Hi there 🙂
Thank you for reading the next part following up from last night’s post!
*gives you a virtual cookie and hug* XD
So now that I’ve gotten my family’s OK about my decision, it’s time to get down and dirty to the planning! Moving overseas isn’t one easy feat. There’s so much you need to consider and I was ignorant and thought it would be an easy process. It definitely wasn’t! There are so many factors to consider when moving your life overseas.
You need to research about the country you want to move to: How they treat their citizens, their laws that you will need to abide to, their culture, their way of life. It’s not all sunshine and butterflies. I spent many hours until late night researching about Japan, especially about foreigners looking to move there. I did so much reading but it was worth it, because you will be equipped with the knowledge to move on and start planning! 🙂
Now you may be wondering, what am I going to do in Japan? How am I going to survive? (I will touch base on this question later!) So many of these questions were in my head too. Since I don’t know the language too well (Learnt the basics off Anime hehe 8D ) I thought that’s a great idea: To enrol myself into a language college in Tokyo! Ah, let’s rewind a little. So before this I had to decide where in Japan do I want to live in? Since I was in Tokyo for a week last year, I fell in love. Travelling to Japan was also a dream of mine for years, and finally I made that come true too. It had met my expectations: Amazing food, kind people, amazing culture and most importantly, I felt pretty safe. This was enough for me to easily decide that I want to live in Tokyo! Plus I got around pretty well with my beginner’s level of the Japanese language so I’m not too worried about communicating with strangers 😛
So fast forward, after deciding on Tokyo, I had researched many language colleges in the area and I just broke it down by the fees and the courses each college offered. I looked through their websites, which is all written in English (of course) so it was easy for me to research them. Once I calculated the costs of each college, I chose the one of that suited me the most. Somewhere that’s close to the CBD, easy to travel to, looks friendly with a lot of foreign students and of course, a great price too 😛 . As I was calculating the costs, going to a language college is pretty expensive! I guess it’s the same for International students studying in Australia haha. Now I know how they feel 😛 I did think about going to University, but I didn’t want to commit to a full on course that went for years because I wasn’t sure if I could cope with being overseas for that long. Since I had never lived overseas before, I wasn’t sure how I would like it. Because you never know! You may love it or hate it. I like to keep an open mind and not put up high expectations.
So since I have decided on a college, I contacted them and we have been communicating through via email. The assistant was amazing as she was attentive to me, my bombarding questions and best of all, she spoke perfect English and understood what I was saying 🙂 It was a long process to apply for a Student Visa. Basically, the college was helpful and they help their future students apply for the Student Visa or COE (Certificate of Eligibility). All I had to do was provide many documents that were needed to go with the Visa application. Then they will send off the documents to the Japanese government and from there they will review your application and make a decision to permit you with the Student Visa or not.
Having the college aid with my application process has taken a chunk of load off my shoulders! So last year in December the college had sent off all future student’s applications, and they had said that we will not hear from them until February 23rd 2017! So as you can imagine, it was been a nerve racking few months haha. Just one more month to go until I hear the news! *fingers crossed*. So let’s say your application was successful, then you will need to go to your country’s Japanese embassy and from there they will issue you the Student Visa! So it actually doesn’t come from the government in Japan or your college, but the Japanese embassy in Sydney.
So I shall update you once I hear the good news from the college of my acceptance! For now this is all the information I can update you with. I do plan to document my life in Japan and all my experiences so it will feel as if you have been sharing this experience with me, and coming along with me to Japan 🙂 I will also like to give advice to anyone who’s looking to do the same as I, so I would like to be as helpful as possible by writing up detailed posts about my move!
I thank you for being with me up until now, reading my ramblings, watching my videos, and showing me love on all social media platforms that I am active on 🙂 Your love and support means so much! Especially to everyone who has been here from Day 1 from my Blog Spot days haha. You guys are OG! You all know who you are <3 It makes me so happy that some of you have remembered me from my high school blog days, when I first jumped into this cyber world. If it wasn’t for that platform, I wouldn’t be here today! I wouldn’t be typing this post either XD
Before I get too cheesy and embarrass myself, I thank you again and please look forward to my next update 🙂