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  1. Career
    1. My One and Only
    2. Interning at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo
    3. S. Takata Memorial Research Library and My Research Theme
    4. Building a Career in Japan - Don't let the Japanese people beat you in linguistic skills and cultural comprehension -
    5. 67 years after World War II
    6. What is a life plan? From the National Bar Exam to becoming a painter
    7. Job-hunting experience note -Receiving a job offer from the first-choice company is not a dream-
    8. Job-hunting experience note -Self-analysis is about "Constructing one-self"-
    9. The skill-levels of world-class top talents are extremely high. That is why, in order to compete against the world, ambition and aspiration is necessary.
    10. Japan's passport did not come falling from the skies. Fight now for the respect of the future Japanese.
    11. OECD Internship Report
    12. Settling down in Waseda
    13. Be true to yourself, boldly step forward into the things that excite you!
    14. Job Hunting experience notes
    15. In Finland, as an Artist and a Researcher
    16. Using My experiences from Waseda,
    17. Waseda:An everlasting bond
    18. Recent report from Denmark
    19. Submission from WiN member (Recent Report)
    20. Memories of Waseda
    21. My experience at Waseda
    22. My time at Waseda University
    23. Teaching Position at Korea University
  1. Event Reports
    1. C21 Tokyo Challenge
    2. Enjoying a taste of South-East Asia: Vietnamese Bánh Mì Sandwiches and Milo
    3. Looking Back on the "Go Global Japan" English Presentation Contest
    4. Student Visa Day at the American Embassy
    5. 3rd Place Finish in the "Hong Kong Cup"
    6. Students' Day at the American Embassy
    7. ASIAN STUDENTS ENVIRONMENT PLATFORM 2012: Environmental field studies by students from Japan, China, and Korea
    8. Reflections on the Universitas21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 Part 2: Non-academic conference learning
    9. Reflections on the Universitas21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 Part 1: Academic conference learning
    10. The 7th Foreigner's Traditional Japanese Dance Exhibition: Waseda University student performers' questionnaire interview
    11. [Event] Universitas 21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 at Waseda University - ended in a great success!
  1. Gourmet
    1. What Do You Do With a Major in Ramen?
  1. Others
    1. "Ship for South East Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP)"
    2. Exchange Students from US Reunite at Waseda after 30 years
    3. "Like" WiN on Facebook!
    4. WiN Blog starts
  1. Sports
    1. Learning How "To Think" Through Waseda University's Track & Field
    2. Participating in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
    3. "Participating in the XXV Winter Universiade Games (2011/Erzurum)"
    4. My experience with Waseda's American Football Bukatsu
  1. Study Abroad
    1. Shifting Cultivation and the Challenge of Sustainability in Mopungchuket Village, India
    2. Building the TOMODACHI Generation
    3. Kakehashi Project Report
    4. The Double Degree Program at Peking University
    5. Camping and Snowshoeing in Canada
    6. An Encouragement of two-stages approach to study abroad
    7. Studying abroad in Brisbane, Australia
    8. A new kind of Study Abroad
    9. 14-Day Short term Study Abroad Program in Chowgule College, Goa - "What can I do? What can they do? What can you do?"
    10. From Tsugaru strait to the African highest peak Kilimanjaro
    11. PIANO LINE -Seattle Study Abroad Chronicles-
    12. In Finland, as an Artist and a Researcher
    13. What I learned about China through Shanghai Fudan University
    14. Why are those who've experienced study abroad programs a little different? -Full Japanese SILS student reveals the whole story of studying abroad -
    15. China, The Neighboring Country You Do Not Know ~ My Encounter at Peking University ~
    16. Study Abroad Experience Notes
    17. C'est la vie! This is life! Work hard, Play hard.
    18. Study abroad @ Taiwan
    19. Study abroad @ Beijing
  1. Study in Japan
    1. Visiting the Prime Minister's Residene
    2. IPS Summer School 2016: Culture Meets Culture
    3. The World is Smaller than We Think
    4. Waseda Summer 2016
    5. The Opportunity of a Lifetime
    6. Experiencing Village Life at Kijimadaira
    7. A Fantastic Opportunity
    8. A Rewarding Experience
    9. An Amazing Experience
    10. Take Me Wonder by Wonder
    11. I Couldn't Ask for More
    12. Another Kokusaibu Story
    13. SAKURA Exchange Program in Science
    14. I Want to Go Again!
    15. More than Good Sushi
    16. Immersive Experience into the Japanese Culture
    17. 40 Years of Memories in a Photo
    18. Experiencing Everything First Hand
    19. Waseda Summer Session wasn't like any other Summer Camp
    20. Looking Forward to the Past
    21. Weeding a Rice Paddy ~Field Trip to Niigata~
    22. Japan Study Students to Waseda: A message from the class of 1983-84
    23. Developing Medical and Welfare Robots ~The Challenges of Kabe Laboratory, Faculty of Human Sciences~
    24. Recollecting experiences of Exchange Programme at Waseda
    25. Kuroda Kazuo Interview: About Studying in Japan
  1. Volunteer Activity
    1. Taking the first step in volunteering
    2. "Volunteer experience in earthquake-hit area Natori"
    3. "The Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Volunteering"
    4. How my perspective changed through volunteering
    5. Tohoku Volunteer
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An Encouragement of two-stages approach to study abroad

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Name: Nobuhiko FUWA
Japan Study, Waseda Exchange Student
Host institute and period: Beloit College 1982-83
Current position: Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University
 

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For undergraduate students, especially Japanese students, who would like to have an
international career, I would like to recommend studying abroad at a small liberal arts
college for one year as the first step before obtaining a master’s or doctoral degree abroad.

I attended Beloit College in Wisconsin from 1982 to 1983 while I was a Junior  through the
International Division at Waseda. At that time, there were not many options to study abroad,
and there were not any “famous” American universities on the list. Since I had never been
abroad before, it didn’t matter where I went as long as I went somewhere. It was my
opportunity to go abroad.

Regardless if you study abroad in the U.S. or other countries throughout the world, the
biggest merit of studying abroad as an exchange student is that you have time to reflect
on your future life while being away from the society and culture you grew up in. For me
at least, this was true. It was my one year at Beloit that gave me time to think about what
I wanted to do in the future. I have pursued a career in international development working
in seven different organizations to date without diverging from my career goals.

After studying abroad at Beloit, I graduated from Waseda as a 5th year student. I then
worked as a businessman for five years. Next, I spent five years studying at the University
of California Berkley Graduate School. I hope that comparing the differences between
liberal arts colleges in the Midwest and large west coast research universities with my
personal study abroad experiences will help students who are considering where to study
abroad.

One appealing factor of small colleges in the Midwest is that there are no or few Japanese
students. Also, since most of the students live in dormitories on campus, you can easily
make friends with everyone. Your English conversation skills will undoubtedly improve since
there is no one to speak with in Japanese. However, your writing ability will not improve
without effort. It is essential to take courses offered in Academic Writing. Of the seven
organizations I have worked at, two were international organizations: the World Bank in the
U.S. and International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines. I acquired the foundations
of the English abilities required at these organizations during my year at Beloit.

On the other hand, large, well known universities have a Japanese community. It is nearly
impossible not to be involved with them for your future career. As a result, to which degree
you interact with non-Japanese students and use English will be much lower than if you
were at a college in the Midwest. Also, at the undergraduate level at large universities, it is
similar to Japan. Many classes are taught in large classrooms, and the professors cannot
give attention to all of the students. However, classes at liberal arts college are small, and
professors are close to students and able to give assistance when needed. The biggest
merit of studying at a well known research university in the U.S. is being able to learn from
internationally renowned researchers from around the world. Personally, getting a degree
from Berkely helped me later in my career, for instance at the World Bank. However, this
only applies to studying at the graduate level.

America is a very large country. Culture and populations change depending where you are.
The cities where well known research universities are located are often cosmopolitian and
there is access to Japanese food, but it is not the same for colleges in the Midwest. Many
of the people you may encounter might not know where Japan is or even that it is an island
nation. Due to many things, the culture shocks experienced in the Midwest compared to
going to a well known university are on a completely larger scale. Experiencing culture
shock is one of the purposes of studying abroad, so the bigger the shock the better.

Depending on your career path, you do not necessarily need to study abroad in North America.
From an international development standpoint, spending one year in a non-English speaking
developing country is a great option regardless of your future career path. However, if for
example you would like to work in an international organization, it is a good idea to spend a
year during college in North America since these organizations require a native level of
English, in particular efficient writing skills. For students who are considering to attend
graduate school in English speaking countries, I strongly recommend studying abroad at a
small liberal arts college instead of a well known college as an undergraduate studet as the
first step.

Japan Study and Waseda University
50 Years of International Exchange, 1963-2013

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