Past Review

By (International Relations and Affairs., University of Arkansas - Fayetteville) for

ISEP Exchange: Hirakata - Exchange Program at Kansai Gaidai University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Do you actually think I could possibly answer this question using words?

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month
The term and year this program took place: Summer 2009

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I learned much more Japanese then I expected to.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

if i ever needed them the were there. I never felt like they were intruding.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

tenth floor of an apartment building in Nagao. <br /><br /> At first I did not like my homestay that much but the longer I adapted the more I enjoyed it. Homestay was by far the best part of my experience. If you are really serious about getting something out of this experience, live with a homestay. If this is your vacation, live in a dorm.

* Food:

if you dont like rice or fish, I dont understand why you would want to live Japan. The food was great.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Everything that did not have to do with the University made my stay the greatest experience of my life.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

You dont need to worry about this sort of thing. japan is extremely safe.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? expect to spend about 500 to 600 yen per meal. If you eat out it is not that different in price
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you get the JASSO dont expect to use it till after the first month if you start in the fall.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

My best resource was my host family. If I had lived in the dorms I would of not learned half as much as I did. If you do end up living in the dorms I would say only sleep there. Once I stepped foot off of campus it was rare to be spoken to in english.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? the first half is about learning about yourself, the second is about putting what you learned to the test.