In the dormitory of Indian students, 3 to 4 people live in one room, and it seems that there is no end to lending, borrowing, theft, fighting, but fortunately I can live in the international student dormitory and it is moderate because it is given a private room. I was able to maintain my privacy.
Were you able to interact with Japanese students and students from India and other foreign countries? Have you ever had a hard time?
In the first year of studying abroad, I had no interaction with Japanese people, but since the number of Japanese students in Bangalore has increased by one each year from the second year, it is okay to visit each other’s schools and exchange information. International Students’ Day is held once a year, where foreign students studying in Bangalore gather together, so it is possible to interact with foreign students from other universities. International Students’ Day is organized by the Federation of International Student Association-Bangalore (FISA-B), an organization that organizes physical education and cultural events centered on international students, and is supported by the ICCR.
Have you had any good or difficult interactions with your academic advisor?
In the course I study, there is no seminar class like in Japanese universities, so I had little interaction with my academic advisor. When I had a request or a consultation, I didn’t get a reply by e-mail, so I had to run around the premises to catch the busy teacher, which was a pain.
How did you usually eat? Have you ever had a hard time with local food and ingredients?
Breakfast, lunch and light meals are eaten in the dining room of the adjacent Indian student dormitory. The menu is a common Indian home-cooked meal. There is a kitchen in the room, but I cook for myself only at night because I was busy with classes. As for drinking water, we do not drink from the tap, but use purified water from the filter as drinking water and cooking water. At first I was reluctant to eat spicy food, but I gradually got used to it, and now I have no problem. In addition, there are many multinational restaurants in Bangalore, so if you get tired of Indian food, you can eat out.
Did you get Japanese ingredients? Please tell me if there are any ingredients that you should bring from Japan.
You can get Japanese ingredients (soy sauce, miso, takuan, rice, etc.) at the supermarket in the big shopping mall. However, it is expensive for students. If you are a student living alone, you should bring a source of instant miso soup. It’s perfect when you don’t have time or you miss Japan.
What kind of residence did you live in while studying abroad? (Dormitory, guest house, apartment, etc.) Please tell us about its characteristics.
I live in a foreign student dormitory on the campus. Equipped with single room, washroom, bath and kitchen. Necessary furniture such as beds, desks, mirrors and chests of drawers will also be provided. You can use the internet on the cable line, and the usage fee is included in the monthly dormitory fee of 2500 rupees. However, the line is often unstable and there are waves in speed. Kitchen cookware is also available for rent. A 24-hour security and CCTV camera are installed at the entrance to monitor the comings and goings of people, so you can spend your time with peace of mind.
Please tell us the criteria for deciding on a place to live (surrounding environment, rent, etc.) and the method you searched for (whether or not you were introduced by a school, word of mouth, etc.).
At the time of admission, I was able to choose between an Indian women’s dormitory and a foreign student dormitory. I decided to live in the international student dormitory because the international student dormitory was a single room and I was also interested in interacting with non-Indian students.
Did you have any trouble with your house? How did you deal with that?
There were no major problems, but when there was a problem, I asked the dormitory staff to solve it.
Local security situation, precautions, etc.
How did you collect information about the local security situation?
When I visit a new place, I try to ask my friends about the local security situation in advance.
Please tell us what you were careful about in light of the security situation.
I bring a pepper spray for self-defense. I also try to avoid acting alone in unsafe places.
Did you bring your communication equipment (PC, mobile phone, smartphone, etc.) from Japan? How was your use at schools and residential facilities?
I am using a computer purchased in Japan. I mainly use it in my room with a cable net. I bought my smartphone a year and a half ago, and when the internet connection in the dormitory is slow, I use the internet on my smartphone. The school library also has Wi-Fi, but I don’t use it because it’s slow.
How did you select and process the equipment / provider when you used the above communication equipment or the Internet locally?
You can use the internet in the dormitory without any procedure. The Internet on smartphones operates the Internet line by SMS without a special contract and uses the Internet package service (which can be used by paying a certain amount of data for a certain amount).
Please tell us the points you kept in mind regarding the differences in climate (heat, cold, humidity, sunshine hours, etc.) from Japan.
Bangalore is located in the highlands, so it maintains a mild climate throughout the year, and it is a better place to spend summers than in Japan. It gets hot from the end of March to the beginning of June, but the maximum temperature is 35 degrees Celsius and the humidity is low. From October to February, it may be chilly, and the pleasant climate like early spring and early autumn in Japan will continue. In addition, it is rare to suffer from water shortages because of the heavy rainfall compared to other areas.
Local living conditions and various consultation destinations
Please let us know if there are any items that you can purchase locally that are useful or important in your daily life.
Mosquito nets are very useful for preventing diseases such as malaria and for preventing mosquitoes from disturbing your sleep. It is also convenient when you go out to repel mosquitoes that you apply.
Who did you talk to when you had a problem inside or outside the school?
I consulted with the teachers of each instructor when I had problems with my studies, but I consulted with the staff of the dormitory when I had problems with the dormitory.
Were there any student mutual aid associations (neighborhood associations) that could receive support for housing? Did you get that support?
I don’t know because I’ve never looked for a place to live outside the university.
Did you have any cultural friction with local people (not limited to students), experience of troubles, or points you noticed in different cultures?
When dealing with Indian and non-Indian friends, they talk to each other in a second language, so trivial words and deeds are often misleading. If it was misunderstood, I tried to talk to the other person about my thoughts. Also, when I was dissatisfied with the other person’s words and actions, I tried to understand the other person’s circumstances by avoiding making a loud voice. I also tried not to talk about eating cows or cooking cows when my Hindu friends were with me.
Career after returning to Japan / Relationship between study abroad and career
Please tell us about your current affiliation to the extent that there is no problem.
He is currently enrolled in the 4th grade of B.Sc. (Agriculture) at the University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, Bangalore.
When did you find a job before, during, or after studying abroad?
I am not currently looking for a job because I am planning to go on to graduate school.
Did you find a job in India? In that case, please tell us about the contents and characteristics, and whether or not there is support from the local university, to the extent that there is no problem.
I have never done a full-fledged job hunting in India, but I am also recruiting undergraduate students to a private company at a university. However, job hunting is not active because the majority of students are aiming for a master’s degree. I am not currently looking for a job, but I registered with a Japanese dispatched labor company to get information on local recruitment in Bangalore.
Did you find a job in Japan? In that case, please tell us the contents and the relationship with study abroad.
When I returned to Japan temporarily in October last year, I personally had an interview with a Japanese company, but I couldn’t do formal job hunting activities such as formal interviews and attending seminars because it was out of date.
Did your study abroad experience influence your career decisions? Also, how is your study abroad experience used in your current work and academics?
After fierce competition and studying abroad in India, which is a weak and strong food society, my horizons have broadened and I have come to want to value my own technical and intellectual growth.
Advice for juniors
Looking back on your preparations and life for studying abroad, do you ever think that you should have done it while you were in Japan?
Japan has a high level of basic equipment such as water, electricity, the Internet and wonderful public facilities (libraries, etc.), and I think it is a society where it is easy to obtain useful information as well as materials such as goods. .. There are many scholarship programs for Indian students in “developing countries” to go abroad. My Indian friends want to take an overseas graduate exam, but miss their valuable opportunity due to lack of internet access. If you live in Japan with good information access and have a passport of Japanese nationality that is advantageous for obtaining visas, you can use Japan’s abundant resources, environment, and public facilities to improve your language skills, knowledge, and technical skills, and have good conditions. I think you should look for a study abroad destination.
Please give us some notes on studying abroad and advice for juniors who are thinking about studying abroad.
In my study abroad life, especially in the early days of studying abroad, I think that I can be strongly stressed by language barriers and cultural differences. The common sense of Japan and the common sense of study abroad destinations are completely different, and things that cannot be understood occur every day. At such times, I think the important thing is not to be alone, but to be open to people and to absorb everything like a child. In India I was like a baby. There were days when I couldn’t understand the words because I didn’t understand right or left. However, getting used to it is important, and if you live, it is the capital. Living in a culture and language that is completely different from Japan has many opportunities to strengthen yourself, making it a one-time asset. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my parents, friends, the Government of India, and the Government of Japan for supporting my study abroad life for giving me the opportunity to experience the irreplaceable life of studying in India.