FAQ: Studying and living in Japan

FAQ: Studying and living in Japan

  • Why should I study in Japan?
    Japan is a highly developed country with much to offer in terms of education, business, and culture. It is one of the world's biggest economies, and the most developed economy in Asia. MBA students in Japan can witness first-hand the birth of exciting new companies, and tap into Japan's know-how as a world leader in technology innovation, service management and operations management.

    Furthermore, Japan is an extremely comfortable place to live. It is safe, organized, and clean. Japan's unique culture, scenery, and food make it one of the world's most popular travel destinations, and a memorable place to study.
  • What is Tokyo like?
    Tokyo is a buzzing, first-class metropolis, home to dozens of blue-chip companies and the world’s largest metropolitan economy, with a GDP of larger than that of most countries. It is a leading city in design, fashion, architecture, engineering, technology and finance.

    Tokyo has a very highly developed infrastructure, financial and political stability, a large number of global financial institutions and the second-largest stock market in the world (by market capitalization). Tokyo is a ‘command center’ of the global economy and yet a highly efficient, extremely safe, very liveable city. From fashionable Shibuya, Ginza and Harajuku, to bustling Shinjuku and Marunouchi, Tokyo is truly a world-class metropolis.
  • How can I get a visa?
    Once you are accepted into our MBA program, we can assist you in appyling for a student visa if you need one.
  • Is Japan expensive?
    While Japan has a reputation for being an expensive country, visitors are often surprised at how affordable it can be. While high-class goods and services are in wide supply, those on a budget will also find many options available.

    A single person living in Tokyo should budget at least a150,000 JPY for living expenses including rent, food and accommodation. You can see a breakdown of expected costs here: http://www.globis.ac.jp/life/costsummary.html
  • Do I need to speak Japanese?
    No. While many Japanese speak limited English, you do not need to speak Japanese to lead a comfortable life in Japan. Of course it will help to learn a few basic phrases, but in general Japanese make an effort to welcome and help foreigners who do not speak the language. GLOBIS will also provide support for students coming from overseas.

    If you would like to work in Japan, then we strongly recommend studying Japanese before you start your MBA, as Japanese ability will greatly expand your opportunities after graduation.
  • Where can I stay?
    GLOBIS is very centrally located, with four train stations within a short walk, so there are many options to meet your budget and location needs. Many students live within a 20-40 minute train ride from the school.

    We work with a number of real estate agents and housing services who can help you find affordable accommodation in English. You can opt to live alone or in a sharehouse.
  • Can I bring my family with me?
    Yes. Family can live in Japan under a dependent visa. Please note you will need to show you have sufficient financial resources to cover their living expenses (500,000 yen per dependent, per year).
  • Will I have time to travel while studying?
    If you are studying full-time, you will need to spend much of your time studying. However, our full-time students generally find some time to explore Japan throughout their program.

    A typical part-time study schedule allows plenty of time for travel, but most of these students are working full-time so will need to factor in these commitments.
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