The Online Japanese Lessons April 08, 2021

By (Georgetown College) - abroad from 09/01/2020 to 04/09/2021 with

Genki Japanese and Culture School: Online Lessons

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I have learned a lot about Japanese culture and the Japanese language through the online lesson. It was and is very worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

All of the teachers are amazing. They are very intentional and take the time to explain something if you are having trouble understanding. The homework assigned is challenging and engaging, allowing you the opportunity to practice what you learned in that days class. You can choose between online group classes or online private lessons. I have taken both and they are both great. Group lessons you have the opportunity to work together as a class, while private lessons the classes are more suited to you.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They are very quick to respond to emails and help with any trouble you may have.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

N/A for online lessons.

* Food:

N/A for online lessons.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

N/A for online lessons.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

N/A for online lessons.

* Safety:

N/A for online lessons.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

This school is overall amazing. When COVID hit, they very quickly and swiftly changed to affordable online lessons. Making it very accessible to anyone to continue studying at their school if they wanted to. They even have complete online tutorials showing you how to use Zoom, GoogleClassroom, and anything else you would need for your online class if you are not tech savvy or familiar with the programs. The teachers are amazing to work with your skill level and keep the classes interesting. The school is really good at accommodating classes to your schedule, even if you live in a different country and timezone!


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

For some (especially college students) the classes might be on the more expensive side. But, for absolute beginners I think this school is the best and is still affordable. I work as a full time teacher and take classes once a week for an hour and I never think twice about the price for the online lessons. If you make a budget, it is very easy.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? N/A for online lessons.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? N/A for online lessons.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

This school really pushes for 100% Japanese learning. The teacher will speak to you in all Japanese and expects all Japanese in return. The textbook is in Japanese and English. But, if you really cannot understand, sometimes they will use English to explain. But, in the long run in my opinion, the all Japanese lessons make it easier to learn.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Finding a language exchange partner is very helpful!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • N/A
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Other
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The teachers
  • The convenience
  • How affordable it is
* What could be improved?
  • easier access to files for students with MacBooks
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That some things would be done on Word/Excel, so I should have purchased it for my laptop.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'