Bangladesh/College of Arts and Sciences (PEAK)/Undergraduate Student/Hi, my name is Ishraq, and I am an undergraduate student studying at the University of Tokyo (Komaba campus). I came to Japan in late September 2013 and my classes began in the first we
Hi, my name is Ishraq, and I am an undergraduate student studying at the University of Tokyo (Komaba campus). I came to Japan in late September 2013 and my classes began in the first week of October.
What attracted you to Komaba, UTokyo?
There are 3 reasons why I selected UTokyo for my undergraduate degree:
Quality of Education: I wanted to study in a prestigious university and UTokyo being the best in Japan and one of the best in Asia made it my first choice.
Japan: I wanted to study in Japan because I was interested in its culture and history.
Costs: Education costs in Japan are relatively low when compared to other popular destinations for education.
Describe the adjustment to Japanese culture.
I did not have to make a lot of changes. My food habits had to change, but it was a good thing since I enjoy Japanese food. And there are some stores that offer dishes that I used to have back in my home country. Initially, however, I had to become a vegetarian, although I was able to solve that (long story).
What have been your best experiences at Komaba, UTokyo so far?
Classes: Most of the teachers of UTokyo are super friendly, encourage participation and are willing to listen to you. That is why (unlike my school days before coming to Japan) I am always looking forward to classes.
Cafeteria Lunches: I always enjoy our group lunches (we are probably the noisiest bunch when we eat).
What’s your favorite thing about Shibuya and Tokyo?
Shibuya is definitely my “go to” place for entertainment.
Karaoke!: I became a huge fan of Karaoke after coming to Japan. I go for Karaoke almost every week.
Conveyor-belt sushi bar: One of the best places for sushi.
Shopping: Shibuya has most of the famous apparel brands, beautiful stores and is a lively place, which is everything I need when I want to go out for shopping.
If you could give one piece of advice to a new international student or researcher, what would it be?
Bring aftershave, lots and lots of aftershave. I will just say that the lack of aftershave options and availability forced me to grow a beard.