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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the Malaysian Student’s Association in Japan (MSAJ)?

The MSAJ is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Malaysian students studying in Japan through various programs, events, and resources.

How can I join MSAJ? 

You can join MSAJ by filling out our membership form on our website. Membership is open to all Malaysian students studying in Japan.

What should I prepare before coming to Japan? 

Before coming to Japan, you should prepare your student visa, accommodation, financial arrangements, and essential documents like your passport and admission letter. It's also helpful to learn basic Japanese phrases.

How do I apply for a student visa? 

You need to apply for a student visa at the Japanese Embassy or Consulate in Malaysia. You'll need your Certificate of Eligibility, passport, and other required documents. Detailed information is available on the embassy's website.

Are there scholarships available for Malaysian students in Japan?

Yes, various scholarships are available, including the MEXT (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship, JASSO scholarships, and university-specific scholarships. Detailed information can be found on scholarships page that we mentioned.

What should I do upon arriving in Japan? 

Upon arrival, you should register your address at the local ward office, open a bank account, and get a mobile phone. It’s also important to attend your university’s orientation session.

How do I open a bank account in Japan? 

To open a bank account, you'll need your residence card, passport, and student ID. Visit a local bank branch and follow their application process. MSAJ can help you navigate this process.

What is the academic calendar like in Japan?

The academic year in Japan usually starts in April and ends in March, with the first semester running from April to September and the second semester from October to March.

What are the living costs for a student in Japan?

Living costs vary depending on the city. On average, students should budget between ¥100,000 to ¥150,000 per month for accommodation, food, transportation, and other expenses.

What are some common cultural differences I should be aware of?

Punctuality is highly valued, shoes are removed before entering homes, and it’s important to respect privacy and personal space. MSAJ offers cultural orientation sessions to help you adapt.

Can I work part-time while studying in Japan?

Yes, international students can work part-time for up to 28 hours per week during the semester and up to 40 hours per week during university holidays, provided they obtain a work permit from the immigration office.

What healthcare options are available for international students in Japan?

All international students are required to enroll in the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, which covers a significant portion of medical expenses. Additional private insurance can be purchased for extra coverage.

What are the options after graduation? 

After graduation, you can pursue further studies, seek employment in Japan or Malaysia, or explore other opportunities. MSAJ offers resources and guidance to help you plan your next steps. Additionally, we host the Career Fair every year, so be sure to follow us on social media.

What kind of events does MSAJ organize? 

MSAJ organizes a variety of events including cultural festivals, sports events, trips, networking sessions, academic workshops, and social gatherings to foster a sense of community and support among Malaysian students.

How can I get involved in MSAJ activities? 

You can participate in our events by registering through our website or social media channels. We also welcome volunteers who wish to contribute to organizing events and activities. Participation in MSAJ activities is a great way to develop leadership skills and build a network.

Who should I contact for more information? 

For more information, you can contact us through the contact form on our website or email us at info This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We are also active on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Make sure to follow us on our social media platforms:

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