Comments from Participants
Comments From Participants
"When time came to choose where I would do my exchange year in Japan, I had no doubt in my mind that I would apply for Ritsumeikan University. I knew I wanted to go to the Kansai region because I thought it would provide me a rich cultural experience with cities such as Kyoto or Nara and the beautiful landscapes. It didn't fail me; studying in Ritsumeikan University gave me the chance to study Japanese at a very good rate with teachers providing the best spots to admire sakura or momiji, for example. Also, the SKP Buddies often organized temple or shrine visits in the area which is very thoughtful for new arriving students. Being an SKP student also gave me the chance to experience kimono culture through kimono classes in the main area for kimono production. Ritsumeikan University also provides very interesting classes about the kimono economy and has a kimono circle. This chance led me to choose the kimono culture as my graduation thesis subject. So, in many ways, the Study in Kyoto Program gave me wonderful opportunities which made my year in Ritsumeikan University an experience I will always remember."
Bordeaux Montaigne University
"My school had several options for programs in Japan, but Ritsumeikan was by far the most recognizable university on the list. The location is amazing, and the Intensive Japanese Language Track available at Ritsumeikan had a great reputation. During my time as an exchange student at Ritsumeikan University, I not only had the opportunity to explore Kyoto, the most historically significant city in Japan, but I also had the opportunity to explore Japan outside of Ritsumeikan. For spring break, I travelled from Sapporo to Kyoto by train, stopping in over ten cities along the way. On the trip, I encountered many different places and people, and experienced so much of Japan that I never thought I would be able to. It was a life changing trip, as I got to see for myself that even though Japan seems small, it is so much bigger and more diverse than I had previously thought. Through traveling and through the immersive language courses I was enrolled in at Ritsumeikan, I felt comfortable and at home living in Japan. Although my most memorable experience was outside of Kyoto, I never would have had all of the amazing experiences I had without SKP."
The University of Oklahoma
"The Study in Kyoto Program is really complete and really clear. It is very useful because we learn everyday Japanese. The Japanese culture courses (calligraphy, ceramics, and tea ceremony) are a good idea. Thanks to these courses, students can discover the traditional arts of Japan."
Universite de Toulouse le Mirail
"The language courses seem very organized and flexible. I've learned a lot, both on my own and in class."
University of Oklahoma
United States of America
"I like the SKP language program. I like the fact that the classes are small so you can have a close student-teacher relationship. I love my life in Japan. Being able to learn Japanese in so many different ways (at school, in daily life, by spending time with friends and so on) has inspired me to learn more about Japan. In the future, I want to have a job in which I can use my knowledge of Japan that I've aquired here, as well as my language skills."
"I wanted to go to Kyoto because I'm interested in the history and culture of Japan and Kyoto is a very important, historical city. I think there is everything one could need on the campus, and it is a beautiful place to spend time."
Universitat zu Koln
"As an exchange student at Ritsumeikan, I learnt and experienced a lot this year. Not only did I make a lot of progress in Japanese, but I learnt to understand a different culture’s way of thinking. I will treasure the time I spent here and also make use of what I learnt in my career and further studies.
And also, by living with people from different corners of world, I could make many friends. Communicating with other students, opened my mind and helped me decide the goals of my life. Looking back, this year was full of happiness and challenges."
"My stay in Japan has changed my outlook on Japanese people and Japan as a whole. What the world perceives Japan to be is very different from what it is actually like. It has been very interesting to pick up on these differences and learn more about Japan from them. I've had fun meeting heaps of people from different countries, backgrounds and cultures. I have made many friends and feel a wider connection to the world. Thank you!"
University of Melbourne
"I had a very good time staying in Kyoto and I really had a great time studying in Ritsumeikan University. I learned a lot from this experience, it taught me how to be more responsible and to be independent. This experience gave me everything I needed to learn. I was exposed to different cultures and customs of other people apart from mine. I know that I saw most parts of Japan when I explored around Kyoto. I was able to observe everything in a year, like changes in season, the rise and fall of the temperature and other natural beauties of Kyoto. I was really lucky to have studied in Ritsumeikan University. I learned a lot from my teachers; they taught me well and even shared their own culture for my own sake. I will forever treasure this experience and I will never forget that once in my lifetime I came to Kyoto and set foot in Ritsumeikan University."
Remedios de Jesus Martin
University of the Philippines
"The SKP program gives students the best opportunity not only to improve their Japanese language skills but also their understanding of Japanese culture. If you are open minded you can find friends for a lifetime and you can have the time ofyour life."
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitat
"The program is perfect to improve Japanese language. Teachers are very competent. We are very well supported by all the Office of International Affairs staff. Ritsumeikan is a very great university."
Ecole Superieure de Commerce et de Management