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Making Japanese Friends on Study Abroad Part 1

Making Japanese Friends on Study Abroad Part 1

Making friends in a foreign country might at first seem a bit daunting. Many schools have dorms and special student orientations for study abroad life, making it relatively easy to make friends with other study abroad students. But when it comes to befriending the regular Japanese students at one’s university, it can sometimes feel a little tricky to scale the wall.

But fear not!Japanese students can be shy, but rest assured that they’re very curious and interested in getting to know foreign students. Many Japanese students themselves are studying or majoring in foreign languages, and are curious to learn more about people’s lives and perspectives in other countries. It goes without saying that making friends with Japanese students is a great way to practice your Japanese, and also gain some insight into one another’s cultures as well.

With local friends, you can discover places frequented only by locals, not to mention gain some travel buddies for journeys around Japan!

Initiative is important, but many universities have special activities and events for Japanese students and foreign exchange students to meet and talk to one another.

At School Events & Clubs

Universities work to provide opportunities for international exchange between students, so it’s a good idea to check first with your university’s international exchange center (or similar). Even if your school doesn’t have such a center, please check with student groups—they may have some good information on such events, too! Frequently, students themselves will make school clubs or “circles” (informal school clubs) for international exchange. That’s not to say you have to join an “international exchange club” just to make friends—joining an ordinary sports-themed or culture club is a great way not only to meet people, but to meet people who might not join international exchange meetings, too.

List of International Exchange Departments at Various Kyoto Universities

School Department Website
Bukkyo University International Center http://www.bukkyo-u.ac.jp/campuslife/international/about/
Doshisha University International Student Division http://ois.doshisha.ac.jp/
Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts Division of International Affairs http://www.dwc.doshisha.ac.jp/international_exchange/center.html
Hanazono Univeristy http://www.hanazono.ac.jp/
St. Agnes’ University (Heian Jyogakuin University) Cultural Creative Center http://www.heian.ac.jp/about/bunka.html
Kyoto Bunkyo University http://www.kbu.ac.jp/kbu/
Kyoto City University of Arts http://www.kcua.ac.jp/international/foreignstudents/
Kyoto College of Economics International Center http://www.kyoto-econ.ac.jp/course/course-international/
Kyoto University of Arts and Crafts http://www.kyobi.ac.jp/
The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics http://www.kcg.edu/
Kyoto Gakuen University International Exchange Center http://archive.kyotogakuen.ac.jp/international/17_4cec690737dcf/index.html
Kyoto Institute of Technology International Center http://www.kit.ac.jp/international_index/
Kyoto Kangyo University International Exchange Department http://www.kyotokango.ac.jp/nursing.php
Kyoto Koka Women’s University & College International Exchange Center http://www.koka.ac.jp/international/ie.html
Kyoto Notre Dame University International Education Department http://www.notredame.ac.jp/international/office/
Kyoto Pharmaceutical University International Exchange Center http://www.kyoto-phu.ac.jp/education_research/kokusai/
Kyoto Prefectural University Board of International Exchange http://www.kpu.ac.jp/contents_detail.php?co=cat&frmId=1366&frmCd=24-2-0-0-0
Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine International Studies Exchange Center https://www.kpu-m.ac.jp/doc/about/international.html
Kyoto Saga University of Arts http://www.kyoto-saga.ac.jp/en/
Kyoto Sangyo University International Exchange Center https://www.kyoto-su.ac.jp/international/center.html
Kyoto Seibo College http://www.seibo.ac.jp/
Kyoto Seika University International Education Department https://www.kyoto-seika.ac.jp/ie/
Kyoto Tachibana University International Office https://www.tachibana-u.ac.jp/campuslife/international/office.html
Kyoto University Japanese/Japanese Studies Center http://www.ryugaku.kyoto-u.ac.jp/
Kyoto University of Art and Design International Exchange Program http://www.kyoto-art.ac.jp/art/special/international/
Kyoto University of Education Kyoto University of Education Student Services Window #3 (Student Support Group) http://www.kyokyo-u.ac.jp/ehp/inquiry/inquiry.html
Kyoto University & Junior College of Foreign Studies International Division https://www.kufs.ac.jp/interchange/index.html#anchor-05
Kyoto Women’s University International Exchange Center http://www.kyoto-wu.ac.jp/daigaku/kokusai/gaikokujin.html
Meiji University of Integrative Medicine http://www.meiji-u.ac.jp/international
Otani University GLOBAL SQUARE http://www.otani.ac.jp/kouryu/
Ritsumeikan University International Education Center, TISA, International Exchange Lounge http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/international/intl_exchanges/
Ryukoku University Global Education Advancement Center http://intl.ryukoku.ac.jp/
Seibi University & Junior College http://uv.seibi-gakuen.ac.jp/
Carriere College of Hotel, Bridal & Travel Management http://www.kyoto-carriere.ac.jp/
Kyoto Career College of Foreign Languages http://kccfl.kufs.ac.jp/
Kyoto College of Nutritional & Medical Sciences http://www.taiwa.ac.jp/ryugaku/eiyo/japanese/
Kyoto Computer Gakuin http://www.kcg.ac.jp/
Kyoto Culinary Art College http://www.kyoto-chorishi.ac.jp/ryugaku/
Kyoto Institute of Design http://www.cdc.ac.jp
Kyoto Pastry Art College http://www.kyoto-seikagijyutsu.ac.jp/ryugaku/
The Kyoto YMCA Japanese Language School http://www.kyotoymca.or.jp/language/japanese/
NISSAN Automobile Technical College http://www.nissan-gakuen.ac.jp/school/kyoto/
YIC Kyoto Polytechnic College http://www.yic-kyoto.ac.jp/
Academy of Kansai Language School http://www.kansaigogen.com/jp/schoollife.aspx?lid=12
JCL Foreign Language School http://www.group-jcl.com/
Katsugaku Shoin http://www.katugaku/shoin
Kyoshin Language Academy http://www.kla.ac/recruit/category/newsrelease/
The Kyoto Center for Japanese Linguistic Studies, Kyoto Japanese Language School http://kjls.or.jp/meet/gathering
Kyoto Institute of Culture and Language http://www.kicl.ac.jp/jp/life/
Kyoto International Academy http://www.kia-ac.jp/old/ippan.html
Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School http://www.kyotominsai.co.jp/
Kyoto Reigaku International Academy http://reigaku.jp/
Nihongo Center https://nihongo-center.com/
Rakuhoku Japanese Language Academy http://rakuhokunihongogakuen.jimdo.com/

 

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