To Japan and Beyond! September 03, 2017

By (The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 09/15/2016 to 07/31/2017 with

Sophia University: Tokyo - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Personal growth and cultural awareness expanded

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

Japanese courses in particular were awful. They lack basic teaching skills.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The share house in which I was placed was dirty, over-crowded, and we were charged more than other exchange students living there.

* Food:

Japanese food is great. Just get out and try something new.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The better your language skills, the better your integration. Embarrassing moments are to be expected, but that's just part of the experience.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

International SOS healthcare is nice. They can help find a doctor for your particular needs who speak English. The availability of those doctors is the tricky part.

* Safety:

Japan is quite a safe place. No worries.

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

Same country. different school

Finances

* 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)

Language

* 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? Intermediate
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? 610D
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

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
  • Other
* 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?
  • Japan
  • Year long
* What could be improved?
  • Classes
  • Housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Self study the language instead of taking classes there