An amazing, tough journey that is unforgettable Past Review

By (International Relations & Japanese, Austin College) - abroad from 08/30/2013 to 12/18/2013 with

IES Abroad: Nagoya Direct Enrollment - Nanzan University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about myself, daily lifestyle of the Japanese, and a lot of Japanese. I gained many memories, experiences, and a family. It was most definitely worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Extremely rigorous academically, but library is very nice, there is the Japan Plaza, and CJS Office are all great resources.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

IES Nagoya staff are super nice and make sure to try and help/fix any problems you may have. They definitely helped make the trips a lot of fun and the whole study abroad experience better.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host family was perfect and it seemed like Nanzan does a great job matching people up with host families. (They interview all potential families in order to best match the students!)

* Food:

Nanzan has ton of choices, Japan has amazing food, etc. The only downside is: expensive fruit and it can get quite pricey. Go to Sushiro!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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


* 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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Budget yourself. Make sure you keep track of all your money and BUDGET! PLAN AHEAD.


* 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

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
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? AP Japanese 5
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Study grammar and vocabulary for the placement test. If you don't know the answer, don't answer it. (Pretty sure it will lower your score if you get it wrong.)

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Host Family
  • CJS Office
  • Japan
* What could be improved?
  • Placement Test
  • Nanzan Textbooks
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had saved more money and studied more before leaving.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Tea Ceremony

Course Department:
Instruction Language: Japanese
Comments: Best class I took at Nanzan
Credit Transfer Issues: I haven't tried transferring credits yet, but I doubt I'll have problems.