|Atomic Bomb Domr|
|Itsukushima Shrine at Miyajima|
The University of Hawaii at Manoa has a couple of options for those wanting to study abroad. There is MIX or Manoa International Exchange or UHM Study Abroad. Knowing I wanted to study somewhere in Japan, I chose to go with MIX because there are many more options as far as which schools are available, where as UHM Study Abroad only has two options.
I wanted to do something different, so I decided to apply for Hiroshima Univesity's study abroad program. I chose Hiroshima because that's where my family came from, and I wanted a different experience. The requirements for the program I applied for included having a 3.0 GPA and 1 year of Japanese language. Letters of recommendation, statement of purpose and transcripts were also needed to apply, and I think this is pretty typical at any school. The application process was pretty long. I first applied with the Center for Japanese Studies at UHM, and after getting accepted through them, I applied directly through the school. I started the applications in October and didn't get my final decision until April of the next year. Not quite sure if this is typical or not, but waiting for the final decision can be quite nerve-wracking.
|Korean Food night in our dorm|
For anyone reading this who is considering studying abroad, DO IT! If money is holding you back, apply for scholarships because there are a lot of opportunities! Studying abroad was a life changing experience for me. I learned so much about myself, grew more independent and outgoing, and my Japanese improved immensely. No matter where you study abroad, you will make your experience memorable! Take risks, try new things and step out of the box. I did, and I don't regret any of it! Except maybe that this experience sparked my interest in traveling the world, and now I want to see everything!
If anyone has any questions, feel free to leave them here. If anyone else has studied abroad I'd love to hear about it! Lastly, thank you for reading this 'till the end :)