Rose-Hulman Students Speak On Their Experience Abroad
Bringing Global Lessons to Life
Beyond exchange programs and individualized learning
experiences, Rose-Hulman offers a selection of exciting
study-abroad courses. These programs begin with traditional
coursework on-campus, usually in the spring term, and conclude with
a two- to three-week trip at the end of the quarter. Destinations
have included Spain, England, Germany, and Japan, among others.
Donna, a Biomedical Engineering major
from Mobile, Alabama has had a life changing experinece
studying abroad at the University of Aizu in
Donna had reservations about studying abroad, especially in
Japan, due to her lack of understanding the Japanese language. She
immersed herself in Japanese history and culture by visiting
museums like the Nature Museum in Tadami and paticipaging in local
events such as doba noodle crafting.
"As soon as I arrived her in Aizu I felt welcomed
and like I was at home." she says.
Before coming to Aizu, Donna's goal was purely accademic, but
the longer she stayed the more she realized that she was there to
experience Japan first hand and gain a better world view. Her trip
abroad has changed her ideas of Japanese life and Donna feels more
comfortable in new environments because of it.
"I now know that it is very possible for me to study, work
and live in another part of the world and not only survive but be
happy and thrive."
Dylan began his three month study abroad in Aizu with nervous
excitement. But soon came to recognise his time in Japan as one of
the greatest eperiences that he would have in his lifetime.
Appreciative of Japanese culture, Dylan enjoyed many of Aizu's
landmarks including Tsuruga-Jo Castle and Tokyo Imperial Palace
while taking time to indulge in one of his favorite foods,
"My time here as furthered my appreciation of the culture, as I
now have experienced it firsthand." he says.
Positive acceptance by the people of Aizu, allowed Dylan to
better enjoy his experience at the University and his time
exploring the local Japanese culture. His goal now is to repay that
hospitality to international students back in America.
"My experiences in Japan have greatly affected my understanding
and view on international culture for the better, and have given me
a unique lense to view international experiences through."
Kelly, an undergraduate in Computer Engineering, has
been applying for the JASSO scholarship for the past three years
and when she was finally accepted she was unable to go. Her
persistance paid off though, as she was finally able to make the
trip which made such a great impact in her life.
Interested in the Japanese language since middle school, Kelly
was excited to make the trip to Aizuwakamatsu. She was able to
encourage the students that had been studying English for a long
time, but were still not confedent in their ability, of just how
well they were progressing.
She was a little nervous about the location of the university,
because of its close proximity to the previous earthquake of 2011
in Fukeshima. That trepidation soon passed as she was taken in by
the beauty and majesty of Aizu. The people were very kind and
helpfull, offering her chances to participate in local events and
"There are many places to go in Aizuwakamatsu that
have a very Japanese feel to them, but are not overcrowded with
tourists and are instead quiet and relaxing." she
Studying at the University of Aizu is quite different from the
states and the varied teaching style helped Kelly to take away a
new found love and experience to aid her in becoming a better
student back home.