I'd Do It All Over Again! Past Review

By (Northwestern University in Qatar) - abroad from 05/25/2016 to 07/09/2016 with

IES Abroad: Tokyo - Tokyo Summer

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learnt a lot not only about Japanese culture but also about my fellow classmates' cultures and backgrounds. As I was in the lowest level, level 100, I learnt new phrases and how to read basic Japanese. I think I'd be able to get by for everyday things. Of course, I'll have to continue my studies to be better at Japanese.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I was a student for IES Abroad's Tokyo Summer program this summer (2016) and it was the best experience of my life! I'd do it all over again if I could. I honestly could not think of a single flaw about the program! Everything from the first day until the last made me feel like I made the right decision about which program I should participate in. The placement test were very accurate in putting the students where they belongs academically. My language teacher was great, very understanding, and patient, as were all the EPALS and staff members. I learnt a lot and wouldn't hesitate to 10/10 recommend this program in terms of academics. As a Muslim Arab, naturally, one thing that I was worried about when I started the program was discrimination of my background. However, there was never a moment where I had to face any of that. I quickly realized that the group of students I was with was very international. There were many people from different backgrounds, which I loved. I learnt a lot not only about Japan but also about other cultures from the students I was with. I think that is one advantage of studying abroad. I am so thankful that this program is set in Tokyo, there are so many things to do and see! I wouldn't think twice about doing this program again! Thank you IES Abroad!

* 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


* 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 was quite costly to live there. Food, public transport, and other necessities were pretty expensive. Definitely save up some money prior to doing this program!


* 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? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? N/A
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? Use it as much as possible! Speak to as many of the locals as possible, ask the people that work in stores questions, ask for directions!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • N/A
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Learning a new language
  • Food
  • Meeting new people
* What could be improved?
  • Internet speed
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? There isn't anything that comes to mind. I did quite a bit of research on places I want to visit and nearby restaurants. Although, I do wish I looked up how to use the metro system before going, that was a little confusing.

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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.