EXCHANGE STUDENT PROGRAM AT TOKYO UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY

Mr.NATTACHAI RUNGRUEANGJAROENPHON

Mr.Weitan Wu

Mr.Jiameng Bian

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY / COMPUTER SCIENCE

SCHOOL OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

KING MONGKUT’S UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY THONBURI

Preface

The production has prefaced a report on exchange program at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology on 1st June 2017 – 8th August 2017, the summer internship students. The content covered the topic exchange program at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan. And guild line about preparation, travel plans, expense plans, living in university and activities as exchange student.  The production would like to thank our program advisor, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jonathan Hoyin Chan without his strong support, sincere helpfulness and encouragement, we will not successful in this exchange program.

The production hopes the report is useful for people who are interested in exchange program at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology or any universities in Japan.

REPORT DETAIL

Name               Exchange Student Program at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

Period              24th December 2015 – 25th April 2016, winter semester

Candidate                  

Mr. Nattachai Rungrueangjaroenphon           : 57130500018

Mr. Weitan      Wu                                          : 58130500261

Mr. Jiameng    Bian                                         : 58130500258

Program                       Information Technology/ Computer Science

BACKGROUND

          Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology commonly known as TUAT (Tōkyō Nōkō Daigaku) is a renowned public university in Tokyo, Japan. This university focuses on the study of agriculture and engineering. This university is a research-oriented national university with two campuses, one each located in the cities of Fuchū and Koganei, Tokyo. The study of Fuchū campus is related to agriculture and Koganei campus is related to study of engineering. TUAT consists the faculty of Agriculture and faculty of Engineering.

The Faculty of Agriculture includes departments: Applied Biological Science, Biological Production, Ecoregion Science, Environmental and Natural Resource Science and Veterinary Medicine

The Faculty of Engineering includes departments: Applied Chemistry, Applied Physics, Biotechnology and Life Science, Chemical Engineering, Computer and Information Sciences, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Systems Engineering and Organic and Polymer Materials Chemistry

PREPARATION FOR TOKYO UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY

Japan Visa Information

          For apply Japan Visa, there is Japan Visa Application Centre(JVAC)in Thailand, which is official service provider for the Government of Japan. Applicants could enter Embassy of Japan website for information and visa application. This exchange program covers the period from 1st June, 2017 to 8th August, 2017. Follow the Japan Government compliances, the visa type should be temporary visitor visa for 90 days stay.

It takes at least 5 working days to process a visa. On the date of application, JVAC will hand you a receipt in exchange for your passport and you will find the collection date of your passport on the receipt. The average time required for necessary examination is 5 working days, but in some cases the Embassy will request additional documents or an interview, which will take longer. In such cases, the Embassy will contact the customer by phone. If you have not heard from us more than 10 days after your application, you can call us and check progress by quoting the 8 digit barcode number on your receipt. Please plan your application in advance and submit it to JVAC in good time. Passports will also be collected from JVAC. For more information, please contact JVAC or the Embassy by phone. English speaking staff will assist you.

Address of JVAC:

Japan Visa Application Centre (JVAC)

56Yada Building,Unit No.1001,10th Floor.,

Silom Road Suriyawongse,Bangrak,Bangkok

Hours of Operation:

Mon-Fri : 8.30a.m.-18.00p.m.

Call Centre :02-632-9801

E-mail : info@japan-visa-center.co.th

※Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.

Address of Japan Embassy:

177 Witthayu Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand

Tel: 66-2-207-8500 / 66-2-696-3000

Steps to Apply for a Japan Visa

  1. Obtain required information

  1. Take a photograph

  • Not more than 6 months old

  • 2 X 2 inch

  • Either black-and-white or colored, with plain background

  • Taken looking straight forward and face seen clearly

  1. Complete the Application Form, Questionnaire and Checklist

  • Passport (with minimum 2 blank pages and with re-entry permit to Thailand. Please present your old passports, if any)

  • Application form is available at JVAC or can be downloaded from the website.

  • One photograph taken within the last 6 months. (The photo must be 2×2 inches, black and white or color with plain background)

  • Questionnaire is available at JVAC counter or can be downloaded from the website.

  • One of the following sets of documents dated not more than 3 months before the date of application

    • For a business person:

      • Work permit issued by the Thai government (the original and one photocopy with all stamped pages) and

      • Certificate of employment from your company including position, salary, and the date of joining (original) or Certificate of commercial registration of your company (a certified copy)

    • (b) For a student:

      • Certificate of enrolment from your school in Thailand (original) and

      • Certificate of employment or Certificate of commercial registration of your parents (original or a certified copy)

    • (c) For a dependent

      • Certificate of employment or Certificate of commercial registration of your spouse or guardian (original or a certified copy)

    • Bank pass book belonging to yourself, your parents or your spouse The original and one photocopy with all transaction pages (Showing your bank book is required in the case of traveling at your own expense. However, exemption applies if you are either a public servant, employee of a government enterprise or public company, employee of a university or other academic institute, and confirmed to be earning more than 20,000 baht per month.)

    • Schedule of stay

    • Submission of a guarantee letter and/or invitation letter from Japan is voluntary. A letter has no specific form and if you wish you can download a sample PDF file.

    • If you meet a certain criteria for a representative to apply on your behalf, your representative may apply on your behalf. In case a representative is applying on your behalf, you need to submit an authorization letter.

 Remarks:

  1. If the documents are insufficient or incomplete, we may not be able to accept your application.

  2. On the date of application, JVAC will hand you a receipt in exchange for your passport and you will find the collection date of your passport on the receipt. The average time required for the necessary examination is 5 working days, but in some cases the Embassy will request additional documents or an interview, which will take longer. If you have not heard from us more than 10 days after your application, you can call us and check progress by quoting the 8 digit barcode number on your receipt.

 Prepare supporting documents

You must pay the applicable Visa fee and Service charge when submitting your application. The Visa fees are determined based on your Nationality and Type of Entry to Japan. Please refer to the table below to know your visa fees:

Effective as of 1 April 2017, VISA Fees will be revised as follows;

Nationality

Single Entry

Multiple Visa

Transit Visa

Thailand and others

960

1,920

220

India

270

270

20

※Processing fee of 595 THB (including 7% VAT) paid to JVAC will be collected upon application

Exceptions for visa fees only:

  • Tourist traveling to Okinawa prefecture are exempted from paying visa fees by proving that their destination as Okinawa prefecture with their itinerary from the tour company. Tour leaders are not applicable for this exemption.

  • Students of ASEAN nationality and can prove that they are under graduate of Bachelor degree by submitting original certificate of enrollment are exempted from paying visa fees. If the certificate is not submitted, applicant will have to pay the visa fees. Certificate cannot be substituted by student registration card or copies of the certificate.

  • Certain country nationals are exempted from visa fee payment, kindly contact our helpline +66-(0)2-251-5197/5198 to know the countries exempted from the visa fee payment

Please Note:

  • Visa Fee is refunded only if the visa is not approved by the embassy.

  • Service charge will be levied on applicants exempted from paying visa fees.

  • Applicants submitting their application at JVAC in Bangkok may opt to receive their passport by courier to an office / residence address or collect the passport from a Thailand Post office. This optional courier return service can be availed at a nominal additional cost of 140 THB (inclusive of 7% VAT) per application.

  • All charges (Visa Fee, Service charges and other optional charges) are to be paid in cash only in Thai Baht

  1. Submit your Application At JVAC in Bangkok:

In principle, you should apply in person. However, if you meet one of the following criteria, you can ask an agent, family member, or messenger to apply on your behalf.

  • Those who are under 16 and above 60 years of age

  • Those who are physically disabled

  • Those who are traveling for business purposes

  • Those who have applied Visa and traveled to Japan within the last 5 years (Must present previous Visa attached in passport at the time of submission)

  • Those who are traveling as a part of group tour which is organized by one of the travel agencies registered with the Embassy.

Documents :

  • Passport (with more than 2 blank pages and with re-entry permit to Thailand. Please present your old passports, if any)

  • Completed Application Form and Questionnaire one per applicant

  • One photograph taken within the last 6 months (The photo must be 2 x 2 inches, black and white or color with plain background)

  • Supporting documents

  • Visa Fee and Service Charge in cash

  • Visa will not be granted if counterfeit or forged documents are submitted. However, the provision of satisfactory documents does not guarantee the issuance of a visa.

  • Japanese Embassy will keep all documents submitted to us. If certain original documents need to be returned, please inform the staff and submit photocopies.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES

First meeting

June 1st , 2017

First meeting is the event for Thai student, at room 2H, 2nd floor in the building 7th. The First meeting introduced all of the student who joined this program at TUAT and also met the professor of the research that we selected and reviewed the university services offered by International center.

International lunch at 13th building

Every Monday and Friday

International lunch is the event for International student or currently student, at 5th floor of building 13th  gathering on Monday and Friday from 12:00 to 01:00 pm. International lunch includes the activities such discussion about culture and any topics of interest, have conversation with people from other cultures, play game and make new friends.

Japanese Class

June 5th and 7th 2017

Japanese Class is free Japanese language classes that offered on 5th and 7th June at 10:30 to 12:30 am, room 505, 5th floor, building 13th by International Center. For this class, we have chance to learn basic Japanese language, vocabulary and also learn about Japanese culture and traditional.

TRAVEL ITINERARY

  1. NATTACHAI:

Don Mueang International Airport to TUAT

Bangkok to Japan

Air Asia XJ 600

DMK to NRT Sat 27th  May 2017 11:45PM – Sun 28th May 2017 08:00AM

Narita International Airport to TUAT

1. Take the train Skyliner 32 from Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 to Nippori Station

2. Take the train Keihintohoku Line from Nippori Station to Kanda Station

3. Take the train Chuo Line from Kanda Station to Hagashi-Koganei Station

4. Walk from the station around 10 mins

 

TUAT to Narita International Airport

TUAT to Narita International Airport

1. Walk from TUAT to Higashi-Koganei station around 10 mins

2. Take the train Chuo Line from Higashi-Koganei Station to Tokyo Station

3. Take the train Narita Express 29 from Tokyo Station to Narita International Airport

Japan to Bangkok

Air Asia XJ 607

NRT to DMK Sun 13th  August 2017 08:55PM – Mon 14th August 2017 01:35AM

  1. Weitan and Jiameng:

Don Mueang International Airport to Tokyo

Bangkok to Japan

Air Asia XJ 606

DMK to NRT Tue 30th  May 2017 11:15AM – Tue 30th May 2017 7:40PM

Narita International Airport to booked accommodation

1. Take bus from Narita Airport Terminal 2 to Kichijoji station

2. Contact the house owner for a pick up.

 

 

Osaka Kansai Airport to Don Mueang International Airport

Japan to Bangkok

Air Asia XJ 611

KIX to DMK Sat 12th  August 2017 11:55PM – Sun 13th August 2017 03:45AM

RESIDENCE & MEAL PLAN

Koganei International House

            Koganei International House is accommodation for an international student, visiting researchers and professors, located nearby university’s entrance. The International house have many type of room: single room (13.5 m2), couple room (36.5 m2) and family room (56.90 m2). Each room is furnished with a desk, chair, bookshelf, bed, chest of drawers, refrigerator, dining table, dining chair, unit bathtub, sink, cooking stove, wall cupboard, air conditioner, shoe cupboard, curtains, washing machine, etc. (But all Single Rooms do NOT have a washing machine. We can use the communal washing machines in the Laundry Rooms.)

For accommodation fee of couple room is 17,400 yen per month. This price did not included electric, water and gas fee.

Off-school housing

            The off-campus housing is expensive. However, considering Weitan Wu and Jiameng Bian’s case, the monthly rent is 75,000 yen for a room shared by both of them include electric, and water and gas fee. They found this private house option on Airbnb, and the house owner is a Chinese and so do themselves, so they were able to negotiate with him to cut down the price which was originally 80,000 yen per month. The size of room should be around 20 m2 just enough to fit in two persons.

ACADEMICS

 

Laboratory

Field of research

Supervisor

MR. NATTACHAI

Hotta Lab

Comic analysis

Dr. Seiji Hotta

MR. Weitan

Nakajo lab

IoT and Embedded System

Dr.Hironori Nakajo

MR. Jiameng

Nakajo lab

Parallel Processing

Dr.Hironori Nakajo

 

ATTRACTIONS IN JAPAN

Japan is a sovereign island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian mainland, and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the southwest.

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Tokyo

Tokyo is often referred to as a city, but is officially known and governed as a “metropolitan prefecture”, which differs from and combines elements of a city and a prefecture, a characteristic unique to Tokyo. The Tokyo metropolitan government administers the 23 Special Wards of Tokyo (each governed as an individual city), which cover the area that was the City of Tokyo before it merged and became the metropolitan prefecture in 1943.

  1. Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine is a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Located just beside the JR Yamanote Line’s busy Harajuku Station, Meiji Shrine and the adjacent Yoyogi Park make up a large forested area within the densely built-up city. The spacious shrine grounds offer walking paths that are great for a relaxing stroll.

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  1. Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen is one of Tokyo’s largest and most popular parks. Located just a short walk from Shinjuku Station, the paid park’s spacious lawns, meandering walking paths and tranquil scenery provide a relaxing escape from the busy urban center around it. In spring Shinjuku Gyoen becomes one of the best places in the city to see cherry blossoms.

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  1. Metropolitan Government Building

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku is often visited by tourists for its free observation decks which provide good panoramic views of Tokyo and beyond. The 243 meter tall building has two towers, and each houses an observatory at a height of 202 meters. It had been the tallest building in Tokyo until it was overtaken by the Midtown Tower in 2007.

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  1. Tokyo tower

Standing 333 meters high in the center of Tokyo, Tokyo Tower is the world’s tallest, self-supported steel tower and 13 meters taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower. A symbol of Japan’s post-war rebirth as a major economic power, Tokyo Tower was the country’s tallest structure from its completion in 1958 until 2012 when it was surpassed by the Tokyo Skytree. In addition to being a popular tourist spot, Tokyo Tower serves as a broadcast antenna.

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kyoto

Kyoto was once the capital of Japan, is a city on the island of Honshu. It’s famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses.

  1. Nijō Castle

Nijō Castle is a flatland castle in Kyoto, Japan. The castle consists of two concentric rings of fortifications, the Ninomaru Palace, the ruins of the Honmaru Palace, various support buildings and several gardens. was built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo Period (1603-1867).

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  1. Kinkaku-ji

Kinkaku-ji, officially named Rokuon-ji, is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the most popular buildings in Japan, attracting a large number of visitors annually.

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  1. Kiyomizu-dera

Kiyomizu-dera, officially Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera, is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site.

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PROBLEM/ OBSTACLES

Accommodation

This program should concern about accommodation of candidate. Some of candidate have to find out a dormitory outside university and the price of accommodation is expensive if we compare to the dormitory that responsible by university.

BENEFITS OF EXCHANGE PROGRAM AT TUAT

          Better chance of postgraduate study at TUAT

After joined the exchange program at TUAT, candidates have better chance of continuing the studies of their master degrees at TUAT since they were able to meet most professors in computer science department of TUAT. The information given by professors regarding to the application of applying master degree at TUAT is valuable and professors can get to know them very well during the program period which gives candidates better chance of applying to TUAT for postgraduate program.