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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

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

Unique, life-changing experience - definitely recommend!

Hello! I’m Sofia from Sweden, and this summer (2016) was my first time in Japan! I was there with World Campus Japan for three weeks in June.

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Ok so here’s a summary of my experience with WCJ:

• Life-changing - I’ve met lots of amazing people, learned so much, and also developed more confidence.

• Challenging - I mean it in a good way. I have stepped out of and expanded my comfort zone by trying new kinds of food, participating in new activities, and talking to new people.

• So worth the money - Really reasonable price! Covers everything necessary like food and transport between the cities and stuff (except whichever souvenirs and snacks you might buy for yourself). The program starts and ends in Japan though, so you’re responsible for booking your own flight to and from Japan (but the staff will greet you at the airport as soon as you arrive).
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The World Campus Japan program is not like an exchange student program - you don’t take courses or anything. This program is all about cultural exchange - immersing yourself in the Japanese culture together with a group of participants from around the world!

I first heard of this program from a teacher at my university. Going to Japan sounded exciting, but not having much confidence and being a bit scared of travelling I had a hard time deciding whether to apply for the program or not. But eventually I sent an application, and I’d say it’s one of the best choices I’ve made so far! One of the best experiences I’ve had in my life!

World Campus has support from lots of enthusiastic local institutions, schools, families, that are just as eager to meet you as you are to meet them! You stay one week with one host family in each city (one session is three weeks, and WCJ arrange three sessions in total every summer), and the days are scheduled full of awesome activities with the group. I felt so welcome and had an amazing time visiting schools and temples, trying out Japanese martial arts and crafts, and bonding with my wonderful host families. If you want to know more about what specific activities are on the schedule, take a look at their website and youtube channel, (you might even see me there :P ).

Another thing to mention - you don’t need to know a single word in Japanese to participate in the program (you only need to be able to communicate in English). But, you can be almost certain that you’re going to learn at least some Japanese along the way, whether you try to or not. :P

I highly recommend World Campus to anyone curious about Japan. This program offers a fantastic opportunity to experience Japan in a personal and unique way, that you won’t get as an ordinary tourist or exchange student.

And if you apply to their Session 1 in 2017 - see you in Japan!

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

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

I'll never forget this trip

I went into this program a senior in high school, not knowing the Japanese language, and not informed on a lot of Japanese customs. But I had a great fascination with Japanese culture so thats why I took a chance. And the experience I had was amazing. Everyday was a brand new adventure. There were so many sites to see, history to learn, and experiences to be had. There was archery, there was bamboo cutting, and interaction with students from Japan. But what really did it for me was the host families. The memories I made with people I had just met will always stay close to my heart. They were kind to me , patient. They showed me how to use chopsticks finally haha. My host sibling treated me like a brother. And my host parents reminded me of home and my family just because of how kind and open they were. I still keep in contact with them regardless of me being a country away.Every moment was exciting, nerve racking, and amazing all at the same time and I will never forget it.

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

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Experiencing another way of life

Hi,
This Programme is all about showing people Japan and showing Japanese other people. It's a simple way of experiencing the Japanese and their lifestyle, that being living with them. If you are looking for a Programme in which you will
- Learn about Japan & the Japanese people
- Learn about their culture
- Experience Japanese Festivals
( - Go To JAPAN!)
- Eat many kinds of Foods (The Host-Families try very hard - it's almost all delicious)
(*cough* Nato *cough*)
- Get to know many People
- etc.

Then you should consider checking out the Webpage for Details.

If you struggle with Embarrassing situations, Too many new people or are a very untrusting person AND are not ready enough to try to fix those things then you may end up in some unenjoyable situations. However the Staff are there to help and they ensure a safe environment where all things that do not cause physical damage to simply be laughed off. (I ran into a lot of such ... special situations ... i got the nickname Anime Protagonist ... )

The main things i gained from this Programme are:
- A great Holiday with a lot of Fun with new Friends around the Globe
- Places in Japan i can call home
- Pictures to remember
- I matured a lot as a person (i used to think americans were fools - after meting some i thought they weren't actually all that bad ... then Trump happened so yeah)(point is i learned that "American A" is not the same as "American B")
- I am confidant i could now survive in Japan on my own - nowhere close enough to "Live" there but i have learnt enough to survive there ... probably

Conclusion:
I recommend this to Everyone who A. has some spare money B. has an interest in Japan and C. wants to grow as a person
I do not recommend it to those who are A. very easily Tired B. extremely shy or C. can't handle making a leap of Faith (cause you travel alone to another country and that can be scary) However if you think that these do apply to you and you want to try this programme anyways try contacting WCI and the Staff will do their best to support you.

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

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!

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