Thank you, IES Tokyo! January 29, 2018

By (Occidental College) - abroad from 08/29/2017 to 12/15/2017 with

IES Abroad: Tokyo - Language & Culture

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to manage cultural norms--an hour commute to school in Japan is considered normal; hour-long train rides are normal; packed trains are normal.

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?

* Safety:

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

The IES Tokyo staff made my semester--they did everything they could to cultivate a tight-knit community, and I am leaving with life-long friendships because of it. They were always so kind and inviting, and so easy to talk to (in English or even broken Japanese.)


* 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)


* 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? 2nd semester of level one Japanese
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
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?
  • IES Staff
  • Friendships
  • Safety of Tokyo
* What could be improved?
  • Academics, broadly
  • Reviews of professors
  • Hiroshima trip should have been covered already
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The location is on the outskirts of Tokyo--that should be explicitly stated. Also, the price of transportation should be explained too. It was so expensive, and knowing that would have affected my spending, planning, etc.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.