culturally fulfilling Past Review

By (Japanese Language, Literature, University of Southern Indiana) - abroad from 01/20/2015 to 05/23/2015 with

ISEP Exchange: Nagoya - Exchange Program at Nanzan University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a greater understanding of the cultural and unique experiences. Many of the positive moments i had were unrelated to the actual program but rather, traveling with friends I made.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

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? No


* 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? $50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Shop at local stores. Avoid eating out all the time. Learn to cook small local foods. Find flea markets for cheap prices.


* 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? 101
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? Talk to people who leave there. Don't be worried to travel and have to speak to people to fond places and shop.

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?
  • the down time to travel
  • connection with the teacher
* What could be improved?
  • intensity of the language program could be lowered or more material given before hand to prep with
  • better assistance from the staff with acclimating to the society and health emergencies.
  • public safety officer available for students and more freedom in dorms.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The intensity of the program and some of the information in their brochure was not up to date.

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 Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'