Minoh, Osaka ー Famous for Minoh Falls and home to one of Japan’s oldest national parks, Minoh City has a population of just over 130,000 people. It takes around one hour to get to central Osaka from the Osaka University Minoh Campus by bus and train. Despite being considered a small city in Japan, Minoh has everything one could need and the train is accessible to travel outside of the city.
There are 2 main residence buildings for students in the U-Program, both of which are located on campus. I am in the Minoh Dormitory for Foreign Students Building 1 which means that I have a private single room with a washroom, laundry room, and kitchen shared amongst the people on my floor. It’s not exactly a 5-star hotel, but it is good enough for the year, and it’s nice to be living with other students who are going through the same thing and working toward a similar goal. I am still collecting things here and there to make my room feel more at home. Once everything is organized I’ll post some pictures of the finished product.
I haven’t tested out the kitchen yet (I’ve been eating at the school cafeteria instead), but I look forward to cooking more once classes start and I have a regular schedule.
The U-Program orientation was held on April 11th and all of the students were divided into different classes based on their Japanese proficiency level. I am in U4 which is right in the middle so I have a lot of work to do before I start my undergraduate degree next year. Each student has a different course plan depending on their program. We are broken up into humanities/social sciences and natural sciences. The former is exempt from math (with the exception of economics and business students), and the latter is exempt from free time – they have to take chemistry, biology and/or physics, and math. As a law major, I have 11 Japanese (UJPN) courses, 1 Japanese Culture (JC) course, 2 Politics and Economics (POLI) courses, and 2 Japanese History (HIST) courses each week.
As of right now, the schedule doesn’t seem too bad, but I guess I’ll find out if that is true when classes start tomorrow.