Study in Japan Global Network Project in ASEAN


Student Voice




University/Institution Name

Okayama University


Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences(Economics)

Period of study abroad

3 years

What did you do before studying in Japan?

While I was studying English Literature at the Myitkyina University, Kachin State, I studied Japanese language. After graduating from the university, I moved to Yangon and I entered to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration, Japan Desk, as an assistant for two Japanese economic advisors from JICA and JETRO. I was a clerk in charge of translating and interpreting from Burmese to English and Japanese at the Proposal Assessment Team meetings. From that time, I was interested in Financial Policy of the Myanmar and the macro economics.

1 Why did you choose to study in Japan?

When I decided studying abroad, I chose to study in Japan for two reasons. Firstly, considering the Education quality, Japan is not only a developed country in Asia but also offers a compatible and affordable tuition fee comparing to western countries. Secondly, I like Japanese working atmosphere and I want to work at the Japanese companies in the future.

2 How did you prepare for studying in Japan? Please tell us about how you found the information on institutions, supervisor, scholarship, and others.

After making decision of studying in Japan, I started doing research and collecting information of Japan Universities and professors. During that time, I occasionally saw the website of OJIEC office and it turns out the it helped me a lot during the preparation time of getting enrolled in Japan universities such as living information, scholarship information, student visa and the entrance examinations. I also got in touched with my current supervisor with a main research area of Economic theory and policy, thanks to that office and my professor kind assistance I decided to study in Okayama University with JASSO scholarship. When I became a second year student, I applied and got one more scholarships which call IUCHI foundation. That scholarship information was also provided by OJEIC office. There is a wide range of scholarship opportunities available to international student.

3 How is your student life in Japan? Please tell us about your study, research, part-time job, and others.

After coming to Japan, I was mainly doing research of the effectivity of financial policies in Myanmar, additionally, I learned the rudimental knowledge of micro and macro Economics, especially international Financial system and Financial system of a country.
Apart from the study life, there are many extracurricular activities which enriched my spare time including part time jobs, volunteer activities and circles. In Japan, I have experienced working as academic advisor of High school students and it was a great challenge for me, as well, being a part time worker in recycling shop also enriched my social experience and broaden my vision which finally leads to the great improvement of my Japanese.

4 Any message and/or advice to those who wish to study in Japan?

For the people who are considering studying in Japan, firstly, to live better in Japan, Japanese is important since all information was showed in Japanese like finding a part time job, finding a house, better Japanese not only makes you more enjoy your study life in Japan but also helps you better understand the Japan culture and living styles. Secondly, take advantage of doing part time job, it will be a perfect chance for you to learn Japanese. Thirdly, fully acknowledging the differences between Japan’s educational system and your country’s therefore you can be ready for your study life.

My 1-day

6:00 wake up
7:00 breakfast
8:00 go to university
8:10 arrive at university
8:40 start the class
11:30 lunch
14:30 take classes
17:30 part-time-job at near university
19:30 eat dinner
23:00 finish the part-time-job
23:30 go home
24:00 sleep