Medical Education for Russians at Showa University

In preparing the answers from Korea and Japan, I encountered two problems
The first is that many universities in these countries do not accept applicants from abroad.
The Japanese universities explain that it is a matter of language.
The language in Japan is so strong and the population is so monolithic, that without knowing Japanese there is nothing to do in the country of the rising sun, especially in the medical field I’m asking about.
It’s not even about the training, it’s more about the fact that if you study and even if you pass the Japanese medical exam in English (if it were possible) you won’t be able to work here.
Even in the capital of Japan, the percentage of English (and foreign-language speakers) is negligible.
In the provinces, no one speaks English.
So, in principle, at first glance, university admissions officers who do not answer questions if the questions are not in Japanese are right.
On the other hand, no.
Here is (with cuts) my dad’s story about Japan and mono-society.
«Japan thirty years ago and now are completely different countries.
Thirty years ago, Japan was the biggest thing in the world, in fact the only real Asian tiger.
Shipbuilding, mechanical engineering, the incredible electronics industry, whatever you wanted, Japan did it all, and everybody in the world wanted something from Japan. But that’s-it’s in the past.
Yes, Japan is still the third economy in the world — but it’s a colossus on clay feet.

ake Toyota for example. It’s still one of the major concerns in the world, and for example, the only one that has put hydrogen cars into production is Toyota.
Is it cool? No.
No one needs these cars, no infrastructure, they’re expensive, explosive, and not superior to electric cars in anything, by and large. Toyota hasn’t done anything revolutionary in the last 10 years.
And in the automotive industry, in 10 years, it will totally play China.
https://www. youtube. com/watch? v=HPai6oH4ANM
The electronics industry?
The old brands are dead and no new ones have emerged.
No more Iva, Panasonic, Toshiba.
Take Sony. Cool, innovative Sony.
Where is it now? The last thing they made: a robot dog, 15 years ago.
No more laptops (and their eternal laptop competitor Toshiba stopped making laptops about 10 years ago).
Televisions-no better than Korean televisions, and even Chinese televisions.
Cameras and cameras are unprofitable.
Their players are no better than branded Chinese (and twice the price), their cell phone, well, that’s just sad.
I still have somewhere a Sony CMD-J5, the first in the world with polyphony, with an amazing wheel under my thumb to scroll lists on the screen — the phone is 2000, but it looks like a spaceship.
Ten years ago, Sony made 20 percent of the smartphones in the world.
And now they have five models for the world, and five only for Japan, and the most expensive prices (with, unfortunately, not Japanese quality, for example in photo processing).
The other day Sony has presented its future electric car
https://habr. com/en/company/itelma/blog/542552/, but most likely already late forever.
The other day my grandfather and I went to the doctor for a CT scan.
The equipment was a Phillips, not a Hitachi, not a Toshiba.
Shipbuilding is gone.
Aircraft manufacturing- Honda and I think Mitsubishi, volume is minimal.
The population is aging. I read an article by a Japanese economist who is seriously recommending that all Japanese over 70 commit suicide, because the budget can’t handle it.
Anyway, if I were the Japanese, I would try my best to attract any talented students from all over the world, and switch to English as the language of instruction.
In about 10 years, the Chinese students will stop going to Japan—there will be nothing to study there—and then what will Japanese universities do when they suddenly lose 30 percent of their student population and their budgets become
30 percent less?»

I would add that I don’t yet know the reason why some universities in Japan and Korea don’t take international students.
It’s quite possible-I don’t see the whole picture.
Maybe, as in Russia, there are particularly strong universities, and the country itself, and not the leadership of the universities, does not allow foreign students to be admitted to weak and regional universities. For example.
I will write about the second problem here
My questions:
I am Egor Kugno, a 15-year-old pupil of the 9th grade in Moscow school.
I have a small website — / where I write about my studies, exams and publish various answers from Russian ministries (about paying for studies abroad, transferring money for studies and so on)
The first 7 years I studied in an ordinary (good) Moscow school, had additional classes in biology (microbiology) and chemistry; last year I passed through the competition entrance exams to Chemical School #1501 — #10 in the rating of Moscow schools (it is approximately #30 among ALL schools in Russia). The school chemistry was very good — 6 hours a week, all year round (the standard in Russia is 2 hours a week, now there is no chemistry at all in humanities classes), but everything else, except chemistry, was not very good, and I went to 9th grade to school at the Higher School of Economics — (through entrance exams, of course) — where chemistry is a bit less, but everything else is much better)
Although I am still studying 2.5 years, I started researching universities of the world — to understand where I can go to study, what requirements I have to meet, whether to study languages other than English and Spanish that I am studying now at school, and of course — whether my parents will be able to pay for my education.
At the moment I am most interested in medicine (pathology, chemotherapy and hematology), chemistry (more like laboratory management) and pharmacy (more like managing science and research in a pharmaceutical company, but of course with a full understanding of what scientists do, and with a deep knowledge of biochemistry).
Right now I am studying primarily medical education, as it is the most complicated, expensive, there is a lot of information and it is the hardest to find.
Later I will gather information about chemical and pharmaceutical education.
I checked out your university’s website, but I have a few questions for you:
1. Is it possible to enter your university after I finished my 11 years of school in Russia — or do I need to take another course at a university in Russia?
I am studying English (I will graduate with a C1) and advanced chemistry and biology. Starting next year, our school will have compulsory participation in all the Olympiads in Russia for schoolchildren — all in all, it’s a great school.
But, as I wrote, we are only 11, not 12.
2. Do you have any students from Russia who are studying to be a doctor?
3. Are there any quotas for foreigners to study medicine at your university (and are there any quotas for Russians?)
4. Do I understand correctly — I need to study for 6 years?
5. Does your university have dormitories for students for the entire period of study?
5.1 If there are no dormitories (or there is a five-year waiting list), can the university act as a guarantor when renting accommodation?
6. What is the cost of tuition and living in dormitories and all other expenses per year for studying to be a doctor at your university (I mean education-related expenses — i.e. textbooks, labs, etc. — not including food and transportation, of course).
I know that prices are going up, but the overall costs need to be understood early on.
6.1. are there scholarships for Russians to study and/or live in?
7. What exams do I need to take besides English?
7.1 What language certificates do I need to register?
7.2 Is it possible to study in English?
This is an important question because I know that in most countries medical education is done in the national languages of the respective countries and I think that 2.5-3 years of training in any language is enough for level C1 — if taken seriously.
7.3 Are internal Russian achievements recognized and important (participation in Olympiads, successful passing exams in Russian universities)
8. Is it compulsory to take preparatory and/or language courses at your university before entering university?
9. What is the further procedure of training as a doctor after graduation (postgraduate course, residency, specialization) and obtaining a medical license (if you know)?
10. Will I be able to work after graduation?
11. If training to be a doctor is not possible, please tell me if it is possible to study to be a pharmacist (if you have one) and a chemist (biotechnology, as an option — chemical engineering for pharmacy)
Great if you can indicate in your answer if it is possible to study in English for a chemist or a pharmacist)
P.S. Even though I’m only 15 years old, I’ve started seriously looking for a university to get a good education. I have noticed that many universities put information in PDF format on their websites. This, in my opinion, is very wrong. Not everyone REALLY knows English (French, Chinese….), and such guys, going to a university website and not finding information that can be read in Google Translate, will leave forever and not come back.
Sorry for the unsolicited advice))) — But it would be great to have all the information about the university not only in PDF format, but also as plain text on the websites)))
P.S.2. If you have students from Russia, could you give them my email address or forward them my letter?
I would love to talk to them.
Thank you very much again.
Egor Kugno
Dear Mr. / Ms. Egor Kugno
Thank you for your inquiry.
However, all classes in the Postgraduate courses(Bachelor) are conducted in the Japanese language.
If you are still interested, please have a look at the site(in Japanese) below.
Thank you.
International Exchange Center
Showa University

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