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UGA Exchange - Osaka University : Testimonials (Osaka)

The following program testimonial responses have been selected for publication by Education Abroad
Final Reflection Questions
What were the most significant take-aways from your experience?
1.) A better understanding of the educational system in Japanese higher education
2.) Confidence boost in language skills and ability to function in Japanese society
3.) Encouragement and motivation to intensely study the Japanese culture and language
4.) Personal growth; I feel better prepared to do things on my own (such as solo travelling) but also recognize when to ask for help
5.) An international network of friends to help me explore other parts of the world
— Hannah Turner, Academic Year 2015
What are your words of advice to students considering this program?
If you are looking for intensive Japanese courses in OUSSEP, be prepared to self-study and/or go out of your way to take MAPLE courses on the Minoh campus. Of course, practicing your Japanese is what will make your skills improve faster, but if you need a class-like structure to learn then do your best to prepare ahead of time. Osaka University is in a prime location to experience a variety of cultures within Japan; reach out to others and travel often if you get the chance!
— Hannah Turner, Academic Year 2015
How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?
I was able to experience many new teaching styles. As a future teacher, I feel I learned a lot about pedagogy and what I would like to incorporate into my classroom. This exchange motivated me to further my studies and showed me areas of the Japanese language that I had not put much thought into before. Now, I understand that there will be an even heavier emphasis on linguistics, not just familiarity with the language. I now have a clearer idea of what I should be doing in order to be an effective teacher.
— Hannah Turner, Academic Year 2015