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Studying in Japan [Nov. 20th, 2006|10:22 am]
We'd Rather Be In Japan: Gai-Nihonjin Unite!


I don't know how relevant this will be to many of you, but I'm thinking of trying to get to Japan as part of my postgrad work, and I'm wondering if any of you are currently doing that sort of thing, or would have any ideas or suggestions as to how to go about it.

I've applied to eikaiwa programs a number of times & been rejected; I really don't think it's the place for me anyway. Similarly, I've thought about applying to a Japanese university either as a non-degree 研究生 or as a proper PhD student, and I just don't think it's worth the money and such - various professors and such have suggested that I not enroll in a Japanese university directly. (No offense intended to any of you, of course.)

Right. So, do any of you know how it works to enroll at an American/British/Australian/other university and to then go to Japan to do your research? I'm thinking this may be particularly difficult for me since my Japanese language skills are so poor (precisely the reason I want to go and get better by being immersed rather than continuing to just sit in classes, not learning anything), and since I'd be studying history and art, not the kind of contemporary cultural/sociological studies that one could more easily research among the people... even in Japan, I'd be sitting in some library or archive somewhere with books and papers.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be most appreciated. Thanks.

From: dokool
2006-11-20 06:23 pm (UTC)
If your language skills are as poor as you say, you might be better off improving them before you start doing your research - just being immersed may not improve your Japanese as much as you think, you also need the structure that comes with language classes.
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[User Picture]From: lordameth
2006-11-20 09:37 pm (UTC)
I think I've had enough of language classes. I've truly hit some kind of metaphorical wall, and I don't think I'm going to improve any without some serious immersion.
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