王 慧子（おう けいこ）〔中国〕
When I was asked to write a message to future students, I was confused on which merit I should focus on. TU provides so much convenience to me, tutor system, Japanese special courses, research room, free laptop for research, lectures and seminars given in English, coffee hour where various languages courses are given, international exchange programs, volunteer programs, all kinds of parties and tours arranged by DIEE through the year and so on.
After considering these advantages, I recognize the most important gain in TU is friendship. I made friends with students from all around the world, U.S., Japan, China, EU, Thailand, Mexico, South America and Africa. We attended same lectures, and discussed on research issues. We also enjoyed parties, nomikai(drinking party) and karaoke, and traveled together. What is amazing is that friends from DIEE made a video and held a party for celebrating my marriage. On the other hand, it is also easy to make friends with professors here. My instructor professor Kanazaki is so affable and professional that I could consult with him whenever I have problem on academic research or in my life. At the same time, I got a lot of chance to communicate with other professors on economic issues I am interested in. At last, thanks my dear friends. I love u.
Living and studying in Japan is a truly rewarding experience that cannot be compared to my previous experiences abroad. As with every new beginning, my life in Japan was not that easy, but now, when I look back upon all difficulties and challenges that I had to face in the beginning, I can certainly say that there were a great number of fruitful and unforgettable experiences. Even the Great East Japan Earthquake that affected Sendai severely brought along with its devastating magnitude many positive opportunities such as ones for understanding the very core virtues of the Japanese culture - gratitude, benevolence, and above all, respect for all living and non-living things.
If you are one who is on the look for new and exciting moments that will dazzle your every sense, then you should certainly come to Japan, open your mind and soul, and let things happen around you.
I came to Sendai on May 2011, and since the moment I came here, everyone in the Department of Economics has been very kind to help me with everything I need. The staffs are really nice, the lecturers are top class, and the colleagues are great. The international exchange staffs have been working tirelessly to make sure that us international students always feel comfortable. They arrange various interesting events, ranging from sports, cuisine, language, and cultural-related ones. I have never felt so bored since I stepped in this Department. The environment in Sendai itself is legendary. I can say that Sendai has the perfect atmosphere to study, since it is a not-so-crowded city and possess beautiful scenery so I can enjoy myself and enjoy studying at the same time. To sum up, I am proud to be an International student in this Department, and I can proudly say that Sendai is my second hometown.
I think that Sendai is an ideal place for international students. Living costs, especially rent prices, are much lower compared to other cities. Also, you can find everything that a metropolitan city can offer. I feel very much at home here.
I think that the IPEM students enjoy a very special status. Since we are the "babies" of this program, everyone on campus treats us nicely. Our classes are small, which allows for frequent interaction among students and teachers. Back in Thailand I had to attend classes with 50 to 60 students, whereas here, we are usually no more than 15.
IPEM is a wonderful business-oriented program and I am sure that you will enjoy it.
At the moment I set foot on the land of Japan after finishing all of the procedures, I told myself that there would be a wonderful experience. And I, indeed, enjoyed so much here.
About Economics Faculty of Tohoku University
The most impressive thing here would be the harmony of whole faculty which is more like a big family. Everyone makes friends from all over the world and has fun together through various and interesting activities organized by DIEE. Besides, as a significant window of international communication, Economic department provides not only advanced educational facilities but also excellent teachers who specialized in different fields.
About life in Sendai
It is comfortable of living in Sendai for me. Unlike other modern cities in Japan, I can live a convenient life with lower expense covering most of aspects of life in Sendai. And all of exchange students live in Sanjo kaikan where the rent is reasonable and facilities are convenient as well. In addition, going out for dinner and travelling during weekends and vacation, also, are entertainment we usually take.
If economics faculty is like a big family, then IPLA must be the small one for me. It is really amazing to exchange new ideas and get to know another culture deeply via my “family members” who came from different cultural background. And I really appreciate that it is DIEE that arranges so considerate volunteer system (IPLA NET) that we can enjoy life here completely without any fear or anxiety. On the other hand, courses offered by IPLA do contribute to my academic life and international perspective.
Jackie Lam (America)
Many of the activities and events that were prepared for and by students of Tohoku University allowed me to meet and interact with people from many different countries and broaden my social network. It also gave me a chance to practice using the Japanese language with native speakers. I believe this is one of the most valuable things we can gain from studying abroad.