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Learning the Italian language and Italian Culture
Tatsumi Yoshida (SII)

     Through this program in Italy I learned not only language, but also many other things. Through the experiences of daily life and activities, I was able to think about the composition of cities and culture. It was my first time to go abroad and I feel this program will significantly influence my future and way of thinking.
     During the trips to various cities, I noticed that there were differences in the composition of many cities. In mid-Italy where Perugia lies there are many mountains and hills, and it leads to long distances between cities and there were only few houses between cities. Some cities were divided in two parts: modern and high buildings were concentrated at the foot of a mountain or hill, but old and historical ones were concentrated at the top part. However, these characteristics disappeared heading north or in large cities, and boundaries between cities would be vague. For example, in Bologna modern buildings or large parks were outside the remains of the castle walls and buildings with a traditional look were inside. On the other hand, in Milano the design and color of buildings lacked unity and you could not notice the difference between buildings outside and inside the remains of the wall. Also, people and foods become multinational going north and in large cities
     By the way, globalization is one of the most important words in recent years, but should we accept it so easily? Growing globalization will cause a fusion between societies in terms of race, culture and thought, and this fusion might lead to the instability of complex social system. This fusion is seen also in the change of the composition of the cities I mentioned above. A city which runs into another city seems to lack unity and be distorted because its boundaries change and waver constantly.
     Those who belong to the international community like university often take a positive position towards globalization unconsciously. A global point of view is necessary now, and we should think about globalization critically. Learning foreign languages or studying abroad leads not only to mutual understanding, but also to sympathy between people, and promotes fusion and stability of society. The overseas program is good opportunity to come in deep contact with different societies, and I hope that many people will participate in such programs.
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