I found my room to be very comfortable and easy to live in.

Katie from 2014

Degree to which the program met your expectations:


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

As always I very much so enjoyed the cooking class as it gave me invaluable experience talking to native Japanese speakers. While it was very hot Toshimaen was fun as it brought me closer to my classmates as we enjoyed the park together.

Why did you select this program?

I selected this programme because I saw a favorable review for it in my Japanese club's newsletter, and I had been looking for a study abroad in Tokyo. I also liked how inexpensive the programme was and how the offered dormitories, which few other programmes did.

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

Every day Kanji tests, any extra grammar practice (sheets, reibun, etc.), and pair work.

Where did you reside over the course of this program?


Where did you live?

KCP Ikebukuro Ryo

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

While I was shocked by the size at first, I found my room to be very comfortable and easy to live in. It was a little cold over the winter (which really showed when I got my bills), but overall I found the dorm to be in a very pleasant location not too far from the station and supermarket. It was also a short trip to school, which made getting home not a worry at all. This semester I had some issues with a noisy neighbor, and as I'm not much for confrontation I didn't quite know what to do. I was a little too embarrassed to go directly to the dorm manager, so perhaps if there could be a comments and/or complaints box left for anonymous questions or concerns, that would create a more comfortable experience?

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KCP offered the most in learning experience and was cheaper for me as a college student.

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