Most amazing experience of my life! 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 learned so much about Japan and about myself. It was so worth it.

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:

I don't like fish, but I was able to find MANY things that I did like. Also, very affordable!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Majority of the people were very accepting.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not experience a healthcare issue myself, but I know someone on the trip who did and she seemed very satisfied with her experience. Our program director went to the doctor with her.

* Safety:

I felt very safe the entire time. Stay in groups!

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

This program was perfect for me and I could not be happier with how it turned out. I wish I could do it all 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)

I did very well sticking to a student budget. After 3 and a half weeks I think I had only spent $250 US dollars.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I probably spent a little under $100 each week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Definitely try to stick to a budget, and don't take out too much at the beginning. There are ATMs in convenience stores everywhere in case you need more.


* 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

They tried to teach us new words and have us interact with people, but it was not mandatory.

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? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? If you're not studying the language, just learn some basic terms so that you'll be able to communicate better in public, especially at restaurants.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Host family
  • Food
  • Traveling
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing. Trip was perfect.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How the money exchange worked.

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!