Water Environmental Management Technology” with the new groups of Nakao Nomura sensei to understand more about the resolution that not only the government but also the native people applied for decreasing the lake’s pollution.
· Visiting the researching place of Tsukuba University.
3. Living cost per month:
Around 11 million VNĐ (5 million for room rent + 6 million for meals)
4. Advantages and disadvantages:
· Open the widen horizon, and know more about the way of Japanese’s working and thinking.
· Improve not only the ability of using English but also the way of using another language.
· The more approaching with the different culture the more understanding about their living.
· Improving the ability of adapting with the new environment.
· Dormitory is clean and convenient.
· Have a lot of chance to taste new and traditional Japan’s food.
· Facilities are modern and new.
· Fewer subjects related to the major of Thuy Loi’s students.
· Almost all Japanese’s people cannot speak English.
· All of things in Japan are expensive.
· Money for eating outside is quite expensive, thus cooking by ourselves will save money much than eating outside (around 30,000 VNĐ – 50,000 VND/meal)
· The weather is cold from April (around 10 degree) to July, after July the temperature will be warmer but still cooler than Vietnam.
There are two selections: The first one is going by bus which cost 8,600 yen per year – around 1,120,000 VNĐ. The second is buying bicycle. In my opinion, buying bicycle is the best choice because of its convenient.
· The spicy food is quite hard to find in Japan. Normally, food in Japan is quite sweet.
· In Tsukuba, earthquake sometimes occur so everyone should prepare the mental to face with it (the earthquake is not strong so no need to be worry).
At last, I want to say “thank you” for giving me a chance to go and study in Japan. Through that trip lasted only 5 months, I had so many new, interesting experiences, knew about the way of Japanese’s working and learning and made friends from all over the world, especially from ASEAN. I hope that this program will be continued, developed and will create more the exchange programs for students.
Tran Manh Quan
Some photos in Tsukuba
Field trip and team work