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The Japanese-Language Program for Overseas Students (Partner University Students) (Spring Course)


The Japanese-Language Program for Overseas Students (Partner University Students) (Spring Course)

Period: January 29th - March 14th  2013

Things we learned:

From the beginning, with the help from our teachers, we had to learn how to study Japanese independently. It was very important for us to overcome small challenges. For example, speaking in Japanese on the phone or finding your way and the departures of the trains. Through various scenarios we became better at speaking Japanese. For example, we spoke with elementary school children, made formal introductions, and spoke with local elderly who spoke in Kansai dialect.


About the UP Program:

The Japanese-Language Program for Overseas Partner University Students (Spring) was a 6 week program from January 29, 2013 to March 14, 2013. There were 30 participants from Korea, China, Taiwan, USA, Indonesia, Thailand, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Romania, Australia, and Russia.


1.During the course of the program

Every day we spoke in Japanese with the foreign participants and little by little became better. We were able to use Japanese in everyday life. With our foreign friends we were able talk about various cultures and also learn about them. During Osaka orienteering we learned how important it was to work together. The teachers gave great advice on studying and working in Japan


2.Traditional Cultural Classes


  • Japanese drum, aikijujitsu, tea ceremony, kimono, flower arrangement, calligraphy,And a comic story (told by a professional storyteller).

The program arranged Japanese traditional classes. Aikijujitsu and Japanese drums were a great work out for the body. The time we spent wearing kimono and drinking tea made us feel the essence of being Japanese. We won`t forget the beautiful flowers arrangements we made. We used traditional tools to write beautiful kanji.

  • Elementary school visit, home visit, Osaka University visit and Osaka Red Cross Hospital visit.

It was very informative to speak with people other than Japanese teachers and learn about Japanese society. In the elementary school we gave presentations about our countries and answered any questions the students had. We learned about the unique lifestyles of Japanese elementary school through playing, eating, and cleaning together. During home visit we were introduced to modern Japanese lifestyle at home. We were able to eat homemade food and have a good time with our host family.  At Osaka University we were able to meet many Japanese and foreign students. We went to an interesting Japanese class. At the Osaka Red Cross Hospital we learned about various cities that are affected by natural disasters and how the Red Cross helps them.

  • Kansai ben and slang

Through the local people we heard Kansai ben and the students taught us specific words to use. They also taught us how to properly use slang that is used by young Japanese people.



Exchange meeting with RitsumeikanUniversity                     Kimono


3.What we did in free Time

  • Went to Denden town and bought otaku paraphernalia
  • Played soccer and tennis outside and played ping pong and badminton in the hall.
  • We went shopping in Aeon mall, Namba, and Umeda.
  • We had a BBQ party at the nearby beach.
  • On weekends we traveled to various places in Japan. 


Study Trips

1.Nara and Kyoto

 We visited historical places that we studied in our home Universities. In Nara we felt the deep Japanese history. Despite it being very cold we were able to enjoy our time.


 In Hito to mirai bosai senta we learned many things about preparing for natural disasters. We were very impressed by the reporter from the Kobe newspaper who gave very accurate accounts about the Kobe earthquake.

3.Hiroshima and Miyajima

 We were shocked by visiting the Atomic Bomb Dome and the Peace Memorial Museum.  Since 1945, the people of Hiroshima show us how they overcame great tragedy. We stayed one night at a traditional Japanese hotel, went to the onsen, walked on the beach and felt deeply relaxed.



  • Definitely bring a laptop and a Type-A adapter.
  • Bring a big suitcase and don’t back a lot of clothes so you can buy lots of gifts.
  • Bring your home gifts for people you have met in Japan.
  • Don`t bring a lot study materials. But bring a small dictionary.
  • There are a lot of study trips so bring comfortable walking shoes.
  • You will meet various people, so make business cards with your name, country, college, and e-mail addresses.


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Presentation                                        study tour




Special thanks to:Osaka Red Cross Hospital, Hito to mirai bosai senta, Kobe shinbun, Osaka University ,

Ritsumeikan University and other educational institutes.

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