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The World Campus - Get Unique Access to Japan!

Take part in a short-term summer study program located in different regions across Japan with World Campus International, Inc. This 3-week program offers participants the...

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Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Great opportunity to learn many things along with wonderful people

World campus was definitely something im happy i did. It helped me get to know Japan first hand. Every experience was so memorable especially since you share it with others. The people you travel with really become like family and that is something i found very special. The program not only taught us about japan but also went in depth with certain subjects that are truly important to the people of Japan.
Staying with Host families further enriches the experience, by exposing you to the everyday life of a Japanese home. You grow very attached and by the end of it you consider them family.
I would participate in the program again if given the chance. Everyone is wonderful and I gained friends I would have never met had i not joined World Campus.

Program: The World Campus - Get Unique Access to Japan!

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    N/A

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

An awesome experience

So I had a great time in Japan and it turned out that this program fitted me perfectly. For the last year before participating I've studied Japanese and it was a good way to put it into practice. The program doesn't require any knowledge in the language but if you do, or want to do you will get a lot of opportunities to practise while taking part in great communities. Anything from learning how to cook Japanese omelette to cutting bamboo in the forest. Weather you want to visit every shrine in sight or just want to stay around a camp fire with your host family and their friends, -turning into a dance party, this program is simply put full of opportunities and it is great. It is a great moral boost to be surrounded by 40 school children calling out your name. And the best part, except for all the nice people and delicious food, the only thing that is required from you is that you are decent and have an interest, how great isn't that? :D

The only downside to this program is that after weeks you will have to leave your family (not your host family but family- period) and friends. Thank ... what ever or whomever you want to thank, for the internet so that you could keep in touch. Loved it!

Program: The World Campus - Get Unique Access to Japan!

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    9

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

A unique way of going to Japan

I have a big interest in Japanese culture, and wanted to really experience and learn the everyday life in Japan. World Campus is a great opportunity to do exactly that! I got to stay with three different host families. All of them were different, so it was very interesting to learn about every family's way of living. They were all very kind to me, and I can't wait to see them again!
The group I traveled with were an awesome bunch of people from 11 different countries. We had so much fun together, and it's really amazing how close you can get in such a short amount of time.
I experienced so many great things. Both visiting beautiful and interesting places, but mostly meeting all the locals from the different cities. I got to meet so many people, and because of that, I also got to train my understanding of Japanese a lot.
I would definitely recommend World Campus if you're looking for a different way of traveling to Japan, and get to experience and meet people you would never be able to, if you went by yourself. Or if you just want to travel with an awesome group of people. You'll suddenly have a network of people in Japan, and at least three lovely families to come back too, when you visit Japan later!

Program: The World Campus - Get Unique Access to Japan!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

A truly rewarding way to spend your summer

This program gave me some of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. I tried so many new things, and I met so many interesting people. It was a real adventure.

In this program I learned a lot of new things about myself, Japan, and other cultures as well. This is however not a study abroad program, as there are no formal learning situations. You learn by interacting with other people. These people include Japanese of all ages in different occupations, and other program participants from all over the world. You also learn by trying new things, or things you don't do often. This could be speaking Japanese, performing dances or songs, learning about Japanese history, going to tea ceremonies, doing zen meditation, playing Japanese games, speaking in front of an audience, working in a tempura store, taking a bath in a onsen and much more.

The host families were very kind and welcoming, and they did their best to help me practice my Japanese. The english level varies from family to family, but you don't need to have studied Japanese for this program to be successful. I was a bit shy, and not so confident in speaking Japanese, so I didn't learn as much Japanese as I could have. The families will cook real home-made Japanese food for you, and that is not something you can easily get outside the homes. When doing homestay, you learn how Japanese families actually live, and you will understand Japan better.

In this programmed you will be challenged, and you might get exhausted at times. But the memories and the new perspectives you gain make it truly worth it.

I believe this program has made me grow as a person, and I am really glad I joined.

Program: The World Campus - Get Unique Access to Japan!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Japan 2016

This year was the second time I joined World Campus and if I could join again next year, I'd be really happy

Overall the program is awesome. You get to experience Japanese culture very closely, while you also meet a lot of people from different countries. And this is what makes this program so fun. Even if you are not THAT interested in Japan, you'll still make new international friends in this program.

Another important thing to mention are the host families: It's completely different than just going on a vacation somewhere. You actually get to interact a lot with the locals. And even if you don't speak Japanese, in my experience, you'll make the communication work somehow. I had a friend who literally didn't speak a single word of Japanese and he still managed to survive.

In conclusion, if you want to explore Japan and have a great time with friends while doing so, this is what I would recommend.

Program: The World Campus - Get Unique Access to Japan!

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