As some of you might already know, I was selected for the Japanese Studies Program at the Tokyo International University in Kawagoe, Saitama. It's less than a one hour drive away from Tokyo (which is really close in Japanese terms!).
Since it's already July 30th today, I decided to post something on my blog about it. Just so that everyone knows that I might be difficult to contact during that time. I will be in Japan from the 26th of August 2015 till the 2nd of January 2016.
For those who don't know, I'm going into my fourth year of my study Communication & Multimedia Design. In the fourth year we can follow a minor for 6 months on any school we want. We call it a minor in The Netherlands, but I'm not sure in English. I think you can compare it with an exchange program. We get to choose if we want to go deeper into the subjects we were already taught, or try something totally different and gain in-depth knowledge about other subjects.
Since I've been in love with Japan for ages, this was my chance! So I decided to try and apply to a Japanese University. I've been working on it since 2013! I already knew the possibilities, but since my university had no contacts with universities in Japan yet, they said I would have to figure out the most of the stuff myself. It had its ups and downs. I was searching for universities, which gave their course in English. I figured that if I would need to follow a class in Japanese, I wouldn't understand a thing, or only a really tiny part of it. So after a whole lot of searching and contacting universities, we came to the conclusion that the Avans University of Applied Sciences (my school) couldn't get a contract with a Japanese school. I received this verdict in February 2015, so I was reaching the deadline. I have to admit I panicked. Most of the Japanese universities already had their deadlines, but luckily I found the Tokyo International University.
Besides that, it was the perfect university I was looking for! It's close to Tokyo, but far enough out of the city. The classes are given in English and I get to stay with a Japanese family for a whole semester! That was exactly what I wanted.
I will mostly learn the Japanese language, besides that I will also learn about the culture, community and sorts. The exact program will be given when I arrive, so I can't really tell you guys anything about that.
Yesterday I've bought a Full HD camera, so I will probably Vlog my way through Japan, instead of writing these long blog posts. The vlogs will be in Dutch, but I'll try to translate if I have the time. I really have no clue how it will be when I'm there. Will the host family have Internet I can use all day? Will they allow me to film in the house? How intensive is the program? I really don't know.
For now I'll just make sure that everyone knows, I might not be able to contact you if you e-mail or call me since I'm out of the country. I don't know about the Internet, how much spare time I'll have, etcetera. I'll let you guys know as soon as I can.