World Campus International, Inc.
True experience trip
Submitted by Fleur - Leiden University | December 09, 2015
World Campus Japan is a program unlike I had ever seen before. You will experience things that are really exclusive. Some examples are talking with a politician, visiting the deity building, having fun while informally debating with local Japanese and hanging out with university students!
Besides this exclusiveness I've also been able to experience the most true-to-reality daily life and culture of the Japanese citizens. Thanks to the full-homestay program I had a great time and even now I'm still in contact with some of my hostfamilies. This home-stay aspect may sound scary. Living in someone else's house with complete different cultures and sometimes even some sort of language barrier? But don't let this hold you back. As I've noticed, I was welcomed with open armes, and the Japanese families I stayed with were very welcoming and easy going. Be nice to them, and they will be nice to you. Even with differences in food, temperature and way of sleeping, I can assure you, you will feel at home very quickly. Oh, and futons really aren't that bad!
Another great thing about this program is that it hosts people from all over the world, so besides Japanese culture, you will come in contact with many more! I'm proud to say that now I have friends from all over the world :).
A great experience
Submitted by Vandervaeren Jean-Michel - Beaufort | October 14, 2015
I really appreciated the whole three weeks I stayed in Japan. I got to see many new things, ate many delicious food and met many kind people.
The host families greed you as a family member and I got friends with the other participants.
Those three weeks were filled with fun and wonderful experiences.
I recommend it to everyone who ever wanted to travel to Japan. It's 100% worth it.
Unforgettable experiences, life changing travel
Submitted by Iselin Erikssen - NTNU | September 28, 2015
Participating in The World Campus is one of the best things I have ever decided upon, and something that I definetely would love to do again. Through this program I have made many new friends, formed connections to different places in the world and become more social. I loved how those three weeks allowed me to see so much of Japan from the inside, and therefore understand another society much better. The families I lived with made me feel more at home than I could ever imagine living in a foreign house, in a foreign country with a family I had just met. I think this kind of experience is healthy for everyone, and I hope that others also decide to take a brave step and join the World Campus. You will never regret it!
It may look strange, but it's tasty, or at least it's an experience worth experiencing!
Submitted by Juuso Myller - University of Eastern Finland | September 27, 2015
World Campus International is truly a great opportunity in learning about Japan and Japanese culture. I myself hadn't really traveled a lot earlier, staying within the Nordics for all of my life. Because of that, such an experience as World Campus's program was something unique for me. The cultural shock, the tight but interesting schedule and the international class were undoubtedly challenges, but it was challenge I was looking for to begin with! The sheer amount of everything we experienced and learned during only three weeks is mind-boggling. From living with a host family to visiting local elementary schools and listening to an atom bomb survivor's story the program offered an extraordinary and eye-opening look in the Japanese culture, language and society. Other amazing things we had the privilege to experience include seeing an authentic Japanese swordsmith at work, experiencing different budo, such as Japanese archery (kyudo) and Shorinji kenpo, as well as see the magnificent Kumamoto castle.
The program operates in English, so vast knowledge of Japanese isn't necessary. Of course, some skill with the language helps getting even more out of the experience. The program was very well organized and the staff really helpful and friendly. To be honest, it felt more like the staff members were participants among us others, only with a little more know-how and grasp on the organizational stuff. Simply put, it felt like we were one big family :)
So, ever thought of maybe wanting to go and see Japan for yourself? Here is an extraordinary chance with well-organized program and more stuff to experience than you can imagine. Participants and new friends to make from all over the world. And while sometimes it might feel like the food looks kinda strange, it's all tasty and at least you will be one experience richer!
Exploring Japan for the first time with World Campus International!
Submitted by Tanguy Declercq - University of Ghent (UGent) | September 24, 2015
My name is Tanguy and last summer I went to Japan with World Campus International.
Let me tell you why I chose this organization. It has always been a dream to go to Japan, but I never went before. I really wanted to see Japan from a local view and be able to interact with families. With World Campus Inc. you get the opportunity to stay with host families. I think it was a great experience to share your culture with them and learn about theirs in return. You get a perfect idea of how people live over there. This is something you can't experience if you stay in a hotel or hostel.
That's not all, with WCI we visited schools, large organizations, tempels... yes, even an elderly home to interact with the people. Each of the activities was very interesting and made a great impact on me.
So I can recommend this program to everybody who really wants to get to know Japan. After the program you'll go back to your country with a lot of nice experiences and a bunch af new friends from Japan and places all over the world!