Hi, so I'm going to apply to be a university exchange student to Japan (it'd start autumn 2017 if I get in). By the time I go I'll have finished the 2 Genki books and half or all of Tobira at least, meaning I'll have taken 3 semesters at university and will also have whatever extra self-study I can cram in. Requirements for study abroad are only 2 semesters of Japanese studies.
The possible exchange schools (=sister/partner schools) are:
1. Miyagi University of Education (Sendai — this is the one I want to go to)
2. Kansai Gaidai University (Hirakata)
3. Kanda University of International Studies (Chiba)
It won't be with a host family, my wife will be coming with, I'm almost blind and I'll be trying to find a part-time job (my wife, ideally a full-time). You can work part-time on a student VISA & I assume you can work on a "living with family/spouse" VISA which my wife would be on. Yes we're allowed to work while studying, the school doesn't restrict our "outside of school" activities/hobbies in any way. My plan so far is once I'm there, to join some local clubs ASAP so I can make some friends. We've never been to Japan before.
My questions are, does anyone here know about those schools? (I went to Miyagi Uni's youtube but it had like nothing on it.) Is there something in particular I should make sure to really train myself on before going, should I start using a particular book/resource? Will dialects be a real problem in any of those places, and if so, is there dialect practice somewhere? (Ex. manga in dialect would be perfect.)
Can foreigners without work experience/degrees/perfect Japanese even find jobs? On that last bit I keep finding conflicting info. (Also, more advice/info is welcomed but I've lived in 2 foreign countries before so I don't need advice like "when you don't know the language it's difficult".)