Ramil Abdullayev studied at University of Tsukuba, Japan in 2017-2018.

Ramil Abdullayev studied at University of Tsukuba, Japan in 2017-2018. It was his childhood dream to visit Japan. He not only studied and got acquainted with the Japanese culture, but also managed to earn several thousand dollars ahead covering his living costs. 

Vision Academy had an interview with Ramil to find out more on his experience of studying and living in Japan- one of the most attractive, exciting, yet mysterious countries in the world. 

VA: Ramil, why did you choose Japan as a study destination, while it is so far from Azerbaijan?

RA: I was a great fan of Japanese culture and their brilliant language. It was my childhood wish to hit the Japanese soil by foot. Also, I managed to land on Japan at my 27. It means it took my ten years after setting my life goal.

VA: What are the employment opportunities for international students in terms of eligibility?

RA: Japan is kind of a role model for the countries and individuals who genuinely want to see the Rule of Law at its best, since there isn’t any room for fraud or cheating. Upon to your arrival to the country , you are eligible to get work permission from the Migration Office inside the Airport.


VA: How easy it is to obtain the work permit? 

RA: While going through passport control there are two lines of passengers or visitors to Japan. One is for re-entering, the other one for the comers who visit Japan for the first time. So as a newcomer, you follow the second line and free to apply for a work permit. It takes roughly half an hour and the officer then provides your Residence Card (外国人登録書) with work permission of 28 hours per week. This kind of permission is the highest one among super-states. 

VA: What are the monthly living expenses and whether you're able to cover them with those earned money?

RA: The monthly expenses vary depending on location where you live. If you hire a dormitory of University campus, then you are really lucky and can save some good amount of money without any support from your family. So let us imagine that you live at a dormitory of the University. In Tsukuba the cheapest rental fee of dormitory is 23,000 Yen (roughly 210 USD). If you can cook on your own then you are lucky twice, because you can skip eating out paying too much money for your meals. You can cover your monthly meal expenses with 200 USD. But again, it is useful to emphasize that you can overspend this amount. You know why? Because Japanese dishes and junk food are so delicious and it is really hard to stop yourself eating. 

VA: What about education related expenses, like books?

RA: Unlike in the US, the textbooks in Japan are extremely cheap, additionally the university library has a great treasure of books. But it is good to keep in mind 100 USD per month for books. It is not a fixed amount though. It can be even less. So without leaving the campus area you can finish the month by spending just a little above 500 USD.

VA: Are there are additional expenses that students should be aware of? 

RA: Yes, there are several extra expenses which are one-time payments. For example, NHI (National Health Insurance) is 20,000 YEN, the deposit for dormitory is 30,000 Yen (this amount is compulsory and refunded while you finish your study and leaving dormitory). Also you can buy bicycle which costs 3,000 Yen (the cheapest). You can find one even for 1000 Yen.

VA: And now let us talk about employment in Japan. Are there real good options? 

RA: Yes, there indeed are. Your earnings depend on your work hours and amount you get per hour. Employers pay money on per  hour base and depending on the location this amount can differ. For example, per hour salary for the same job can be 8 USD in Ibaraki Prefecture, whilst 10-11 USD in Tokyo. And remember that 28 hours permission per week DOES NOT mean that you can’t work more. YES! If you are enough ambitious and willing to work, you can raise this limit up. How? Let me explain. In Japan some employees demand “My Number”. What is My Number? After landing in Japan, you have to be registered in the City Hall of your City. When you get registered, you join My Number system automatically. Through this system the employees pay their taxes from earned money. So, the local government can track your work activity per month. This is very strict and you can not overpass your weekly permission through My Number system. But there are some work places where My Number is not required by the employer. So you need to find such kind of place to work. Through this way you can work 50, even 60 hours per week without any trouble or governmental scrutiny.

VA: Would you recommend Japan to young people who want to study abroad and why? 

RA: I undoubtedly recommend Japan to not only young people, but also all your audiences who want to continue their education irrespective of their age. Scholarship opportunities are just limitless and immense. Your professors can also assist you to apply for and get scholarship.

Japanese economy is growing year by year, but the number of employers are shrinking. According to Tokyo based Research Company, in 2030 Japanese economy will suffer approximately 6 million deficit of workers. So I ensure you that after graduation and if you know Japanese well, there won’t be any barrier for you to find really good job with high remuneration.  Vision Academy is currently building its Japan related strategy. And committed to opening affordable education opportunities in the Land of the Rising Sun.  We do care about you and seeking to meet your expectations soon. No matter whether you chose to study at the partner Universities, working with Vision Academy  will align you to Envision, Strive, Achieve for the waiting success.