KIIS Japan Summer 2018 Past Review

By (Berea College) - abroad from 06/02/2018 to 07/02/2018 with

KIIS: Traveling - Experience Japan (Summer)

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I have always wanted to travel, but had never really been outside of the United States, so this trip made me realize that travelling is even more worthwhile when you're so immersed in learning about the culture and language of the place you're travelling to rather than just being a brief tourist and missing out on the aspects of a new place people should really experience. It's not all about the sights, it's about the people and the rich history to be found there.

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.

The experience alone was a learning experience but with limited time and so much to do, the academic rigor was a bit challenging.

* 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

To have very little experience with international travel and very little practice with the language, this stay was short but very helpful.


* 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? Around 5000-6000 yen or about 50-60 dollars
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan in advance and really do your best to get scholarships.


* 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? Japanese 102
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • Host Family
* 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 month long duration.
  • Travelling to several different cities and not just staying in one area.
  • The guidance and dependency of the professors.
* What could be improved?
  • A bit more free time and not as many full group outings.
  • More information about host family going in.
  • Information about transportation there.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? What to expect concerning transportation. We had to use trains a lot and if you were alone it could be difficult and sometimes it was crowded or confusing, so some prior information could be useful.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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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.