留学生インタビュー

Why did you decide to come to Japan to study?

I took the Thai government-sponsored scholarship examination when I was a senior in high school. I decided to study abroad because the Thai economy had gone into sudden decline at the time, and I did not want to burden my parents with university expenses. To be honest, I was considering going to the United States or England to study. This was because I would have to study Japanese if I were to study in Japan. However, I chose Japan because Japanese education in science is on the same level as the United States. I have liked mathematics and physics since I was a child, and I was also interested in the electrical appliances that I found around me. All of the appliances that we had at home were from Japan, so I chose to study in Japan.

What kind of preparations did you make to study in Japan?

How are you spending your days as a university student in Japan?

The Tokyo Institute of Technology, which I am attending, is very well known for its research in optical transmission and semiconductors. It has very good facilities, and there are many fields of research in the Faculty of Engineering. The electrical and electronic course that I am enrolled in encompasses a wide-range of fields, which I study. It is very difficult to study many different fields at once. The classes progress very quickly, so it is important that I review the classes on my own in order to be able to keep up. Experiments start from the latter part of the second year, and are conducted twice a week for about two to three hours. Some experiments take until about eight o'clock at night to complete. The theme of the experiment is related to the things that we are studying right now or will be studying in the near future. You need to submit a report according to each theme, which can be difficult. But when I am involved in an experiment in a field of my interest, I sometimes forget the time because I am having such a good time.

Advice to foreign students coming to Japan to study

I think it is best that you study as much Japanese as you can before you come to Japan. You can always study how to read and write in Japanese after you arrive, so I think you should concentrate on conversation. Also, I think it is very important that you think about what you want to study in Japan, which faculty you want to enroll in, what you want to do after you graduate, and so on before you arrive. You should come to Japan after you have set clear objectives for yourself. Once you have set such objectives, the rest is up to you: how much effort you are willing to put into fulfilling your dream. I hope you will keep trying and not give up.

Uploaded on 9th November 2001