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Posted 10/11/15
Are there any Crunchyroll members that have been to Yamasa in Okazaki? I am thinking of taking the accelerated Japanese course for 8 weeks. If you've been, or know someone that has, how was it? Would you recommend it? How much did the whole study abroad cost you? How about housing? Thanks

http://www.yamasa.org/en/programs_accp.html
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Posted 10/18/15
Anyone? How about any sort of study abroad to Japan?
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Are there any Crunchyroll members that have been to Yamasa in Okazaki? I am thinking of taking the accelerated Japanese course for 8 weeks. If you've been, or know someone that has, how was it? Would you recommend it? How much did the whole study abroad cost you? How about housing? Thanks

http://www.yamasa.org/en/programs_accp.html


I don't know anything about it, but I've done something similar through a program called world link (which for whatever reason, closed down years ago). If it's anything like my experience, it is very helpful for learning the language in a short amount of time, as it advertises. I think the most valuable experience is just the ability to talk with other people in Japanese (and whether you are comfortable with it or not, you will be forced into it). It can be stressful though, but I think the stress was well worth the experience. I didn't become fluent or anything, but it gave me a very strong foundation..

As for costs... Housing is (or at least it should be) organized by the institution, and they will refer you to apartments that you can stay in while you are in Japan. Should be about 800 dollars (or less) for 2 months. I recently got tickets for a round trip from Japan to the US for $1600.... so you can expect to pay that or perhaps less in some cases (definitely less if you are going anywhere near Tokyo).

I'd say with classes, flight, and housing, you might be at $2600. Then you have to factor in food (especially if you want to eat at restaurants), trains, and other things you may need / want... you'll be at or around $3,800.

I'd say it's worth it if you can afford it. Especially if it is your very first time in Japan.
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Thank you for your input. I do expect it will be stressful. But the way I see it, studying is all you'll be doing, so I think it will be manageable to keep up.

Anyway, if I do go, it will be my first time. I am trying to get it funded.
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As a high school student(currently a junior) I doubt our scenario will be the same. My sophomore year of high school I spent the year in Korea. I went through YFU and the cost was around $11,000+(including the flight) but I had to get to saN Francisco on my own with my own money. As a 14 year old I couldn't wander about the state of Cali on my own so my mother came with me. The first week I was there I spent $400 on school supplies, books, and my uniform, clothing, and trinkets that k didn't need to buy yet for my family . My host family lived in a rich area of Seoul and the school cost quite a bit as well. But thank goodness I was on a scholarship. That first month was the four hundred dollars. The second month(where my mother replenished my wallet) I slowed down and bought things like dumplings and bread(you will miss white bread, bread in SE Asia is ,ads with rice flower and it's sweet af) for breakfast whenever my host family wasn't up to make me and my host brother breakfast, i also spent it in transportation when we went on historical trip with the other exchange students. After that I spent around $250 a month but your case is different since you will be an adult and you might go out to eat more and be invited to drinking out with friends(drinking is really popular in South Korea). A lot of my money went down the drain by going out with friends to karaoke spots. Oh and don't be surprised when you lose a lot of weight, I lost about 15 llbs but gained back 5 when I came back to my moms fried chicken.


Hopefully this helps you! Even though the countries are slightly different
(P.s if you're wondering if there will be any racial problems, maybe, maybe not. As an African American I realized that many Asians haven't been exposed to other races and base their views on pop culture, a whole bunch of people said I looked like beyonce.....i don't)

And studying is hard, I would get home from school at 11 pm on Mondays and Wednesday's
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