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STUDY ABROAD | FACULTY OF LAW

STUDY ABROAD AND LANGUAGE TRANING

Since our international exchange system started in 1997 at Kurume University, a total of 26 students have been selected from the Law faculty to study overseas at affiliated schools. Ten students studied at University of New Castle upon Tyne (Britain) and Liverpool John Moores University (Britain), nine students at Southern Oregon University (U.S.), six students at Nankai University (China), Jilin University (China) and Beijin International Studies University (China), and one student at Jeonju University (Korea).
It has become usual in this way to study overseas while being a student at our school. Because the period abroad is also counted in the years of enrollment, students can graduate in four years without any problem.

“I want to brush up my foreign-language skills while experiencing foreign culture and life in person.”
“I want to deepen my own academic discipline overseas.”
“I want to play an active part traveling around the world in the future.”
“I want to have substantial experiences, not just merely traveling or studying abroad.”
“I want to live a distinct life of my own different from other people.”
And the wish list continues.

It is emphatically advised for people with such strong wills and goals to apply for the chance to participate in the international exchange system offered by our university.
Moreover, Kurume University has been annually opening various short-term language training courses (the United States, Britain, Germany, France, China, and Republic of Korea) during the long spring and summer vacations. These programs range from two weeks to four weeks with credit also transferred.
Both long-term study abroad and language training are also subsidized by the parents' association of the law students. Please refer to the Web pages for the International Exchange Center for details about study abroad and language training.
The following will introduce opinions of the law students who have participated in the study abroad and language training programs. Would you like to write additional pages about your own experience in the programs in this valuable record of university life? It will surely be an event of new self-discovery.

STUDENTS' VOICE FROM OVERSEAS STUDY EXPERIENCES

Southern Oregon University (US) -- Y.M.

Southern Oregon University (US) I studied English at ALA (American Language Academy) for the first half of the year. At first I was always complaining about the high tuition, but gradually I started to notice the ALA teachers gave out more than the student could expect. I tried to make efforts to express myself in English at school to show I was joining in the class. Everybody tried to be of help and listened gently with patience to the English-with-errors spoken by a Japanese international exchange student.

One time three or four American students announced projects on their respective agendas when the teacher requested an opinion specifically from the Japanese perspective to take advantage of a Japanese student who happened to be there. That was my first occasion to give a 10-15 minute response speech in the United States. Although I noticed lots of errors when I reviewed the speech in my mind, and therefore felt very uneasy about whether they understood me, many students came over to me when the class was over to give me encouraging words such as “it was very good” and “you did your best, didn't you?” I was so happily impressed. I am going to take the TOEIC and want to get more than 800. I am thinking of watching films and constantly communicating with American friends to maintain my present command of English.

University of Newcastle (Britain) -- Y.H.

Only English was studied intensively between April and August. From September, while attending classes as other ordinary students, I also joined an in-sessional course in English. Writing skills were demanded after June and I had to spend quite busy days in writing papers. The themes of the papers written are listed in the following for reference.

- Pre-sessional Course “About the motivation of a child's volition to study”
- Foundation Course “The difference between Western and Japanese manners”
- Communication Skill “Teacher's role in helping children to enhance study volition and how to motivate them”
- Psychology of Education “Behavior psychology of children based on the stick-and-carrot effect”

University of NewcastleNow I feel it neither painful nor bitter to communicate in English with people from other nations, I've started to think to further enhance my command to the extent I can use the language for diplomacy, searching for an occasion to play an active part not only in Japan but also overseas as a sophisticated Japanese cosmopolitan. My present target to acquire a license in the Japanese language to teach foreigners has been part of an ongoing effort. I'm planning to go abroad again one year later to further mature.

Jilin University (China) -- Y.K.

Jilin University (China) There are two semesters at Jilin University, the 1st semester runs from September to January, while the 2nd runs from March to June, with the school day being from 8:00 to 11:30AM. Ordinary foreign students do not have a class in the afternoon. There are five grades of classes from which students can select the one most appropriate for their individual level, with the beginners' class offering A, B, and C, above which there are one intermediate class and another for advanced.

Honestly speaking, there is almost no place for entertainment, and I think it is a very good place for studying. Despite my brief stay of only a half year, I learned lots of things in addition to the Chinese language. I will be a member of society very soon and I'm determined to get a job related to China. I think I will be taking advantage of what I have learned in the past half year so that many more things can be obtained.


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