Living in Okayama University
Living in Okayama University
１．University Calendar and National Holidays
|Academic Year begins.|
|Summer Vacation begins.
Summer Vacation ends.
|Winter Vacation begins.
Winter Vacation ends.
|Academic Year ends.|
|New Year’s Day|
2nd Monday in January
|National Foundation Day|
|Vernal Equinox Day|
|Constitution Memorial Day|
3rd Monday in July
3rd Monday in September
|Autumnal Equinox Day|
2nd Monday in October
|Health and Sports Day|
|Labor Thanksgiving Day|
|The Emperor’s Birthday|
+ If a national holiday falls on Sunday, the following Monday is
the substitute holiday.
* It shifts one or two days depending on the year.
２．Tuition Fees and Scholarships
The fees charged to students at Okayama University are the tuition fee, the entrance fee, and the application fee of Okayama University. International students from universities that have signed non-collection of fee agreements with Okayama University are exempted.
2)Tuition / Admission Fee Exemption
Full-time degree-seeking undergraduates and graduate
students who have excellent academic records and yet have
difficulties in continuing their academic study because of financial
destitution might be exempted from paying half or the total of
the tuition and admission fees upon application.
（Non- degree-seeking students such as research students, auditors, and special students that receive scholarships from their own government do not receive this exemption.）
For more detailed information, check the bulletin board and go to our '学生生活'(Student Life) (Japanese only) page.
※office in charge: Student Support Division,
Academic Affairs Department
1)Health Service Center (phone:086-251-7223)
The Health Service
Center provides physical and mental health care services
for students and the staff of the university.
Health Center services
- 1.Periodical medical examination
April: for all students
October: for international students who came to Japan in autumn of that year
- 2.Special medical examination necessary for particular physical education courses or extracurricular activities
- 3.Health consultation (physical, mental)
- 4.Health education
- 5.Health care for sick students
- 6.First Aid
- 7.Issuing health certificates (to the students who had medical examination)
- 8.Other affairs concerned with health
Feel free to drop in Health Service Center when you get hurt,
feel ill, worry about your health, want to have a checkup (height,
weight, body fat rate, blood pressure, bone density), or want to
get information on health in daily life (dietary life, exercise).
Private matters such as facts about disease are strictly kept
secret. The Center can also provide referrals to clinics or
hospitals if necessary.
Service Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm
At night and on holidays, medical facilities near the university are available.
Schedule of outclinics in Health Service Center
- A National health insurance card is not necessary to visit the Health Center. There are no medical fees.
- For sudden illness, the Center is open during the office hours (8:30 - 17:00 on weekdays).
- A Health certificate can be issued after medical examination free of charge if requested.
- Consultation times are subject to change.
2)National Health Insurance
All persons who have “College Student” visa status more than 3
months must enroll in National Health Insurance. Applications
are accepted at the municipal office of the city (town, village)
where you live. Insurance premiums vary according to income.
Please enquire at the municipal office (In many cases, for
international students, whose income in Japan is not much,
receive a reduction in the monthly premium after completing the
National Health Insurance covers 70% of medical costs. Individuals must pay the 30% balance to the treatment center. A National Health Insurance card must be presented at the reception of the medical treatment center.
e.g.: In the case of a medical fee costing 10,000 yen:
10,000 yen × 0.7= 7,000 yen (National Health Insurance covers 70% of the medical fees)
10,000 yen × 0.3= 3,000 yen (personal liability 30% of the medical fees)
3) Personal Accident Insurance for Students and Additional Indemnity Insurance
① Personal Accident Insurance for Students Pursuing
Education and Research
Indemnification will be paid when a student is injured during curricular activities, school events, university affiliated extracurricular activities, commuting between school facilities
② Additional Indemnity Insurance
Indemnification will be paid when a student injures or causes injury to a third party during curricular activities, school events, university affiliated volunteer activities, and commuting between the university and volunteer activities.
Plan A: Curricular activities, school events, and commuting to school (including the coverage of Plan B)
Plan B: Internship, nursing care recognized as an extracurricular activity, teaching practice, child-care practice, or volunteer activities as well as during commuting to and from the sites of such activities recognized by the university as curricular activities, school events, or university affiliated extracurricular activities.
Plan C: (for medical students) Curricular activities, school events and commuting to school (including the coverage of Plan B)
+ All undergraduate and graduate students (regular students only) of Okayama University must purchase insurance coverage from Plan A, B, or C.
+ Okayama University students purchase Plan A (Medical students are insured by Plan C)
③ For further information, please contact the Student Support Division in the Academic Affairs Department. (phone:086-251-7185)
4) Insurance offered by the University CO-OP and Additional Indemnity Insurance
① Student Mutual Benefit.
This is mutual aid personal injury and illness.
② Personal Liability Insurance for Students
This compensates a third party for injury or damage to a third party’s property caused by the policy holder.
③ For further information, please contact the University CO- OP.
4. Campus Life
1) Eating/Shopping on Campus (Cafeteria, Restaurant, Campus Store)
Okayama University Tsushima campus, has cafeterias and a
restaurant offering meals for lower prices than restaurants or
coffee shops off the campus. The Campus store (CO-OP) is a
consumer co-operative that sells textbooks, dictionaries, books,
stationery, PCs and other products useful for university life (CO-
OP membership costs 4,000 yen and is refunded on
Okayama University Shikata campus has many restaurants, bookstores and other stores on and off campus.
※CO-OP offers Halal Food on both campuses.
2) University Library
Okayama University Library has a large number of books.
There are branch libraries on Shikata Campus and at the Institute of Plant Science and Resources (Kurashiki) besides the Central Library.
|Service Hours (during schooling periods)|
|The Central Library||Monday - Friday 8:00 ～ 23:00
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 ～ 18:00
|Shikata Branch Library||
Monday - Friday 9:00 ～ 21:00
Saturday 10:00 ～ 17:00
|Institute of Plant Science and Resources Branch Library||Monday - Friday 9:00 ～ 17:00|
A Student ID card is needed to enter the library and borrow books. Students who don’t have a Student ID (research student or exchange student) need to apply for a ‘Library card’ at the library.
3) Language Education Center
The Language Education
Center gives Japanese courses and courses introducing
Japanese culture for international students.
4) Extracurricular Activities
Okayama University has many cultural and athletic clubs and circles. To join one gives you a chance to get acquainted with Japanese students making your campus life more fruitful. Further information about clubs and circles is available at the Student Affairs Division in the Academic Affairs Department. (Phone: 086-251-7183)
5. Daily Life
1) Foreign Money Exchange into Yen
You can exchange foreign money into yen at banks or post
offices. (Some foreign money can’t be changed at banks or post
Japanese paper money and coin have following varieties.
|Paper money||10,000 / 5,000 / (2,000) / 1,000|
|Coin||500 / 100 / 50 / 10 / 5 / 1|
Letters or postcards can be dropped into neighbourhood
Postage stamps and postcards are sold at post offices and convenience stores.
If you wish to send parcels or if you receive any notifications from the post office please bring the notice to the relevant post office.
It is dangerous to carry cash with you in daily life or to keep it in your room. A bank account is the most secure method to safe guard money. In addition, scholarships can be paid into your account, and utility charges can be directly deducted. If you have a bank card, you can withdraw money from ATMs on and off campus.
There are many public telephones on and off campus. Calls can be made with coins or telephone cards (prepaid).
- Local call: Phone number
- National long-distance call: Area code + Phone number
- International call: 001 or 0061 or 0033 + 010 + Country code + Area code + Phone number
|Bus:||Buses run without a conductor in Japan. You get on a bus
at the rear door, and get a numbered ticket indicating the bus
fare zone from the ticket vending machine by the door.
On getting off, you drop the numbered ticket and the fare which your numbered ticket number on the fare display shows in the fare box by the driver seat, and get off at the front door.
|Taxi:||You can take a taxi at ease in Japan as its fare strictly
depends on the taximeter.
Taxies are available at taxi stands or by hand-shaping on the street when they are vacant.
You can also take a taxi by telephone.
Police: To report a crime or traffic accident, dial 110 without area
Fire Department: To report a fire or request an ambulance, dial 119 without area code (toll-free).
Dialing these numbers anywhere in Japan will connect you with the nearest police or fire department, 24 hours a day.
You can also dial them without area code by a cellular phone.