Prospective international students

About support for international students

The International Exchange Department handles support for international students who are enrolled in this university. Whether it be reductions or exemptions to study fees, scholarship applications, international study procedures, study- and daily life-related advice, or any problems that you encounter while studying here, your first port of call should be the International Exchange Department. The International Exchange Department acts as your first inquiry counter for matters related to your university life or being in Japan.

In addition to advising students, the International Exchange Department also organizes exchanges with Japanese students and local people. Each year, it organizes the following types of events:

  • International exchange party (4 times per year, including the newly-enrolled students welcoming party)
  • Ikebana
  • Tanabata Festival
  • Yukata event
  • Tea ceremony event
  • International students trip (1 night, 2 days)
  • Japanese language speech contest
  • Mochi-pounding tournament
  • New Year’s games
  • Calligraphy event
  • Kendo event
  • Cooking event

We welcome you to enroll in Surugadai University and take part.

About support for international students

Consultation regarding Japanese language studies

ere at Surugadai University, we provide a variety of support and consultation services in regard to Japanese language studies for international students. Whether you have trouble writing a report, or want your research proposal written in Japanese to be checked, etc., you will be able to receive a wide range of Japanese language support.

Office hours for assigned Japanese language instructors

Days Hours Location Assigned instructor
Tuesdays 12:00〜13:00 No.2 Lecture Hall, 9th Floor
709J Lab
Manami Yagi
Thursdays 11:30〜12:30

If you desire a time not listed above, please inquire with the assigned Japanese language instructor or International Relations section.

The National Average for International Students Employment upon Graduation is 44.6%, Surugadai University is 60.7%

The Japan Student Services Organization conducted a survey of international students employment prospects and degree conferment in 2013. It found that for the 2013 academic year the proportion of international students that were employed upon graduation was only 44.6%.
However international students from Surugadai University fared much better at 60.7%.

The figures for the 2014 academic year is as follows:

After graduation Surugadai University National total
Graduates that found employment(a) 37 5009
Total graduates(b) 69 13807
Entered graduate school(c) 8 2579
Other 24 6219
Graduate employment rate a/(b-c) 60.7% 44.7%

Source:
http://www.jasso.go.jp/about/statistics/intl_student_d/__icsFiles/afieldfile/2015/10/08/degrees13.pdf

For International Students Seeking to Work in Japan

Surugadai University is especially successful at finding employment for international students at Japanese companies.

For the 2014 academic year, international students were employed in the following Japanese companies.

LAOX Co. Ltd., Ugajin Electric Co. Ltd., TCZS Co. Ltd., Cosmos Computing System Co. Ltd., TOP Co. Ltd., Shokyu Co. Ltd., Shouwa Kokusai Co. Ltd., Minamidai Consulting, Cosco Logistics Japan Co. Ltd., Muux Inc., Smile King Co. Ltd., Noguchi Sangyo Co. Ltd., World Stream Co. Ltd., Ganasys Co. Ltd., T & S Nichimori Co. Ltd., Chojo Consulting Co. Ltd., Seishin Inc., Musashino Civil Engineering Co. Ltd., Field Serve Japan Co. Ltd., At Home Co. Ltd., Autobahn 88 Group Ltd., Oval Partners Co. Ltd., Duke Co. Ltd.

Surugadai University has a specialized guidance and support for international students wishing to find work in Japan. In the fall semester of junior year, every international student is appointed an advisor who is available to assist them whenever necessary.

2015 Junior International Student Employment Assistance Schedule

May 【Orientation for the International Student Career Center】 ・The Center will introduce the Employment Support Program and discuss the coming year’s program.
June 【International Student Support Center: Orientation for the Center’s Services, Registration, Visa Changes】 ・The Center will discuss how to gain employment in Japan, the job-hunting process, visa options, and registering with the Support Center.
July 【Internships for International Students Orientation】 ・The Center will inform students of the internships available and how to apply for them.
August – Sept Students will participate in internships.
・Students take part in extra Japanese language classes.
・Students will meet with Surugadai University alumni and discuss job-hunting in Japan.
October 【International Student Employment Information: Schedule, Preparation, Business Manner Course】
  • International students will learn about the job-hunting process in Japan, and how to utilize the Career Center Support System.
  • The Center will inform students of what Japanese companies expect from international students and the benefits of working at Japanese companies.
  • The Center will explain what international students should prepare for, and how to improve motivation in order to be competitive with Japanese students.
【Job Application Form Course 1】 The Center will assist students in filling out the job application forms, in particular what to focus on in the “Writing about University Life” section. This course will also include an introduction to PREP.
【Job Application Form Course 2】 The Center will discuss what Japanese employers are looking for, and how to show your strengths. This course will also include an introduction to PREP, and filling in the application forms.
November 【Japanese Job Interviews 1 (Self promotion and University life)】 The Center will explain how job interviews are conducted in Japan, and how international students should prepare for the various types of interview. There will also be mock-interviews conducted in this course.
【How to Participate in Group Discussions Course】 Students will be shown how group discussions are conducted and evaluated. The Center will explain how international students can make the most of their experiences and gain practical experience in group discussions.
【Surugadai Alumni Symposium】 Students can hear from Surugadai graduates about university life, employment in Japan, and life after graduation. This is a good opportunity for students to gain tips and advise from their peers.
December 【Japanese Job Interviews 2 (Self promotion and University life)】 The Center will explain how job interviews are conducted in Japan, and how international students should prepare for the various types of interview. There will also be mock-interviews conducted in this course.
【Japanese Employment Research Seminar 1】 Students will be asked to consider what it means to work in Japan. Students will also have the opportunity to hear from Personnel Management representatives about different industries in Japan. This is a good opportunity for students to decide which industry or company is best suited to them.
February 【Japanese Employment Research Seminar 2】 Students will be asked to consider what it means to work in Japan. Students will also have the opportunity to hear from Personnel Management representatives about different industries in Japan. This is a good opportunity for students to decide which industry or company is best suited to them.
March 【Collective Briefings about Various Companies】 Students will be introduced to a wide variety of companies, and they can decide which company examinations they would like to take. The International Employment Service Center will assist students with registration and how to change Japanese visas.

A notice about employment support

Masashi Uemura, Career Center Instructor, Surugadai University

If you're interested in working in Japan, but still aren't confident in your Japanese ability, I recommend studying at Surugadai University. We offer a course especially for international students, the "Employment Support Seminar." We look forward to seeing you there.

Keiji Umemura, Career Center Instructor, Surugadai University