The most interesting aspect is the different ways in which the learning process takes place.

Néstor from Fall 2019

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

The Yamanashi Trip was my favorite event because I was able to bond not only with my fellow students, but with the professors. Additionally, it was a great insight into Japanese culture done in a very short time frame.

What were the most productive and interesting aspects of the program for you? The least interesting and productive?

The most interesting aspect is the different ways in which the learning process takes place, be it with textbook, presentations, dictation, practiced conversation, etcetera. This includes interacting with the professors in school events. It's really hard to criticize the program because I found it both interesting and productive, but if I were to say one thing about it, it would be that on the last week before the final test, we were still handing in homework and taking tests, which made it harder to practice for the final exam.

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

I would say: tests and drill practices were the most helpful.

What did you find most valuable in the Culture Course?

The fact that it was guided by the KCP staff, it made it easier and stress free to learn from these resources.

Anything you especially liked in the living arrangements? Any problems you experienced?

I liked the fact that most of my piers were staying at the same dorm. It made it studying in groups and going to sightsee together a lot easier.

Any comments or tips for prospective/new KCP students?

You will love Japan and it will be a hard goodbye once it ends, it happened to me. With that said, the hardest goodbye won't be to the country, but to the people you will bond with. So make the best of it and cherish the moments.

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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!

Brenna Morlock