Japan, a Life Expierence! Past Review

By (Comic Art, Minneapolis College of Art & Design) - abroad from 06/23/2012 to 08/17/2012 with

KCP International Japanese Language School: Tokyo - Intensive Japanese Language Immersion

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
so worthwhile. This really helped mold the way i view the world, it made me more world-minded and help introduce me not only to Japan and Japanese culture but many other cultures and students. I think this program helped me mature, and taught me independence. I think studying abroad and learning Japanese and living with my host family made me a better person in every-way. I recommend it to anyone who wants a life change, a challenge and wants to become more worldly.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

KCP staff was always helpful and available

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I stayed with a host family. While they were strict they were a lovely family, always helpful and understanding. the commute to school was a bitfar.

* Food:

Food was great, my host mother provided breakfast and dinner, which was always a good home cooked Japanese style meal. I purchased snacks and lunches.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The first two weeks were a real struggle. Especially since you have to navigate yourself through Tokyo. As a complete outsider with minimal Japanese this was difficult. Once I got into the swing of things it became easy to navigate.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

not applicable

* Safety:

I went to school in the Shinjuku area and lived with my host family in Yokohama. Everywhere was incredibly safe with police office always near-by. The kobans were extremely helpful too. As a young woman I never felt scared to go outside alone.

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)

Japan had many expenses, especially if you wanted to go out and do things. Travel could also be costly.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200-250 a week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Always plan travel ahead of time, this can save money by cutting out unnecessary train rides. Get to know the locals and ask where are cheaper eating or drinking places.


* 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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? none
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? speak speak speak! don't be shy to always communicate in Japanese. and make flash cards, flash cards are great

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • host family option
  • speaking and speaking Japanese
  • living in Tokyo!
* What could be improved?
  • maybe addition english support for Japanese beginers
  • addition easy study material
  • more in class speaking practice
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? practice and your hiragana and katakana!