What Students Say

What Rutgers Students Say

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  • "Participating in this program took me out of my comfort zone in a way that isn’t possible in one’s home country. In addition to visiting sites of cultural importance, this program also gave me a unique opportunity to visit places of social and political importance, including some like the military base in Iwakuni that would have been almost impossible to visit on my own. Perhaps even more important than the places that I was able to see were the people that I met. I was able to form long-lasting friendships with the Ritsumeikan students. Overall this program was a wonderful experience and I’m extremely glad that I was able to participate in it." -Rachel, class of 2012

  • "When I mention to people that I have studied abroad in Japan they are not only fascinated that I traveled abroad, but are also impressed that I chose a place to go such as Japan over more common areas like Europe and Australia. What I really try to convey when discussing my experiences during this trip is that I have now a connection to this country that most people cannot say when they study abroad through other programs. The Rutgers-Ritsumeikan program is unique because you meet and spend time with people from a culture so diverse from your own and in the end make friends and not just acquaintances." -Caroline, class of 2012

  • "This study abroad program was a great way to experience a new culture and get three credits at the same time. I took this trip as an opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and asked a lot of questions during lecture and on museum tours and it really paid off I learned a lot. We got so much done in two and a half weeks and saw so many monuments and museums. This trip has allowed me to see just how deep the Japanese culture is. I meet really nice people and learned a lot about Japan." - Lee, class of 2012

  • "Participating in this program took me out of my comfort zone in a way that isn’t possible in one’s home country. In addition to visiting sites of cultural importance, this program also gave me a unique opportunity to visit places of social and political importance, including some like the military base in Iwakuni that would have been almost impossible to visit on my own. Perhaps even more important than the places that I was able to see were the people that I met.] I was able to form long-lasting friendships with the Ritsumeikan students. Overall this program was a wonderful experience and I’m extremely glad that I was able to participate in it." -Jamil, class of 2012

  • “The political side of the trip gave me the chance to compare governmental initiatives. Riding the bullet trains and seeing Braille paths in all major public areas inspired my political thinking and made me think about how these concepts could be applied in America… I would never have understood the impact of such projects had I not visited Japan.” - Peter, class of 2010

  • “Having the ability to ask Japanese citizens about their country opened our eyes to just how incredibly vital it is to get an in-depth perspective on situations.” - Simon, class of 2009

  • “The combination of relationship building, scholarly endeavors, and long distance traveling is priceless. I have remained in close contact with many of the students from Ritsumeikan, and plan to revisit Kyoto in the near future. Prospective employers are curious and impressed at the amount of hard work and time I devoted to the program.”- Nichole, class of 2010

What Ritsumeikan Students Say


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  • "I learned a lot and had a great time. What I liked best about this program is buddy system. It’s great system to learn together I think!"
  • "I really enjoyed the program! Rutgers, thank you for your support!"
  • I went to the restaurant you recommended and ate a cheese burger. It was so delicious." (coordinator's note: this is how we know the program is worthwhile!)











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