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Having three different teachers with different teaching styles is the most interesting part of my class. I also love being able to get extra help when needed.

Onjel from Winter 2016

Which events or activities did you find the most satisfying and why?

I loved our trip to Kamakura, but I think my favorite event was the school trip to Kamogawa Sea World! It was nice to be able to hang out with my classmates all day.

Why did you select this program?

Since I'm technically not a student, being able to go through a partner school for financial aid was a huge help. Also it is in Tokyo and reviews seemed to be pretty favorable.

What were the most productive and interesting aspects of the program for you? The least interesting and productive?

Having three different teachers with different teaching styles is the most interesting part of my class. I also love being able to get extra help when needed. So far there hasn't been anything not productive or uninteresting.

What activities or materials did you find most helpful (e.g., pair work, drill practice, tests, small group sessions, textbooks, games)?

One of my teachers goes around the room and has everyone make example sentences with the grammar we are learning that day and i love it because it gives us practice but also because sometimes we can see the grammar used in ways we might not have thought of yet. Drill practice, pair work, and tests are my next listed for helpfulness.

Where did you live?

Ikebukuro

Were you pleased with the general living arrangements? Anything you especially liked? Any problems you experienced?

I love the neighborhood in Ikebukuro. The location is very close to many places by train and the commute is short. The school is also only about an hour walk away which is great for nice weather. It is also very close to lots of stores. When i first got here, I worried that thebroom might feel kind of small, but it actually is quite enough space to be honest. Haven't experienced any issues on the dorm.

Any further thoughts or tips for those considering the program or new KCP students?

Studying is important, but do your best to make friends too! With the American program students and the other students at the school, even if you only speak limited Japanese. It will make your experience so much more enjoyable and when you finally are able to have conversations in Japanese and see each other outside of class, it will feel good. Also, if you can, join a club! The more you get involved, the more Japanese you will use and learn! So don't be scared!

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In general, I think the KCP program is really great and I’m very glad I decided to do it. It was a lot of work, but I learned a lot, met many interesting people from all over the world, and got to have a very different experience of Japan than the normal tourist.

—Marc Kwiatkowski