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FAQ -What is the University of Toyama Like?-


Where is Toyama?
Toyama is situated in northern central Honshu, and is adjoined by Niigata and Nagano to the east, by Gifu to the south, and by Ishikawa to the west. The prefecture stretches approximately 50 kilometers out from central Toyama City, giving it good geographic proportions.
Toyama's Charms
Toyama is full of beautiful natural scenery. The view of the Tateyama mountain range on a clear day is phenomenal. Near the ocean, Toyama is also home to the beautiful Kurobe Gorge, and several skiing areas are nearby.
The water is clean, and the fish deliciousparticularly kamburi yellowtail.
Prices in Toyama
Wages for part-time work are generally low, and fuel is expensive. But land is cheap, making rents affordable.
Toyama Weather
Toyama is humid due to its abundance of rain and snow. Care is needed to avoid mold growing on food and clothes.
Also when weathers predict a 30% chance of rain-clothes hung out to dryshould be taken in!
Bicycles are essential item for students, but can't use during the snow season. You need practical boots instead
Transportation in Toyama
Amenities in Toyama are widely spread out, so a car is essential. It is said that there is one car for every person in Toyama. Toyama's population is low, however, so traffic is light. Be careful not to speed.

Campus Life

What about classes and labs?
Classes last 90 minutes, so they may feel long at first. If it's a class you're interested in, the time will fly by,leaving you thinking, "If only we had more time!"
If it's a class you're not interested in, well... there are also a lot of labs. However, your experiments won't always go according to plan-you sometimes hear screams and yells of frustration from other students. But you'll feel great when you succeed!
But I'm not sure I'll be able to handle the classes...
Since you'll be doing more specialized things than you did in high school, it's natural to be worried. But if you continually ask your teachers about things you don't understand and talk them over with friends, all those worries will disappear.
Will I get credits?
Of course you will! If you take a normal class you'll get credit, so don't be worried.
What are the professors like?
There are two types of professors:
Type 1: Professors who always make classes fun. These are probably professors who really love science-ask them a question and they'll talk about it enthusiastically for hours.
Type 2: Professors who teach classes seriously and look like they may be able to shoot weird beams of light from their eyes. Look these professors "straight in the eyes" during class and you'll take your first step into adulthood!
What kinds of certification/licenses can I get from the School of Science?
You can receive a teaching license (Jr. / Sr. High School) or museum curator certification, or you can take an exam to handle hazardous substances (Class A). There are certification / licenses related to class content as well, such as those for data processing specialists, (assistant) engineers, weather forecasters, and (assistant) surveyors.
Can I get scholarships?
Most scholarships come from the Japan Student Services Organization, and you can receive JPY 45,000 - 51,000 a month. 420 students in the Faculty of Science alone receive aid. (As of 2010)
Is dorm life tough?
You have to do everything yourself, so yes, it's tough. But if you're good at managing your money, you'll start to feel like an adult. And you can do what you like with your time, so there's a sense of freedom too.
What about club activities?
Club activities will hopefully give you a chance to meet good friends and upperclassmen to share your joys, your troubles, and your sorrows with! Such friends can also tell you which classes are easy to pass, give you textbooks, and take you everywhere. It's great!
What kind of part-time work is available?
Part time work in Toyama is basic, effectively following the concept that "man must work to eat." We recommend becoming a home tutor or cram school teacher, or working somewhere where they feed you.
But if you work somewhere that's not suited toward your goals, you might find yourself in a tough situation. You'll find job listings on university co-op bulletin boards, in magazines, and elsewhere.