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KCP was a cost-effective way to study Japanese in Japan.

Adam from 2014

Which events or activities did you find the most satisfying and why?

I most enjoyed the cooking class at the library, because I had a chance to speak with Japanese people my age. I think that having more extracurricular events wherein one can speak with Japanese people would be very beneficial; speaking with one's classmates is certainly helpful, but speaking to someone who uses natural Japanese speech is much more effective when learning Japanese.

Which co-curriculum classes did you find most satisfying?

I really enjoyed the course on kabuki, mostly because the lecturer had very interesting anecdotal stories to tell alongside the historical lesson.

Why did you select this program?

KCP was a cost-effective way to study Japanese in Japan without having to apply to a university program. The program also had clear English support in its online application, which made the process easier. I also found the reviews of the program to be nearly all positive.

What activities or materials did you find most helpful (e.g., pair work, drill practice, tests, small group sessions, textbooks, games)?

I found the daily kanji quizzes to be helpful in learning kanji, since they forced me to actively study the kanji every day rather than just for a large test. Writing the grammar sentences for the N2 grammar was also helpful in learning the correct way in which to use the grammar.

Where did you reside over the course of this program?

Dormitory

Where did you live?

Minami-Kasai

Were you pleased with the general living arrangements? Anything you especially liked? Any problems you experienced?

The living arrangements were perfect for living by oneself. I would absolutely stay in this dorm again if I were to choose dorm housing. Its proximity to a grocery store is also a huge plus.

Any further thoughts or tips for those considering the program or new KCP students?

Make sure that you get to know your classmates from other countries; practicing speaking with them will most likely be your primary method of practicing speaking Japanese.

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I wanted to be in a major city in Japan and learn Japanese, and this program had good reviews online in addition to being affiliated with several universities that I knew of. There was also a decent amount of information available online from non-official sources, which gave me good information on living arrangements and general life as a student.

—Steffan Achtmann