BA (Japanese, French)
BA (Japanese, French)

I started my exchange in my 2nd year of Japanese in the accelerated course.
Like many others, I chose KKU for its lack of foreigners and therefore abundant opportunities to speak Japanese.
Whilst this is true for going to the shops and local izakaya, most of the Japanese friends you'll make take English classes and may have already been on exchange.

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Having started learning English since they were young, you may find that…
1. If their English is better than your Japanese, the conversation will inevitably switch to mostly English.
2. Even though you've paid thousands of dollars and moved your entire life to Japan for the chance to improve, most of your Japanese friends will view it as their chance to practise English.
See it as a battle and train your heart out to win it.

The information about accommodation, expenses and academics in the previous statements from the KKU exchange students is all still correct.
Instead of wasting time regurgitating the same information, I’ll do my best to give new info.

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Food

I budgeted $15 a day and I ate very well.
I both ate out and cooked at home.
Honestly, the expense is about the same when you take into consideration how much you pay in gas and electricity... Not to mention the effort.

Study

Most of the Japanese language teachers at KKU will go to the ends of the earth to help you improve, but I wasn't happy with some of the teaching.
They also don't have a system for feedback in place so it's a vicious cycle; one that will guarantee some serious frustration issues to every student that takes these classes. Keep calm, do your best and have a treat after.

Accommodation

Rent, gas, water and electricity differs depending on the complex you live in but if you plan for $400 a month, you'll have no worries paying for the most expensive place in the most expensive months (winter).
Note: take some cleaning supplies in your luggage because the rooms don't get professionally cleaned and the person before you may have lived like a rat.
On the other hand, it may be so clean that you could eat off the floor. Everyone has it different.

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Extra notes and tips:

1. If you have a choice, come at the start of autumn for your exchange. Trust me.
2. Before my exchange, I thought I'd spend most of my free time with my soon to be Japanese friends.
Cause there're very few foreign people, right? What a great way to practise Japanese, right? Not the case at all.
Whilst you spend time with your Japanese friends, most of your free time will be spent with other exchange students.
Out of the 100 plus exchange students I met this year, only 1 spent their time half/half.
3. The break between semesters is amazing.
Don't throw it away by just traveling with your English speaking friends.
Travel by yourself, and you may find yourself passing hours talking Japanese with shop assistants, going on crazy adventures with random people and politely debating "Who has a stronger heart: Japanese or European men?” with an elderly Japanese lady.

Do a homestay, stay in a Buddhist temple for a while.
Try to find chances to speak Japanese.
Oh, and revise!

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