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Any (In past or present) foreign exchange students here?

Postby Supaiku » Wed 08.01.2007 10:26 am

Hello! For the past year or so I have been working towards becoming a foreign exchange student, my aim going to Japan. However, lately it is looking bad for me money-wise. I've been trying to hold part-time jobs to pay the funds, but being a small town there aren't many jobs, and usually if you get one it is temporary or seasonal. I've been looking up scholarships and stuff, but most of them appear to require straight-A grades, which I don't have (I average a high C to a B). Was there any special way that any of you guys were able to pay for the trip?

Also, if you have any advice for me on the whole foreign exchange thing, I'm more than happy to hear it. Thanks!
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RE: Any (In past or present) foreign exchange students here?

Postby katafei » Wed 08.01.2007 1:10 pm

Hi. I've never travelled to Japan, so I can't help you there.
But I did recently come across this site, maybe it wil be useful for you.
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RE: Any (In past or present) foreign exchange students here?

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Wed 08.01.2007 1:36 pm

Sometimes the programs will have some form of financial aid; you might try contacting the one(s) you are looking at and see if they have any advice.
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RE: Any (In past or present) foreign exchange students here?

Postby Ezrach » Thu 08.02.2007 1:00 am

I did a one-year Japan exchange program back in 2003-2004, when I attended Sophia university in Tokyo (上智大学). I attended UCSB, and the way the program works is that you pay the normal tuition for UCSB, so it isn't any more expensive than attending a regular year of school at your home campus.

I don't know how other universities work, though. Also, there was a minimum GPA that had to be satisfied, because they don't want to send bad students as representatives to other countries, so you may be out of luck unless you can bring your grades up to at least a 3.0.
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RE: Any (In past or present) foreign exchange students here?

Postby Chikubi » Thu 08.02.2007 2:57 am

Well, try saving all the money you need for the schoolfee, rent etc. and when you get there, try getting a job (like what lot's of foreign students do, teach English) to pay for everyday expenses. You can do it! gambarimasu!
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RE: Any (In past or present) foreign exchange students here?

Postby Mike Cash » Thu 08.02.2007 5:45 am

I was an exchange student to Hirosaki National University. The Japanese government paid to fly me over (business class), school was free, and I got a monthly stipend of about 130,000 yen.
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RE: Any (In past or present) foreign exchange students here?

Postby keatonatron » Thu 08.02.2007 6:07 am

Mike's talking about the scholarships the Japanese government offers. You can apply for one through a school in the states that has an exchange program.

My advice would be to attend a regular college that has an exchange program. If you really have financial difficulties, that school should be able to get you get financial aid which is also applicable towards a foreign exchange.

Of course you'd have to actually want to attend the college for the full 4 years. You can't just get accepted, go on an exchange then drop out ;)
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RE: Any (In past or present) foreign exchange students here?

Postby Supaiku » Thu 08.02.2007 12:58 pm

Thanks, everyone. This actually isn't during college, but rather my senior year in high school. I'm a junior right now, so you can probably image how much harder it is to find a good job being only 17. I don't, however, have to worry about rent or school fees though.

I'll be doing my best to improve my grades this year, too. I can't blame anyone but myself for last years grades. Wish me luck.
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RE: Any (In past or present) foreign exchange students here?

Postby Haruka » Fri 08.17.2007 8:20 pm

Went to australia for student exchange. That's it though.
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RE: Any (In past or present) foreign exchange students here?

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Fri 08.17.2007 11:10 pm

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RE: Any (In past or present) foreign exchange students here?

Postby john2 » Sat 08.18.2007 8:54 am

whats the maximum age for exange?
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RE: Any (In past or present) foreign exchange students here?

Postby NocturnalOcean » Sat 08.18.2007 9:38 am

Guess it depends on how long you live.
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RE: Any (In past or present) foreign exchange students here?

Postby john2 » Sat 08.18.2007 9:56 am

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how do you say that in japanese?
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