Mamo Bethelehem Tilahun
Prior to coming to Japan, I came up with the idea that I want to study a major that is law or International Relations oriented. Currently being in my third year in the International Social Studies program, I have discovered that the University of Tsukuba offered a holistic program that fulfills and satisfies my various interests and beyond. As I continue to learn new things here at the University, I am further reorienting my focus and further building a solid foundation, and all of this is made possible due to the course structure and the support provided by the university staff. Studying at the university here is such a rewarding experience for me, and what I like the most about learning here is having a flexible schedule and the ability to choose courses from different departments too. However, what I love the most about the university is how international it is as both teachers and students come from different parts of the world. The fact that it is very international and diverse has taught me a lot about people, and their cultures and it has deepened my perspective of the world greatly. My teachers at the university are kind, caring, and very supportive and it is greatly felt especially that now I am working towards my graduation proposal. Not to mention the green environment that surrounds the university here as Tsukuba is endowed with various natural landscapes, while still being close to the city center— Tokyo. I hope you join the university and relish the sheer amount of experiences and opportunities that the university offers.
Pham Minh Nam
Hi guys! I am Nam, student at the TISS program, University of Tsukuba. To me, TISS program is an excellent place to study. Apart from all wonderful academic gains that professors have brought, I believe that studying here has helped me to enlarge my circle of friends from across continents in the world. Certainly, even though studying abroad is never an easy-going experience, TISS professors have helped me a lot to overcome all hardships and enjoy my life in Japan at its fullest. If you are seeking for a program which would help you stay “intrigued” about the world, TISS is a right destination for your journey in Japan.
Moving from Texas to Japan required a huge leap of faith. It was my first time travelling abroad to live on my own, and I was not quite sure how things would pan out. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find out how close-knit the community here in Tsukuba is. With only a handful of other people in my program (International Social Science), I was able to quickly get acquainted with everyone. There are a variety of clubs and circles to participate in, and within my first semester I was able to find many new friends with which I could enjoy my time here in Tsukuba. Between sports activities, cultural exchange clubs, and language clubs, I stay pretty busy even outside of class! The campus itself is gorgeous, with nature aplenty and various hole in the wall spots to set up my books and study. The contents of my classes are always interesting, whether I am studying comparative law or learning about trends of international migration. Lessons are always diverse and engaging! Whenever I feel like a bit of excitement, Tokyo is less than an hour away. Thanks to this, my experience living in Japan has been exciting and fulfilling!