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)

国際教養学部 (Faculty of Liberal Arts)

井上 愛里奈さん Erina Inoue

タイでの留学生活は、新しいことに対するチャレンジ精神を向上させてくれました。長年、いつも知っている人が多い環境の中で育った私は、久しぶりに全く違った新しい環境に置かれました。自分が努力をしなければ、友達も、この国の仕組みも何もわからないまま。人との付き合いにあまり努力したことのなかった日々から一転、積極的に交流に参加するようになりました。
東南アジアだと生活費がものすごく安いという印象があると思いますが、バンコクのように急成長してきている都市では、日本よりも物価の高いものも多くあります。SAIMSプログラムでは、生活費や滞在費も含めサポートしていただけるので、留学でも余裕を持つことができ、勉学や交流に集中することができました。留学先であるBALAC (The BA in Language and Culture)という学部は、授業内容的には、上智のFLAとほとんど変わりません。経済関係でも英語で行われている学部がいくつかあるので、ビジネスのクラスを取りたい人にとっても整った授業環境です。チュラは日本語副専攻の学生や日本に留学経験のある学生が多く、日本語を話せる人も多くいます。それだけではなく、タイ王国もものすごく親日的な人がほとんどで、日本に興味がある人や、日本食を好む人が多くいます。そういった意味でもすぐに馴染みやすく、文化交流の場が整っています。何よりも、一生の思い出が作れる楽しい環境です。楽しい留学生活を送ることができた中で、自分を振り返り、成長することもできたと思います。一人での海外経験、それもよく知らない土地でできたことは、これからの自分にもつながる貴重なものとなりました。

My study abroad life in Thailand gave me the guts to challenge new things. I grew up in a comfortable environment always surrounded by people I knew well. I was put in an entirely new environment for the first time in years. Suddenly, I realized that I wouldn’t be able to make a friend or understand how things work around me if I didn’t try to by myself. Until then, I hardly made much effort in socializing with people but I had to change my mindset and actively engage in interaction. Most people might think that living costs are much cheaper in South-East Asia than in Japan, but in rapidly growing cities like Bangkok, there are some things that are more expensive than in Japan. The SAIMS program supports its exchange students with the living and accommodation costs during the stay, which was very reassuring and enabled me to focus on the studies and exchange activities. The courses offered at the BA in Language and Culture (BALAC) of my host institution, which was where I studied, are almost the same as the courses we have at FLA of Sophia. They also offer some economics courses in English, so it would be a good environment for those who want to take business classes. At Chulalongkorn University, there are many students who can speak Japanese, in some cases because they study Japanese as their sub-major or because they have studied in Japan before. Besides, most Thais have a very friendly attitude towards Japan, so many of them are very curious about Japan and like to eat Japanese food too. These facts make it much easier for Japanese students to make friends with local students and lots of opportunities are provided for interaction. Most of all, it’s a joyful environment where you will be able to make memories of lifetime. While having fun, you will also have a chance to reflect on yourself and grow up. My first overseas experience all by myself in an unfamiliar land, gave me courage and confidence that will surely help me in the future.

【履修科目】

Creative Urban Culture
Urbanism and the Culture Politics of Space
Thai History
History of Western Art