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FAQ - International Researchers/Teaching Staff

As of April 1, 2014

Regarding Yokohama

Regarding Yokohama National University (YNU)

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Regarding International Researchers/Teaching Staff Acceptance

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Regarding Yokohama

What is Yokohama like?
Yokohama is the second largest city after the 23 wards of central Tokyo, with a population of about 3.7 million people. It is the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture and has an international trading port with a long history, as well as Japan’s largest Chinatown.
Yokohama is located only 30 minutes from Tokyo (by train), 30 minutes from Haneda Airport (by highway bus) and 90 minutes from Narita Airport (by the JR Narita Express or highway bus).
Are prices high in Yokohama?
They are basically the same as in Tokyo and Osaka.

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Regarding Yokohama National University (YNU)

How can I obtain an English brochure of YNU?
You can download Prospectus and other English brochures from here.
Where in Yokohama is YNU located?
YNU is located almost at the center of Yokohama, in Hodogaya Ward. The campus is a 15- or 20-minute bus ride from Yokohama Station, a 15-minute walk from Mitsuzawa-kamicho Station (Yokohama Municipal Subway), or a 20-minute walk from Wadamachi Station (Sotetsu Line). For details, please click here.
When was YNU established?
YNU was founded in 1949 as the successor to the Yokohama Normal School, the Kanagawa Prefectural Training Institute for Teachers of Supplementary Vocational Education, the Yokohama Higher School of Commerce, and the Yokohama Higher School of Technology.
What colleges do you have at YNU?
YNU has four colleges: the College of Education and Human Sciences, the College of Economics, the College of Business Administration, and the College of Engineering Science.
Does Yokohama National University have any graduate schools?
YNU has five graduate schools: the Graduate School of Education (Master’s), the Graduate School of International Social Sciences (Master’s and Doctorate), the Graduate School of Engineering (Master’s and Doctorate), the Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences (Master’s and Doctorate), and the Graduate School of Urban Innovation (Master’s and Doctorate). For details, please click here.
What is a “Faculty”?
There are currently four research organizations called “Faculties(研究院)” at Yokohama National University. Unlike Colleges and Graduate Schools (which are essentially educational institutions), these Faculties were established to promote research activities at the university more efficiently and effectively. Academic staff of the International Social Sciences, Engineering, Environment and Information Sciences and Urban Innovation departments belong to one of these Faculties and conduct their research along with their educational activities at the Colleges and Graduate Schools.

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Regarding International Researchers/Teaching Staff Acceptance

I want to know whether YNU has the researchers who are working on the same research field as I am. What should I do?
Please access “Academic Research Staff” and search with “Search by Keyword”.
How can I become a visiting research fellow at YNU?
To become a Visiting Research Fellow at YNU, one should be accepted for an international fellowship sponsored by institutions such as Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), The Japan Foundation, Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), or other foreign government or organization. Besides this framework, the university will select candidates, who are considered to have high potential in promoting international research and education exchanges at YNU.
The final decision for accepting a Visiting Research Fellow is taken by the Dean of the host college/graduate school with the mediating assistance of the host researcher. While the period of acceptance is principally between one month and one year, it can be extended when considered necessary.
Can I stay at the university accommodation while I work at YNU?
YNU has four accommodation facilities for international researchers. “Ooka International Residence”, “Hazawa International Residence”,“Tokiwadai House” and “Foreign Student House”. Please contact Ichii Corporation if you wish to apply for “Ooka International Residence”,“Hazawa International Residence”, and International Division for “Tokiwadai House” or “Foreign Student House” through your host faculty. For details, please click here.
How can I obtain my visa?
To enter Japan, you must obtain a visa that meets the type of activities and period of stay from the Japanese Embassy/Consulate in the researcher’s own country. For most visa applications except for a short-term stay, it is commonly asked to submit a Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Immigration Bureau, the Ministry of Justice. Applying with a Certificate of Eligibility will enable you to obtain the visa more quickly and efficiently. Although a hosting university can apply for it and send it to you, please consult your host faculty well in advance as it will take one to three months to obtain the Certificate.
I want to know about life in Japan. Can you help me?
We hope that “Guidebook for International Researchers” will be useful for you.

(Contact:International Office)


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