Hyogo University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific


  • Name:K.A [ 日本 ]

  • Acceptance period:Aug. 23, 2023 ~ May. 3, 2024
  • Acceptance university:セントマーチンズ大学
  • University enrolled:神戸国際大学

Opportunity of the studying abroad, purpose

I am working hard every day to learn English with the goal of finding a job at a global company in the future. Studying abroad has been my dream and goal since elementary school. I have been supported and helped by many people in my life. Through this study abroad program, I would like to not only improve my language skills, but also develop the ability to live independently. In addition, I would like to experience a culture and history different from that of Japan and meet people of various nationalities to understand diversity and acquire an international sense of values. I will do my best to actively use English and live each day without regrets. I am full of expectations and anxieties about what my life as an exchange student will be like, but I want to challenge myself and try new things for the first time so that I can return home one year later proud that this program was meaningful to me and lead to my personal growth.

Experience while studying abroad

More than four months have passed since I came to study in the United States. Now I have gotten used to life in the U.S. and have made many friends. Compared to when I first arrived, I feel that my listening skills have improved, as well as my ability to express what I want to say in English. Although there are still many areas that I need to work on, I have more opportunities to have my local friends tell me that my English is better than before, and this gives me confidence.
I went on a trip to New York during the winter vacation. New York was a very lively city with a completely different atmosphere from the area where I live now. We rented an apartment together and enjoyed shopping and sightseeing in Times Square every day. And for the first time in my life, I welcomed the new year outside of my country. I miss my family and New Year's in Japan, but I also enjoyed the American Happy New Year with thousands of fireworks. I never imagined that I would spend New Year's in New York, so it was a memory that I will never forget! I would like to devote myself even more to the remaining four months and show you how much I have grown since I returned to Japan.

Results of study abroad, future goals

The day has finally come for me to return to Japan. The past nine months have flown by and every day has been fulfilling. The thing I think I have grown the most is that I am not afraid of failure. Before I came to Japan, I had very few opportunities to speak English, and I did not know how good my speaking and listening skills were. Because of this, I thought I had to speak using the perfect grammar I had learned, and I was afraid of speaking with incorrect grammar, which made me uncomfortable in English conversation. However, as I met and talked with many friends there, I became more confident in English conversation, even though I had been nervous and afraid to speak at first. I used to think about grammar in my brain before speaking, but now the words come out naturally without being conscious of grammar. I also feel that my listening ability has improved significantly. It took me some time to understand what my friends were saying, and I had some frustrating experiences when I could not carry on a good conversation with them. I will continue to challenge myself without fear of failure, and I will work hard every day so that the next time I meet my friends from my study abroad experience, they will say, “Your English has improved even further.’’