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)


2015年秋学期留学 (Fall 2015)

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

古谷 眞唯さん Mayu Furuya


While the majority of Japanese students choose English speaking countries or developed countries in Europe as study abroad destinations, South East Asia also offers a unique option. Unlike developed countries, South East Asian countries are in the midst of their development and full of energy. There is an exciting atmosphere entirely different from that of developed countries. Although Thailand is brimming with energy in pursuit of development, people’s living still maintains a leisurely pace, unlike Japan where everything is fast and everyone pressed for time. I found myself freed from the stress (a feeling of being chased by something) I always felt in Japan. You may be able to study about South East Asia in Japan or elsewhere, but you cannot fully absorb the relaxed atmosphere without actually living and studying in South East Asia. Thailand is leisurely on one hand, but bustling with energy on the other, especially in the downtown of Bangkok, where Chulalongkorn University is located. If you’re studying abroad in Thailand, go out and visit various places as much as you can, to feel and ponder various things in an atmosphere you can’t find anywhere else. You also should make lots of local friends and go out with them. They will show you things you won’t find alone.


Visual Cultures
Contemporary Asian Cultures