The orientation for Nanzan University is a three day process. New international students meet at 9:30 pm to begin the welcome ceremony. Throughout the day there are speeches about safety and rules for living in dorms and home-stay. The most important part is the placement exam to determine which level of Japanese will be taken. They range from level 300-700. depending on the level you are placed in, will determine what other lecture classes you are eligible for, as some of them are taught at higher Japanese language requirements. There is also the campus tour in which the guide and Japanese students are instructed not to speak English.
The following day everyone finds out there level placement as we are all gathered at an auditorium. Immediately following the handout with the placement results, the class registration form is passed out. Some course are available for audit and there is one week before classes are finalized.
The next series of Orientations are a bit out of the ordinary. There is a one hour internet log in orientation, explaining that all students wishing to use the on campus computers must change their password monthly. There is also a separate orientation for students who want to use personal computers on campus. Despite there being new buildings on campus, wi-fi is not common around most of the buildings.
Despite any insurance students may have through there exchange program, Nanzan requires you to have health insurance from Japan National Health. All students who live in a dorm are required to attend the bank account orientation. here it is stated that all students who live in a dorm must open a bank account with a Japanese bank in order for the school to give you a refund or monthly stipend. Students will also need to pay for a personalize inkan( Japanese symbols to be used in forming a personalized ink stamp from your bank.)
Members of the Japanese police force will give an orientation on safety in Japan, and what to know about crime. Towards the end of the series of orientation’s there are two more. One for how to use an AED( defibrillator) and another on disaster drills for your area. It is heavily explained that the Nagoya area is a frequent recipient of typhoons.
Despite all the handouts and rigid amount of orientation’s scattered out across three days, there is still time for there to be two field trips. One to Nagoya castle and the other to see the process of making flower arrangements.
All students should be prepared to know that some of the orientations are completely in Japanese, and while everything is punctually, there is still a fair amount of confusion from the faculty during orientation.