If you want to come to Temple University Japan or study abroad here, there’s some things you should be aware of. It’s a great school and a fun place to be. The campus is small, but that just adds to its character. I was surprised that the library was expansive and very nice. It had many volumes for its size and works you would have trouble finding other places. The computer lab was also nice and had great equipment. By the end of the semester, you will probably have seen everyone who goes to campus and will recognize people on trains and places away from campus. The students are friendly and if you are studying abroad they are endlessly helpful for information. If you come to TUJ, definitely get to know some of them. They can take you to places all across Tokyo that you might not know of otherwise. The friends I’ve made at TUJ were great at telling me how to get the best deals or the best places to eat around campus.
The student body is incredibly diverse and very friendly. There are people from all over the world, coming from 6 continents and dozens of countries. This brings up unique perspectives in and out of the classroom. It’s always fun speaking to them about events going on around the world and getting their perspective on it. The office staff who work at TUJ are also infinitely helpful and will sometimes know you by name if you visit their office more than once during the semester. The OSS office knew my name because I had to go there quite a bit over the semester for a number of reasons. When you have time to get food, there are many convenience stores very close to campus. If you crave something different, you have to walk a little more, but it’s worth it because there are great places, albeit a bit of a walk.
Perhaps the most difficult thing about TUJ is being able to balance work and play. You will want to explore Tokyo throughout the semester and the rest of Japan because there are endless things to do. However, make sure to stay on top of your assignments. If you study abroad, some universities, like mine, make you take five classes and this can be a little hectic at times, especially torwards the end of the semester with finals just around the corner. Taking a foreign language, such as Japanese, is especially demanding and you will fall behind if you don’t stay on top of things. However, the professors are very accommodating here and will be glad to help you.
I’m glad I came to TUJ. It has been a wonderful time. As the semester is starting to wrap up in a couple of weeks, I’m going to be sad to leave TUJ, but the people I met here and the experiences I’ve had will stay with me for a long time.