What to Bring and other important information
If you haven't applied for your passport yet, do it today! However, you will not need a visa for our program as long as you are a US citizen. Also bring 2 or 3 photocopies of your passport.
The weather in Kyoto in June is quite humid due to the rainy season called Tsuyu ( 梅雨 plum rain) that usually starts in the middle of June and lasts until the middle of July. The average temperature is 72.9°F. Bring light clothing but also a long-sleeved top to put on in air-conditioned facilities. Be sure to pack your rain gear! You will definitely need an umbrella but the rain is not generally summer thunderstorms like we get in New Orleans. It is usually a nice rain with low, gray skies. The dress for all of our events will be casual, except for the opening ceremony. Ladies will need a dress / skirt. Gentlemen will need a coat and tie. Also, keep in mind that if you wish to work out in the housing fitness center you must bring a seperate pair of "inside" shoes.
Another thing to keep in mind is that if you have any tattoos you will not be allowed to workout in the fitness center. We are sorry if this causes any inconvenice but we must be respectful of the university's rules and the Japanese culture.
Always pack a change of clothes and immediate essentials such as prescription drugs, minimal toiletries and contact supplies in your carry-on bag. It is best to bring your film in your carry-on; the machines at the gates will not damage it, but the checked baggage X-ray equipment is very strong and may affect your film. You should pack enough of any medications that you take regularly to last for the duration of your stay, and bring them in their prescription containers. If it is medication that you rely upon for survival (i.e., insulin), bring extra with you.
The dorm provides sheets, blankets, and one pillow per bed. You should bring your own large bath towel. Also bring a pillow if you want more than one, or if you have a favorite.
The currency of Japan is called Yen. $1.00 is equal to about 90 Japanese Yen. The best method for money exchange is through ATM machines. There are certain places in Japan that have international ATMs. These typically offer the best rate of exchange and can sometimes be accessed twenty-four hours a day. Apply for a debit card now. It is important that your debit card has a Visa or Mastercard logo, or the Cirrus or Pulse logo or combination of both on the reverse of the card. These are the international networks for ATM machines. If your card has Plus it may or may not work overseas. We advise you to contact your bank regarding withdrawals or credit card usage from overseas.
There is a small shared laundry space in the dorm. Japanese clothes dryers are usually not as powerful as the ones in the U.S., so bring lightweight clothing.
The voltage in Japan is 100 Volts, which is different from the U.S. (110V). Japanese electrical plugs have two, non-polarized pins, as shown above. They fit into North American outlets. Japanese power outlets are identical to ungrounded (2-pin) North American outlets. Some North American equipment will work fine in Japan without adapter and vice versa, however, some sensitive equipment may not work properly or even get damaged. If you bring a device with you that has three prongs, bring an adapter and it should be fine. Especially for laptop computers, which generally include electric converter boxes.
It will be difficult for you to use the Japanese computers on campus, so we suggest that you bring your own. You will have LAN (Local Access Network) internet access in your room. Make sure you bring a LAN cable with you to access this (available this at most stores). Internet access is included in the price of your room. There will also be wireless internet access in some student areas on campus. Please check any computer or printer you bring for voltage compatibility (see "Electrical Items," above).
Most medications are allowed in Japan, except for some medications classified as "stimulants," which are strictly forbidden. Also, if you need to bring with you more than a one-month supply of a prescription medication, or if you must bring restricted (narcotics of psychotropics) or injectable medications into Japan (such as insulin or an Epi-pen), you may have to apply for what is called a "Yakkan Shoumei." For more information, please see the web site of the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare at: http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/policy/health-medical/pharmaceuticals/01.html
The University of New Orleans provides health insurance for all participants on our Study Abroad programs. Click here for the brochure.
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The UNO-Japan: Study at Doshisha University Program
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