Katarina Kellokumpu Fluge (Norway)
I think I’ve always been a rather restless person, which is probably the reason why I’m currently living halfway across the world from my home country, Norway. Before coming, I’d been considering studying in Japan for a while, and when conveniently stumbling across the G30 program at the University of Tsukuba, it just seemed like the perfect opportunity. The fact that the whole program is taught in English made it all even better, as this gave me a chance to learn a new language which is a passion of mine. Now that I think about it, it still seems surreal that I’m actually here. My first days here in Tsukuba, I took the time to explore the university campus and surrounding areas. Needless to say, I got lost a few times due to the size. I love how the whole campus is surrounded by nature and how it’s so easy to get around by bike or bus. I was surprised that there were so few people here at first, thought that quickly chanced once school started. Suddenly, everywhere I turned there were busy students and teachers rushing to their classes. Tsukuba can be both lively and calm at once, which I rather like, and if you ever find yourself in need of some extra excitement, Tokyo is only a 45 minute train ride away. So far I’ve really appreciated my time here in Tsukuba. I’ve met many different people and made some great friends from all across the world. I can’t wait to meet the new students joining us in the fall, and I hope they will enjoy their life here as much as I do. Japan is a country packed with unique people and interesting places, so there will be much to experience and discover.
Eric Adjepong Kwarteng (Ghana)
Coming to Japan was not just an instinct guided-action for me. It was a well thought and planed decision. It all started in the year 2010 when I first found on the internet a university offering world-class education with enormous financial support for undergraduate students. This to me, was a law against all odds. I sent dozens of emails to the school to find out more about it and see how possible it would be for me to study in a country that blends culture and tradition with technology and modernization. I am a Ghanaian and for that reason, an African who places invaluable importance on cultural values; therefore, Japan, a country with many UNESCO accredited world heritage sites, was the best place for me to add up my knowledge of culture from another world. Arriving in Japan was my first time to experience extremely different language without neither an idea of my coordination nor the even cardinal points to position myself; but I can say with the highest confidence, that the system is more than good for people like me. The staff for Global 30 students, Professors and the International Students’ Centre made my life the easiest. I appreciate the help I received since my arrival in Japan. Today, am taking my courses in English, learning a new language skill and enjoying the rich and fresh serene in one of the best universities in Japan. I have gotten an opportunity which is one out of a thousand to interact, learn and communicate with people from more than thirty (30) countries and cultures and from all the inhabited continents of the world. Coming to the University of Tsukuba is one of the best decisions I have taken in my entire life.
Huyen Thi Thanh Nguyen (Vietnam)
My name is Huyen and I come from Vietnam. I am a 2nd year student of G30 International Social Studies program, and this is my 10th month in Tsukuba. Let me first tell you about the city – Tsukuba city, the science city of Japan. It is very clean and beautiful with lots of green and space, so you can really relax and enjoy yourself with nature. Besides, thanks to TX (Tsukuba Express Train), living in Tsukuba got amazingly convenient now when you can get to the heart of Tokyo in only 45mins. Speaking of why I chose the University of Tsukuba, actually it was not a random choice but the accomplishment of a plan that I’d had years ago when I was in high school. The University of Tsukuba has one of the best Social and International Studies program all over Japan, with a great population of foreign students, compared to other Japanese universities (I guess this is also why they have the best international student service ever!). Thus, besides getting the chance to join Japanese community here and learning about the customs, you also get to gain lots of interesting experiences from living in multi-cultural environment. I myself can feel that I have been growing up a lot since I came here, not only in my academic career but also mentally and socially. I am really looking forward to seeing you join us in the near future!