The chance to explore Japan and challenge yourself
My year in the JTW program was a great experience, and one that helped propel me academically, socially, and professionally. While in Fukuoka, I made lifelong friends, developed my Japanese language ability, and had a chance to really challenge myself, adapting to life abroad. JTW offered me the opportunity for full immersion in the university and the city. I took classes in literature, economics, and art history, all in Japanese, making friends with my classmates. I was invited to join a research trip to Seoul organized through the University’s Korean Studies Center. I joined a “rakugo” comedy club, played tennis, and sang every Queen song there was in the karaoke halls of Hakozaki and Kashiihama. I interned at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum and UN Habitat office, helping with art exhibitions and an international conference. JTW arranged fabulous group trips – to Kumamoto Castle, to onsen hot-springs, to the pottery villages of Saga, to Nagasaki’s Peace Park, and elsewhere. With friends, I traveled to Tsushima, Yufuin, and as far north as Kanazawa. I also became friends with so many other foreign exchange students at Kyushu University. JTW really gives you the opportunity to explore Japan and challenge yourself.
Princeton University (USA)
JTW 2003-2004 (The 11th Class)
Consul for Political and Economic Affairs, U.S. Consulate Fukuoka (Japan)