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

De La Salle University (DLSU)


2014年秋学期留学 (Fall 2014)

総合人間科学部教育学科 (Faculty of Human Science)

佐久間 萌子さん Moeko Sakuma



I took such courses as the history of the Philippines and introduction to sociology at De La Salle University. The topic of each class was often considered in connection with the current social problems faced in the Philippines. It was very interesting to find out what social problems are faced in the Philippines today and how local students perceived such problems. The classes involved a lot of discussions and presentations. The students were friendly, so I was able to deepen friendship with many Filipino students. In addition, the university had an intimate atmosphere with classes held in small groups and the professor much closer to students than in Japanese universities. Although I did not belong to a specific extracurricular activity group, I was able to enjoy various activities because many symposiums, events and field trips were being held. The international student center not only supported us with our campus life, but held parties and other events for international students, through which I was able to make friends with other exchange students from France, Brunei and elsewhere. I went on a trip along with some other exchange students and local students, which is a memory I will cherish for life.

I think most people in Japan will image a poor and still developing country when they hear of the Philippines. Well, that’s true, but at the same time, it only describes part of the whole picture of the country. Certainly, the Philippines is a lot more inconvenient compared to Japan, but the Filipinos living joyfully in what may be a less-developed environment made me rethink what happiness is. It made me realize that I was unconsciously trapped by stereotypical ideas about various things, changing my perception of the world. It was precisely because life in the Philippines was a lot different from life in Japan, that my study abroad experience turned out to be such an exciting and fulfilling one. The SAIMS program offers a chance to change your perception of the world by directly experiencing cultures that are totally different from ours despite being neighbors in the same Asian region.


Introduction to Sociology
History of East Asia
Child and Adolescent Development
The Philippines in the 20th Century
Basic Filipino