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Overseas Exchange Student Q&A

Q:What is illegal employment?open
A:There is a limit as to what activities a foreigner may do in Japan. If an overseas student does part-time work that goes beyond the limits of their status of residence without first receiving permission to engage in activity other than that permitted under their status of residence, then it will be considered to be illegal employment. Whenever you work part-time, please fill out an application for permission to engage in an activity other than that permitted under your status of residence before you begin work. You can get specific information about this at the International Student Center or the Mito Branch Office of the Immigration Bureau - Call: (029) 300-3601.
Q:What process do I have to go through if I return to my home country for a short while during the spring or summer vacation?open
A:Foreign residents in Japan whose period of residence has not expired may return home for a short while and re-enter Japan; however, to do so, they must have a re-entry permit. Applications for a re-entry permit are accepted at the Immigration Office. Please make sure to complete this application before travelling. Also, before leaving Japan, please give notice to your major professor, your guidance counselor, or someone in the office at the International Student Center. Be sure to leave your contact information in your home country (e.g., address and phone number) and tell us how long you will be gone, your purpose for going, and which day you plan on returning to Japan.
Q:Whom should I go to if I have a problem with school or daily life?open
A:Life overseas comes with its problems. If you do have a problem, please don’t worry about it but come and talk to us instead. There are always two teachers at the International Student Center who are available for counseling. Please feel free to drop by at any time. In addition, the following people are willing to talk to you at any time:

・Major professors or department heads, or guidance counselors
・Your tutor
・Counselors in the Student Affairs Office of each department or college
・The Health Center: http://www.health.ibaraki.ac.jp/
・The “Tell Us Anything” Counseling Room is located on the first floor of the Common Education Building #1
・The International Student Center is located on the second floor of the Common Education Building #1
・The person in charge of international students in each college (office) ・Or, you can contact us by e-mail:

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Q:What should I do in an emergency?open
A:① If you are the victim of a theft or of violence, or if there is a traffic accident, please call the police by dialing 110. After you call 110, calm down and tell them: 1) what happened, 2) when it happened, and 3) where it happened.
② In case of a fire, call the fire department on 119. When you call, calm down and tell them: 1) there is a fire, 2) where it is (e.g., tell them the address), and 3) who you are. (“Kaji desu. Basho wa Mito-shi ○machi ×ban △go desu. ~ ga moeteimasu. Watashi wa (your name) desu.”) For any other incident or accident, please call the person in charge of international students in each college (office), or get in touch with a guidance counselor.
Q:Can a foreigner drive a car in Japan?open
A:A foreigner may drive a car in Japan in one of the following ways:
① If you already have an international driver’s license;
② If you have a driver’s license in your home country, you can use it to get a Japanese driver’s license. (Call the Driver’s License Center at (029) 293-8811); or,
③ You can take a driving test in Japan to get a new driver’s license.
Q:What must an international student do after arriving in Japan?open
A:You must do the following things:
① Register as a foreigner at the local city or town hall of the city or town where you live.
② Join the National Health Insurance Plan; however, in order to join you must first meet the requirements of: 1) having registered as a foreigner and 2) having lived in Japan for more than one year.

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Welcome to Ibaraki University. This video clip will guide you how to get to the taxi stand at the north exit of Mito station from the bus stop where the bus from Narita International Airpor will arrive.