Studying and Living in Nagoya January 06, 2020

By (Linguistics, East Asian Studies, Brandeis University) - abroad from 09/02/2019 to 12/18/2019 with

IES Abroad: Nagoya Direct Enrollment - Nanzan University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
No matter how much you think you know about life in Japan, nothing compares to experiencing it firsthand. To me these experiences were, as they say in a certain credit card commercial: priceless.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I chose to study abroad for the experience of learning in Japan and to use the language more, not for improving my language skills. I have mostly self-studied (and have passed the JLPT N1) in addition to taking courses at my home university, so I didn't see the language class requirement here as anything more than that. While I did gain good practical use of Japanese, the fact that there are classes every day makes it feel like high school for better or worse.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

There are a lot of hospitals/pharmacies/drug stores near the school which can come in handy.

* Safety:

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

IES provides a lot of support.


* 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)

IES reimburses you for transportation costs above 6000 yen/month which helped a lot because in addition to the subway I had to use Meitetsu Bus, whose commuter pass prices are high.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to plan how much money you will be spending and try buying used items if you can.


* 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

Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Talk to Japanese students.

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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  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • IES trips
  • Walking around/Exploring Nagoya
  • Lecture courses
* What could be improved?
  • CJS office communication methods
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The school is on a steep hill. Prepare for the leg workouts.