Tokyo 2016: Finding a New Home March 01, 2017

By (University of Washington) - abroad from 09/06/2016 to 12/18/2016 with

IES Abroad: Tokyo - Language & Culture

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
More than I can write in this box. The most worthwhile experience of my life. Wouldn't trade it for anything!

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.

* 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?

I only lost my glasses and got new ones. Nothing major.

* Safety:

It's Japan. It's safe.

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

It was the best experience of my life.


* 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)

It's expensive, but it can be budgeted if you don't spend 100$ at the izakaya every weekend.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? maybe 150$ per week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Be smart and keep and eye on it.


* 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? First year Japanese
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? Just use it, you're in Japan!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • E-Pal
  • IES Staff
  • Cultural Exchange
* What could be improved?
  • Photography class too hard
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Just do it!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.