English page

Note: This page is mainly for exchange students...


@@@I.M.C. is a group of about 50 students, many of who are interested in studying or working overseas. All of us enjoy traveling and cultural exchange and want to practice speaking English! We are in charge of everything about exchange students that is not academic - picking you up at the train station, accommodation (in the student dormitory), daily life, etc. and of course entertainment!!



@@@Jichi Medical University was established in 1972. There are only two faculties - medical and nursing (established later in 2001). The medical course is six years and the nursing course is four years. There are approximately 100 students in each class, therefore about 1000 students in all. In the medical faculty we have two students from each prefecture in Japan and it is obligatory for us to practice community medicine in the rural areas of our home prefecture for nine years after graduation.




We are located in Shimotsuke city, Tochigi prefecture. It is approx. 100 km north of Tokyo and just south of Utsunomiya city, which is the capital of Tochigi prefecture.There is a train station called "Jichi-idai" (Which means "Jichi Medical School") on the JR Utsunomiya line. Unfortunately the bullet train does not stop at our station. The campus is a ten minute walk from the station. But the campus is fairly large so it will take you another 10 minutes to reach the dormitory. The closest international airport is Narita Airport (Tokyo International Airport) in Chiba prefecture, approx. 100 km south-east of Jichi. Getting from Narita to Jichi is not exactly easy.

1. Take the Keisei line to Keisei Ueno station (75 - 85 mins, 1000 yen). It will be cheaper to use the Limited Express or Rapid Express than the Skyliner and itfs only a 15 or 25 minutes difference.

2. Walk to JR Ueno Station (3 minutes)

3. Take the JR Utsunomiya line to Jichi-idai (1 hr 30 mins, 1450 yen)



The weather in Tochigi can be pretty dreadful. In the summer it is unpleasantly hot and humid, plus we get thunderstorms and lightning practically every single day. In winter, though it only snows a few times every year, it can get extremely cold. And if you are coming any time between June and mid-July you should bring an umbrella, for it is tsuyu - the rainy season, and we get ceaseless drizzly weather.
We get our nicest days in spring and autumn. If you come in the early spring you may get to see the many cherry blossoms trees we have on campus in full bloom, which is a spectacular sight!


@@@All the medical students live in a dormitory on the campus. There are only two medical schools in Japan in which students board - the National Defense Medical College and JMU. Exchange students will also stay in the dorm. The rooms are single units which include a bed, a desk, a toilet, a kitchen, a microwave oven and a refrigerator. The baths are shared.

              In the dormitory, there is a girlsf area and boysf area. The policy is that you cannot go to the area of the opposite sex. There is no curfew, however, you need to use a card key in order to get in each area. After 11pm, you also need a card key to enter the main entrance. Only male students need to enter the bathing room with a card key.

(There is a separate dormitory for the nursing students. It was completed in 2002, and only female students can live and share rooms with the nurses hospital. However, not all the nursing students live in the dorm.)


@@@In the dorm, facilities include bathing room and some small shower rooms. Students can use the shower rooms anytime, however, the bathing room closes at 2 a.m. As mentioned previously, only male students need a card key to enter the bathing and shower rooms. In the bathing room, exchange students might find the Japanese style communal baths discomforting at first. They consist of large rooms with showers and a large tub in the center. There are no partitions between the showers. As a Japanese custom, in order to promote cleanliness, you must wash yourself in the shower before you get in the tub. Swimming suits are not prohibited, but since nobody wears them it may attract attention. Donft worry. We will explain the bathing etiquette on your first day!


You can use the washing machines inside the dormitory. Donft forget to bring detergent, though you can always buy some here.


@@@You can use the computers on the 2nd floor of the library (open 9am -10pm) and the computers at the north entrance of the university to use the Internet. The dormitory also has LAN cables, so you may also bring your laptop to connect to the Internet in your room.



Students and doctors can speak basic to proficient English, depending on the person, but otherwise it is safer to think that most Japanese people do not understand English. You have a higher probability of finding someone you can speak to with younger people. Rest assured though, because almost all signs in train stations and airports have English on them.
@@@However, it might be useful (and fun!) to remember some basic Japanese expressions. Japanese is not a difficult language to pronounce, because all words can be broken up into syllables that are basically a combination of a consonant and just five vowels. The vowels are a (pronounced like father), i (feet), u (move), e (egg) and o (low). For example, ggood morningh is o-ha-yo-u. In the same way, ggood byeh is sa-yo-na-ra. The exception is the syllable n, pronounced like a short guhnh.


ko-n-ni-chi-wa (hello / good day).
ohayou@@@@good morning
konnichiwa@@@@hello / good day (good afternoon)
konbanwa@@@@good evening
sayonara@@@@good bye
arigatou@@@@thank you
sumimasen@@@@excuse me / sorry
watashi wa --- desu@@@@I am ---
--- kara kimashita@@@@I come from ---
tasuketekudasai@@@@please help me

The rules of the JMU dormitory

1@Rooms of the dormitory

Although the doors to your dorm room will lock automatically, students are responsible for their personal valuables and belongings. Therefore, please be mindful of the placement of your possessions.You can enter your dorm room by choosing a five-digit password. After you enter your password and key, the door will open.You can not allow your friends and or family members to stay at the dormitory as they are not students of JMU.Because other students may be studying or resting, please be considerate about loud music and conversations in your room or lounge.Enter the living areas of the opposite sex is prohibited.


You have to separate garbage into 7 categories: combustibles (paper and biochemical things)/plastic things/cans and glass bottles/plastic bottles/ books/ batteries/razors.

You know that medical garbage (for example needles, catheters, infectious things) must be thrown away in medical garbage boxes at the hospital. You can not throw it away in the dormitory. In the same way, information concerning patients is treated carefully to prevent abuse of information. (When you have finished with the documents including patient information, you should use a shredder.)If you donft have any idea, please ask the students before you throw away garbage.

3@Clean up

You have to keep your room, shoe box, sink and washing machine clean. If you find somebody elsefs clothes in a washing machine, you should put them into a basket before you use the machine.Before you leave JMU, you should clean up your room; after that your room has to be checked by students and staff of the dormitory.


 When you feel unwell or get hurt, please inform the students and staff of the dormitory. You can go to the hospital.

  IMPORTANT! @No smoking is allowed anywhere in the dormitory and the hospital. Smoking is only allowed outside, in smoking areas.@

If you have questions, please ask the other students.

Enjoy staying at JMU with us! 

    1st edition   2005/11/07 @@

@2ndedition   2006/05/23
@@3rd edition 2009/06/23