I have to say, this was the most memorable time of my life. I decided to do the year long program and with confidence I can say I have no regrets. First semester, I lived in one of the dorms offered. I had my own room, but shared the kitchen and bathroom with 3 other lovely ladies from different parts of the world. The school from the dorm was about a 20 minute trip but the sights you got to see as you walk to the school made up for the distance. The school was nice, classes close to each other and not to mention the cafeteria food was the BEST I ever had. As for the classes, if you are looking to learn Japanese, this is the place for you. I entered this program knowing only "Hello" and "Goodbye", but leaving the program with the ability to converse properly in Japanese!! Aside from Japanese, their international studies courses were amazing as well!!
I do want to say though, I kind of had a bad experience with the school in Japan. I'll admit, it was partly my fault since I should have paid more attention to deadlines. But the way the office was towards me was unprofessional and rude. I know that we re just students and technically guests in Japan, but a little bit more of respect and understanding would be appreciative.
Second semester I loved with a host family. Luckily for me, my host family lived 5 minutes away from campus. But aside from that, my host family was absolutely wonderful. They taught me how to cook, new Japanese words, and treated me as one of their own. If you ever decide to do the yearlong program, please try the dorm and homestay!!
Now for the city, or should I say cities. Osaka, Kobe, I miss you both oh so much. Both bustling and full of life. So much to see and do; so much to eat and drink (as in the different kinds of teas and soda flavors Japan had to offer). Oh, and Universal Studio Japan? You can't go wrong with that!!
This program taught me so much real life lessons. This program allowed me to see sights I have never seen before. Lastly, this program taught me that I can do anything, as long as I believe in myself. I believe that if you decide to attend this program, you too will have an amazing experience.