- 1998 and earlier Alumni -

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Pan Kaiming(left) and Li Donghui from Northeastern University, China.

(February 1998 - September 1998)

We are Chinese students from Northeastern University. We stayed in Japan for about 8 months as NUPACE students. We really appreciated the experience. At Nagoya University, I studied a lot of about Japanese cultures and spirits in such short time. As Nupace students, many special chances were given to contact with Japanese families and Japanese customs. It was pretty good chance to acknowledge Japanese society. If you want to understand Japan, please come here.

Michael Brischle(left) and Thomas Welter from Universitat Freiburg, Germany.

(October 1997 - September 1998)

Fang, Mingsheng (left) (Japanese voice message) from East China Normal University, and Yang Bingchu (center) and Huang Shangan from Central South University of Technology, China.

Fang and Yang (October 1997 - September 1998)
Huang (February 1998 - January 1999)

Piyawan Sukuri (Oum)(left) and Dulaya Boonpukdee (Gun) from the Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

(October 1997 - September 1998)

"I've studied here as a NUPACE student for one year. During this one year, I had many experiences and could make a lot of foreign friends. The NUPACE program gave me a chance to learn Japanese language and culture, making me know another country apart from my own country. You have no way to know any country deeply unless you live and learn its culture by yourself. Furthermore, there are many international exchange events here that you can join as same as I have done. Thus, I enjoyed this program so much. Thank NUPACE staffs very much for giving me this opportunity." (Piyawan Sukuri)

James Hickinbotham from the University of Sheffield, UK.

(April 1998 - September 1998)

Deny Hamdani from the Institut Teknologi Bandung (left) and Tri Sunoro from Gadjah Mada University (link to his homepage), Indonesia.

(October 1997 - September 1998)

"Firstly, I would like to thank God for His blessing which has led me to be involved in the excellent NUPACE Program. When I arrived in Nagoya for the first time, I knew absolutely nothing about Japan but its leading role in very advanced technology. I was completely illiterate in Japanese except "sayonara", which was the title of famed kid's song I loved when I was at kindergarten.
At that time, I felt strange here and I thought that I was living in another world I never knew before, but I did not want to find myself lonely any longer here and actually it encouraged me to master Japanese to get an understanding of Japanese way of life. So, thanks to the comfortable NUPACE 101 Japanese language class for making me happy during my stay here and teaching me how man became be able to communicate. I could feel the power of Japanese language in figuring out the Japanese society.
I very much enjoyed my NUPACE classes which gave me a lot of good experiences and a wide perspective in many fields of life, especially in my major and the economic field in which I am interested. I could learn and finally understood how Japanese established their society system to become an advanced country in which modernity and tradition coexist harmoniously.
During my stay here, I have had a good opportunity to make lifetime friendships with some Japanese and other students from all over the world, and deepen my understanding of world cross-cultural issues by learning their cultures and experiences. I found Nagoya University Foreign Students House where I lived to be a "global house".
Honestly, I love Nagoya where I have built a home in very much and I feel that I will miss the country whose nature is so beautiful and people so friendly and helpful. I will never forget a delightful moment at the top of the very beautiful Mt. Fuji and also some of my best NUPACE friends, my `Nihongo no Sensei`, and of course the NUPACE office staff who treated me very kindly. Hopefully, we will be together again someday in the future.
Thanks to the NUPACE office for the excellent program you have." (Deny Hamdani)

Dodiek Seto HANDOKO from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia.

(October 1997 - September 1998)

Jason Uthe from the University of Cincinnati, USA.

(April 1998 - September 1998)

"I will always cherish my first international experience in Japan because of the things I learned and the lifetime friendships. I would recommend the NUPACE program at Nagoya University to anyone interested in Japan. Even if a student does not know any Japanese, the program is very beneficial. For instance, my classmates and I were completely illiterate on our first day in Japan. We were definitely facing an overwhelming challenge because we were not used to being unable to communicate and read such simple things as a street sign or restaurant menu. However, after only fourteen weeks of NUPACE classes, we were educated in Japan's history, culture, economy, language, and much more. Furthermore, my classmates and I are now able to have a simple conversation in Japanese.
Again, it was sometimes difficult and overwhelming communicating to some students since they did not speak English or because I did not speak Japanese. Naturally, I was tempted to not have long conversations with them because of the difficulties in communicating, but I strongly believed that everything I put into my experiences in Japan, I would get back ten-fold. As a result, I have made lifetime friendships with students from all over the world and learned about their cultures and experiences. In addition, I have even made business contacts by teaching English classes to Japanese businessmen."

Adenike Oyewole from North Carolina State University, USA.

(Oct 1997 - Aug 1998)

"When I was in high school, a friend of my father visited Japan for a few weeks, and came back with so many wonderful stories, that it became one of my dreams to visit Japan. In college, the opportunity finally came in the form of NUPACE, but largely due to the anxiety of leaving the comfort of a home base and my insecurity in my language skills, I let application deadlines slip by. Finally, I developed the courage and applied to NUPACE in possibly the best decision I have ever made. This has been the most memorable year of my life. I woke up this morning and it was time to go back home. It does not seem real, because I have built a home in Japan. I will miss the life, the people, oh, and the food! Very delicious! NUPACE has indeed been a delightful experience, one I will never forget. Oh, and the classes are fun, too! Thank you for everything NUPACE! "

Terumi Daly from North Carolina State University, USA, has been enjoying her stay in Nagoya very much. Now listen to what an impressive experience she has had so far.

"Japan is a wonderful place where I have always wanted to live. Since my visit to Japan when I was four, I had many impressions of Japan that I wanted to confirm. I remember places I visited that I have been able to revisit since I arrived here. The temples and tourist attractions are beautiful, but I find the people here to be the most interesting part of my stay. The people here are always helpful and friendly in any circumstance. Before my arrival, I was concerned that I would not enjoy my stay in Japan because my language ability was low. I have found that somehow everyone overcomes the language barrier with a little patience and speaking very slowly. This is an experience that I recommend to anyone interested in studying in Japan."

Christopher Perrius from North Carolina State University, USA, hopes to deepen his understanding of Japanese-American cross-cultural issues during his stay in Japan. He has been very interested in Japanese culture and literature ever since living in Tokyo from 1988 to 1991.

"Nagoya may have a bit of a 'third city complex,' but it's not nearly as bad as the Tokyoites say. There is lots of culture to enjoy, with less of Tokyo's relentless anxiety to be "cosmopolitan." At the same time, there is a large foreign community that is easy enough to hook into. Beautiful old country towns are nearby, and the Kyoto/Osaka area is in easy striking distance. Of course, I haven't experienced the notorious summer weather yet . . ."
"The nice folks at the foreign students departments at Nagoya U. have obviously done a lot of work preparing for our arrival. The Japanese intensive course has been excellent; the foreign student counselors are very helpful; I enjoy my cozy study-hutch at the International Residence; and I am thankful that I am permitted to attend a variety of courses and seminars. The professors I have met seem on the whole happy to have me, and the department is kindly providing tutors for us."
"All in all, this is such a good opportunity that I'm already quite sure I want to do it again. I give it two thumbs up!"

Obioma Chukwu from North Carolina State University, USA, kindly reported some statistics for us.

"Japan is a relatively safe and clean country. I ride the bus and subways which are almost always on time. Nagoya is the size of LA and you can't get lost (I tried, trust me)."
Nagoya University is one of the best in the nation and extremely competitive to get into. It has a population of 14,000 students and 3,500 staff.
"I love the program I'm in. Do I know enough Japanese to survive in this country? Right now I am in an intensive language course trying to master Japanese. So when I said I would learn to speak Japanese by the end of my six-seven months I wasn't joking."
Who's a quick learner!

Thomas Fritchey from North Carolina State University, USA, introduces his favorite dishes.

"The food here is delicious! I have tried dishes here which have a taste unlike anything in America. Some of the more notable foods are whole fish with head, bones and tail, eel, squid, octopus, wasabi, a personal favorite, and natto, which everyone should try at least once."

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