Report of study at Tsukuba University by student Vu Anh Minh

This is my report of study at Tsukuba University Japan under TAG/AIMS program from 4/2017 to 8/2017

1.  Conditions for studying and living at the University of Tsukuba

University of Tsukuba is located in Tsukuba city, Ibaraki Prefecture of Japan. At present, there are 31 university-based and postgraduate universities, 28 research institutes and about 20,000 students.

The facilities of the school are very modern and well-suited for teaching and learning for all lecturers and students in the school. Students can easily learn and acquire knowledge through the system: libraries, computer labs, research institutes...

Main campus of Tsukuba University

Tsukuba is loved by many students for not only the quality of training but also the modern and comfortable dormitories in the top of the world.

The student dormitory has types of apartments with bedroom, kitchen and living room. There are 2 types: room for 1 person and room for 2 people. Dormitories are fully equipped with toilet, kitchen, bathroom, gas stove, refrigerator, washing machine, table and chairs can be shared with each other. In addition, the campus is close to supermarkets and commercial areas so it's easy to shop and entertain.

2. Completed subjects ( course name, grade, credits)

  • Economics: grade A+ ( 2 credits)
  • Introduction to Japanese Culture: grade B ( 1,5 credits)
  • Marine Biology: grade B ( 1 credit)
  • Formation and Transformation of Contemporary: grade A ( 1,5 credits)
  • Social nature: grade C ( 1 credit)
  • Linguistic Anthropology: grade C (2 credits)
  • International Education: grade C (2 credits)
  • Water Environmental Management Technology: grade A (1 credit)
  • Basic Global Society: grade B (1 credit)
  • Trans-ASEAN Global Agenda Debate: grade B (1 credit)
  • Global Issue Internship: grade A (1 credit)
  • Specialize Field Practice III: grade A (1 credit)
  • Specialize Field Practice V: grade A (1 credit)
  • Specialize Field Practice VI: grade A (1 credit)

3. Field trips

Going around Tsukuba University with Japanese students.

Visit Sakado High School students in Saitama Prefecture for cultural exchanges and encourage students to study abroad. Visit the cultural discoveries in ancient Kawagoe, Tokyo with students.Visiting the geological park at Mount Tsukuba; visiting the ancient village to learn about how to build houses and materials for Japanese houses, Sake factory; visit Kasumigaura Lake to find out how much pollution and how to treat water pollution; visit the silk factory and handmade paper factory in Gunma prefecture.

Handmade paper-making experience at Gunma

Visit Kasumigaura Lake for the second time with Dr. Nakao Nomura to explore the role of lake water resources for Tsukuba; visit Tsukuba's wastewater treatment factory and learn about the Japanese wastewater treatment process.

Visiting the Tsukuba University research area.

4. Advantages and disadvantages

a. Advantages:

Opportunity to study and work in Japan, learn Japanese lifestyle and working style

Opportunity to make relationships with international friends

Training in life skills such as: communication, self-reliant lifestyle, etc.

-    Tsukuba facilities as well as dormitories are very clean, modern and convenient for international students.

b. Disadvantages:

Most of the subjects that are not related to the majors of the TLU’s students, lead to difficult selection of subjects.

Local people are less likely to communicate in English.

5. Conclusion

Studying at Tsukuba University is a beautiful time that I always remember. The program has given him the opportunity to study and interact with international friends, go to many places, discover more new things with myself

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Vu Anh Minh

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