Good day, everyone!
I will most likely be going to Osaka in April 2018, under a Japanese Government scholarship (MEXT). The scholarship includes a 6-month intensive Nihongo course, so normally people won’t be too worried, but my program is in Japanese, so I was really worried. And my field is on hard sciences (think molecular biology, immunology, etc.), so I doubt I’ll be able to understand scientific papers and journals well enough even after the 6-month course, so what I did is I enrolled to a Japanese class here in my home country. Our course includes Genki chapters 7-12 (which includes the kanji). I tried applying for a university that offered programs taught in English, but my luck ran out.
TLDR: Are there any foreign students here in Japan under the same scholarship? If not the same scholarship, just foreign students studying their courses in Japanese? How was the journey for you, and how did you go by learning?
Side question: Since it’s Osaka–will you get confused (as a foreigner new to Nihongo) with Kansai-ben?
Thank you very much for your response!