As part of my International Studies degree at USC, I was lucky enough to be able to spend a full year at Doshisha University in the beautiful and historic city of Kyoto, Japan. During the past two semesters, I have been able to take daily Japanese classes, as well as select interesting and relevant electives such as Education in Japan (taught in Japanese!) which will help in my future career. The professors are very welcoming and understanding and go out of their way to help you. I feel my Japanese ability has skyrocketed and I now feel comfortable using the language in a professional setting, one of my goals for this experience.
Beyond the education aspect, living in Kyoto has also been an incredible experience. One of my first purchases was a second-hand bike, and this allowed for budget-friendly sightseeing after school and on weekends. Riding to world-famous heritage sights such as Kinkaku-ji (the Golden Pavillion) and Fushimi-Inari Taisha with my friends are memories that will stay with me long after I’m back in Australia. Kyoto is also a short train trip from other major cities such as Osaka, Kobe and Nara. Each of these are perfect for a day trip or a weekend stay. P.S. the best food in Japan can be found in Osaka!
By living in an International Dorm and by joining in many different extra-curricular activities, I was also able to make many friends from around the world. Doshisha offers a range of club activities and no matter what you’re into, there will surely be one for you.
This year would not have been possible without my USC teachers, the USC International staff and the Doshisha University International Office. I was helped through the whole process; visas, scholarships, subject selection etc. and it went as smoothly as possible. I honestly couldn’t recommend studying abroad through USC any higher. I would be happy to chat to any first or second year students interested in studying in Japan, particularly and Doshisha University to discuss my experiences and recommendations.