Report from Students: "Truth" about Studying Abroad
Gifu University International Student Center held a report session at the General Education Building on Wednesday, December 10. This report session is held every year for students who wish to study abroad or have an interest in it, and the main objective of the session is to help students collect information on studying abroad. The University has already held the session more than 10 times before. Roughly 65 people including Japanese and international students, faculty and staff members attended. During the session, Mr. Kento Takeda (4th year student of the Faculty of Education) who studied at Lund University in Sweden, Ms. Rika Kanetake (4th year student of the Faculty of Education) who studied at San Diego State University in U.S.A, Mr. Takuma Saeki (2nd year student of the Faculty of Engineering) who studied at the University of Technology, Sydney in Australia, Ms.Orie Nakamura (3rd year student of the School of Medicine) who studied at the University of Erfurt in Germany, delivered presentations using PowerPoint. In their presentations, they spoke about why they decided to study overseas, how they chose the country and local life such as environment, classes, student life and accommodation. Student speakers also gave advice to students who wish to study abroad. Later, international students studying at Gifu University from October, Mr. Lucas Caleb Patrick from San Diego State University (U.S.A) and Mr. Park Won and Mr. Kim Yangseon from Mokpo National University (South Korea), introduced their universities (location, weather, department, the number of students, etc.), sightseeing spots and food in Japanese. At the end of the session, three students participated in summer school program at Griffith University (Australia) and Seoul National University of Science and Technology (South Korea) spoke about their study-abroad experience and shared information about classes, homestay, host family and sightseeing. As a message to students who wish to study abroad, all of student speakers said that they got to meet many nice people overseas because they had courage to take a step towards their dream. In a social event held following the report session, the event participants had a chance to exchange opinions with students who have studied abroad. In a relaxed atmosphere, it became a great opportunity for participants to collect information about sister universities and come closer to the realization of their dream. During the session, a study abroad handbook and leaflet containing exchange program information and other overseas activity reports were handed out to the participants. Posters made by students who participated in summer school program were also displayed.
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