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Momoyama Gakuin University

Japan 2018/2019 Partner universities

Personal data
Mobility type:

Faculty at MU:
Faculty of Arts

Field of study:
Japanese Language amd Culture

Level of study during period of placement:

Language used:

Summer/winter school?:

Period of studies:
autumn 2018
spring 2019

Period of placement (from-to):
2018-09-06 - 2019-08-04

Number of months:

Activities before my departure abroad
Where can information be found about courses taught at the foreign school?:
Their website, on demand

Which documents were needed for acceptance at the foreign university?:
LA, transcript of records, medical papers, application and insurance forms provided by the university

How far ahead did you have to organise your acceptance?:
4 months

Did you need a visa?:

Documents and materials needed for a visa:
Photo, rest provided by the university

Length of wait for visa:
2 days

Fee for the visa:

Did you have a Learning Agreement signed before your departure?:

If not, why not?:

Before your departure did you know how your courses would be recognised by your home faculty?:

During your stay did you change your Learning Agreement?:

When and how did course registration take place? Are there any restrictions? Possibilities of making changes?:
Course registration during the first week - changes in a given period after a few weeks (the course is marked as failed)

Did you take any examinations at the foreign school?:

Does the school use the ECTS system?:

If not then explain how the credits there were recalculated into ECTS:
By the importance of the subject - some had the credits doubled, some added 1 credit

Describe the teaching methods (theory, practical and projects) and assessment of students:
A lot of group projects and discussions

Quality of teaching in comparison with home school:
Lower than MUNI

How did you receive study materials?:
Copies distributed by the teacher in class, textbooks bought in the campus

Can you recommend an interesting course/subject/teacher?:
Linguistic classes with Mr. Carroll or anything with prof. Moghbel

How well is the school library equipped?:
Well equipped

Availability of computers, internet access, level of software needed, requirements on notebook:
There are several computer rooms or they can be borrowed at the international center.

Options from printing and copying:
Free printing when using the student card, international center.

Does the foreign school/student organisation arrange special events for exchange students?:

If yes then what?:
Field trips, opening/closing ceremonies, buddy lunches, cultural events

How would you assess your integration with the local students (evaluation like in school from 1 to 5 with 1 as highest):

or describe in your own words:

Practical questions on your placement
Where did you live?:

Cost of accommodation - monthly:
380 EUR

Additional comments to the price of accommodation (as to what the price includes):
Rent is 40.000 jpy, water, gas, electricity is paid separately - about 3500 jpy for all three per month

Describe the equipment. Tips for future students – what should they bring with them?:
Bed, desk, coffee table, small kitchen, fridge - do not bring any kitchenware, pots and pans may not work with the IH system
Students are not allowed to leave other things in their rooms after leaving Japan

How and how far ahead should accommodation be organised?:
Buying what is needed after arrival

What are the catering options?:
Number of nearby shops and convenience stores, shopping mall 40 min on foot

What are the rough costs of groceries (compare with Czech prices):
Fruits - on average 2-4 times more than in Czechia
Vegetables - roughly 2 times the Czech price
Rather cheap prepared meals

Transport to location of placement:

Rough prices for transportation:
Trains are expensive but the most convenient means of transport, from Izumi Chuo to Namba in Osaka - 550 jpy

Tips for purchasing cheap tickets and other recommendations:
Weekend subway day tickets in Osaka

What are the local transport options (public transport, cycling, on foot, rough prices):
Bicycle, on foot, local buses

What kind of formalities have to be arranged before arrival, for example residence permit?:
Residence permit, student card

What health insurance did you use? (rough price, advantages, disadvantages, is it necessary to arrange insurance at the university other than your home (Czech) insurance?):
Momoyama insurance and the national insurance - about 2000 yen per month

Did you have any experience with medical treatment abroad?:

Did you work during your studies?:

What are the conditions for working for MU students?:
Depends on the employer but in general very good

Tips for free-time activities:
Travelling, window shopping, reading, gym,...

Financial support and expenses
Total grant from Centre for International Cooperation:
100000 CZK

Monthly grant in CZK:
20000 CZK

Number of supported months:

Total number of months:

What other sources did you make use of to finance your placement?:

If you received another grant, state which and how much in CZK:
Japanese scholarship - 80000 jpy per month (17500 czk)

Total fees associated with enrolment at the university:
100000 JPY

a/ amount of enrolment fee:
80000 JPY

b/ amount of tuition fees:

c/ amount of other fees (which):
20000 JPY

What was your average monthly expenditure?:
120000 JPY

a/ of which for accommodation:
40000 JPY

b/ of which for catering:
40000 JPY

c/ travel and recreation:
30000 JPY

Any comments to the average monthly expenditure:

Recognition of foreign studies at the home faculty
How many credits did you gain during your studies (in the system of the foreign school)?:

How many ECTS credits were recognised at MU?:

Did you know in advance which of your courses would be recognised by your home faculty?:

What problems did you have with recognition?:

Overall assessment
Assessment of personal benefit (1 = excellent):

Assessment of academic benefit (1 = excellent):

Evaluate the information and support provided by the foreign school (1 = excellent):

Did you encounter any serious problems during your stay:

What would you recommend to take with you:
Nothing in particular

What most surprised you at the partner university in a positive way:
The support from the teachers and staff

What most surprised you at the partner university in a negative way:
Lack of integration with Japanese students

Further comments: