Student Message

Take a look at what our Cambodian students have to say about their experiences studying in Japan.

Personal Information

Name in Khmer : ជិន សារិន
Name in English : Chin Sarin
City/ Province : Tboung Khmum
Major : International Relations
University's Name : Ritsumeikan University

Q & A from our Cambodian Student


1. Why did you choose to study in Japan?

Studying abroad had been my great obsession, and Japan remained on the top list of my promised destinations. Japan’s best education systems and the unique ways of life of the Japanese people inspired me to study there. To me, Japan is undoubtedly the place for producing qualified human resources. Furthermore, I observe that its strong foundation of education cultivates students to be proficient, independent, enforce critical thinking skills, and possess the highest morality. 


2. How did you prepare Doc and find info before you studied in Japan?

Getting a chance to study in Japan has always alarmed me vibrantly. Thus, I kept myself updated by critically following Japan’s embassy’s newsfeeds and MoEYS’ web pages to accomplish this dream. Then I found an announcement called for application with detailed requirements and procedures. So, I just followed the available guidelines, and I found that the preparation of the documents was not that difficult.


3. What do you expect to learn or discover in your time abroad?

My strong expectations are to enhance scientific research and analytical skills to deal with a broad range of contemporary political and development problems. Besides, I want to learn the best practices of Japan’s development lessons. Equally important, I am keen to learn how Japan implements its foreign policy in the fluid world situation that has been becoming more complex and uncertain, resulting from the rampant geopolitical rivalries and the emergence of new threats and world actors.


4. What are excites you about studying abroad?

Studying abroad was incredibly impactful on my learning outcomes, both academic and social life. These impacts excited me the most. For the academic setting, I have expanded horizontal knowledge in my major, mastered my research skills, and developed analytical and logical thinking skills. For the social life, I have possessed a better understanding of Japanese society and adopted favorable networking with new people.   


5. What advice would you give to another student?

  • Sharpen your goal and come up with a good research proposal! Then master yourself in your topic: what will be its academic contribution or value-added to development or social improvements? 

  • Be prepared and ready to confirm with the examiners/selection committee that you are the prioritized and potential applicant!

  • Be optimistic and wait for luck!

6. What was the most valuable lesson you learned from Japan?

Development Strategies! It was about socio-economic development policies needed for developing countries to achieve economic growth in a sustainable way. It covered a broad range of practical knowledge, which is advantageous for economic development, especially on developing countries’ strategies to enforce active engagement in the proliferation of regional economic integration and maximize socio-economic impacts from those initiatives.


7. How did you get to study in Japan?

My dream to study in Japan came true through the JDS scholarship. (Thank you, the government and the people of Japan, for giving me this invaluable scholarship). 

I had gone through some challenging stages. The initial stage was the ‘academic aptitude test’ to shortlist suitable candidates. After that, the so-called ‘screening stage,’ where the designated university comprehensively reviewed the application and research proposal. Then ‘technical interview’ was conducted. In this stage, a professor from the Japanese university came to Phnom Penh and examined our potentialities. Finally, a ‘comprehensive interview’ was administered for a final decision. It was interviewed by a composition of Japanese and Cambodian examiners.

 

Personal Information

Name in Khmer : តាដាវ សុណាវ៉ា
Name in English : Sonava Tadao
City/ Province : Siem Reap
Major : Philanthropic Studies
University's Name : Okayama University

Q & A from our Cambodian Student

1. Why did you choose to study in Japan?

I want to work for a Japanese organization, so I come here wishing to excel in Japanese language in a bilingual environment (I can take both English and Japanese classes in my faculty).

2. How did you prepare Doc and find info before you study in Japan?

I did my own research and found Jasso webpage which includes all universities with English undergraduate degree in Japan. From there, I looked through each university and learned more about their programs. Then I came across Discovery Program for Global Learners at Okayama University, which aligned well with my life and academic interest. All application documents and necessary information can be found on the program’s website.


3. What do you expect to learn or discover in your time abroad?

I expect to communicate well in Japanese, understand their culture, and expand my academic knowledge during my time here. 

4. What are excites you about studying abroad?

I think what excited me the most was the landscapes, city, and nature in Japan. They look so much more beautiful in real life than in photos!


5. What advice would you give to another student?

For students who wish to study in Japan, the best way to get started is to learn Japanese language as much as you can when you are in Cambodia, that is how you show your effort and not just words. Also, learn about different academic disciplines to find what you are really interested in pursuing, that way, it makes your university/program selection more intentional. And do not be afraid to email the university and ask questions! 

 

 

Personal Information

Name in Khmer : ឈាង ប៉ូលីទី
Name in English : CHHEANG Polity
City/ Province : Phnom Penh
Major : Science/Robotics System Engineering
University's Name : Okayama University

Q & A from our Cambodian Student


1. Why did you choose to study in Japan?

I’ve been to Japan for about a year for an intensive Japanese language course. After coming back, I felt that I have to pursue my study in Japan because I am very familiar with the Japanese culture and language. Studying in Japan was the obvious choice to make. 


2. How did you prepare Doc and find info before you study in Japan?

I advise other students to attend Study in Japan Fair and consult with the representatives from each school directly. They will help to guide you through the requirements and the application process. Otherwise, you will have to do your own research online. 


3. What do you expect to learn or discover in your time abroad?

I wish to make many international friends and travel around Japan while acquiring new skills and knowledge through various courses my university offers. 


4. What are excites you about studying abroad?

I am studying in a Discovery Program for Global Learners of Okayama University, where students can engage in a multi-cultural environment. Having the chance to talk to people from around the globe is a blessing you don’t normally get in a university here.


5. What advice would you give to another student?

For those who dare to take on challenges and get out of their comfort zone, I encourage you to study abroad and widen your horizons. In these recent years, many Japanese universities are offering scholarships and privately-financed courses for Cambodian students. Don’t be intimidated and get the planning started now.

 

Personal Information

Name in Khmer : មាស ច័ន្ទសត្យា
Name in English : Meas Chansatya
City/ Province : Phnom Penh
Major : Environmental Management
University's Name : Kyoto University

Q & A from our Cambodian Student


1. Why did you choose to study in Japan?

I am impressed with how Japan still maintains to be the third largest economy in world despite its vulnerability to natural disasters. That is why I applied for exchange program to visit Japan for the first. Eventually, I got accepted into two exchange programs in January and September of 2015. Becuase of these programs, I have been attached to Japan since then. I am attracted to its beauty, clealiness and people.


2. How did you prepare Doc and find info before you study in Japan?

I always follow Japan Embassy Facebook page and take notes all the information related scholarships to Japan. I also usually get the updated information from Japan Embassy Website as well. At the same time, I often ask additional information from previous students who already got their scholarships to study in Japan on the process of the scholarship selection and how they prepare for it.


3. What do you expect to learn or discover in your time abroad?

I expect to strengthen my research skills as well as self-independence. Additionally, I want to expand my friendships and networks internationally.


4. What are excites you about studying abroad?

I can meet many students from different parts of the world and exchange ideas and cultures with them. It is the most invaluable experience I have ever had.


5. What advice would you give to another student?

Prepare well. Strengthen your weaknesses to meet requirements of the scholarship for which you plan to apply. If everything is done properly, be confident that you will be chosen for it. Best of luck!!!

Personal Information

Name in Khmer : ឈត ឆរ៉ាវីន
Name in English : Chhort Chhorravin
City/ Province : Kompong Thom
Major : Bachelor of Business Administration
University's Name : Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU)

Q & A from our Cambodian Student


1. Why did you choose to study in Japan?

Studying abroad has always been a dream of mine since high school. I had a couple of my desired universities and countries, however, I chose Japan for pursuing my bachelor degree due to these three reasons. First of all, Japan has a high standard of learning and teaching system, which I can advance and deepen my knowledge in the chosen field. Secondly, Japanese people appear to be a group of most hardworking ones. Therefore, surrounding myself with this type of people will certainly stimulus my personal growth. Lastly, Japan is considered to be one of the safest and most beautiful country in the world, including many interesting things to be explored. For these reasons and proper consideration, I had decided to study in Japan.


2. How did you prepare Doc and find info before you study in Japan?

I was recommended about this school by my brother and I have also joined the “study abroad in Japan” seminar at CJCC to get more information. As for the preparation process, I wouldn’t say it was easy, but it wasn’t that complicated because I followed every instruction and got support from my seniors, which was very helpful. There are 3 steps in order to get into APU. Firstly, filling out an application form, which can be found on the university’s website. Secondly, after the application form has been reviewed and accepted, students will move to the interview stage where many essential questions will be asked. Lastly, waiting for the result, if you get selected, you can start applying for a student visa. From there, you simply wait for the school to commence and start your university career.


3. What do you expect to learn or discover in your time abroad?

During my time studying in Japan, I expect to gain knowledge in my major as much as possible. Also, I hope to explore new things as well as perspectives from different types of people. Most importantly, I expect to see me grow as a human being and become a person who can put major impact to one’s society.


4. What are excites you about studying abroad?

From my own experience, the most fascinating thing about studying abroad has always been the moment when you step out of your most comfort zone as you realize that you are going to start a new journey by yourself. Besides, there are many more such as meeting new people, experiencing new cultures, seeing self-improvement, trying new things that you've never even heard before, and whatnot.


5. What advice would you give to another student?

To everyone who wishes to study abroad or has a chance to study overseas, my advice is to go for it and seize that opportunity because it will give a huge impact to your life. Most importantly, do not limit yourself by just focusing on study, but to discover yourself by participating extracurricular activities because these may teach what are not taught in school. My last piece of advice is to always make the best use of your time.

Personal Information

Name in Khmer : គង់ សូលីដេត
Name in English : KONG SOLYDETH
City/ Province : Phnom Penh
Major : Japanese Language
University's Name : Royal University of Phnom Penh

Q & A from our Cambodian Student


1. Why did you choose to study in Japan?

The reasons that I chose to study in Japan is because of my fondness of Japanese animation and my favorable perspective of Japan. Since I was young, I have always thought of Japan as a developed country with advanced technologies and hard working people. Even though, this country often encountered both small and big scale natural disasters, it is still standing strong and staying as one of the powerhouse with a great economy.


2. How did you prepare Doc and find info before you study in Japan?

From my own experience, I often talked with my teachers and seniors regarding about the university that I wanted to apply. So I would suggest trying to stay in touch with both of them.


3. What do you expect to learn or discover in your time abroad?

That would be learning about Japanese people's mindset, experiecing Japan's cultures and improving my Japanese language skill.


4. What are excites you about studying abroad?

It would be living an independent life and explore a new world with different cultures, lifestyles and advanced technologies.


5. What advice would you give to another student?

If you want something, then please work hard for it. There are no such thing as luck. Luck is when preparation meets opportunity, that is why you should be prepared and struggle for what you truly want.