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Japanese students exchange Kyoto for Southampton

Published: 11 January 2013Origin: Modern Languages and Linguistics
Students and staff at tea party

Seven Japanese students are about to head home after spending a year studying in Humanities at Southampton.

The undergraduates combined classes in the English language with modules in Humanities disciplines, studying alongside fellow second years from the UK, European Union and around the world. This was the first visit by students from Japan as part of Southampton’s partnership with Doshisha University in Kyoto.

“I wanted to come to Southampton because I knew of its high reputation as a UK university,” explains Daichi Takai, who is studying International Relations in Kyoto. “I enjoyed my time here and also took the opportunity to travel. I particularly liked taking part in the New Year’s Eve celebrations in London.”

Hibiki Maeda, who is a student of Global Communications and Linguistics at Doshisha, chose to take a Film Studies module at Southampton. She says: “The best part was the weekly screenings followed by opportunities to discuss the film and give your own opinions.” During her time in the UK, she visited London, Scotland and Durham.

“We were delighted to welcome out first group of students from Doshisha University and hope they will be the first of many,” adds Thom Bull, Faculty of Humanities Education Manager. “We trust they will return home with happy memories of their studies in Southampton.”

The students were treated to a farewell tea party and given University of Southampton ‘hoodies’ as souvenirs of their time in the UK.

Kyoto students proudly wearing their University of Southampton 'hoodies' with Southampton Senior Teaching Fellow, Wendy Jones
Students and staff at the tea party
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