Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Iris M. - Japan - Fall 2013

Konnichiwa Alice and CPP 250,

I decided to study abroad in Japan because I wanted to experience something different and I wanted it to be challenging. Japan is different from all the Western countries I have been to and if you really want to experience something totally different you should go there.  I had never studied Japanese before and the language is very challenging: you have to memorize hiragana, katakana and kanji. The university is a bit far from the seminar houses, about 20~25 minute walk but most of the students use bikes here so I would strongly recommend getting one if you decide to study at Kansai-Gaidai. The transportation is really good and you can go anywhere you want by buses and trains. A lot of international classes go to school trips and they have students’ discounts so I would recommend going to these trips because they are really interesting.  Osaka is a very interesting city to visit and I would recommend going to Shinsaibashi, a huge shopping district about 50 minutes away from Kansai-Gaidai.

If you guys have any questions, feel free to ask me. 


Blogger ErikPantoja246 said...

Hello Iris,

You mentioned a few things regarding the Japanese university you are studying in and how it is very different from the US. Before selecting your classes did you take in to mind if the Japanese teaching methods differed from those of US universities? How did you choose your classes? Also, do you have any tips on things I should have in mind before choosing classes for studying abroad?

-Erik Pantoja

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Iris said...

that is a list of courses offered at Kansai-Gaidai. You should see if those courses are similar with your major courses offered at Elmhurst. Then you should go to the department chair and consult with him/her if you can take them so they can be transferred at Elmhurst

3:08 PM  

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