Bachelor of Arts, 3rd year
Bachelor of Arts, 3rd year

Academic Experience

The Japanese academic system differs a number of ways from the Australian one. For example, during my exchange I did over 8 different courses as opposed to only doing four during a regular semester in UQ.
It meant there was more homework as class time was limited, however, the workload was manageable.

Personal Experience

Personally, I have gained a lot from the experience. I have made a lot of friends from around the world, not only from Japan. I was also fortunate enough to explore many parts of Kyushu and Japan as a whole, such as; Nagasaki, Kitakyushu, Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo, and Nara, amog others.
During my exchange, my Japanese language ability improved as it was a main focus of my studies here.

Accommodation

I lived on-campus, on Kyushu University's Ito Campus. The campus was very large and was easy to get lost in at times. The Japan in Today's World (JTW) program staff made it easy for us to settle living arrangements and moving in, etc.
The accommodation itself was in Dormitory 1, however, the JTW students also stayed in Dormitory 2. The room was very nice, a bit small but it had your own bathroom, shower and small kitchenette. It also had a desk and chair. It was very comfortable and a very nice room.

Budget

Rent living at Ito Campus is not that expensive, approximately 28000 yen per month (including internet bill). Water and electricity bills were quite cheap compared to Australia. Living there was very affordable.
Transport, however was a little more costly, since Ito Campus is in the country. The city was just a little over an hour from the dorm by train, and/or bus. It would cost approx 650-750 yen to get to the city from Ito Campus.

Professional Development & Employability

My Japanese language ability has greatly improved during my time here in Japan. Also, I have developed a larger understanding of different cultures as many of the exchange students were from many countries around the world.

Highlights

For me, the highlight was being able to explore different parts of Japan. I cam in the Autumn season so the red leaves were still around. It made for a lot of beautiful sightseeing.

Top Tips

While you are overseas to study, do not neglect the opportunity to visit different places in the country you're studying in. Go sightseeing, explore, and try not to leave with any regrets.

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