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Bc. Cyril Kučera, Brno University of Technology, ročník 3

Faculty Mechanical Engineering
Field of study Mechanical Engineering
Field of internship Engineering, Other
Specialization of Internship- - - - - - - - - -
Internship period (from - to) 18.7.2016 - 11.9.2016
Internship duration (weeks) 8
Transport (means, price) 630 EUR
Insurance/Insurance company 150 EUR / AXA
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) no
Price of Visa 0 EUR
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  Japan, Osaka
Internship reference number JP-2016-028-OST

About the country

Location of the place

Osaka city is in the middle of Japan so its the right opportunity to make trips arround surroundigs.

City

Osaka city has more than 10 milion inhibitions. The train and bus transportation is very sofisticated. You can find all kind of food in the city.

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

Near Osaka city is Nara city and Kyoto city, both of them 1 hour by train. This cities were capital cities in the history. There are a lot of beautiful temples and very nice nature. I recomend trip to Kyosan mount, one direction trip takes 2 hours but the temples are amazing. Ive been in Kongosan mount, it takes 4 hours by car but its the highest mount in Osaka perfecture so the view is epicaly nice.

Employer

Employer

My employer was university Osaka Institued of Technology.

Work description

I worked in student formula car project. Watch this video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HGNPBTWrKOo

In the pact between me and employer was written that I should work 6 hours a day 30 hours a week. The working time was very free. I used to work from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. but some days I stay longer time so next days I went to all day trip around surrounding of Osaka city. The job was most of a time like helping small works. Main problem was English because Japanese guys are not good at that so they didn’t give me often bigger job. But I manufactured a pushbar which is used to pushing and pulling the car. And most of the time I was working on aerodynamic part. But everyone can choose his own division of job like suspension, engine, data analyser, braking parts, shifting part, welding division. Just the choise is on the person what does the person want do.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

80.000 JPY per month
+ accomodation whic normally cost 50.000 JPY per month

80.000 JPY per month is enough for food, drink and transportation around city

Language requirements

Most of Japanese are not good at English. My level of English went down. In the work we were ussually useing one word English and it the case of emergency the board drawing. But every time we undesrstood each other so no problem. So no language requirements.

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

50.000 JPY provided by employer - university Osaka Institued of Tehnology

My dormitory was 3 km far away from University. Wifi conection in dormitory works only in wifi room in first floor. There are very comfortable sofas and the room is with air conditioning so no problem. In the room is air conditioning too. There is a fridge, small kitchen, a bed, some shelfes, a wardrobe, toilet and shower i the room. In the dormitory is washing maschine an drier for free useing. The housekeepers are very kind and pleasant. They are living in the dormitory so in case of emergency is everything very fast solved.

Social life

Meeting IAESTE members (pick-up at the airport, organised events...)

IAESTE is only in Tokyo, not in Osaka. Two week befor I came to Japan I got the guidance handbook about Japan culture and how to get from airport to the dormitory from IAESTE Japan. It was very detailed desribed so no problem. Event were organised aproximately every two weeks but most of the time near Tokyo so I didnt enjoy IAESTE events. With the members of formula car project I ve been going aproximately two times in the week for some events such us lunch dinners, lunches, sightseeing, sport event like basseball and I was playing soccer. It was very big fun with the guys.

Meeting other foreign students

I was in the internacional night which was provided by foreign student. Every day I was meeting with other foreigh students in dormitory in the wifi room. We were talking each other and sharing our experiencies. There were mostly asian students aproximatelly 85 percent of all student in the dormitory.

Sport and culture

The university provide more than 20 sports division. If someone want to enjoy its no problem. I played soccer once time a week. The Osaka city is so big so There are many types of cultural opportunities such as concerts, sport events or Japanese classic celebrations.

Food, local specialties

Food was so fresh and good that its very big problem for my to come back to Czech republic. I love Japan food. The tradition food is Takujaki or Jakuniku. They are eating everything by chopstick so it takes one week to learn how to use it.

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

I communicate by social networks.
And I used to send postcard, it cost 1 EUR to send one postcard to Europa.
I send small box to my country, it had 1 kg and 200x200x200 mm, it cost 100 EUR to send it.

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

Just take as much money as is possible to enjoy the stay here for maximum. Compared to Czech republic its 2 or 3 times expensive here in average. There are so many thing what to do in free time that the money are onliest barrier.

What not to forget with you

Charger transfer from Japanese to European.
Rainy clothes, its somethimes very heavy raining.
In the kitchen is only gas-cooker so You should take some dishes, bowl for cooking, pan and so on...
I used string to hang my washed clothes.
In the dormitory is washing maschine an drier for free useing I must buy only soap.
I recommend to take working clothes and working shoes, I didnt have but its much more better with it.

Benefits of the internship

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Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country

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Overall experience with IAESTE

Very fast and professional communication, no problem.

Student's website

https://www.facebook.com/cyril.kucera.3

Employer's webiste

https://www.oit.ac.jp/english/

Other useful links

http://www.hyperdia.com/ I used this link everytime when I was planning trip by bus or train

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