4 How safe are other countries?
All countries (including Japan) have problems with crime, especially theft. The best way to protect yourself is to be careful. For example, you should not carry all of your important items (e.g., all of your cash, ATM card, & credit cards) in the same place. Similarly, do not do things that make you a target for theft (e.g., getting drunk; displaying large amounts of cash when paying for something; having your wallet sticking out of your pocket making it easy to steal).
7 What courses does Studio Cambridge offer?
Studio Cambridge offers a number of programs; however, three courses in particular are recommended for TMDU students. Please visit the websites of each program for details.
This is a general English course. It consists of 20 classes (15 hours) each week, typically from 09:15 to 12:45 each day, Monday to Friday. It is designed for students who prefer to have their afternoons free.
The course includes the study of grammar, speaking and pronunciation, writing skills, and listening and reading comprehension. You may choose the number of weeks you wish to study (with a 2 week minimum) and the course is available throughout the year.
This is a general English course. This course consists of 28 classes (21 hours) each week. It is more intensive than the EFL-20 English course with a range of options for afternoon lessons. The TMDU professors recommend the “Academic English” option; however other options are also available. Friday afternoon is free (making it easier to travel on weekends).
This course is taught at a college affiliated with the Cambridge University, Ridley Hall. It consists of 15 hours of general English each week (as in the EFL-20 course), plus activities and excursions.
It is only available in the summer (meaning that TMDU students can probably only join the course for 2 or 3 weeks, depending on the Kounodai class and exam schedule).
This course is recommended for students between the ages of 16 and 19, but students up to the age of 22 are usually accepted. This course is a good choice for a student who wants a more comprehensive program that includes excursions and activities.
There is also general information about the EFL Intensive English Courses and Summer Camps (Sir Chirstopher) in Japanese.
11 What is included in the course fees?
The Studio Cambridge course fees typically include tuition, accommodation, welfare, medical insurance, and some activities. At least five activities (such as workshops, movies, or sports activities) are provided each week without additional cost. The Sir Christopher course includes registration and transport from London Heathrow Airport to Cambridge and back to the airport at the end of your program.
21 How can I convert yen into GBP or Euros?
Will my ATM card work in the UK and in Europe?
Your Japanese bank can sell you traveler’s checks for use in the UK and Europe or exchange your yen for British pounds or other types of money. You can also exchange money at Narita airport if you depart Japan during normal business hours.
However, one of the easiest ways to get money in local currency when traveling abroad is to use an ATM card. Although you will have to pay a fee for using the ATM machine, and your bank may charge a fee for exchanging the yen into the local currency, using an ATM card is usually quick and easy. Just be sure that you have enough money in your bank account before leaving Japan and that you know your PIN number. Also, importantly, check with your bank to see if you need a special ATM card. Many ATM cards issued by Japanese banks do NOT work outside of Japan. However, some banks can prepare an ATM card for you that will work in most countries around the world. Check with your bank about using your ATM card outside of Japan.
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