I want to visit certain laboratories at Tokyo Institute of Technology (TITECH) when I go to Japan three weeks from now to get a feel for the research they do and if I would be a good Master's candidate for their labs.
My advisor has offered to contact the professors directly so as to give my request more visibility. However, TITECH has a Center for Public Affairs and Communications.
I'd much rather contact the professors directly since I'm on a rather short notice and I feel as a less formal visit would accelerate things up.
Here's some other information that could be relevant:
- I will finish my undergraduate degree in about two years.
- I am NOT asking for any monetary compensation, theses visits are on my own vacation time and at my own expenses (unless that would be unusual?)
- I'm mostly looking for simple tours of the labs, discuss their research a bit and talk about employment possibilities.
Would it be innapropriate to bypass the "official" process and contact professors directly?