Student life coaches

NEWS

Available support

Who are Student Life Coaches?

A group of faculty members, students and alumni provide support together based on a diversified and multifaceted approach to encourage Tokyo Tech students to lead a fulfilling academic life.

    

Student Life Coaches

Our Students Life Coaches are faculty members of the Student Support Center or the members of the Tokyo Tech Alumni Association (“Kuramae Kougyoukai”). Students Life Coaches encourage students to understand Tokyo Tech’s curriculum, and to take initiative in consistently planning and pursuing their studies, using various support systems to help their academic life such as one-on-one consultation, orientations for new students, and extracurricular seminars.

  

Peer Life Coaches

Our Peer Life Coaches are a total of 26 students* in undergraduate or graduate programs who serve as staff members of the Student Support Center. They provide peer-support mainly targeting first-year undergraduate students, based on a diversified and multifaceted approach in cooperation with Student Life Coach faculty members.

Their activities include planning and facilitation of orientations for new students, writing and editing of handouts and articles that are useful for fully enjoying academic life, tutoring for first-year science and technology courses, and planning and organizing programs and events to promote foreign language studies and international exchanges.Please visit the Peer Life Coach website for details on their role and calls for new members.

*Number as of April 2022.

Consultation

Our consultation covers a wide range of inquiries and concerns from students regarding their academic life such as study plans, course registration, campus-life topics, and more. Faculty members of the Student Support Center who are assigned as Students Life Coaches will provide suggestions and advice to help you find answers.

Face-to-face consultation is available at service desks on Ookayama and Suzukakedai campuses. We also provide online consultation. Please refer to the “How to consult us” section.
  
We provide consultation in English.
我们提供使用中文的指导和帮助。

What can Student Life Coaches do for students?

Please come to us when you have questions and concerns such as:

“Which courses should I take?”
“Have I acquired enough credits?”
“How can I determine a timetable for the next semester?”
“I do not really understand course registration procedures.”
“I want to do more than just study at Tokyo Tech. What activities are available?”
“I want to ask someone other than faculty members or friends their opinions about my studies or research.”
“I have concerns about my studies/research, but do not know whom I should ask.”
“I am reluctant to consult with faculty members.”
“I want to think about my studies and future options - which major/laboratory to select, studying abroad, career path, and more.”

How to consult us

1. Face-to-face consultation on Ookayama campus

Please come to the service desk during the opening hours and ask for consultation with a Student Life Coach. Reservations are not required.

Place
Taki Plaza, B1 Floor
(Student Support Center service desk)

Opening hours
Monday – Friday/ 9:15 -17:15  
(Closed on public holidays and from Dec. 29 – Jan. 3)

2. Face-to-face consultation on Suzukakedai campus

Please come to the service desk below during the opening hours and ask for consultation with a Student Life Coach. Reservations are not required.
Note that opening hours may change depending on the quarter. Visit the link for the calendar for Student Life Coach availability at Suzukakedai in advance.

Place
Suzukakedai Library, 1st Floor(in the back on the right side)
  
Opening hours for 2Q 2022 (effective until the end of September)
Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday / 9:30-16:30, excluding 11:15-12:15
(Closed on public holidays and from Dec. 29 – Jan. 3)

3. Online consultation via Zoom

Zoom consultation is available for students who would like to avoid coming to service desks due to infection prevention purposes or for those who have difficulty in travelling between campuses. Please send an email to📩concierge.info@jim.titech.ac.jp with the information below. We will reply to you with the date and time of the consultation and the URL link for accessing the Zoom meeting.

(1) Name
(2) Student ID number
(3)Affiliated School, department, (and graduate major for graduate students)
(4)Topics of conslutation
(5)Indication that you would like a consultation via Zoom and at least three possible consultation dates.

4. Inquiries by email

You can ask short, simple questions, such as how individual courses are structured and how to register for courses, by sending an email to 📩concierge.info@jim.titech.ac.jp with the information below. If the topic of the consultation makes it difficult to respond via email, we suggest a Zoom or face-to-face consultation.

(1) Name
(2)Student ID numer
(3)Affiliated School, department, (and graduate major for graduate students)
(4)Topics of consultation

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The consultation service desks may close temporarily for events and seminars. In such cases, please inform other available staff of the details of your consultation. We will contact you at a later date.

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We respond to inquiries by email only on weekdays. It may take some time to reply depending on the topic of the inquiries.

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As a part of COVID-19 prevention measures, your temperature and physical condition may be checked prior to consultation. The service desks may be closed in accordance with the Institute's response to COVID-19. If this happens, we will notify you on this page. Please check the latest information.

Orientations for new students

Orientation sessions for newly enrolled undergraduate students

The sessions are held in early April to guide newly enrolled students to swiftly adapt to academic life, understand Tokyo Tech’s curriculum, and pursue their studies on their own. The sessions will broadly cover essential topics for newcomers, such as Tokyo Tech’s academic programs and course registration, the history and achievements of Tokyo Tech, the importance of undergraduate studies and what you should keep in mind, and various consultation services available on campus. During the session, new students will also have time for networking with other members within the same academic unit.
The sessions are facilitated by the Tokyo Tech Alumni Association members and Peer Life Coaches (current students).

Orientation sessions for newly enrolled undergraduate students for AY 2022 were held for four days (April 6, 7, 9, and 10) at Taki Plaza.

Orientation sessions for newly enrolled graduate students

The sessions are held in spring and fall for newly enrolled students in master’s and doctoral programs (both in English and Japanese).
Graduate students may have already adapted to the university environment. Our orientation sessions will help them further understand Tokyo Tech's curriculum and graduate programs, and pursue their study and research activities on their own. The sessions will broadly cover topics such as course registration procedures that are common across graduate majors, information regarding Tokyo Tech’s academic courses and programs, job seeking, studying abroad, financial support, and various consultation services available on campus.
The sessions are facilitated by Students Life Coaches (faculty members) and Peer Life Coaches (current students).

Orientation sessions for newly enrolled graduate students for fall 2022 will be held online via Zoom webinar for two days (September 21 and September 24).
Please check the flyer below for the detail.



Orientation sessions for transfer students in undergraduate programs

The sessions are held in late March or early April, prior to the start of the academic year, so that transfer students are able to swiftly adapt to academic life at Tokyo Tech, and pursue their research activities later in their undergraduate programs on their own. The sessions will broadly cover essential topics for transfer students, such as Tokyo Tech’s curriculum and course registration, tips for developing study plans for attaining degrees, and various consultation services available on campus.

Orientation session for 2022 transfer students was held online via Zoom on April 2.

International Student Support Desk

Our consultation covers living and everyday matters surrounding international students, to help them fully enjoy on- and off-campus life in Japan.

Any kinds of questions are welcome! (things that you are just wondering, you hesitate to ask your friends or even you don’t know where to ask, etc.)
For example…
・What does this letter from the ward office or bank say?
・Don’t know how to throw away trash…
・Why has my health insurance fee become higher than last year?!
・Want to know what Japanese usually do or say in this situation…and so on
It doesn’t matter how trivial/tiny your questions are!

We are happy to help make your life in Japan easier and more comfortable to help you to concentrate on your studies and research at Tokyo Tech.
Please feel free to stop by!

Service desks

Place
Taki Plaza, B1 Floor
(International Student Support service desk)

Opening hours
Monday – Friday/ 9:30 -17:00  
(Closed on public holidays and from Dec. 29-Jan. 3.)

How to consult us

Face-to-face consultation

Please come to the service desk during the opening hours. Reservations are not required.

Note: The consultation service desks may close temporarily for events and seminars. In such cases, please inform other available staff of the details of your consultation. We will contact you at a later date.

    

Online consultation by email

Please send an email to internationalstudentsupport@jim.titech.ac.jp.

   

Support for international exchange

English Café

Whether interested in practicing English or meeting other Tokyo Tech members from various backgrounds, this event, hosted by the faculty members of the Institute of Liberal Arts, is for you! Enjoy chatting in English online with new people.



Multilingual Chat

Let’s talk in English, Korean, or Chinese with our International Exchange Team members of Peer Life Coaches!

Interested in chatting in English, Korean, or Chinese?
Want to practice real-life conversation in a foreign language?
Want to talk about everyday matters and more various topics?
Want to share your thoughts and story with someone?
Want to make friends to study together?

If so, just stop by. You do not need a reservation nor do you need to prepare or bring anything.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Check the schedule for 2Q AY 2022 (Tuesday events are held only on June 14 and July 19)

Language

Day

Time

Place

English

Tue&Thu

13:00-13:30

Taki Plaza B1F Global Lounge

Korean

Fri

13:00-13:30

Taki Plaza B1F Global Lounge

Chinese

Thu

13:00-13:30

Zoom
(Meeting ID: 982 2789 1630)



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For face-to-face sessions, we ask you to take COVID-19 prevention measures, such as checking your temperature, sanitizing your hands and fingers in advance, and wearing a face mask during the conversation. Please also refrain from eating and drinking.

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For online sessions, as part of identification checks, please send your name and student ID number to the room host (service administrator) of the Zoom meeting using the chat function.

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Make sure to turn your audio and video on during the conversation.

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Please note that Zoom meetings will be recorded, but the content will not be disclosed to outside parties.

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Depending on future developments of COVID-19, we may decide to hold the sessions entirely online. We also may have to cancel events due to unexpected occurrences.

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Multilingual Chat is a service planned and provided by student staff members (Peer Life Coaches under the International Exchange Team) of the Student Success Support Section at the Student Support Center.

Walking Tours in Japan: Take a walk, get fresh air, and learn more about Japan

This booklet, created by Professor Hiroshi Yamaura from the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering of the School of Engineering, is useful for international students and researchers who are rather new in Japan, or want to know more about Japan. It illustrates things that participants may come across along the routes, and will help you learn more about culture, history, and life in Japan. You may be able to find answers to your questions or mysteries in your daily life.

Route 1: History, culture, and life in Japan (from Ookayama Campus to Gotanda Station)
The route takes two to four hours on average, starting at Tokyo Tech’s Ookayama campus and going along Nakahara Kaido Road.

Extracurricular seminars

We hold seminars where students can deepen their regular-curricular studies, as well as gain a broader perspective or extend their studies through extracurricular learning. Seminars are open to all Tokyo Tech students. Please check the latest information here. We look forward to your participation.

Under preparation

Events

We hold events to help make the academic life of students more enjoyable and meaningful. Please check the latest information here. We look forward to your participation.

Under preparation

Support Services by Student Life Coaches

The support services available at the Student Life Coach service desks started in line with the 2016 launch of Tokyo Tech’s new education system, and are aimed to help undergraduate students, especially in their first year, to understand the Tokyo Tech curriculum and swiftly adapt to academic life, and pursue their studies on their own.

     
Tokyo Tech introduced a new education system in 2016, aiming to grow individuals capable to learn and think for themselves. The new system is designed to encourage students to independently set and pursue their goals, and eventually become able to contribute to a global society. We expect our students to learn that technology and research is fun and profound, and plays a vital role in changing and shaping society.

Student Life Coaches provide support based on a diversified and multifaceted approach to encourage each one of our students to help decide the path they will take under the new system and lead a fulfilling academic life.

Past orientation sessions, seminars, and events

Orientations and seminars

Orientation sessions
Academic Year 2017
Academic Year 2016
Seminars
Academic Year 2017
Academic Year 2016

the Learning and International Exchange Support Implementation Committee, Student Success Support Section, Student Support Center

  • Academic Year 2022 Committee members

    Name

    Affiliation

    Position

    Tetsuji Okamura

    Vice President for Student Affairs

    Director of Student Support Center

    Sachiko Ito

    Professor, Student Support Center

    Section Head

    Kentaro Nakamura

    Professor, Institute of Innovative Research / Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

    Advisor

    Kikuo Ikarashi

    Professor, Department of Architecture and Building Engineering, School of Environment and Society

    Masao Murota

    Professor, Institute for Liberal Arts

    Masayasu Shimura

    Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering

    Yuto Koizumi

    Associate Professor, Tokyo Tech Academy for Leadership/ Institute for Liberal Arts

    Hiroshi Yamaura

    Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering

    Advisor

    Manabu Kanda

    Professor, Department of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering, School of Environment and Society

    Naoya Abe

    Associate Professor, Department of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering, School of Environment and Society

    Midori Komatsu

    Lecturer, Tokyo Tech Academy for Leadership/ Institute for Liberal Arts

    Tatsuo Sato

    Professor Emeritus

    Supervisor

    Masako Nozaki

    Specially Appointed Expert, Student Success Support Section, Student Support Center

    Student Life Coach

    Ruobai Huang

    Specially Appointed Expert, Student Success Support Section, Student Support Center

    Student Life Coach

    Miki Kato

    Specially Appointed Expert, Student Success Support Section, Student Support Center

    Student Life Coach

    Miho Nasuno

    Administrative Support Staff, Student Success Support Section, Student Support Center

    Yuki Okamoto

    Administrative Support Staff, Student Success Support Section, Student Support Center

    Yuko Sugiyama

    Administrative Support Staff, Student Success Support Section, Student Support Center

    Masataka Owada

    Tokyo Tech Alumni Association

    Student Life Coach

    Kosei Takeyama

    Tokyo Tech Alumni Association

    Student Life Coach

    Yoshihiko Hamabe

    Tokyo Tech Alumni Association

    Student Life Coach

    Taisuke Miyoshi

    Tokyo Tech Alumni Association

    Student Life Coach

    Toru Kuroda

    Tokyo Tech Alumni Association

    Student Life Coach

    Reiko Fujita

    Tokyo Tech Alumni Association

    Student Life Coach

    Takahisa Hirayama

    Head, Student Support Division

    Keiko Ito

    Head, International Student Exchange Division

    Toshiya Tanaka

    Group Leader, Support Planning Group, Student Support Division

    Satoko Ariyama

    Group Leader, Student Exchange Group 3

    Ayaka Takagiwa

    Administrative Staff, Support Planning Group, Student Support Division

    Mika Kume

    Support Planning Group, Student Support Division

Contact

152-8550 TP-005, 2-12-1 Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Student Life Coach Consultation Office, Student Success Support Section, Student Support Center

Email concierge.info@jim.titech.ac.jp
Tel 03-5734-2760