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Caroline-Lucie
Freie Universitšt Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Business Studies, Graduate, Independent
Sophia University
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
I chose the courses "The Development of the Japanese economy" and "Asian Industrial Systems". The first one gave a very good overview of the development of the Japanese economy since 1945, and introduced the students to the characteristics of Japanese management. We also took a study visit to a Japanese manufacturer. The class "Asian Industrial Systems" was offered by a former employee of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He invited a lot of professionals from the field as guest speakers. Thus, we could listen to experienced people discussing their experiences as employees of the IMF or ADB in Manila or Toyko, Bangkok or Singapur.
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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
No. The readings as well as the course presentations were very good. I appreciated that my lecturers were people coming from the field, and not only academics.
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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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Gabrielle
EMLYON Business School, Lyon, France
Language, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Sophia University
4.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Not really. it's fun to discover and experiment newness anyway.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
2
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
Sophia University is quite famous in japan, academic standards are high and social life is nice. Moreover, it is located just right in town. Do not hesitate !
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
There is two different ways of living in Japan when you are a foreigner : you can live as a foreigner (that is to say keep your habits, meet mostly with foreigners...), or try to live as a Japanese or at least with Japanese people. The last way is less easy to do because you need to try to implicate in Japan. However, it is a lot more interesting and rewarding. I learnt a more going to japan, about people, language, and culture, but also about myself.
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senagawa
Instituto Tecnolůgico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
International Relations, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Sophia University
3.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Family
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
Because Tokyo is one of the most expensive cities in the world and compering to Mexico, Japan is more expensive.
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Food, Overall, Nightlife, Travel, Telephone, Housing:
was more expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
There are 100 yen shops (a little less than one US dollar), where you can find food and other usefull items.
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Caroline-Lucie
Freie Universitšt Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Business Studies, Graduate, Independent
Sophia University
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
As the language of instruction was English, I didn't encounter any problems at all. However, most Japanes only speak basic English. This while I visited the city, I sometimes had to ask for directions twice before I could find my way. Yet, Japanese are very friendly to foreigners, so with a bit of patience, I could find my way easily. What is interesting about Japanese people is that sometimes, they approach you and discuss for you for then minutes. Then, all of a sudden, they leave. A friend once explained to me that this is how they practice their English.
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Caroline-Lucie
Freie Universitšt Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Business Studies, Graduate, Independent
Sophia University
3.5/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: With a family
Why?
As Japanese people in general are not as easy to approach as for example Mexicans, one gets more insight into Japanese society by living with a typical Japanese family. I have a very close Japanese friend living in Osaka; I met her family during my stay in Japan, and was much more able to appreciate Japanese way of thinking and customs after having spent time with them. Also, while in Japan, it is always very helpful to talk to Japanese students who have studied abroad, for example in Western Europe or the U.S., as they know both forms of societies, and can more easily introduce a foreigner to their country.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The "Asia Center Tokyo" is a hostel where travellers can stay from one week to three months. It provides the visitor with rooms with bathrooms. There is also a restaurant where one can have breakfast, lunch and dinner. I shared a room for four weeks with a Chinese girl that studies in the U.S. We became very close friends and had many interesting conversations about the People's Republic of China.
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senagawa
Instituto Tecnolůgico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
International Relations, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Sophia University
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Tokyo is a very interesting city. The best night spots to learn about japanese culture is Shinjuku but if you want to be with foreigns the best place is Roppongi. There are a lot of places to go in japan, since is a country of consumer. Coffee shops all around the country, as well as convinience stores. There are other amazing places in Tokyo, such as Harajuku where there are a lot of young people and Shibuya where you can appreciate the big screens in the street.
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