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Senshu University

31 reviews
4.01 / 5 based on 31 reviews
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mike
Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, United States
Language, Undergraduate, Independent
Senshu University
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Japanese
Was learning Japanese a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Japanese
How much did you improve your Japanese?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I'd studied Japanese seriously for about two years prior to going. So it was actually very convenient for me. I know my Japanese definitely improved and I now speak with much more confidence than before.
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mike
Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, United States
Language, Undergraduate, Independent
Senshu University
5.0/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Family
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
Japan is a relatively expensive place. Another thing is, in the U.S. I live at home so I have few expenses.
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Travel, Nightlife, Housing, Telephone, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
Food:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
My only suprise was how much money I had left when I checked my savings the last week. Then again there's a lot of money I didn't spend on things like traveling far away and such. You can actually live pretty cheaply if you're smart. If you're on a budget shop at the KyuKyu (99 yen store) you can get everything from produce to school supplies there.
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mike
Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, United States
Language, Undergraduate, Independent
Senshu University
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
I only had a choice of the language course since I took part in the summer program. Like another reviewer said, don't expect too much academically. If you go to learn Japanese, you will get better though, no question. How much really depends on how much an effort you put forth in the class and probably most importantly, conversation with native speakers outside of class.
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
I wasn't a big fan of the presentation at the end of the course, although it turned out not be such a big deal. I actually liked the short essays though. Other than that it was pretty good.
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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mike
Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, United States
Language, Undergraduate, Independent
Senshu University
4.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
To pack less stuff! I packed too many clothes and thus had to limit what I could buy/bring back.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
2
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Take advantage of all Senshu has to offer, watch movies in the library with friends, work out in the gym and if you can manage it, get to the campus pool (closes REALLY early though). But most of all make a lotta friends and talk in Japanese as much as possible.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
2
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Get out as much as you possibly can, in the afternoons and weekends. You'll regret it if you don't. Take part in the homestay. Oh and take the Narita Express instead of the limousine bus to Shinjuku from Narita, much smoother, comfortable, shorter ride.
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mike
Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, United States
Language, Undergraduate, Independent
Senshu University
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Activities, Travel: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
You'll be in Kawasaki City not actually Tokyo but Tokyo is REALLY close by train. Tokyo is probably the coolest city on earth in my book so you can find all kinds of places there. The Raj Mahal in Shinjuku (South Exit of station) has really great Indian food for around 30,000 Yen for a course. In Kawasaki itself check out くら寿司 (Kura Sushi) awesome hightech sushi joint as well as Ootoya (next to Mukogaokayuen station).
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mike
Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, United States
Language, Undergraduate, Independent
Senshu University
5.0/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
I became good friends with the Japanese RA's and the other 40 some people living in the dorm. The dorm life was pretty good I'd say.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
On the second floor, where I stayed, the rooms are very spacious with 2-3 per room. On the 3rd floor there's generally 4 to a room in bunk beds. Since I was on the third floor I was quite happy. Sometimes it can be a little dirty, i.e. hair in the washroom sinks at times which is kinda gross but then again it could be a lot worse. There's a large kitchen with cubbies for non-perishable items and in the fridge you have a bin for your perishables. Overall I'd say if you're not too picky about your space then you'll be fine.
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