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The program is very well organized and worth the investment.

Cristina from Winter 2014

Which events or activities did you find the most satisfying and why?

The U.S. Program Culture Class was definitely the most satisfying part, as it gave us a chance to gain the context of Japanese culture to aid in our studies of the language.

What were your goals in attending the KCP program?

To refresh and refine my knowledge of Japanese while having the chance to be immersed in the Japanese lifestyle

Why did you select this program?

The most important reason why I selected the program was for it's affordability. As a graduated student, I am paying for the program through my own personal funds without the help of any university financial aid or scholarships. Affordability and value of the program were essential in my decision, and KCP has exceeded my expectations.

What activities or materials did you find most helpful (e.g., pair work, drill practice, tests, small group sessions, textbooks, games)?

I found the pair work and games to be most helpful, especially as these activities focused on my weakest area--speaking. With practice throughout this term, I have become much more confident in speaking.

What did you find most valuable in the Culture Course?

Learning about various aspects of the Japanese culture (most especially the Psychology and Religion lecture) really helped to provide context for the development and present manifestation of the language, as well as context for understanding and becoming familiar with the Japanese lifestyle.

Where did you reside over the course of this program?

Dormitory

Where did you live?

Ikebukuro Dorm

Were you pleased with the general living arrangements? Anything you especially liked? Any problems you experienced?

I was very glad that there were several other students (especially other returning U.S. program students) also living in the same dorm. This really made it easier to make friends and get adjusted to the dorm life.

Any further thoughts or tips for those considering the program or new KCP students?

The program is very well organized and worth the investment, especially if you take advantage of every opportunity available (and there are many) to practice and reinforce the concepts taught in class. It's also a great opportunity for general cultural exchange, as students come from several different countries, different backgrounds, and with different goals. If at all possible, consider staying for more than a single term to really take advantage of the immersive experience.

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If you want a challenge, then this program in definitely what you’re looking for. I came into the program with very basic knowledge of Japanese and am definitely excited about how much I have improved. Learning a language isn’t instant and it takes a while to sink in, but the longer you’re here you become more motivated to utilize what you learn and to continue to progress in your studies. And all of the instructors and office staff are some of the most friendly and approachable people I have ever met. They really make the whole experience quite enjoyable!

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