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USAC JAPAN: Nagasaki - Japanese Language, Society & Culture
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USAC JAPAN: Nagasaki - Japanese Language, Society & Culture

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Amazing!

I had the best time of my life in Nagasaki! I met so many amazing friends and saw beautiful japan! I never wanted to leave Japan, but experiencing has made me want to go back more and more! Japan was beautiful, the food was amazing, and the people were great. I'd go and do the program all over again if I could!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    8

The best way to experience Japan

The JASIN program at Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies does an incredible job of helping every student really experience Japan to the fullest extent possible. The Japanese courses are super helpful, the conversation partner program is a great way to branch out, and the school is constantly offering odd-jobs and events for any student interested. The staff from both USAC and JASIN were always helpful. I'd absolutely recommend JASIN to anyone.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    6

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Nagasaki- the path less traveled

Nagasaki is a great place to study abroad if you want to really be immersed in the culture and have an authentic experience. Nagasaki is located in a mountainous area where the transportation is not as developed as other parts of Japan so traveling out of the city is more difficult than if you were in one of the other locations in Japan. That being said, I took this as a benefit. I rarely saw another foreigner besides the other students in my program since not a lot of people travel there. I also had a lot of history since it was the port the first foreigners entered and because of this, there are a lot of local sites you can see, such as Glover Gardens, Chinatown, and Dejima; where foreigners lived, and there is much more to see. Christianity was also introduced here so you can see churches and also Christian shrines which you can't see anywhere else! This also led to the Obon festival in Nagasaki to be the largest in Japan due to the Christians celebrating this Buddhist custom to a higher level to try to cover up that they were Christians. This can be seen with the huge boats that are used in the parade and the extensive use of fireworks.

I would highly recommend doing a homestay. I got to travel with my family and eat amazing food I couldn't get anywhere else. My fondest memories were with my host family.

The academics were not challenging and were pretty easy for me with a small workload, but I also come from a more rigorous university and major than a lot of the other students who found some classes to be more difficult and had more homework than they were used to, so it really depends on what you are used to at your university.

  • University Studies Abroad Consortium responded to this review June 21, 2017 at 1:11 PM

    Thank you for the great review, we appreciate your feedback on the program and are glad you had a good time in Nagasaki!