July 25, 2018 – Kate Pensak ‘21, Jakima Price ’19 and Brittney Freeman ‘19 spent three weeks studying abroad at Showa Women’s University (SWU) in Tokyo, Japan as part of SWU Summer International Program. Through this program, Newbury students are completely immersed in Japanese culture—they study and learn with Japanese students, explore the country, live with a Japanese family for a brief homestay, and have free time to experience other aspects of Japan not included in the program.
During this trip, Freeman, Price and Pensak learned about Japanese history, business, religion, cuisine, language, calligraphy, architecture, art, music, pop culture and more through lectures, films, workshops and trips.
Freeman described her experience traveling abroad: “This was my first time studying abroad. Being in a foreign country could be difficult, but in my experience, it was easy to communicate with people. Most people knew how to speak English. Also, the people were very friendly. I had a couple of experiences where locals would come up to me and not just talk to me, but have full conversations.”
She explained that she enjoyed experiencing the Japanese culture “like tea ceremonies, Yukata, and visiting shrines and temples… Also, going to see the Great Buddha of Kamakura was a bucket list thing for me and I got to experience it.”
Price shared: “My favorite parts from the trip were visiting all of the tourist attractions (Shibuya crossing, Ghibli Museum, Akihabara, etc.) and overall just being able to communicate with all of the Japanese students at Showa and being able to become friends with them! At first, I was very nervous about immersing myself into the Japanese culture, but they accepted me with open arms and were very eager to teach me about their culture, like their favorite artists or favorite foods!”
Newbury offers many opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom to gain real world experience, enhance their academic studies and become more globally-minded citizens.
Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Laurie Gordy explained, "The Summer International Program with Showa University provides Newbury students an accessible way to learn about Japanese history, culture, and society. Newbury students who have participated in the previous summers have described the experience as one that truly changed them as they were able to learn more about Japanese culture, more about themselves, and even better understand the U.S. culture through this cross-cultural comparison. Study abroad opportunities enrich students' education as it provides a hands-on opportunity to apply their course knowledge and it prepares them to more fully participate in the global society in their future."
About Newbury: Newbury College is a private, independent college located just minutes from Boston in the Fisher Hill neighborhood of Brookline, Massachusetts. Founded in 1962, Newbury College offers bachelor and associate degree programs in over 20 career-focused majors. Committed to personalized and experience-based teaching, Newbury inspires students to become independent thinkers, valuable collaborators, and global-minded citizens.
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