Brandon T., Japan – Global & International Studies, Meiji Gakuin University (Sociology)

Studying abroad was easily the best experience of my life. This chapter of my life may have ended, but it just means the start of another adventure. ACADEMICS What types of classes did you take abroad and how did they compare to UCSB? While I was abroad I took several courses pertaining to my major, … More Brandon T., Japan – Global & International Studies, Meiji Gakuin University (Sociology)

Adilenne T., Japan – Global & International Studies, Meiji Gakuin University (Political Science)

Don’t feel discouraged about the path less traveled. Japan is so pretty and there’s so much to learn. ACADEMICS 1. What types of classes did you take abroad and how did they compare to UCSB? I took courses to fulfill my political science upper div requirements, more specifically, one comparative politics class and two political … More Adilenne T., Japan – Global & International Studies, Meiji Gakuin University (Political Science)

Meryn O. – International Christian University, (Linguistics Major and Japanese Minor)

ACADEMICS What types of classes did you take abroad and how did they compare to UCSB? While studying ICU, I was taking classes for my major and as well taking Japanese language courses. What was your favorite class abroad?  The language courses I took while abroad were the best classes because I was able to … More Meryn O. – International Christian University, (Linguistics Major and Japanese Minor)

Sally H., Japan – International Christian University (History of Public Policy)

Konichiwa! Oh, boy what an amazing experience it was abroad. It was honestly life-changing, and I don’t mean that to be cliche because my 3 months abroad really taught me what life is like. ACADEMICS What types of classes did you take abroad and how did they compare to UCSB? While abroad, I took 1 … More Sally H., Japan – International Christian University (History of Public Policy)

Michelle M., Japan – International Christian University (Sociology)

One memorable day started off at Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Gifu Prefecture and ended at Golden-Gai, a district in Shinjuku, Tokyo famous for its nightlife; only in Japan is such a day possible, where Shinkansen bullet trains zip you from one prefecture to another and historical sites stand next to high-tech arcade … More Michelle M., Japan – International Christian University (Sociology)

Charles N., Japan – International Christian University (Global Studies & Political Science)

ACADEMICS What types of classes did you take abroad and how did they compare to UCSB? I took classes mostly relating to my majors as well as one cultural history class.  What was your favorite class abroad?  Japanese Politics Did you intern, volunteer, or conduct fieldwork or research abroad?  If so, tell us about your … More Charles N., Japan – International Christian University (Global Studies & Political Science)

Vivian C., Japan – Beginning Japanese, Osaka Univ. (Communication)

Revolving sushi bars, naked bonding time with friends and yelling until you lose your voice. What more can you ask for? ACADEMICS 1. What types of classes did you take abroad and how did they compare to UCSB? I only took Japanese classes during the program, which counted as 12 units towards my foreign language … More Vivian C., Japan – Beginning Japanese, Osaka Univ. (Communication)

Shela Ho, Japan, Keio University (Economics & Global Studies)

What was your biggest fear about studying abroad that turned out to be no big deal?  My greatest fear prior to studying abroad was becoming behind in the recruiting process, as I would be missing out on Accounting job fairs and internship dates. However, after returning from my studies and internships from abroad, I found … More Shela Ho, Japan, Keio University (Economics & Global Studies)

Phanitta Chomsinsap, Japan, Tohoku University (Electrical Engineering)

1. What was your biggest fear about studying abroad that turned out to be no big deal? In the beginning, I feared that it would be hard to make friends, but it turned out to be the opposite. I made so many friends from different UCs, international students, and Japanese students. There are a lot of … More Phanitta Chomsinsap, Japan, Tohoku University (Electrical Engineering)