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

Mahidol University (MU)


2014年秋学期留学 (Fall 2014)

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

千 和起子さん Wakiko Sen


The SAIMS program requires its exchange students to have self-awareness of being sent to an ASEAN country as a representative of Japan. This helps foster a more proactive attitude in approaching the local people and culture, compared to ordinary study abroad programs. Another advantage of the program is that you get to know other exchange students participating in the program from other ASEAN countries and experience at first hand the aim of the program, that is, to promote cross-border interaction between students. You will also have chances to become acquainted with international students from Europe and the U.S., share information, and exchange views on various topics like education and cultures of each other’s countries. I suppose English-speaking countries are the most popular destinations for studying abroad. Some people may have worries about the hygiene and security conditions of South East Asia. However, the neighborhood surrounding the university and dormitory seemed to be particularly safe, and I didn’t see any problems with the hygiene. What’s the point in choosing South East Asia and not one of the Western countries? …It is to put yourself away from our daily lives in Japan where almost everything is available ready at hand, and view Japan and the world objectively. While South East Asia has been rapidly developing, you will find some things are still not as convenient as in Japan. For instance, you can’t drink tap water, and there is no time schedule for buses and trains. Placing yourself in an environment where you can’t get what you usually take for granted is a valuable experience that one should seek while still a student. It would give you a chance to think about what you can do to contribute to the development of South East Asia and the world and at the same time reflect on Japan and yourself. It’s also a wonderful experience to get to know international students visiting the university from around the world. You know, they all have chosen to come to South East Asia for studying, which means that they are interesting people a bit different from the average person. I learned a lot from my fellow exchange students and talked with them until late almost every night in the dormitory. I recommend the SAIMS program to students who wish to have an experience fulfilling in many ways, not to mention those who are interested in South East Asia.


Introduction to Ethnicity and Nationalism in Southeast Asia
Introduction to Archaeology
Film Studies
Cross-Cultural Management