I enjoyed the trip to Kamakura.

Russell from 2014

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

I enjoyed the trip to Kamakura. It allowed a view of Japan outside of Tokyo in a less urban, more traditional setting. It also showed off a lot of the history of Japan as well. I do wish however there was more time to explore.

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

Pair work was often helpful, as long as the other person was willing to participate.

What did you find most valuable in the Culture Course?

The Japanese psychology course was very interesting.

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

Bring a heavy jacket no matter what season your going. Early spring can be very cold at night, and rainy season is misserable without a decent coat.

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Because I am a huge fan of research and spreadsheets, I created an excel worksheet comparing numerous Japanese study abroad programs by cost, housing, length of study, and many other comparison points. Overall, KCP came out superior based on the amount of things that you get for the price. After completing the program, I can say choosing KCP was a perfect decision. KCP is a real school — professional teachers, strict grading systems, textbooks – the whole package. KCP proved to be much more than I expected – the classes are tough, but it taught me how to work harder, build a work ethic, and I am coming out with many rich experiences thanks to KCP. This school truly prepares you for higher levels and entrance into Japanese colleges.

—Rachel Burch