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3. Preparation for Study in Japan
Contents:
  1.Planning for study in Japan
  2. Information gathering
  3. Choosing a school
2. Information gathering
When choosing a school in Japan, it is very important for you to clarify your study and research plans, and gather as much information as possible. Without such preparation, you may run the risk of entering a school that does not offer classes in your chosen field of study or of having to pay extra expenses. Collecting the most up-to-date and reliable information is essential.

(1) Obtaining information
  1. General information (admission requirements, procedures, expenses) regarding study in Japan.
  2. List of educational institutions.
  3. Information about individual educational institutions (As some institutions charge for their school prospectus or application guidelines, it will be necessary to enclose stamps for international return postage.)

(2) Sources of information
  1. Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
    The Information Center of JASSO in Malaysia : Japan Educational Inforamtion Centre, Kuala Lumpur (JEIC) answers inquiries about study in Japan, from Japan and abroad in person, by interview, telephone, letter or e-mail; distributes materials; and issues various publications for foreigners interested in studying in Japan. In addition, it furnishes information about Japanese universities and other aspects of study in Japan on its web site (http://www.jasso.go.jp) and Voice & Fax Information Service.

Its contents are:
1) Japanese Colleges and Universities,
2) General Information on Study in Japan,
3) Scholarships,
4) Short Term Student Exchange Promotion Program,
5)Examinations, etc. Publications promoting international students' studies in Japan are available at 32 overseas locations (Refer to Chapter 15), you can view publications regarding study in Japan, as well as school prospectus for each educational institution, and application guidelines.

Japan Educational Inforamtion Centre,
Kuala Lumpur (JEIC)
Suite 1101 , Menara Amcorp, AMCORP Trade Centre,
No.18, Jalan Persiaran Barat,
46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor D.E.
Tel : 03-7957 0304
Fax : 03-7957 1631
E-mail : aiej@po.jaring.my
URL : http://www.jasso.go.jp
 
  2. Japanese embassies, consulates and friendship organizations:
  These provide information locally on study in Japan, although some places do not offer advisory services.

Embassy of Japan & Consulate-General Offices in Malaysia
Embassy of Japan in Malaysia
NO. 11, Persiaran Stonor, Off Jalan Tun Razak,50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : (603) 2142 7044
Fax : (603) 2167 2314
Website: http://www.embjapan.org.my
     
  3. Books on study in Japan
    There are several books on studying in Japan such as guidebooks on individual schools, textbooks for Japanese-language exams, and so forth. If they are not available at local libraries, university libraries or bookshops, you can order them from publishers in Japan (Refer to Chapter 16.) 
     
  4. School prospectus and application guidelines
    School prospectus, application guidelines and web sites for each institution are most valuable sources of information when you want to study in Japan. 
     
  5. People who have had experience of studying in Japan
    They may be able to provide the information that is often not covered by school prospectus or other publications. In addition, alumni associations of former international students in Japan sometimes provide useful information. The contact addresses of the associations of former international students are at the web site of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/ath/ath0201e.html) 
     
  6. Japan Education Fairs
    They are held by JASSO in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Europe, the U.S., etc., to provide firsthand information to students directly. Besides general information which is provided by JASSO, representatives from national, local public and private universities in Japan, Japanese-language institutes, and organizations related to international students provide individual information.
Information on dates, venues and institutions participating in the Japan Education Fairs are available on the JASSO web site (http://www.jasso.go.jp)
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  7. Local educational departments or organizations
    Your home country's educational departments or organizations provide information on study abroad. 
     
  8. Web site
    Refer to the related sections and Chapter 15 of this booklet to get web site addresses of organizations concerned


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