College of Arts and Sciences/Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin（Ireland）/2014～2015/I wanted to gain a new experience by living for a year in another country with a different culture and language. I wanted to combine my major of international re
1 What made you decide to study overseas?
I wanted to gain a new experience by living for a year in another country with a different culture and language. I wanted to combine my major of international relations theory with EU politics. I wanted to improve my English. These were my main three reasons for wanting to study abroad.
2 Please tell us about the best experience you had studying abroad.
Competing for a year in the volleyball domestic league with the volleyball club that I was a member of. We had teammates from 12 countries who all had very individual personalities. It wasn’t easy to do this while at the same time keeping up with my studies, but it was an experience I will never forget, which ended with a trip to Paris and us winning the semi-final of the domestic university league.
3 Please tell us about the hardest part of your overseas study.
In the first month I got ill and didn’t make many friends, and I couldn’t understand the conversations between local students during classes, so it was very tough mentally. But you soon get used to the environment so you shouldn’t worry about it too much. Sometimes I talked to my family through Skype to relieve the loneliness.
4 What types of lessons did you take?
I studied subjects such as social studies covering migration, refugees and gender theory, as well as international relations theory and EU politics.
5 What were you involved in outside of class? (Clubs, volunteering, internships etc.)
I joined the volleyball club and the Japanese Society (a group that holds events and exchanges with students who have an interest in Japanese language and culture).
6 How do you want to make use of your experience overseas?
Thanks to my study abroad experience, I now see the attraction of living overseas or doing business overseas. In the future, I want to work hard while keeping in mind the possibility of working overseas.
7 If you have any advice for students planning to study abroad, please tell us.
Visit as many countries and regions as you can! Well, it depends on what you can afford of course... Ireland is an advanced country in terms of budget flights, so overseas flights are amazingly cheap. I now regret that I didn’t travel overseas more...
8 If you have anything else you want to say, including any experience that left an impression on you, please do so here.
To be honest, studying at an overseas university is not easy at all. But, I may never get the chance again to study what I like for a year, while discovering a new city and making wonderful friends. I really had a great time, and if possible, I would even have liked to stay for another year. I highly recommend studying overseas to everyone. It was an irreplaceable experience.