This blog was specifically set up for my 2017 summer foreign exchange to Kyoto. While this blog and my school assignments are different, I will definitely talk about them along with my general thoughts and experiences throughout my time abroad.

About The Program

The program is part of the College of DuPage Summer Language Study Abroad. The program has a large emphasis on language and culture, which is a huge reason why I chose it over typical study abroad programs that just have you take classes based off your major/degree. The program includes 2 classes, a Japanese and humanities course. The Japanese course is a typical language course where students are taught how to speak, read, and comprehend to the language, while the humanities course takes students to different cultural places and immerse them into the Japanese lifestyle and culture.

The places we will be visiting during our study abroad include the following:

  • Ryoanjin
  • Kinkakuji
  • Tenryuji
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
  • Kiyomizu-dera
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Osaka Castle
  • Sanjusangen-do
  • Eikando
  • Byodoin
  • Heian Jingu
  • Gion Corner
  • Osaka  Ramen Museum
  • Meiji Snack Factory
  • Mt Iwata Monkey Park
  • Hiroshima
  • Miyajima
  • Nijo Castle
  • Nara Park
  • Todaiji
  • Daikakuji
  • Nishijin Textile Center
  • Ginkakuji
  • Gion Matsuri
  • Kyoto City Zoo
  • Nanzenji

I will also be going to Tokyo outside of the program

About The Author

I am a 20 year old college sophomore currently attending College of DuPage. I am majoring in accounting, but I have taken 4 Japanese courses alongside my major’s courses. Ever since I got interested in Shinto mythology as a kid, I’ve always been really interested in the Japanese language and culture. I also enjoy music, various creative outlets (drawing, crochet, etc), and botany.