Hyogo University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific


  • Name:K.G. [ 韓国 ]

  • Acceptance period:Jan. 24, 2018 ~ Feb. 7, 2018
  • Acceptance university:甲南女子大学
  • University enrolled:淑明女子大学校

Opportunity of the studying abroad, purpose

In the process of choosing university entrance examination after the completion of the college entrance examination at the third grade of high school, I had experienced a trip with my mother to Japan. Until then, Japan was only a ‘neighbor country’ and not a big interest. But the first travel in Japan made many changes. Clean streets, friendly people and their culture gave me the feeling that I want to study more about Japan. Because of this influence, I went to Sookmyung Women’s University, Department of Japan, and since then I have been studying about Japan for two years. However, I was disappointed that I could not go to Japan for two years, but thanks to this Japanese culture experience, I was able to relieve the sadness. It was a great attraction that you can experience and feel their culture directly rather than going on a simple trip. Especially homestay was more attractive because it is not easy to experience. Also, I wanted to make Japanese friends from old times, but I felt sorry for not having good opportunities. I applied hoping to make a lot of good friends through this study abroad.

Experience while studying abroad

From January 24th to February 7th, my experience in Japan has become an unforgettable memory. Starting with a welcome reception, there were many programs such as homestay, many special lectures, Takarazuka viewing, Kyoto tour, farewell party. Among them, homestay, Kyoto tour, and viewing Takarazuka are the most memorable. I was worried about the unfamiliar environment before the homestay, but thanks to the friendly family, I was able to get many memories. On the first day, I ate Sukiyaki with my family at home and went to the hot springs to relax. On the second day, I went to Osaka to shop, visit Osaka Castle and Osaka Harukasu, and at night I climbed Mt. Rokko and watched the night view of Kobe, Osaka and Kyoto. On the last day, I went to Akashi, the main branch of Takoyaki, and I visited the market and ate takoyaki and experienced their culture. My favorite city in Japan, Kyoto tour has become a special memory with my Japanese assistant friends. We were able to experience Kyoto by sightseeing Kinkaku-ji Temple and Kiyomizu Temple together. Lastly, I did not fully appreciate the performance of the Takarazuka theater because of my Japanese ability, but I was not bored with the acting power of the actors and the splendor of the stage. Besides these three programs, all programs are precious experience for me.

Results of study abroad, future goals

I have learned a lot from studying two weeks, but the greatest value is the 'people'. I was able to meet many people who hosted this event, professors who gave nice lectures, A group friends, homestay families. I have gained and felt a lot in the relationship with these people. What I learned in my relationship with people has become a precious experience that I will never forget. Also, in Korea, I did not have a chance to practice Japanese even if I studied Japanese. It was good that I could stay in Japan for two weeks and improve my conversational ability by using Japanese.
My dream is to promote Korean culture abroad as a ‘cultural marketer’. In order to do so, the ability to understand the language and culture of other countries is essential. Therefore, because I need to improve my Japanese ability, I will first study Japanese hard in Korea and plan to study abroad in Japan in the long run if I have a chance. I would like to come back to Japan later and have a chance to study more deeply about culture as well as language.