The amazing semester at Seinan Gakuin University has come to an end. The semester officially ended on the 18th of May but I stayed in Japan until the 27th for my bachelor’s thesis. I conducted a tour for a group from Finland in Kyoto and now I’m spending my days writing the thesis. The trip went well and I’m happy with the results. If you want to read about this trip, or just look at the pictures if you can’t read Finnish, you can begin the story from this page.
The last few weeks of the semester were super busy and I didn’t have time to do anything else than just study. I had to write four essays for my Japanese Cinema, Natural World of Japan, Japanese language and Performing Arts (Traditional Culture) courses, and I also had to study kanji, practise my moves for the final test in judo and study for the final tests of psychology and calligraphy. I finally received the grades for my courses, and I couldn’t be happier. Studying hard had paid off.
So, I finished all the courses I had started with perfect scores. The two Japanese credits equal four ECTS points, so all together I got 36 points while studying in Japan. That’s one course more than I had to take, but hey, I went there to study and I wanted to get as much out of the experience as I could. It was a lot of work, but courses like judo and calligraphy gave me energy to sit down and study the other subjects.
Studying at Seinan Gakuin University was amazing and I made a lot of friends and learned so much more about the culture. The area where the university is located is perfect, and you really don’t need to leave far away for anything – everything’s right there. If you want to see what my day living in Fukuoka looked like, you can check the picture post in my Finnish blog.
I recommend this experience of studying in Japan if you’re already somewhat familiar with the language and if you’re ready to commit studying more. There will be a lot of homework for the Japanese language and you can’t skip your lessons as you want to – it’s a lot more different university than what you’re used to in Finland. If you’re ready to commit yourself for studying go for it – you will get a lot out of studying in Fukuoka!