United States University v.s. Japanese University

University. I am pretty sure we all wish to experience life as a university student. The campus life, meeting new people, having the freedom, learning what you love, whatever the case may be, we all dream of attending a university at some time of our lives.

The exciting campus life that everyone looks forward too. Photo Credit: Tapshield

The exciting campus life that everyone looks forward too. Photo Credit: Tapshield

Well, does that experience change according to the country? Heck yea it does! How do I know? Well, I am a Japanese student who goes to a university in Japan, AND a university in the United States. I am an exchange student studying in the United States for a year, and after attending school in the United States for about 6 months I can tell you, its different than Japan.  First, let me tell you about the 2 schools I go to.

Furman University

A beautiful view of the lake on Furman University

A beautiful view of the lake on Furman University. Photo Credit: fineartamerica

I am currently attending Furman University in South Carolina. It was ranked 2nd in the United States as the most rigorous school and it is also said to have one of the most beautiful campuses in the United States. Pretty cool, right? Well, I am fortunate enough to spend a year here as an exchange student. There are more and more Japanese students studying abroad recently. You can check more of it here!I already breezed through half of it and noticed some differences here and back in my home university. Let me tell you a little about my university back home.

Waseda University

The famous statue of Waseda University founder, Ookuma Shigenobu. Photo Credit: Jewishbusinessnews

The famous statue of Waseda University founder, Ookuma Shigenobu. Photo Credit: Jewishbusinessnews

Waseda University. Located in the middle of Tokyo, Japan, it is considered as the top private universities in Japan. I am attending the School of International Liberal Studies department in Waseda University. Oh yea, thats one quick difference compared to Furman, we have to pick our majors before entering the university. We choose what we want to major and enter the department beforehand. So, if you wanted to major in political science, you would have to be accepted by the political science department of Waseda university. Thats just one small difference.

Here is a little slideshow showing a little of both life in Waseda and Furman! Check it out!

After experiencing a little life on both universities there are BIG differences and small differences that I want to share with you guys so be posted!!

Learn more about studying in Japan here!

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