For students planning to study abroad in Yokohama, budget is the first thing that comes to mind. Fortunately, there are some student exchange programs that offer great deals for student. Accommodation in the city is also not a problem. The city has dormitories for international students, and there are also Yokohama guesthouses for renting. Renting a guesthouse in Yokohama can help you settle-in quickly as well.
Yokohama, the third largest city in Japan, is just half an hour away from Tokyo, but the atmosphere in the city is very different from that of Tokyo. While Tokyo is a bustling city with crowded streets, Yokohama is more spacious and the air is much fresher as it is located by a harbor.
Nevertheless, there are many attractions in Yokohama that keep tourists pouring in. The Minato Mirai 21 alone offers several attractions such as the Landmark Tower (Japan’s tallest building), Intercontinental Hotel, Cosmo World, Red Brick Warehouses, Yokohama Museum of Art, and the majestic Nippon Maru. Also close to the area are the relaxing parks along the bay – Yamashita Park and Osanbanshi pier.
Japan’s culture is very unique, and it has been the interest of several historians and enthusiasts over the years. And after it re-opened itself in to the world in 1859, Japan has been more willing to share its culture to the world. To further promote understanding and friendship between itself and other countries, Japanese universities have established several student exchange programs that allow international students to learn the language and traditions of Japan.
JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) takes part in this initiative by offering several scholarships yearly for international students who are willing to participate in the exchange programs but are on tight budgets. Stipend, round-trip tickets to and from Japan, and settling-in allowance are provided for qualified students.
Yokohama National University, one of the top institutions in Japan, offers an exchange program called JOY (Junior Year Overseas Program) in cooperation with several universities abroad. Mainly, the program aims to teach international students the Japanese language and culture but some courses on business and management are also offered and are taught in English.
Yokohama National University offers accommodations to exchange students who need it as well. There are dormitories located near the campus that are especially for international exchange students. However, if you intend to live alone, renting a Yokohama guesthouse is also a good option. Living in a guesthouse will provide you comfort, privacy, and freedom, which are hard to attain when living in a dormitory.