The amazing experience of being an Exchange Student

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

B.J.M. Program offers our students a great opportunity to become a participant of an 
Exchange program for a semester at one of the universities partners. Last year 
Miss Manita  Tantipimolphan, fourth-year B.J.M. student took part in the Exchange 
Program at University of Nagasaki, Japan and share her experience with us.


Q: Tell me a little about yourself.

A: Hi! My name is Manita, 4th grader studying in B.J.M program. I have 
stayed and studied in Nagasaki, Japan for one semester as an exchange student.


Q: Why did you decide to take part in the exchange program?

A: An idea about going abroad popped up when I had a chance to become 
friend with some inbound exchange students who come from Nagasaki. 
I hung out with them and helped each other in class when they were here 
in Thammasat University. Then, I thought that it could be much more fun 
if I go to their university and continue the friendship.


Q: What attracted you the most in Japan?

A: People, festivals and Yukata date


Q: How has the language difference been for you?

A: Language was a huge barrier for me once I arrived Japan for first month. 
Even though I studied Japanese a little before arrival, I considered my 
Japanese language skill at level 0.  Later on, this barrier disappeared as 
the university provided exchange students 3 Japanese classes per week 
and there were a lot of opportunities to practice communicating in Japanese 
language such as talking with Japanese friends and staffs, joining club activities, 
associating with local people near the shared house and hanging out in the city 
to meet some new faces.


Q: What was the most challenging thing for you during your time there?

A: To be able to communicate in Japanese language within 4 months


Q: What was the thing that amazed you the most during your exchange program?

A: There are a lot of foreigners in Nagasaki. This makes Nagasaki a foreigner friendly city.

Manita and  other foreign students at student shared house


Q: What is the thing you are going to miss the most about Japan?

A: Friends I made in Nagasaki.


Q: What would you recommend to those who plan to join exchange program?

A: One semester in Nagasaki is considered as the best moment of my university 
life. It was just 4 months and 2 weeks that I made a lot of friends and improved 
myself to be a better version of me. Smiles, laugh, friendship, love, tear and joy 
happened in very short period of life but it will be a long lasting good memory in 
a lifetime. As I fell in love with this city and had a memorable experience, 
I believe anyone who goes to Nagasaki will feel the same as me.


-unofficial release-