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4.01 / 5 based on 31 reviews
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melindasimonffy
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Senshu University
2.5/5
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: Basic phrases
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Japanese is very difficult to learn, and by no means can i claim that i am any good at it, but once you start going out and deal with people, slowly but surely you learn how to communicate. It was a huge challenge, and I did my best and got the most out of it. I would do it again!
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melindasimonffy
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Senshu University
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
Because Tokyo is the most expensive city in the world!!
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Food, Overall, Travel, Nightlife, Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing:
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
Buy your food in the 100Yen shop, it is sooo much cheaper and you can get anything you need
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melindasimonffy
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Senshu University
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
The japanese way of teaching is very school-like. We crammed like mad people and the course was so intense that it left us with very little leanway for anything else (hence the name Intensive course). Unfortunately some of the lecturers hardly spoke english, which made communication quite difficult. I think it would have been better if some of the lecturers would have been a bit more open minded and relaxed. They take themselves very seriously, which also makes classes a bit of a drag. I got downgraded for one of my essays because I critically assessed japanese society. That should not happen.
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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
Learn the Katakana well because it is the only scripture that you will use outside of the classroom.
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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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melindasimonffy
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Senshu University
4.6/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I did extensive research because going to Japan was a life-long dream of mine- I was well prepared. But it is valuable to know that the Katakana is a lifesaver and should be learned well before going to Japan.
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
2
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
4
Campus life
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Go for it! Worth the experience.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Do research on Japan before you go, especially on how to behave because there is a different way of conduct when it comes to socialising. And travel to Beppu in Kyuushu, it's fantastic down there, an onsen-heaven (onsen= famous japanese hotsprings). And don't dare leave Japan before trying shabu-shabu!!
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melindasimonffy
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Senshu University
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
In Shinjuku there is a fantastic restaurant called Gyuukyuu, it serves delicious yakitori. A good place to go to dance is Harlem, a club in either Roppongi or Shibuya. Tokyo is absolutely amazing, there are so many places to go, so much to see, I loved it with a passion. The thing I miss most is the food! Amazing. Although it is quite pricey and the portions are small.
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melindasimonffy
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Senshu University
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Because we all had to share a room with several people (in my room there were 3 people) and I prefer to have some privacy.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The accomodation was quite good, we had our own fridge and cutlery, and a massive kitchen. I quite enjoyed living on campus. Although after 3 months seeing the same faces every day I was happy to go home where I have my own space.
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