College of Arts and Sciences/
University of Michigan (USA)/
2012～2013/Michigan University is a large-scale university, ranked in the top 5 Universities in the USA.
Foreign exchange students from the University of Tokyo join the College of Literature, De
Michigan University is a large-scale university, ranked in the top 5 Universities in the USA.
Foreign exchange students from the University of Tokyo join the College of Literature, Department of Arts and Science and can take classes in a wide range of academic fields.
I took 4 classes per semester focused on art history. Each seminar had 10 to 15 students per lecturer and was conducted in two patterns: two 1.5-hour classes per week or one 3-hour class per week.
The classes focused on discussing topics we had previously studied. There were many outstanding students, and I learned a lot from them.
On average there were 3 to 5 theories or books that we had to study in advance for each class. It was hard for me to get through it all and I spent most of my time outside class preparing.
I was very busy with my studies, but the reason I am glad that I went to Michigan University is that the students and university facilities provided excellent support.
Most lecturers treated me kindly and supported me in my studies during office hours and other personal communication.
Library professionals helped me to search for books when I told them the topic of my reports, and the Learning Center helped me edit my papers, so I made full use of these services.
When I couldn’t write a term paper, I sent an email to the lecturer, and he sent a really supportive reply saying, “The lecturers at Michigan are passionate about supporting students. This is a part of the culture at Midwest universities, which is different from the culture at northeastern universities, where things are left up to the students. If there is anything you don’t understand, please feel free to ask a lecturer.” This really impressed me.
I did not experience any discrimination as a foreign exchange student when compared to American students. Michigan University has an environment and culture which properly supports a desire to study.
Also, the historical university city of Ann Arbor where Michigan University is located has a laid-back atmosphere.
At weekends I went out to eat at restaurants with friends and watched movies.
The foreign students created a sort of club for each country and held events where we treated each other to the cuisine from our native countries. This was also fun to take part in.
I also enjoyed going to Arb Park and relaxing in nature, as well as going to concerts and plays. (Quite famous, international artists come to play, and amazingly it was free for students so I really recommend it to people who want to have a cultural lifestyle.)
Also, Michigan University has the biggest football stadium in America, and everyone in the university is very excited during the American football season.
Michigan students call themselves Wolverines, and you can see in the culture of the university that many people love their university and are very proud it.
I had a tough but very enjoyable and rich life overseas, and if I could repeat any time of my life it would be the 8 months that I spent in Michigan.
I can confidently recommend studying abroad at Michigan University to anyone thinking of overseas study. Why not become a Wolverine?