IES Tokyo Review January 14, 2019

By (University of Puget Sound) - abroad from 08/28/2018 to 12/16/2018 with

IES Abroad: Tokyo - Language & Culture

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I really improved my language skills, as well as learned many new things about Japan and the United States. It was definitely worth it!

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.

The program provides all the resources that you could need, but the classes are on the easier side.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The staff are wonderful and able to help with everything.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was very happy living with a host family.

* Food:

The food was provided by my host family, not by IES itself.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There were many opportunities to get to know students at the university, as well as participate in some of the wider community.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Healthcare was easy to access and incredibly cheap because of Japan's healthcare system. IES staff accompanied me to the doctor's office whenever I was sick.

* Safety:

Japan is a very safe country overall. There are cases of sexual assault such as groping in crowded areas.

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)

The trains in Japan are very, very expensive, so a lot of money is required for transportation. Living with a host family cuts down on the cost of food.


* 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

The foreign language classes were in 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? Living with a host family is the best way to improve your Japanese.

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

  • 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?
  • IES staff
  • Friends
  • Japanese
* What could be improved?
  • Class expectations
  • Subsidized transportation costs
  • Improved reimbursement schedule
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known how much the trains would cost

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
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!