留学生インタビュー

Why did you decide to study in Japan?

My father studied in Japan when he was young, and after returning to Jakarta, he established a trading company that imported machine parts. He succeeded in making it a well-established company. He named me "Eisaku" (note: a Japanese name) out of gratitude to a Japanese person who was his guarantor when he was a student in Japan. Because I grew up in such a household environment, I naturally started thinking that I would someday study in Japan, too. I am interested in electronic engineering so that is what I came to Japan to study.

What Kind of preparations
did you make before you came to Japan

My father said he had a difficult time because he went to Japan without even knowing how to write Hiragana (note: Japanese alphabet), so he told me that I should start attending a Japanese-language school as preparation for studying in Japan during my first year of high school. I spent two years studying Japanese three hours a week. I got busy with my regular schoolwork when I became a senior in high school, so I stopped going to the Japanese-language school at that time. Around the end of my senior year, I went to the Association of International Education, Japan (AIEJ) in Jakarta and asked where I could study electronic engineering in Japan. They referred me to many universities, but they also told me that I would need strong basic academic abilities in order to pass the university entrance examinations. They additionally told me that the University of Indonesia offered preparatory Japanese-language courses with the cooperation of the International Students Institute. A teacher of this course told me in detail about the preparations I needed to make as well as about university entrance examinations. I thought that if I was going all the way to Japan to study, I might as well make sure that I enrolled in a good university. So, I decided to first enroll in a preparatory training institute in Japan that also taught basic courses for university entrance. I submitted an application to a school that my teacher referred me to, and was fortunately accepted. I enrolled in an 18-month course that began in October 1999.

How was your study at the Japanise-language institute?

My father said he had a difficult time because he went to Japan without even knowing how to write Hiragana (note: Japanese alphabet), so he told me that I should start attending a Japanese-language school as preparation for studying in Japan during my first year of high school. I spent two years studying Japanese three hours a week. I got busy with my regular schoolwork when I became a senior in high school, so I stopped going to the Japanese-language school at that time. Around the end of my senior year, I went to the Association of International Education, Japan (AIEJ) in Jakarta and asked where I could study electronic engineering in Japan. They referred me to many universities, but they also told me that I would need strong basic academic abilities in order to pass the university entrance examinations. They additionally told me that the University of Indonesia offered preparatory Japanese-language courses with the cooperation of the International Students Institute. A teacher of this course told me in detail about the preparations I needed to make as well as about university entrance examinations. I thought that if I was going all the way to Japan to study, I might as well make sure that I enrolled in a good university. So, I decided to first enroll in a preparatory training institute in Japan that also taught basic courses for university entrance. I submitted an application to a school that my teacher referred me to, and was fortunately accepted. I enrolled in an 18-month course that began in October 1999.

Was your impression of Japan different
from what you had originally expected?

I had already studied about Japanese culture and customs at the Japanese-language school in Jakarta. I had also watched Japan's NHK satellite broadcast every day, so there were very few surprises after my arrival. I also did not experience any problems making friends in Japan since I was living in the school dormitory.

Do you have any advice for prospective students?

I think they should study Japanese before they come to Japan. They should at least learn simple phrases like greetings, as well as Hiragana and Katakana. I think that students should have the equivalent of at least a Level 3 of the Japanese Proficiency Test before they go to Japan if they want to be accepted at a Japanese university quickly. There are many Japanese-language schools in Jakarta, so if you live in the area, I think you should visit the Association of International Education, Japan (AIEJ) or the Japan Foundation in Jakarta so that they can refer you to a Japanese-language school.

Uploaded on 3rd September 2001