Japan: A Trip Too Short Past Review

By (Berea College) - abroad from 06/26/2016 to 07/27/2016 with

KIIS: Traveling - Experience Japan (Summer)

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I have learned that even though cultural norms may be different here and there, people will always just be humans. I never truly understood this until I felt it while abroad.

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Personal Information

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

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? Yes

I enjoyed experiencing Japanese culture first-hand and I would love to do it again.


* 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? About $70
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save up very early.


* 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? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 2 semesters of 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? Learn about the casual style of language along with polite style.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Cultural exchanges
  • Food
  • Exploration
* What could be improved?
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How much money I actually needed and proper use of chopsticks.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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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!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Buddhism in Japan

Course Department: RELS 399-1
Instructor: Jeff Richey
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was a bit challenging. We incorporated many of our trips and locations into the lessons. The professor was knowledgeable and well-prepared. I participated in class about the same amount as I do at my home institution. We were assessed by reflections, site reports, and an exam.
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Intermediate Japanese Conversation Abroad

Course Department: JAPN 210
Instructor: Yoko Hatakeyama
Instruction Language: Japanese/English
Comments: The class was very challenging, but being in Japan helped a lot. The teacher was well-prepared and knowledgeable. I participated in class about the same amount as I do at my home institution.We were assessed by quizzes, speeches, papers, homework, and exams.
Credit Transfer Issues: