Calvin’s ISE Experience


What is it like to study abroad in Japan?

Hear all about the ISE exchange student experience from Calvin, a U.S. student participating in a 3-month cultural exchange in Japan.

Calvin chose to study abroad in Japan this spring! Calvin describes his experience studying abroad as a great language and cultural experience. Some of his favorite highlights included: meeting some other foreign exchange students who had been to America from Japan, joining the soccer club, spending quality time with his host family, and experiencing a new way of life. Calvin loves the school and the teachers, his Japanese has really improved, and he is having a great time overall!

Studying abroad provides access to a wider range of courses, research facilities, and academic resources, allowing students to explore new areas of interest and pursue unique educational opportunities. Experiencing different cultures, traditions, and perspectives enriches one’s personal and cultural knowledge, fostering a sense of open-mindedness and appreciation for diversity. It’s important to note that individual experiences may vary, and the advantages of studying abroad can depend on factors such as the destination, the specific program, and the individual student’s mindset and goals.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.” – Mark Twain

ISE Exchange Student Calvin in Japan

Check out Calvin’s YouTube video here!


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