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My Journey to Japan and Tips on Moving Here Yourself

Falling in love with Japan at first glance is effortless… but moving to Japan is not as easy as Sharla makes it seem like online. Discover the unexpected reasons why Sharla decided to move to Japan, and points to consider if you’re interested in moving here yourself!

Posted: 4 months ago by Tokyo Creative Quote

Falling in love with Japan at first glance is effortless… but moving to Japan is not as easy as Sharla makes it seem like online. Discover the unexpected reasons why Sharla decided to move to Japan, and points to consider if you’re interested in moving here yourself!

Posted: 4 months ago by TheAndySan Quote

I really loved hearing Sharla's story on how she got out to Japan! I was stationed in Yokosuka for 2 years and loved it! This year, I'm looking to come back to Japan to study abroad in Tokyo! But I gotta save up first because those plane tickets don't pay for themselves!

Posted: 4 months ago by Dutchie Abroad Quote

Awesome to finally hear the complete story! Exchanges and internships are an amazing way to go abroad for the first time, I did so as well by going to England. Talk to your school counselors, there are often so many more options then you realize!

Posted: 4 months ago by Elise Quote

@Andy, mate! Yokosuka is such a nice community and we're glad you were able to experience Japanese culture there! It looks like we're going to have to make some videos about studying in exchange for you, so we hope to see you back here in Japan again soon!

@Dutchie– I came to Japan on an exchange trip and have been OBSESSED with it since so DEFINITELY agree with you!!

Posted: 4 months ago by TheAndySan Quote

@Elise - I can't wait!

Posted: 4 months ago by The Edamame Quote

Great video Sharla, it's exciting to see how life can take an unexpected turn. Unfortunately our beautiful studying years have long passed, but we're still planning on travelling to Japan (and hopefully settle there). We're hoping to see more about visas possibilities in Japan (even for old people like us :P)

Posted: 4 months ago by Sam Quote

This video was very interesting. Loved hearing Sharla’s journey.
But the title said tips to moving to Japan. There were really only a couple of tips for people who are students weaved in to the story.
Was hoping for tips for anyone in different situations looking to move to Japan. Especially for work

Posted: 4 months ago by Elise Quote

Hey @Sam – you're right! Sharla can only talk about what she knows from her own experience, but if you're looking to move to Japan for work, I suggest you take a look at Chris Okano's video about finding jobs in Japan and recruitment agencies.

Posted: 4 months ago by Kalle Quote

Definately go to student exchange when you are young! Even if you cannot get to Japan, go somewhere. It will change your life.

Posted: 4 months ago by Daniel Quote

I was hoping to do a Japan exchange last year during my 2nd year of university but unfortunately, my course, didn't have any connections in Japan so I was greatly disappointing that the opportunity wasn't there for me. I did voice that they should branch out and explore countries like Japan for exchanges but whether they do it after I gone will remain a mystery haha.

The scholarship you mentioned sounds like something I should research into as I am hoping to move to Japan this august with Interac, i'll definitely have to discuss this with advisers at the university.
Great video Sharla, your journey has been awesome to see so far!

Posted: 4 months ago by TheAndySan Quote

@Kalle - I agree! But I also want to say that you're never too old to go abroad to broaden your prospective. I'm 33 and putting in the work to study abroad in Tokyo!

Posted: 4 months ago by Elise Quote
by Daniel 4 months ago
I was hoping to do a Japan exchange last year during my 2nd year of university but unfortunately, my course, didn't have any connections in Japan so I was greatly disappointing that the opportunity wasn't there for me. I did voice that they should branch out and explore countries like Japan for exchanges but whether they do it after I gone will remain a mystery haha.

The scholarship you mentioned sounds like something I should research into as I am hoping to move to Japan this august with Interac, i'll definitely have to discuss this with advisers at the university.
Great video Sharla, your journey has been awesome to see so far!

Hey Daniel, don't let your love for studying in Japan stop you from applying to short summer/winter courses in Japanese universities! There are so many opportunities in Japan where you can apply directly to the school for a short semester abroad– usually called Outbound programs.

I'm sure if you have a chat with your Global office at your University, they would be willing to help you apply. Unfortunately, this does cost a little more, in comparison to applying directly through your university, however, it's still an option!

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