Support for Students Applying to Higher Education Chen Kashiyuan

Chen Kashiyuan

Takadanobaba Campus Graduate
The University of Tokyo, Faculty of Engineering

Corona disaster does not stop me from going to Japan

Many people feel that Corona is an obstacle to studying abroad, but if you are aiming for a prestigious Japanese university, in fact, you may have a better chance of success if you take the entrance exam at that time. For example, I heard that some of the top universities in Japan had more than 150 applicants in previous years, but this year, the number of applicants decreased to almost 1/3. In my case, I believe that Corona was one of the “success factors” that allowed me to get into five universities: the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Waseda University, and Tokyo University of Science and Technology.

I studied at ISI Takadanobaba for two years. I chose ISI Takadanobaba because it has a rich international flavor, with students from all over the world, compared to other Japanese language schools that are biased toward one nationality. Also, there are many cram schools nearby, so it is convenient for me to study after school.

In class, the teachers were very patient and helpful, and the facilities were spacious and well-equipped, so I often used the on-campus facilities for self-study and was able to study very efficiently. Many of my classmates have passed the entrance exam to prestigious schools such as Waseda University and Keio University.

I am currently a first-year student at the University of Tokyo, enrolled in the Department of General Studies, but in my third year I will be assigned to the School of Engineering to study specialized knowledge. I am interested in environmental issues, so I would like to research plastics, which have the least impact on the environment. After graduating from university, I would like to go on to graduate school or work in an environment-related field in the future.