Spend as much time studying as you spend time playing.

Shenelle from 2012

What were the most productive and interesting aspects of the program for you? The least interesting and productive?

The most productive for me was the culture class, because I was able to learn many Japanese cultural aspects that you just don't learn in the normal class.

What activities or materials did you find most helpful (e.g., pair work, drill practice, tests, small group sessions, textbooks, games)?

I really enjoyed our small group conversations and working with the other students. We were able to talk to one on another about the topics learned in class, as well as get to know one another after finishing our prompts.

What did you find most valuable in the Culture Course?

Getting to learn all the different culture aspects of Japanese culture and then going out and experiencing them first hand.

Any further thoughts or tips for those considering the program or new KCP students?

Make sure to spend as much time studying as you spend time playing. I have seen a handful of students over this last quarter who have come to KCP and go out to party every night and rarely study. They are constantly missing class but then wonder why they are not getting good grades at all. They also don't actively practice speaking Japanese and have a hard time even communicating to the teachers in class. If you aren't going to take this seriously, don't even bother coming to study abroad.

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Because I am a huge fan of research and spreadsheets, I created an excel worksheet comparing numerous Japanese study abroad programs by cost, housing, length of study, and many other comparison points. Overall, KCP came out superior based on the amount of things that you get for the price. After completing the program, I can say choosing KCP was a perfect decision. KCP is a real school — professional teachers, strict grading systems, textbooks – the whole package. KCP proved to be much more than I expected – the classes are tough, but it taught me how to work harder, build a work ethic, and I am coming out with many rich experiences thanks to KCP. This school truly prepares you for higher levels and entrance into Japanese colleges.

—Rachel Burch