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出發當日
趁我還沒有忘記以前,
寫一下出發那天的記事好了。

話說我在出發前一晚就先把行李全部搬到機場所在的 R市了,
飛日本那天是4月1日,
幸好到機場 check-in 時,
櫃台小姐沒講 "哈哈~你被騙了,你根本沒選上" 之類讓人笑不出來的愚人節笑話。

由於起飛前一晚我已經在網上 web check-in,
也自己劃了機位,
所以基本上我的手續很簡單。
只是當天的班機爆滿。



平常排隊等 check-in 頂多是在櫃台前面九轉十八彎而已。
那天我是從 food court 開始排的。
到後面更誇張,
已經排到飛美國那個大廳去了。 orz
尤其印度人很多,排在我後面的是菲律賓人。
所以被印度人攻陷的不只是華航而已,
日航也淪陷了。




真的排到美國那邊的大廳了吧




而我那張值 $3000 多加幣的經濟艙單程機票還是有比其他經濟艙多了一絲絲的優待。
至少我的行李上面貼了商務艙的 priority slit (我人還是坐經濟艙就是了)
出關時異常迅速,
大概前十個行李就是我的,
拿了就跑了。

但是如果那天的飛機不是爆滿的話,
好像是有可能免費升級為商務艙。
住我隔壁再隔壁從 San Fransisco 飛東京那位研究生就被升等了。



溫哥華機場滿好看的,
對了,我等飛機時喜歡找沒有航班的候機廳來坐,
沒有人比較舒服,
人太多很恐怖。





這個看起來很炫的廁所不能用,
門被鎖起來了。




這邊的音響有特殊設計,
只有坐前面那台綠色椅子的人聽得見,
他大概以為班機絕對不會爆滿吧



據我所知,
今年駐溫哥華領事館總共送出了四位研究生(兩男兩女),
分別前往東、京、早、筑四所大學(我沒提名字,應該不算侵犯的個人隱私吧)
我在飛機上碰到了其中兩位。
因為好像只有我有在網上劃位,
然後我又是第一個 check-in 的。
因此櫃台好像把其他兩個人劃在我右邊和前面。

在這裡跟這兩位說聲抱歉,
因為我的關係,
您二位的座位離廁所很近。XD


其中一位當初面試在我前面,
我們也有交換 e-mail.
不過最後的 confirmation 一直到二月才出來,
誰也不敢通知對方到底進了沒。
另一位是韓裔加拿大人,
日文底子也很深厚。
有日檢一級不說,
她高中是在日本讀的。
然後也會點中文。

題外話,
我能認出她也是研究生是因為一上飛機我就看見她在讀 academy/research article (with highlighter),
此時在看免稅品 catalog 的我實在很心虛。
不過就是因為這樣我就認定她應該是研究生無誤了。


還有一位是要飛大阪,
所以票券跟我們三個人是分開的,
因此不知道倒底有沒有跟我們同班飛機。
也不太清楚她的背景如何。

但就我知道的來說,
這次入選的日文好像都還不錯。

我跟那位韓裔是同所大學畢業,
另外一個人是常春藤其中一所畢業的!!

聽說東大的宿舍離校園大概一個小時車程,
而早大不提供宿舍(原因不清楚),所以她需要先住大學的 guest house,
並且在一個月內找到房子搬出去。

講到這,
當初沒選東京的學校真是太好了。
東京住實在太貴了。




飛機上也有不少春假跑來加拿大玩的中學生要返國



而下飛機後竟然有人拿著我名字的牌子等著我,
並把一切安排好把我送上直達巴士為止。
聽其他兩位說,
機場到東京她們要自己想辦法,
沒有人會接待。
喔喔,難道筑大認為去他們大學的學生比較笨,沒有人帶會迷路嗎? XD




直達巴士






票價:¥2540 也




總之,我就坐上了直達つくば(筑波)的高速巴士(一點也不高速,都在田野小路跑,大概不跑高速公路不用繳過路費比較省)




真的都是走旁邊都是田的山野小路




而到了 tsukuba center 下公車候,
又有一個接待我的人。
他叫了計程車直接把我送到宿舍。
這讓我受寵若驚,
服務還真好。
我想走丟都很困難。

最讓我嚇一跳的是,
計程車費竟然是大學幫我出的...謝謝!

而到了宿舍後,
接待我的學生把我領到我的房間,
兩個從來不做家事的人研究了好一會兒怎麼鋪床單,
當晚晚餐就在便利商店解決。

這就是我飛日本當天的經過。
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by yao-san | 2009-04-07 23:07 | MEXT scholarship
選大學院的經過
眼尖的朋友應該已經發現,
前天的照片右方寫的是八月的日期,
照片的 EXIF 也顯示是半年前就拍的照片。

換句話說,
我知道大概會去的學校超過了半年以上,
只是在最後結果公佈出來前一切都有變數。
怕先公佈出來是這所,
結果學校變成つくば国際大学。XD

還有之前原本交換學生要去早稲田沒成行,
工作要去日本沒成行,等等的不良經驗,囧rz
這次我決定不到最後確認絕對不把話說死。


當初選學校很頭痛,
不確定要怎麼選,
反正就從國立的開始。

最初是從舊的七帝大*開始著手。
(帝大:日本之前的九所帝國大學: 東京,京都,東北,北海道,名古屋,大阪,九州....外加已經不是日本的京城[漢城/首爾大學]和台北[今台灣大學])

東京和京都大學競爭太激烈危險性太大先放在一旁不做考慮。
我當時是保持老二哲學,
放棄每個人都想進,競爭最激烈的學校,
確保能去且有學校再說。

原本第一想進的東北大學,
另外有在考慮一橋大學和東京外語大。
就先寄了一封信給東京外語大的某教授試驗看看。
不過接到對方的婉拒信。

後來想想我不是很喜歡東京,
然後東京的住宿費最高,
到時候從學校宿舍搬出來後負擔不小,
所以把所有在東京的大學排除在外。

而北海道,大阪,九州大學並沒有我想要的科系,
所以排除。

後來又加入了神戶大學和筑波大學兩所以學系來講最接近我想讀的,
就一次寄給三所大學的三位教授,
結果神戶大學的教授快要退休沒有辦法,
名古屋大學的沒回音,
筑波大學的教授說OK。

那就是筑大,
東北就不問了。(而且仙台好冷喔...orz)
這就是我選學校和找指導教授的過程。

而且還有些其他個人因素讓我想去筑大,(大概只有某些大學同學知道)
排名稍微在舊帝大和一橋大後面,
前身為東京教育大学,
能去我很高興。
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by yao-san | 2009-02-27 16:13 | MEXT scholarship
文部科学省奨学金申請過程 - 填表格



上一篇緣起和答應人家的事不能反悔,
在這裡稍微再用中文敘述一下我自己的申請過程。
不知道中文版會對多少人有用,
不過算是分享一些經驗也好。

據我所知,
文科省獎學金的申請辦法跟日本交流協會的有些不同。
交流協會基本上是年初(前一年的年尾)要先考留學試験,
成績夠好才有第二階段的研究計畫和面試。

而大使館(領事館)推薦的文科省獎學金則是大約在每年的三月左右各日本駐外使館會在網路上公佈最新的申請表。
除使館外,這個網站有最齊全的文件。
所有文件都有日英兩種語言版本,
基本上你可以隨便選一個你喜歡的。
不過如果英文是自己國家的官方語言的話,
還是不要作怪就選英文的也好了。

(有些使館只提供掃描掃歪的 pdf 檔) XD

而文件的截止日期因國家不同而異,
我溫哥華這邊的是5月14日(吧...)

基本上,我大概花了一個半月填妥以下表格:

申請書
申請書別紙
推薦状
専攻分野・研究計画
健康診断書
其他

讓我一個一個來說明好了。


申請書

說真的,這個申請書很好填,
就是一些個人資料和學歷等等。
不花什麼大腦一天內就可以填完了。

我填著張表時是先寫一份當草稿,
然後把聽網上前輩 Lars的建議,
把 pdf 檔導入 Illustrator 然後用打的。
除了處女座的龜毛以外,
最大原因是我的字很像小學生。
像小學生一樣可愛!? 不!像小學生一樣龍飛鳳舞!

為了避免給審核團隊負面印象,
還是用打的比較安心。
打完之後要印幾份就印幾份也比較方便。



申請書別紙

這份表格是填你的志願學校,指導教授,科目,以及有沒有計畫申碩博士等等的附加文件。
我的領事館允許通過通過第一次篩選的候選者在八月底再提出就好,
所以我到現在也還沒填。
不過良心建議,
不管這張表格是什麼時候要交,
請提早聯絡教授,
早一刻找到願意收你的教授早一刻安心。
不然到時候時間緊迫時找不到並不是不可能發生的事。



推薦状

一個人需要準備兩份推薦状。
如果你是學生,
兩份都可以是教授。
但如果你已經開始工作了,
其中一份需要是你的上司才行。

我知道有些上司,
尤其台灣香港很氾濫,
都是些腦殘自私的*#(請自己填充)。
所以讓些丁丁們知道你在考慮離開公司繼續進修的話,
他們好的對你冷眼看待,
爛一點的就當你是吳三桂還是十常侍誓死也要誅殺你,
我只能講小心,
然後看看有沒有辦法找個跟你沒有直接利害關係的類似上級主管幫你個忙之類的。

我一封推薦状是麻煩從我大學第二年就十分照顧我的教授(心中懷著超越十二萬分的感謝),
另一個是麻煩工作地方的小組長幫忙的。
(是的,我也不喜歡我的直屬上司,也不想冒著個險)
總之,這樣好像也可以啦,
至少我通過了書面篩選。



専攻分野・研究計画

這部分是整個申請文件中的靈魂!!
請絞盡腦汁的想。
基本上你的研究最好是十分有原創性,
另外是日本政府應該會有興趣的主題。
畢竟出錢的是老大,
文科省應該是不會出錢讓你做些"釣魚台是台灣的"還是"琉球是被日本佔領的中國領土"之類的研究。
我自己是從完全不會寫研究計畫開始學習。
其中我第四年日文的教授(也是對我的研究計畫一直很不看好的教授 XD )給我了一個連猴子都會的研究報告幫助很大。
我基本上就是照這個格式寫出研究計畫的。

而研究計畫的生成基本上就是讀一堆書,
然後想個主題,
再繼續讀書。
寫第一稿。
繼續讀書。
把第一稿丟進垃圾桶改寫第二稿。
繼續讀書。
把第二稿用紅筆整個打個大XX再寫第三稿。
這樣浩浩蕩蕩我至少在不到一個半月內寫了六個版本。
這個好處是你到最後看自己的研究計畫看到想吐,
內容就只差沒辦法到著背。
在面試時應該是不會被問倒才對的。

總之,讓我再次強調,
這個部分是精髓,是靈魂
一定要寫個好計畫書,
然後了解你自己的研究計畫!


健康診断書

檢查你有沒有傳染疾病以及適不適合到異國留學的健康檢查。
我想在亞洲也許你能在一天之內就跑完所有的檢測,
但在北美,千萬別這樣。
就算你的身體強如巨石強森外加 Antonio 豬木,
也請提早去看醫生。

太多檢查結果需要好幾天才出的來,
我想一個星期內能完成這張表的人已經很幸運了。
我的胸腔 X-ray 在極有效率的 Richmond General Hospital, 硬是等了12天才出來。
再晚兩天,要是趕不上截止日我可能會一把火燒那這家醫院。


其他

像成績單和畢業證書等文件就需要你親自去學校申請。
一搬來講,只要給錢,學校應該都有辦法變給你才對。

此外,你可以加些你認為可以給自己加分的東西,
我是把日檢證書放在最後一頁就是了。






當你有所有文件後,恭喜!!
第一個難關你已經過了一半了。
檢查檢查在檢查後(我檢查了很多遍認為 ok, 文件交進去後第三天就發現自己在研究計畫裡面寫錯好幾個字 orz)
確定無誤後印三份 copy,
把兩份 copy 和原件遞交後,
自己再留一份。
這份很好用的。
在你尋找指導教授時,
他們可能就會要求你先把這些文件 scan 寄給他們看看。

以上就是我填表格的經過
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by yao-san | 2008-08-05 15:50 | MEXT scholarship
Monbukagakusho Scholarship - 2 - exam and interview


合格を祈る



Let's continue on the topic of my experience on applying for the MEXT scholarship. This is my personal experience only and since each Embassy/Consulate General has its own way of doing things, it is very possible that your Embassy/Consulate General may be conducting the procedure differently. In such an event, please consult with your Embassy/Consulate General instead of taking my words for it.

About 3 weeks after handing in all the application documents, I received an e-mail from the Consulate General. This email indicated that I had been recommended by the preliminary selection committee for a chance to take the exam and interview. The exam and the interview were to be on the same day, and they were approximately 2 weeks away.


Preparation

While anxiously waiting for the interview, I prepared myself for the exam. I downloaded the MEXT scholarship past exams from here and practiced on them.

After writing these past exams for both English and Japanese, I noticed a few things.

1. Japanese exam consists of 3 different level, A, B, and C

2. Japanese A is extremely easy, I got an average of 98 on it. (out of 100)

3. Japanese B is still quite easy, about 200-level Japanese, I got around 85. (I have to admit that I am forgetting a lot of things)

4. Japanese C is the killer. Personally I think it is harder than JLPT lv. 1. The most difficult part for me is the part where you have to fill in the blank for key words in idioms. There are also a few parts where you have to fill in the blank on your own, no multiple choices where you can at least guess. I only got around 60... Japanese C simply destroys pretty much everyone's confidence.

5. English exam is fairly easy for English speakers, with a few exceptions.

6. Part III of the English exam is finding the sentence (out of 4 sentences) that has a mistake. The problem is not that I was unable to find a mistake in a sentence, rather, you would see there are mistakes in more than 1 sentence. Thus it comes down to choose the sentence that is *MORE WRONG. The problem is that I am terrible in this part and this is the part where I lost almost all my marks too. (I could only get around 4~6 marks out of 20, pretty much same as what probability would be for someone choosing all "C"s on his/her exam)


Exam Day - English Exam

On the day for the exam and interview, I left home early in the morning to give myself about an hour to spare just in case, and I arrived safe and sound (and too early). I went to a nearby place to have a light breakfast and went to the Consulate General 20 minutes before the indicated time. I was the first one to arrive to the Consulate General, but not too long after, a few people showed up as well. In total, there were 9 or 10 people over there for the exam and interview including myself. We took the English one first, it lasted for 1 hour, and luckily, the reading portion is readable this year. (There were readings that were probably written by a Japanese using Japanese grammatical concepts in 2006/2007's exam and it was really painful to read that thing). Overall, nothing to worry about (except for the finding error part of course).


Exam Day - Japanese Exam

After a 15 minute break, we came back and took the Japanese Exam. MEXT modified the Japanese Exam this year. Instead of giving out A, B, and C, each lasts 1 hour for a total of 3 hours, we had 1 Japanese exam that lasted only for 1 hour. I would say the construction of the exam is as followed:

1. There are usually 10 questions for each part just like before.

2. The first 3 questions on each part usually are really easy, around the difficulty of "Japanese A" level.

3. The following 5~6 questions are around the difficulty of "Japanese B" level

4. The last 1 or 2 questions are considerably more difficult than the previous ones, but I debt they are as difficult as "Japanese C". They are like B-ish C....urrrr.... well, (B + C) / 2 ..... harder than Japanese B but not as hard as Japanese C.

5. 2 readings for the last part of the exam. The difficulty is not really high. The difficulty is around Japanese 300-level.


Interview

It was around 11:30 am after the Japanese exam and all 9 or 10 people left for lunch and were asked to come back for the interview on the assigned time. Mine was on 4:45 pm, so I pretty much had 5 hours on my hand to kill. After a light lunch at Subway and 3.5 hours of sitting on a bench and staring at tourists, I went to the interview. Like Lars, I think I did a horrible job for the interview, well, let me just briefly go over this with you if you are interested.

After arriving to the Consulate General once again, I was led into the closed door of the place and it is quite interesting to see what it is like behind the scene of a Consulate General...ummm... the layout just like a normal office in Japan/Asia. I was also informed that I was the last to be interviewed. Although I have no idea how they arranged it, I guess it has to do with with last name. After all, my last name is pretty much the last on the list.

After entering to the conference room, there were already 3 gentlemen there waiting for me, plus the person who led me into the room, for a total of 4 interviewers. Then I was introduced to the 3 gentlemen.


"This is the Consul Mr. X"

Okay, that pretty much freaked me out already!!!

I never expect the Consul himself would be at the interview, so I quickly bow to him and I was more or less speechless.

"This, you may already know, is professor X"

Yes, of course. The Department HEAD of OOO in the University of XXX. How can I forget him, he is the head of my department after all!

I didn't expect my department head would show up here, which made me speechless once again.


"This is professor Y, from the other field of OOO"

Phew.... finally someone who did not give me any more fright since it was already beyond my tolerance.

"And you know me already, so let's begin" Said the gentleman who led my to the room. (He was also the person who mailed all the email, accepted my application form, and conducted the exams earlier that day).


The Consul started off with some general questions, things like "Why do you like Japan" and "How did you study Japanese". We used Japanese a bit but I would say no more than 2 minutes, and that was how much Japanese I spoke during the entire interview.


Second off, professor X. He was fairly nice and the questions were easy and open ended on my field, but I still managed to screw up a bit. For example, when we talked about Houjouki (方丈記), he asked me "what other classic works do you like?", and instead of giving him the logical answer of something I like, my brain was in the state of panic, and answered "I don't like Tsurezure-gusa (徒然草). It is pretty much equivalent to when someone asks you "What other animals do you like" and you answer "I don't like dogs". Well, just pretty much breaks the mood. However, professor X was really nice overall.


Then the nightmare began. I guess they were using the good-cop-bad-cop tactic for the interview, and professor X was the good cop, and what was left was professor Y. He pretty much questioned everything regarding to my research proposal, and asked that have I done any kind of research like this before. Nope.

Other questions were like "why do you have to do this in your research instead of that" and "I don't see the point of doing this when you are trying to prove that". Luckily, he was not in this field and I had written my research proposal for too many time, so I could somewhat answer some of the questions. However, I could still see debts in his eyes and he had made me really uneasy for the next 3 weeks.

Lastly, I was asked about "how are going to cope with the new life style in Japan" and "What are you planning to do in Japan". They were not suppose to be hard questions, but I still had trouble answer that. I think if you like something for 2 years, you know what you like about that thing, but if you like something for more 10 years, you don't know what to say or where to start anymore. That was probably the case.

Anyway, I walked out the place trying to choke myself to death because there were just so many things I could have said to make things a lot better, but instead, I keep on answering something like "No, I don't like it" and
"Yeah, I like Japan but I am having some trouble thinking a specific thing about what I like about Japan"... Yeah, what a great way to end a conversation and break the mood.

I was informed that there would be around 2~5 people (among the 9~10 people), depending on the exam and interview result, passing this stage and being recommended by the committee for the scholarship and the result should be coming out on the first or second week of July.

Well, according to Lars, he got his reply in 1 week. Well, 1 week had passed, it was July and no reply. First week of July had passed, and still no reply. I was completely worry sick and was in horrible mode, thinking back how horrible I had preformed during the interview. The second week almost passed, and still no reply. By the time, I thought I had failed and I could hardly sleep at night. Well, on the day of July 14, exactly 2 weeks into July and 3 weeks after the interview, I got the email, the email from heaven. I got the Embassy/Consulate General recommendation for the scholarship. (well, only for the preliminary stage, Tokyo will give me the final answer in February. But I have made through the interview, I really thought that the interview would just destroy me. My documentations and exams were alright, its just the interview that worried me, and after passing this stage, I don't have to worry about the interview anymore.)



Thank God!! Thank God!!
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by yao-san | 2008-08-01 07:37 | MEXT scholarship
Monbukagakusho Scholarship for Research Student - 1 - fill in the Application Forms


飛行



Although I am still in the process of applying for this Monbukagakusho (文部科学省/MEXT) Scholarship, the most scary part has been done (the exam and interview). Thus I would like to share my experience with people who are also interested in this scholarship.

I found a lot of useful tips from Lars Martinson's website and I would suggest those who are interested in applying this scholarship to go and read his entries. He writes much better than I do and he also has much more details in his articles.


Anyway, the new application form for this scholarship comes out every year on the websites of most Japanese Embassy and Consulate General around the world during Spring time. The exact time frame varies from country to country, but it is not something you should worry about. In my case, the form appeared in the Consulate General's website sometime during March, and the deadline was in middle of May. (Please don't quote me on the following, but as far as I know, the application form is the same throughout the world, so you can just go and download it from any Japanese Embassy/Consulate General website or from their main site right here. You can actually find .doc file from the main site whereas most Embassy websites only provide .pdf files.) Filling in the application form ITSELF takes less than a day, but other things may take longer to complete, especially your Study Proposal.

The application bundle contains the following forms for applicants to complete:

- Application Form
- Application Form (Attachment)
- Recommendation Form
- Field of Study and Study Program
- Certificate of Health
- etc.

and lets talk about them one by one

Application Form

This Application Form is fairly straightforward, just some of your personal information and education background. If you have experience with the application form for JET, then this should be a piece of cake as you don't have to put in your teaching experiences or look at a Japanese map and decide which block of prefectures you would like to go. Even if you don't have that experience, it is still a very simple form to fill in and I am not going to spend any more time on this form. One thing to note is that I took Lars' advise and typed out the Application Form instead of using a pen. But this is just because my hand writing resembles that of an elementary school grade 2 student. So I don't want to give the selection committee the impression that my ability to conduct a research is also equivalent to an elementary school student. It is really up to you on this one and I chose to type it out simply because I have trouble reading my own hand writing. But who knows, maybe you have beautiful hand writing that might impress the entire committee.



Application Form (Attachment)

This is the form where you need to actually do some research on the schools you would like to attain and contact potential professors you would like to work with. Since my Consulate General allows applicants to hand in this form AFTER passing the preliminary screening in August, it is not mandatory to contact potential professors early on. (However, I would STRONGLY recommend you to start contacting professors early on even before you pass the preliminary screening because the time frame is tight afterwards)

Again, don't quote me on this, but I heard that it gives you a better chance of being selected if you indicate that you want to continue on for a Master's degree or Ph.D. Well, at least it gives them the impressing that you really want to study, and not going to Japan and party for 2 years. However, there is nothing backing up this statement, so you don't have to take it seriously. It is just something I've heard.


Recommendation Form

Each candidate is required to have 2 people fill in this Recommendation Form for him/her. In my case, I have my previous professor and the team leader at work filling this form for me. If you are a student, you can have 2 professors do this for you. Since I am working already, I have to have someone from work to do this for me. (I know it is sometime hard to obtain a recommendation letter from work or have someone fill-in this recommendation form for you. Some bosses are just unreasonable and they think looking for a new job (or going back to school in this case) is an act of betrayal 050.gif. Well, they are nuts!! Don't even bother wasting your time and energy on people like that. You can just try to think a way to work around this problem. To be honest with you, I don't like my direct supervisor and I don't want to take any risk with someone unreliable. This is why I have the "team leader" instead of the "supervisor" writing this Recommendation form for me, and hey! It worked!!)


Field of Study and Study Program

This is the MOST IMPORTANT part of the application. The gist and the essence of the application. Please spend A LOT of time on this. I spent the entire month of April and half of May writing my research proposal. I finished it just a few days before the deadline. The goal is simple: try to think of something that would be original and interesting enough for the government of Japan to be willing to spend their tax money on you for at least 2 years. Therefore, your research should be on something that would probably benefit Japan in the long run. The goal is simple alright, but coming up a reasonable proposal requires a lot of sweat and tears, well not quite, but a lot of thinking for sure.



Certificate of Health

This is a form you have to take it to your family doctors. For those of you out there who don't have a family doctor like me, well, good luck.... Nah, its okay, just go to your nearest clinic since you are probably going to visit the doctor more than once. I would suggest you start this at least 2 weeks prior to the deadline because it can take up to a week for all the medical exam results to come back as this was my case. If everything seems good, then good for you, no worries. However, if you are required to do further examination to make sure you are fit to go and study in Japan, I would assure you that you would be looking at you calender cursing upon the inefficiency of our health system, I know I did.
It might be different in Asia or Europe, but here in North America, you need at least a week to have this form complete even if your body is built like a tank. Oh, the fee? I think I paid around $100 for the entire process for all the examinations and doctor's fee.


etc.

This includes things like a certified copy of your university degree, transcript, and anything you feel like to add-on in order to increase your chance of being selected. In my case, I attached my JLPT LV. 1 certificate. For the certified copy of your university degree, you might have to contact your university to obtain more information on that. For your information, my school required me to "surrender" my actual degree (good thing I didn't buy a $160 frame to frame it in the first place) to the registrar's office and paid $7 for the office to make a photocopy plus a stamp and a signature on the photocopy. I was told that it could take up to 2 weeks to complete but I got mine back in 2 days. Nevertheless, start early is not a bad thing because you never know what is going to happen. Transcript? A piece of cake. $5 and 2 working days would produce you one (at least for my school). See if you have anything extra you would like to attach to (if you are going for fine arts, you are required to submit your portfolio) and it won't hurt if you have none.


After you have everything, double check, and triple check. It is very embarrassing to have typos and/or grammar mistakes on the Application Forms (as I did...025.gif I discovered a few mistakes after handing in everything, and imagine what it feels like to worry about this for a month thinking that the selection committee would expel you for such a careless and stupid mistake). Anyway, back to the topic. After you have quadruple checked your Applications forms, go and make 3 more copies. Now you have 1 original and 3 copies. As you are required to hand in 1 original and 2 copies, it is always a good idea to keep a copy for yourself. After you have everything ready, check for each pile of copies to make sure everything is there, and put them into a nice folder and hand it into your nearest Embassy/Consulate General. I handed it in in-person, but I know someone using FedEX as well, so again, its up to you.


After you hand everything in, give yourself an applause and wait for the reply from your Embassy/Consulate General. In my own case, I relaxed for a week after handing in everything, and then I started contacting potential professors via email. After more than two weeks of trying (a lot of professors don't really like to reply emails, and it is not a good idea to send out too many emails or contact more than 1 professor from the same university) I found a professor who is interested in my work and would take me under her wing pending on my scholarship result. As a side note, it would be much easier to find some professors welling to accept you if you have passed the preliminary screening. The only down side is that you don't really have that much time after passing the preliminary screening to the deadline where you must submit the acceptance letter from the university to the Embassy/Consulate General.

I think it took about 3 weeks from the time when I handed in the Application Forms to actually received an email from my Consulate General telling me to go for the exam and interview. Anyway, it is getting late tonight, I will talk about the exam and the interview next time. :)
[PR]
by yao-san | 2008-07-25 17:01 | MEXT scholarship
文部科學省獎學金 - 緣起


[snap] 野花



這個星期六我又"生病"了!!
雖然說這只有早上打電話請病假時的那一瞬間,
電話一掛,
我又恢復正常睡大頭覺了!001.gif

自從星期二收到好消息之後我一直都很 High,
原本我以為都完蛋了,
要選從Lions Gate 或是 Aurthur Laing 跳下...054.gif
現在又覺得人生充滿了希望。

雖說後面還是有些步驟要走,
但難關已過,
之後相信不會太難。



我從去年九月開始準備 JET,
十一月從台北寄申請資料回日本駐溫哥華領事館,
為了二月的面試十二月回溫哥華。
二月面試,
自認為面試過程不錯,
輕鬆的等了兩個月。
結果,四月時接到薄薄的一封信(落選)。
那時真的感覺到晴天霹靂,
萬念俱灰...真的很有想砍掉重練的打算。

之後,渾渾噩噩過了兩天。
想說這樣下不行,
需要趕緊擬定一個 backup plan.
然後,又在日本駐溫哥華領事館網站看到日本文部科學省(同我們的教育局)獎學金的報名截止日期是5月14日,
等於還有一個月時間準備。

這個獎學金待遇很好,
會幫你出機票錢,
所有學費,學雜費,入學費等等。
總之,日本大學會跟你收費用一切免除,
另外每個月還會提供你生活費,
等於是有人請你免費去讀書,
外加付薪水給你。
有沒有這麼好的事!!?
就是有!!



我是一直到我畢業那年才知道有這個獎學金的存在,
但當初看到表格內的那一大片空白等著你填的研究計畫欄後腦筋先是打結三分鐘,
之後就直接放棄了。

不過這次想想,
這獎學金大概是我最後的機會了。
不去爭取的話,
我真的不知道要怎麼辦才好。
難道真的要先工作三年存點錢再回學校嗎?
算算自己的年紀,
再看看過去兩年做了些什麼,
感覺結果是絕望的。

所以心一橫,
牙一咬,
決定賭在這上面了。

接下來整個四月與五月,
好像是老天幫忙一樣,
公司生意不好,
幾乎每天都請人早走。
因此我接近是天天翹班(不資薪早退)。
退下來的時間就是忙著到圖書館翻書想研究計畫,
然後跟之前的教授討論。

好笑的是,
其中一個教授每次見面都耳提面命的提醒我 "This is a VERY competitive scholarship"
好像在跟我說 "很難啦!! 你沒機會啦!! 上了算撿到,不上才正常"031.gif
而我每次聽完心中的壓力就更大了。

總之,在遞件死線的四天前,
我終於把所有的資料備齊。
其中最慢出來的不是我的研究計畫,
而是身體健康檢查報告。
醫院的X-ray 部門的效率差到爆,
洗一張片子可以洗到兩個星期這樣子...022.gif

在死線前一天,
我親自把那一疊如果上了的話就是一字千金的紙交進了領事館。
交進去之後,真的鬆了一口氣,
鬆了大約一個星期吧...XD


這個獎學金有三種申請方式,
- 大使館/領事館推薦
- 日本大學推薦
- 在地大學推薦

我走的是第一項, 也是最普遍的申請方式,
大使館/領事館推薦。

這獎學金在全世界各地只要跟日本有邦交的國家都可申請,
連台灣都有...

等等!! 台灣又沒有跟日本有邦交。
而且之前還有位腦殘人士說不排除開戰 orz

為什麼會有?

因為台灣的國際立場很鳥
日本在台灣沒有大使館但民間交流頻繁,
取而代之的是日本交流協會,
就跟沒有中華民國大使館(好啦,全世界大概有10來個吧),卻有台北經濟文化辦事處是一樣的,
you get the idea.

而這個文科省獎學金在台灣叫做交流協會獎學金,
待遇跟文科省獎學金一樣。
錄取名額比這邊多很多,
但申請的人多更多,一樣搶破頭。

總之,
今天先打到這裡,
下次繼續談。
[PR]
by yao-san | 2008-07-20 16:48 | MEXT scholarship
よかった
よかった。

言葉ができない喜びが今我が身に溢れている。
[PR]
by yao-san | 2008-07-15 09:42 | MEXT scholarship


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