Japan, there are few opportunities to communicate using English, but when you go abroad, the scenery changes completely. There must be many people who have felt a certain kind of tension and anxiety in an environment where Japanese is not understood.
Even if you want to work for an international company in the future, it is not guaranteed that you will become an English expert just because you entered a prestigious university in Japan. On the contrary, I feel that people who can’t speak English at all stand out overwhelmingly.
Therefore, students who want to play an active role in the international scene often make up their minds to go to overseas universities.
In addition to English skills, there is a lot to learn from interacting with a wide variety of ethnic groups, and objective observation of Japan from overseas is also a plus. There are so many people who want to cultivate an international perspective and play an active role in the international arena.
Differences between Japanese and overseas education systems
Although it depends on the country, overseas universities do not have entrance examinations like in Japan. In addition to the application for admission, there are many schools that accept admission based on academic performance, essays, letters of recommendation, and scores of academic diagnostic tests such as the SAT. increase.
Universities in Japan now have scholarship programs and online entrance exams that make use of their specialties, but the term “examination hell” still cannot be wiped out.
If you fail in just one exam, you may be forced to become a ronin, and depending on the situation, some may become mentally ill.
At overseas universities, what matters is after entering university! There are many reports, essays, and literature to read. In order not to drop the unit, everyone is inevitable! Also, if the faculty you imagined doesn’t suit you, you can change the faculty in the middle, which is attractive. It is also a big advantage that there are more holidays than Japanese universities and exchanges between international students are thriving.
Expanding the World and Personal Growth by Going to an Overseas University In
the case of Japanese junior high and high school students who are thinking about going on to university, I think that many students are thinking about going to a Japanese university. Also, I think there are many people who are looking for a university in Japan while thinking about “university that suits me, university where I can continue sports and music”. Of course, I think that way of thinking is very natural.
However, if you have some thoughts such as “I want to go abroad, I like English, I want to go, but I’m worried, I don’t know how to get there, I’m interested in foreign countries,”
then you should consider studying at a foreign university in addition to a domestic university. How about putting it in your options?
When you go on to study at an overseas university, you will acquire (a practical high level of English ability, a strong mentality that is not afraid to take on challenges, and a global perspective). And there is a merit that the future options are very wide.
Acquiring English skills and an international sense
Naturally, everything you see and hear in your daily life is in English, so you have to communicate in English as well. In university classes, in addition to academic English such as English assignments, questions, and discussions, information processing ability is enhanced, and you can acquire real English.
Also, by living away from Japan, you will acquire an international sense that you cannot acquire only in Japan, and you will acquire the sense necessary for the world in the future.
At the end
By living and studying abroad, you can objectively analyze the structure of Japanese society and culture, and by thinking about things from multiple perspectives and having multiple ideas at the same time, you will improve your ability to think and make decisions.
You may also experience failures and setbacks in different etymologies, cultures and environments.
You may find that what you thought was normal is not.
I think that when you accumulate success based on such overseas experiences, there will be a clear difference in growth after entering society.
For that reason, if you are even slightly interested in going abroad, why don’t you think about it positively without procrastinating?
There are over 4,400 colleges and universities in the United States, including four-year universities, sophomore community colleges, and liberal arts colleges.
At a four-year comprehensive university, you can study special fields that you cannot major in Japan in well-equipped facilities. There is a double major system where you can study two majors at the same time, and a transfer system where you can go on to a four-year university from a Japanese junior college or university.
Universities in the United States are characterized by a flexible education system and the ability to choose a curriculum that meets the needs of every student. It is also popular to go on to art colleges and music colleges, which are classified as specialized colleges.
TOEFL iBT is 61 or higher, GPA is 2.5 or higher, and the annual total cost is 4 million to 6 million yen.
There are many universities with well-equipped facilities as a whole, but it is particularly noticeable that IT and medical universities make full use of the latest equipment.
New York is the largest city in the United States and is considered one of the world’s top cities. New York, which is said to be the center of the world, can touch the cutting edge of everything, such as politics, economy, business, culture and fashion. Also, people gather from all over the world, so you will be able to learn not only American culture but also various cultures around the world.
The city is home to many world-famous attractions such as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. However, keep in mind that there are many temptations.
Spring and autumn are not stable, and there are temperature differences. In summer, there are days when the temperature exceeds 30℃, and there are many showers. It snows every winter. Because it is a big city, prices are higher than other cities.
Boston, Massachusetts, is a medium-sized city north of New York. It has a population of about 650,000 and can be reached in about five hours by car from New York.
It is an academic city with many universities, including the world’s top Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Therefore, there are many students in the city, and there are relatively few Japanese exchange students, so you can concentrate on your studies.
From December to March, the minimum temperature drops below freezing and there are times when it snows heavily.
Prices are slightly cheaper than New York, so it seems that the cost can be suppressed to some extent.
Chicago, located in Illinois, is the third largest city in the United States, but compared to New York and Los Angeles, it still retains the good old America. If you walk downtown, you can see many old-fashioned buildings. On the other hand, there are many immigrants from various countries, and it is also a multicultural city.
There are about 20 universities in the city, and there are many prestigious universities such as the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois.
Winters in Chicago are long and cold. Cold winds blowing in from Lake Michigan in the Great Lakes make Chicago’s winters harsh. The city is well-equipped with public transportation such as trains and buses, making transportation very convenient.
Seattle is Washington’s largest city. The IT and bio industries are active, and it is famous for being the headquarters of Microsoft. Seattle is also known as the “Emerald City” and is surrounded by beautiful nature such as the sea, mountains, forests and lakes.
Since Seattle has a history of Japanese immigration in the past, Japanese products and Japanese food can be easily obtained, making it a comfortable city for Japanese students to live in. Due to its mild climate and other factors, it is also known as a livable city, and was ranked second in the list of the 12 most livable cities in the United States .
Los Angeles (LA) is the largest city on the West Coast and the second most populous city after New York. There are many famous places such as Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Long Beach, Disneyland, etc., and it is a gorgeous and lively city.
There are many excellent schools including UCLA. There are many Japanese people in the city, so it is also characterized by an environment that is easy for Japanese people to live in.
Some attention should be paid to security. Not as bad as it used to be, but better stay away from Chesterfield Square and Vermont Vista.
San Diego is located in Southern California and is the second largest city in the state. It used to be a Mexican territory, and since it still borders Mexico, it is a region where South American culture has permeated. Therefore, you can learn Spanish at the University of San Diego and use it in your daily life. You will often see and hear Spanish in your daily life. It’s a laid-back city with natural wonders like the Tree Pines State Natural Reserve, marine sports and hiking. It is said to have the most stable climate in the United States, with warm weather and little rainfall all year round.
It is also a popular destination for Japanese people to move to because of its good public order and peace of mind. However, like other cities, there are dangerous areas, so be sure to check in advance.
San Francisco is located in Northern California and is one of the major cities on the West Coast of the United States.
It’s a cosmopolitan city, with people from all over the world, so you’ll rarely feel like a foreigner. There are many people with liberal ideas, and the climate is mild throughout the year, making it a comfortable place for Japanese people to live.
It is the center of culture, economy, and finance in Northern California, has a well-developed public transportation system, has many delicious restaurants in the city, and is close to Silicon Valley, so the standard of living is higher than in other cities. .
Honolulu, which is famous as a popular resort area for Japanese people, is also an attractive city as a study abroad destination. There are many types of schools, including language schools, junior colleges, and four-year universities.
With a mild climate throughout the year, beautiful beaches and lush nature, shopping and gourmet food, you will be able to enjoy Honolulu not just for studying.
Canada has one of the highest educational standards in the world. There are more than 90 universities, most of which are public and are characterized by being able to keep costs lower than in the United States. There are four-year universities and sophomore community colleges with vocational and transfer courses, all of which are fairly similar in terms of academic level. Canada, which has a reputation for being safe and speaking good English, is becoming more and more popular. The TOEFL score is iBT80 or higher, which is a bit high, but you can expect the highest level of education to match. The annual total cost is 2.5 million to 3.5 million yen.
Canada’s third largest city after Toronto and Montreal. Ethnic and linguistically diverse, more than half of the population speaks a language other than English, the official language. It is a beautiful city that retains the charm of the city while remaining rich in nature, and has prospered surrounded by blue skies and calm seas. It is also famous for its mild climate and the beauty of the surrounding snow-capped mountains, making it one of the most livable cities in the world.
It is a beautiful city where the convenience and comfort of the city coexist with the rich nature surrounded by the sea and mountains. Many immigrants, including Asians, live in Vancouver, and about 52% of the population do not speak English, which is the state’s official language, as their first language, so you can experience various cultures on a daily basis. With such a cultural background, it is characterized by many friendly and open-minded people who accept various cultures. Many people come here on working holidays, and it is easy to find a job.
Many domestic companies such as publishing, electronics, telecommunications, medical, sports and art have their headquarters here, as well as many Japanese and multinational companies. It is also famous as a multiethnic city where you can enjoy various communities with various foreigners such as Chinese, Korean, Italian and Greek. It is the most populous city in Canada, the commercial center of the Canadian economy, and one of the fastest growing cities in the world. It is also known as one of the most livable cities in the world. Toronto, located on the shores of the beautiful Lake Ontario, is a popular tourist city that combines rich nature in all four seasons with a stylish economic city. PATH is an underground mall with a total length of 30 kilometers. Niagara Falls is 56m high and 675m wide. You can enjoy sports such as ice hockey and major league games, enjoy fashionable shopping and cafes in the retro brick area, and enjoy the city and nature to the fullest.
One of the world’s leading mountain resorts. The 2010 Winter Olympics ski resort boasts the largest scale in North America with more than 200 courses. You can enjoy outdoor activities all year round, such as hiking, canoeing, rafting and horseback riding in the summer.
In addition, the whole town is a resort area, and there is a small and cute area called Whistler Village, which has accommodation facilities such as hotels and condominiums, more than 200 stylish shops, and more than 100 multinational restaurants and bars. The functions of the city are concentrated. The climate is relatively warm for a Canadian ski resort, rarely dropping below -10°C. In summer, you can enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, rafting and horseback riding against the backdrop of beautiful nature.
It is also said to be the richest city, reflecting the characteristics of a resource-rich region centered on the oil industry. It’s one of the safest places in Canada. In the downtown area, there are ethnic towns such as Chinatown and Little Italy, and the ethnic composition is diverse. The climate is characterized by a large temperature difference between day and night throughout the year. Famous as a cowboy city, the world’s largest cowboy festival called “Calgary Stampede” will be held. It is also recommended for those who like outdoor activities such as wildlife watching, canoeing and kayaking. It’s not a big city, but the people are kind and the security is good. Alberta is rich in natural resources and is also an economically rich city, so taxes are low and prices are low, so you can keep your living costs down. It has many resort hotels and is famous for ecotourism. Therefore, it is recommended for those who want to use a working holiday visa and want to do a part-time job at a resort.
Approximately 70% of the population speaks French as their first language, making it the second largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris. The city is also known as the “Paris of North America” for its gastronomy, stone residential areas, and European-style cobblestone old town. It is also home to Cirque du Soleil and is a cultural leading city throughout North America. The Notre-Dame de Montreal Cathedral is a must-see for its colorful stained glass and pipe organ with 7,000 pipes. Also, from late August, the Montreal World Film Festival, the largest film festival in North America, will be held. Canada has many Asian students, but Montreal has relatively few Japanese students. Many schools offer not only English but also French courses, so it is recommended for those who want to learn both English and French, or for those who want to learn French but are worried about going to France.
The percentage of native speakers of English is high, and the English environment is optimal. Due to its historical background, the city still retains a strong British influence and is full of flowers, so it is also known as the Garden City. The mild climate and warmth of the people make it a livable city, making it a popular destination for students and tourists alike. Blessed with a particularly warm climate in Canada, it is a city that is easy to spend all year round. It is also popular among Canadians as a place they would like to live someday. Downtown has a beautiful promenade that surrounds the harbor, and there are many historic shops lined up, creating a charming cityscape. It is a recommended town for outdoor enthusiasts such as golf, hiking, cycling, and fishing, as well as for walking around town such as shopping and dining. It is also famous as an academic city and has accepted many international students for over 30 years. It is also said to be one of the safest and most laid-back cities in Canada.
Ottawa, the capital of Canada, is known as Canada’s fourth largest city and most beautiful capital. The Rideau Canal, which is also a World Heritage Site, flows through the center of the city, making it a beautiful cityscape like a garden. There are four seasons, and you can enjoy the atmosphere of each season. North America’s largest balloon event will be held in early September. A 3 million tulip festival is held in spring. Although it is the capital city with a good living environment, there are very few Japanese students, so it is the best city to create an English-speaking environment. It is an environment where you can concentrate on learning English while feeling the culture of England and France. It is safe and people are calm, so it is recommended for those who want to study hard in a calm environment. Various events are held throughout the year, so you can learn about culture through events and enjoy interacting with local Canadians.
You can learn authentic Queen’s English in England, which boasts history and tradition. There are many support and assistance programs available. There are currently 100 universities in the UK, all but one of which are public universities. Most students enroll in university after completing a one-year foundation course to acquire academic skills. The required number of years to graduate from university is three years. IELTS is 6.0 or higher, and the annual total cost is 3 million to 4 million yen. England has several world-class universities such as Oxford University and Cambridge University, and is recommended for those who are interested in European culture.
It is the most popular city in the UK for Japanese students studying abroad, and there are many language schools. increase. In addition, there are many facilities that provide support in Japanese (hospitals for Japanese people, real estate companies for Japanese people, etc.), so it is a comfortable place to live even if you are not used to living abroad. Furthermore, since there are many Japanese people, it is highly likely that you will not feel homesick or lonely if you make Japanese friends even when you cannot speak English very well. However, it also leads to “more opportunities to come into contact with Japanese.” House prices and rents are high in London. This is one of the highest heights in the world. You have to remember that London has the disadvantage that the cost of living and rent are higher than other cities.
Cambridge is famous for being the home of the University of Cambridge. Cambridge University is famous as the alma mater of Isaac Newton and Prince Charles, and Cambridge itself is also famous as a university city that has prospered along with the university. Therefore, there are plenty of bars, restaurants, and shopping centers that suit students so that they can live comfortably. The townscape itself is also very beautiful, so there are many tourists. It’s easily accessible, just one hour by train from London, so you won’t have any problems when you return to Japan or travel to Europe.
Like Cambridge, Oxford is one of the university cities that has prospered together with the prestigious University of Oxford. It is as popular with Japanese students as Cambridge, and of course there are language schools. It’s not far from London, about an hour by train, but it’s recommended because the transportation costs alone are considerably lower than in London, where the subway is expensive. Oxford is well connected not only to London but also to other cities in the UK such as Birmingham, Manchester and Southampton. It is also a great pleasure to visit many towns other than where you live and enjoy different atmospheres.
Manchester is also famous as a place familiar with music culture, such as bands and orchestras, and is a recommended destination for those who enjoy sports and art. It is also called the 3rd largest city in the UK, with thriving commercial and corporate development.
Dorset’s largest city, Bournemouth, located southwest of London! It is said that the number of Japanese students studying abroad is smaller than that of Oxford and Cambridge, but it is also a city famous for its beautiful seaside resorts. It is no exaggeration to say that Bournemouth’s economy is mostly supported by the tourism industry, and because of the large number of language schools compared to other regions, many international students live there.
There are many universities in Australia that are ranked within the top 100 in world university rankings, and it is attractive that you can expect high-quality classes, including unique specialized fields, in any specialized field. As in the UK, most students take a year of foundation courses before going on to university, but it is possible to graduate from university in three years (two years depending on the faculty/department). There is a pathway system called TAFE that allows students to transfer from a state vocational training school to a university, so even those who find it difficult to enter a university suddenly can transfer to the second year of university without wasting years. IELTS is 6.0 or higher, TOEFL iBT is 80 or higher, and the annual total cost is 3 million to 4 million yen.
It is a world-famous tourist spot as a city with the Great Barrier Reef, which is famous for its beautiful coral reefs, and the inland area, where ancient rainforests spread.
For those who prefer to work in the countryside rather than in the city, there are a number of farms just outside Cairns. It is possible to go to school in Cairns while homestaying or working on the farm.
Cairns has a mild climate all year round, and on holidays you can enjoy diving, sightseeing tours of the Great Barrier Reef, and sightseeing in the World Heritage rainforests. Cairns can be said to be the best city for those who want to enjoy a study abroad life that includes sightseeing, work and study.
It is the third largest business city in Australia after Sydney and Melbourne. Crime is very low, and it has a reputation for being safe even in a big city. In an area a little far from the business district, there are many natural areas where you can come into contact with forests and small animals, and the city is in perfect harmony with nature. The climate is warm and very comfortable with many sunny days throughout the year. There are many educational institutions in the city, and universities, vocational schools, language schools, etc. are concentrated in compact urban areas. The main means of transportation are city trains, buses and ferries. If you use a transportation card called “Go Card”, if you use it 10 times in a week, you can use it free of charge for the rest of the week. Brisbane has it all when it comes to Australian cities with a relaxed atmosphere, good transport links, a mild climate and excellent educational institutions.
Traditional Victorian buildings are mixed in with modern buildings, and it is characterized by a beautiful townscape that harmonizes perfectly.
The main means of transportation is a streetcar called a tram, and transportation within the city is very convenient. Like Japan, Melbourne has four seasons, and summer is from December to February, when the temperature rises to around 30 degrees Celsius during the day. Winter is from June to August, and the average temperature is around 10 degrees Celsius, making it a comfortable place to live. There are so many educational institutions in Melbourne that it is called “a city of education”, and there are many high-quality universities, vocational schools, and language schools, and ambitious students gather from all over the world. In addition, it has a reputation as an “art city” and is a city where many artists gather. If you want a student life that is close to quality schools and the arts in a relaxed atmosphere, then Melbourne is the place for you.
The city is known for having some of the world’s best beach resorts. The Gold Coast’s climate is mild year-round and numerous sporting events are held on a daily basis. The 57km long sandy beach is crowded with many people who enjoy marine sports and professional surfers from all over the world. It has been evaluated as a city that is easy to live for foreigners because it has become a tourist destination and the security is not bad.
There are many share houses and apartments that can be rented at relatively low prices. Traveling by tram is very convenient. Trams connect all major parts of the Gold Coast, making it easy to get to language schools, universities and beaches. It is known as a highly convenient city for those who want to balance study, work and marine sports. It is recommended for people who want to challenge themselves and have fun, not just for studying English.
Sydney is the largest city in Australia. It is a warm and pleasant area with little rainfall all year round. There are many sightseeing spots such as the Opera House, Circular Quay Pier, the atmospheric town of The Rocks, and Sydney Harper, one of the world’s three most beautiful ports. Therefore, in addition to tourism, it is also a big city with thriving commerce, finance, culture, etc. Sydney has many schools for learning languages, and the number of courses at each school is quite substantial.
The transportation system is very developed and it is possible to move to every corner of the city. If you travel frequently within the city, it would be a good idea to use the ‘Opal Card’ which allows you to use all these means of transportation. It’s a rechargeable card that makes each trip cheaper. Sydney tends to be more expensive than other cities, but more than that, it’s a big city filled with many elements that you can’t experience in other cities.
It has a reputation for its beautiful cityscape, good public order, and ease of living, and is ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world every year. The historic and cultural buildings and beautiful tree-lined streets are suitable for students who want to concentrate on their studies in a calm atmosphere. It is popular as a student-friendly and livable city among Australian cities. One of the reasons is free Wi-Fi available almost everywhere in the city. Another reason is the low prices. In addition, if you are a full-time student, traveling in the city, even if you are studying abroad, the transportation fee will be halved. Therefore, living expenses, rent, and transportation costs are cheaper than other cities, and Adelaide is a good choice for those who want to keep costs as low as possible.
New Zealand’s education system is almost identical to Australia’s, but with lower costs. There are only 8 comprehensive universities, which seems to be a small number compared to Japan. developing education. Because of its rich nature, it is recommended for those who want to earn a bachelor’s degree in a relaxed environment. IELTS is 6.0 or higher, TOEFLiBT is 80 or higher, and the annual total cost is 2.5 million to 3 million yen. If you want to enjoy activities that make use of nature, New Zealand is a must.
New Zealand’s largest city. There are many language schools and vocational schools, and there are plenty of opportunities to work, so it is also recommended for those who are considering a working holiday. As soon as you leave the city center, you will find beaches and parks rich in nature, and the fusion of city and nature is attractive. In addition, there are many immigrants from various countries, and students can learn about various cultures and have an environment that is easy to live in.
Known as the “City of Sails”, there are plenty of water activities such as harbor cruises, yacht rides and dolphin safaris. The Viaduct is one of Auckland’s most popular spots with its many stylish restaurants and bars, and the night view is also recommended. There are many sightseeing spots such as “National Maritime Museum”, “Sky Tower”, and “Mount Eden”. is the city of
Despite being the capital, it is a small town with a population of about 400,000.
Wellington is a city where cafe culture has developed so much that it was selected as “The world’s best coffee cities”, which selects cities where coffee culture is flourishing, announced by CNN. There are many unique cafes lined up, and each one has a different taste of coffee and a different atmosphere. Originally from New Zealand, Flat White is an espresso drink popular with locals. Recommended for those who want to work in a stylish cafe on a working holiday. The De Papa National Museum, where you can learn about the history and geography of New Zealand, is Wellington’s premier tourist attraction, and admission is free. Known as the home of Peter Jackson, the director of the world-famous movie “Lord of the Rings,” it hosts behind-the-scenes filmmaking workshops and filming tours. Wellington has a European influence and is recommended for those who want to experience art and culture.
It is called “Garden City” because of its many parks and gardens, and is the economic center of the South Island, where you can enjoy the scenery of each season. Built by British colonists who graduated from Christchurch College, University of Oxford, it is rich in cultural facilities such as museums and art galleries, as well as shopping and gourmet food. There are many attractions such as theme parks, zoos, casinos and farmers markets.
The climate is reversed from Japan, but there are four seasons. Summer temperatures range from 17°C to 30°C, winter temperatures range from 2°C to 12°C, and rainfall is low throughout the year. In addition to having a grand flower festival every February, many people are passionate about gardening, and their private gardens are well-maintained. The city is compact and easy to navigate. There are free shuttle buses, city buses, etc. in the city, so it is very convenient in terms of transportation.
The town offers a panoramic view of the Southern Alps and is bustling with people during the ski season. In the summer, it is popular with tourists as a summer resort, and there are plenty of outdoor adventures such as skiing, snowboarding, bungee jumping, skydiving, canyon swings, jet boats, horseback trekking, and rafting, which you can enjoy all year round. It is a city recommended for outdoor enthusiasts who can do anything and challenge anything.
Queenstown is very expensive as it is a resort area. But more than that, compared to other New Zealand cities, the streets are clean, the nights are beautiful, and the security aspect is top class in New Zealand. Many shops are gathered in a small area, so it is easy to shop, eat, and walk around the town, making it a comfortable town.
Ireland is a popular study destination for English-speaking countries. Compared to Asian countries, there are more international students from European countries, and they can receive high-quality education at national and state universities. English proficiency required for admission is TOEFL 80 or higher and IELTS 6.5 or higher. Since high language proficiency is required, in most cases an English course at a language school or a one-year foundation course is required. Ireland has many world-renowned universities in the field of medicine. The annual total cost is 2 million to 3 million yen for general faculties, excluding medical school.
Pubs where you can enjoy good old townscapes and Guinness beer are also attractive! It is the capital of Ireland and the center of politics, economy, transportation and culture with its beautiful Georgian-style streets. Dublin is the largest city in the country with 1/3 of the population concentrated in Dublin. It is one of Europe’s leading global cities and one of the most important financial centres.
Winters rarely drop below freezing. Summers are cool, with temperatures barely above 20°C. The area called Temple Bar is full of colorful pubs where you can enjoy chatting with locals and listening to Irish music. The people of Dublin are very friendly, and you will often be approached by friendly conversations as you walk through the city. It is also known as a safe city with a low crime rate. Many of the language schools are relatively small and have a homely atmosphere, and the staff are very caring, so if you have any problems, they will kindly help you.
It is a central city in the south of Ireland. It is one of Ireland’s rare scenic spots, featured in many songs and poems, and has many historical attractions. It also plays an important role as a transportation hub, allowing travelers to travel throughout Ireland and Europe.
The city has a temperate climate, so the winters are not too cold, and the summers are cool and comfortable.
Cork, which has a compact city, is cheaper than other cities, has a good market, and is an easy city to live in. Said to be the birthplace of the world-famous Halloween, Cork is Ireland’s educational capital with 10% of the population being students.