SAIMS

文部科学省 大学の世界展開力強化事業 ~海外との戦略的高等教育連携支援~

Re-Inventing Japan Project –Support for Strategic Higher Education Cooperation with Overseas–

Student Voices



Chulalongkorn University (CU)

THAILAND

2014年秋学期留学 (Fall 2014)

外国語学部英語学科 (Faculty of Foreign Studies)

中川 咲季さん Saki Nakagawa

私にとって海外に行くのは初めてで、東南アジアに留学するのは貴重な経験になりました。大学を始め、いろいろな人たちからのサポートがありタイでの生活に専念する環境をいただいてとてもためになりました。現地のタイ人の学生やたくさんの国からの留学生と一緒に勉強し刺激を受け、英語の勉強にもなったと思います。色々な国の生活や文化、違うところを知れて毎日面白く過ごすことができました。タイ人の友達ともっと仲良くなりたいなと思いながらタイ語の勉強も頑張り、いろいろな人と話せるようになって自分に自信がつきました。初めて自分の力で生活したり、挑戦することは大変だけれどもこれからの自信にもなり、その上でタイという珍しい国を選んでよかったなと思っています。タイには日本が好きな人が多く、質問されることも多くその中で自分の国なのに知らないこと、また外国、特にタイについてもっと知りたいことが増えこれからの勉強に生かしていきたいと思いました。海外に行かなくても日本にいても国際交流はできるけれど、留学をして自分から話したり動いていかないといけない状況に行くのは全く違うと、留学を終えてますますそう感じました。もしもタイってどうなんだろう、と迷っていたら思い切って留学してみるのもいいと思います!

It being my first trip abroad, studying in South-East Asia was a valuable experience for me. I received abundant support from the university staff and many other people, which allowed me to concentrate on my studies and life in Thailand. Studying along with local Thai students and international students from many other countries was a stimulating experience and helped me improve my English skills. It was interesting to find out about the various differences in lifestyle and culture. I also studied Thai language hard, because I wanted to become closer with my local Thai friends. I became more confident about myself as I gained the ability to communicate with various people. Surely, it is a big challenge to live on your own and try other things for the first time in life, but it leads to building self-confidence. With all that said, I’m glad I chose Thailand, despite it is not a common destination for studying abroad. People in Thailand tend to like Japan and they ask a lot of questions about Japan. Through such conversations, I realized that there are many things I don’t know about my own country and more questions emerged about various cultures of the world, especially about that of Thailand. So I came back with a lot of questions that I want to dig into in my future studies. You can experience international exchange here at home in Japan, but it’s totally different from placing yourself in a situation where you have to make a move by yourself, like speak to people and take actions. This recognition was strengthened all the more by actually experiencing studying abroad myself. If you are thinking about studying in Thailand, but cannot make up your mind, I recommend you give it a try!

【履修科目】

Reading Fundamental
Spanish Conversation 1
Thai History
Contemporary Asian Cultures