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Messaged by Previous Participants Japanses-Language for University Students(Winter Course)


2012  Japanese-Language Program for Overseas Students (University Students/Winter Course) 

Period: Jan 8th - Feb 21st 2013

▼About the program

During six weeks, 25 participants from 8 countries were taking part in different activities to gain confidence in speaking Japanese. Students from China, Brazil, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Slovakia, Slovenia, Belarus and Romania were improving Japanese language abilities having such classes as speech, discussion and interview.

During the interview classes we explored Japanese language and Japan.

During the speech classes we prepared and performed speechs about different themes.

We mede a speech to the students of Ritsumeikan University and Kobe University.

During the discussion classes we were comparing different aspects of life (family life, wedding, traditions and customs, education, life style) in our countries.

We had a discussion with students in Kobe University.

And to deepen our understanding of Japanese society problems, we were interviewing students in Ritsumeikan University and Kobe University.and local residents.

Also we visited all must-visit sightseeing spots, such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe and Hiroshima, were we had a really good time. In Tokyo, we had the chance to learn about earthquakes in a visit to the Sona Area. When we saw the Asakusa tradicional constructions and, at the Tokyo Furusato Matsuri event, the Matsuri from different regions, we were able to meet the japanese tradition and culture. It was an amazing experience. In the trip to Hiroshima, we cooked our own okonomiyaki and now, back in our home countries, we can taste a little bit of the japanese cuisine whenever we want. Then, at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) we learned about the war history and the importance of peace through the memories of the atomic bomb victims.

In addition, we experienced such cultural activities, as Wadaiko (Japanese Drums), wearing kimono, Kado (the art of flower arrangement), Aikijujutsu (martial arts), Sado (tea ceremony) and Shodo (calligraphy).



 Exchange meeting with Kobe University                                      Exchange meeting with Waseda University



                                                 Exchange meeting with RitsumeikanUniversity



▼Our experience

During this 6 week stay, we've gained experiences that will stay with us for whole life. We didn't only learn about japanese people, but its society too,so it made everything more educational.

When we had home visit, we visited volunteers houses, where we felthow the real japanese house and living customs work in areal life. Together with hosts we talked and spent a great afternoon.

A day which we spent together with elementary students was a important experience for us, because we had a chance to talk  about our own country in japanese.

When we went to SONA AREA, we learned not only about how earthquake can be dangerous, but also how to survive if such catastrophy does occures.

Thanks to this program we didn't learn just about Japan, but also importance of friendship and team work. We all believe this experience will help us become better once when we return back home!



 Aikijujutsu                                                                                Flower arrangement




Kansai Center provides different activities for the resident students. For example, bicycle rental, self-study room which can be used 24 hours a day, big hall where you can use projection and also different sports equipment. Furthermore, single rooms are spacious as also you have your own privacy. Because the Center is so close to the sea,the view is really beautiful. One of services is also the self-study room. When you have to prepare for the presentations you can always bring your own paper and use the printer there. Center's accomodation is concentrated to make your studies easier.


 Hiroshima study tour                                                                                                Kyoto study tour



▼Things you should better bring with you:

Before coming to Japan you should pay attention to the following things

  • Bring your own medicine. Medicines in Japan might not be effective for you

  • It may rain, so an umbrella might be helpful

  • Bring souvenirs from your country for the home visit family

  • Any materials which will help you to introduce your country to others (photos, CDs, traditional costume,


  • Make a research about Japanese lifestyle.

  • Also check prices in Japan up on the internet or ask your acquaintances to calculate the amount of money you need to take with you.



▼Last comments

During all of the six weeks we spend here, we were surrounded by friendly atmosphere, which was created owing to our teachers and staff working here.  Every day exchanging greetings and speaking simple Japanese, they provided us with mindful service, which have helped us to have really good time while fulfilling the program tasks. This “friendliness” helped us to abandon our fears and improve our confidence in speaking Japanese. It also helped us to realize the necessity of helping others when they are in trouble. We want to thank our teachers and the Institute staff. This feeling of gratitude will stay with us even when we return home, helping us to continue studying Japanese.


We thank Kobe University, Ritsumeikan University, Waseda University, Kaizuka city Elementary Schooland other organizations for their cooperation to this program.  




                                                                      Final presentation

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