Japan

University of Auckland students have the opportunity to study at seven partner universities in Japan: Hiroshima University, Keio University, Kyoto University, Sophia University, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, University of Tokyo, and Waseda University.

Let’s hear what our students have to say…

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Tokyo is a mix of new and old; they have kept many traditional aspects of their culture and old buildings while transforming their city into a high-tech mecca. This makes the city that much more exciting and there is something for everyone. As the majority of the population cannot speak English, it can be difficult for those with no background in their language. However, the people are very accommodating and always willing to help.

– Jennifer, Keio University

Kyoto is considered the cultural capital of Japan, and while there were several busy areas, I felt a tranquil air that seemed different from other cities like Tokyo. While riding on my bicycle around town I could see various temples tucked around regular houses and shops, while famous tourist destinations like Arashiyama and Ginkakuji were a simple bus or train ride away from the center of the city. I had plenty of opportunities to visit many wonderful places. My exchange took place during the autumn/winter seasons, and certainly it was colder than Auckland! But the changes in scenery, from the fire-red maple trees in autumn to snow in winter, were beautiful in their own right.

– Ariani, Kyoto University

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Campus locates at center of the city with Tokyo Tower coming into view. As its long history, Keio has a few old buildings as well as newly constructed ones surrounded by many greens. The combination of these gave a great environment to study in.

– Conny, Keio University

As we entered downtown Tokyo I was immediately captivated by the tall buildings, flashing signs, giant and busy crosswalks and the never-ending list of places to visit and things to see and do. Overall, I was excited about getting to know Tokyo more. The streets were clean, the people were extremely friendly, and the food was some of the best I have had in my entire life.

– Bobby, Sophia University

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There were a lot of student clubs to join and meet local students, and there were always some clubs you have never heard about. One of my goals was to learn Japanese culture so I joined the Tea Ceremony club. I was completely new to Tea Ceremony but the teacher and other members were very kind to teach me and explain the reasons behind each step. I appreciated the spirit of customer service, which is fully expressed in Tea Ceremony.

 – Conny, Keio University

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My favourite place on campus would be the student cafeteria! That is one of the reason why I think Japanese student life is wonderful. The food there was cheap, yummy and healthy! Outside the campus, several shops restaurants are there to explore. There are two stations nearby the campus with four different subway lines you can access to. That basically can take you to all the major places in heart of Tokyo, which is also the heart of Japan I would say. I usually hung out with friends after class as the train takes you everywhere until very late at night. That was why I always ended up being out late, having heaps of fun.

– Conny, Keio University

For me, the best part about Tokyo was their great attention to detail. This makes their food delicious and always of high quality. It is also extremely clean, possibly one of the cleanest places in the world. The cost of living is comparably cheaper than Auckland, especially because the university dorms are subsidized for students and the diverse range of food available that can fit every budget

– Jennifer, Keio University

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I found Tokyo to be an extremely easy place to live. The public transport is amazing, everything is very convenient and on time, food and drink is cheap, and my rent at the dorms was also very cheap, contrary to normal Tokyo prices.

– Erin, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Japanese people are generally extremely orderly and love to queue up flawlessly for everything from famous ramen shops to public transport. It is amazingly simple to get around Tokyo by public transport, and rarely is there any delay except for snow-related anarchy which makes sense in a city where it rarely snows. People are polite to a fault and generally very friendly. Tokyo citizens both interested in and welcoming of foreign people despite language barriers. Compared to New Zealand, food is amazingly affordable as well as being of a generally much higher standard- absolutely exceptional! The city is extremely clean, almost rubbish free and has an amazing recycling system in place. Also, Tokyo never sleeps but feels very safe.

– Lisa, Sophia University

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