Hyogo University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific


  • Name:WATSON Simon [ アメリカ ]

  • Acceptance period:Apr. 1, 2017 ~ Mar. 31, 2018
  • Acceptance university:兵庫県立大学
  • University enrolled:エバーグリーン大学

Opportunity of the studying abroad, purpose

When I study at the University of Hyogo, I would like to improve my
Japanese and learn more about Japanese culture. I would like to be able
to make jokes in Japanese and make people laugh. I would like to study
Japanese culture by making friends, working a part-time job and
traveling around the country. Most importantly I would like to make
lasting friendships and be a good representative of the US. When I
return to America, after studying abroad, I would like to find a job
where I can use Japanese. But in order to become fluent, instead of
returning to America, I would like to try working in Japan.

Experience while studying abroad

Living in Japan and studying at the University of Hyogo has greatly helped me improve my Japanese level. This last year I have learned more than I anticipated. The classes were a bit too difficult, but I still learned a lot. My reading and listening ability has progressed more than I expected. I am also now able to speak with Japanese people with confidence. Because of this I think I was able to have a deeper understanding of Japanese language and culture. I’m looking forward to seeing my progress in the future.

Results of study abroad, future goals

Before I thought I would never be able to give a presentation in Japanese, but I have and can now. Japanese comedy differs greatly from that of American, but I was still able to make a few jokes in Japanese. However, I still have a long way to go before I can become more consistent. I am more motivated than ever to continue studying and achieve my goal of becoming fluent in Japanese. As always, I’m looking forward to seeing my progress in the future.