Life as an International Student

Supporter Program

Musashino University has about 800 international students, and they study together with Japanese students. However, international students have much fewer people to support them or to consult with about campus life and fewer Japanese friends. Thus, the International Relations Office created a program to help Japanese students become close supporters and friends of international students. This program is also part of the university’s on-campus activities to boost international exchange. Naturally, international students can also teach their Japanese supporters their own language and culture to enhance the process. Providing each other with mutual support helps Japanese and international students build dependable relationships with a foundation of trust, regardless of differences in academic field, year, and nationality.

Example of Supporter Activities

Japanese Students Supporting International Students

Support Activities Provide important information for living in Japan, give advice on student life, and introduce Japanese culture
Frequency of Support Once or twice a week (about 30 to 90 minutes per session)
Support Location Generally on campus (e.g., International Communication Space, Asian Space, Student Hall)

International Students Supporting Japanese Students

Support Activities Provide help to pass language exams (e.g., Chinese language test), introduce their culture, and provide local information for study abroad programs
Frequency of Support Once or twice a week (about 30 to 90 minutes for two sessions)
Support Location Generally on campus (e.g., International Communication Space, Asian Space, Student Hall)