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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)

内田 いつかさん Itsuka Uchida

正直、この留学プログラムに参加する前の私は、タイに対して「貧しい国」という印象を持っていました。しかし実際には、都心はインフラが整っており、道行く人の多くはお洒落で品のある洋服を着飾り、高級ブランドショップが並ぶモールへ足を運んでいきます。想像とはまったく違った光景を目の当たりにし、驚きを隠せなかったのを今でも覚えています。そんなタイの一番のよさは「人柄の良さ」にあると思います。公衆電話の掛け方が分からず戸惑っていたとき、それを見かねた現地の方が自分の携帯電話を貸してくださいました。タイ人男性のほとんどは、夜道は危ないからと必ず寮の手前まで送ってくれます。ネイルサロンのおばちゃんは、話が通じ合わなくてもいつも一生懸命話しかけてくれて、「暑いでしょ」とジュースを持ってきてくれます。たとえお金がなくても助け合い、幸せを感じられる、そんなタイ人の温かさに惹かれタイが大好きになりました。また、タイの大学では一つの学部学科にタイ人用プログラムとインターナショナルプログラムがあるのが主流であり、他の学科でも英語が話せるタイ人が多くいます(それもネイティブ並の英語力)。欧米とは違った、ユニークで面白い文化に触れることができ、かつ英語できちんと学べるという利点を兼ね備え、さらに物価が安いことから生活費もあまりかかりません。イメージだけではなく、実際に足を運び感じるべきことが盛り沢山で、いろんな意味での豊かな国で学ぶことに、絶対に損はないと言い切れます。

To be honest, I used to have the impression that Thailand is a poor country until I participated in this program. In reality, however, the larger cities of Thailand have well developed infrastructure, people on the streets are dressed in fashionable and elegant clothes, and shopping malls are lined with luxury brand shops. I remember myself struck with surprise to see all these things, which were far from what I had imagined. But the best part of Thailand is the kindness and gentle nature of its people. When I was bewildered not knowing how to use the payphone, a kind local person who just happened to pass by lent me a cell phone. When it gets dark, most Thai men will walk you back to the front door of your dormitory, saying that walking alone at night is dangerous. The lady at the nail salon eagerly tried to hold a conversation with me even though I didn’t understand Thai language and kindly brought me a glass of juice because the weather was hot. People may not have as much money as in developed countries, but everyone was helping each other and living in happiness. I was attracted by this warmness and came to love this country. Most departments of Thai universities provide programs for native Thai students and international programs taught in English, so many of the students (in most departments) can speak English so fluently like a native speaker. This means that you can experience a unique culture different from the Western ones and at the same time learn in proper, authentic English. On top of that, commodity prices are low so you can keep your living expenses low. There are a lot of things that you cannot learn without experiencing at first hand and actually living there. As a matter of fact, Thailand is a country rich in various aspects and I can assure you that it won’t disappoint you.

【履修科目】

Music and Culture
Visual Culture
Tradition and Culture of Thai Lifestyle
Cross-cultural Management