Claire (exchange student, USA)

I’ve found everyone within the FLA to be welcoming and accepting, and no-one has ever hesitated to help me out when I’ve needed it. Making friends has been beyond easy and we frequently get together outside of class. I’ve even bumped into FLA students while out and about in Tokyo and had the pleasure of joining them for whatever they had planned. The warmth of the student body is fabulous and contagious!

The FLA’s professors come from an impressive range of countries and are passionate about the subjects they teach, making the learning experience diverse and interesting. Meeting with my professors outside of class was easy to arrange and extremely helpful. I was impressed with the spectrum of course offerings within the FLA and was easily able to find both the courses I needed to transfer to my home university and others that I wanted to take just because they seemed interesting. I came to Japan to study Japanese, and I have, but I’ve also received the unexpected bonus of learning about other cultures and subjects as well. My long-term goals lie in foreign relations-related work and I can’t think of any better experience studying abroad than the one I’ve had at Sophia’s FLA.