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Study Abroad in Tokyo

Study Abroad in Tokyo

As one of the largest, most forward thinking cities in the world, Tokyo is a dream destination for any student looking to broaden their horizons over international waters. Below, we have listed some of the key reasons why you might want to choose Tokyo as your city to study abroad in. 

Size matters

Tokyo’s size is enormous: the metropolis counts for more than 13.9 million people (spread over 847.09 square miles – or 2,193.96 km2). The Greater Tokyo Area – the most populous metropolitan area worldwide – is home to around 40 million people. If living in the biggest urban cluster sounds exciting to you, then Tokyo might be the perfect study abroad destination for you.

Freedom to choose

The list of universities located in Tokyo is long: apart from 20 national and public universities, Tokyo includes some 130 private universities and numerous junior colleges. No doubt that you will find the right university for you there. There is the Tokyo University of Science, the Tokyo Metropolitan University, Kitasato University, Keio University, Nihon University, and many more besides.

Unprecedented opportunity to learn Japanese

The majority of university programmes in Japan are only offered in Japanese. However, there are a small number of universities offering four-year undergraduate degrees with courses taught entirely in English. Additionally, several universities offer one or more English courses at the master’s and/ or PhD level.

The perfect place to study in Japan

Tokyo is the Japanese centre of industry, trade, education and culture alike. It counts to the fifth biggest financial centres worldwide. The broad diversity of universities and its importance as Japan’s economic and educational hub make it a perfect place for your study experience abroad. Safety is an important point to consider when studying abroad. According to the current Numbeo Safety Index, Tokyo has a score of 76,64 – ranking it at number 31 of 427 cities globally for safety.

Tokyo is a global city, with a strong financial centre. It is rich in culture and history – offering historic sites, modern sightseeing buildings, and more than 50,000 restaurants. With its sheer size, Tokyo offers plenty to see and do as the world’s most populous metropolitan area. We are sure you will love the Tokyo life while studying there.

Food fever

The food on the streets of Tokyo is a force to reckon with. While travelling to other countries you may be used to having your food choices at a bare minimum, but in Tokyo, you will be constantly exposed to a whole world of culinary delights which will challenge your palate. Not only is the food quite delicious, but it is also comparatively pretty cheap. Sushi and sashimi are a ubiquitous part of Japanese dining. Of course, you will always encounter the hot pot, which is an experience in itself. Studying in Tokyo is definitely worth the food there!

The people

You will notice that people in Japan are very good natured. There is always a sense of respect for one another and you will hardly ever encounter people being rude. Just generally, people seem to care about the happiness and hospitality of people around them. It is a great turn around from Western culture, where people are not very helpful or polite.

Sakura Matsuri, the Cherry Blossom Festival

There’s no doubt the sakura matsuri is one of the most aesthetically pleasing visions in the world, with numerous parks around the city such as Ueno Park hanging their own lanterns during Hanami – an outdoor party that marks the beginning of the cherry blossom season.

Unrivalled public transport

Tokyo’s clean and efficient subway means that you can get wherever you need to be at a rapid speed, which makes getting around the city a total breeze. Being a megacity, the trains will become packed, but the negative of being squashed is nothing compared with the freedoms that such a vast, clean, fast system offers the adventurous student.

During your time off (holidays, weekends) you will find yourself wanting to explore more of what Tokyo and Japan has to offer. A bullet train is without doubt the best way to do so as they cover vast distances quicker than normal trains. Bullet trains are notorious for their punctuality. In fact, in November 2017, a Japanese bullet train company issued an apology for departing 20 seconds early.

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Surprising Travel Destinations for 2018

6 Surprising Travel Destinations for 2018

College News explores the weird, wonderful and somewhat surprising travel destinations for 2018 that are drawing travelers in from far and wide. This year holds the possibility for new adventures, eye-opening experiences and unimaginable excitement. Take the first step and check out these travel destinations—you won’t regret it.

Bolivia

The first of our travel destinations is Bolivia, a landlocked country bordered by Peru, Chile and Brazil. At present, it remains one of the most overlooked countries in South America—we are here to change that. It may be a little rough around the edges, but don’t let that fool you. This country has a wealth of natural splendor that is just waiting to be discovered. The diversity of Bolivia’s landscape is overwhelming: from the expansive salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni and the intricate network of floating islands on Lake Titicaca to the bustling capital La Paz and the dusty Andean desert region. Most tourists are blown away by the expressive culture displayed by Bolivians, with parades and deity-focused celebrations a common occurrence.

Nicaragua

Offering luscious forests, mountainous sites and colonial architecture, it goes without saying that Nicaragua is not to be missed. Nestled between Honduras and Costa Rica, this treasure trove of undeveloped land is perfect for travelers who crave to get off the beaten track. Nicaragua is also an ideal destination for activity junkies, which is why it features on our list of surprising travel destinations for 2018. Experience the ultimate rush of surfing down an active volcano, diving in underwater caves or fishing in the rivers of a dense jungle. The colorful colonial buildings of the towns and the pride of heritage displayed by the locals makes it a picturesque getaway for anybody in search of adventure.

Slovenia

With almost half of its surface area being covered by forest, Slovenia is a dream for those wanting to reconnect with nature. This small country in central Europe is known best for its ski resorts, tranquil lakes and quaint coastal towns. A keenness for outdoor pursuits is a must when venturing to this particular travel destination, with hiking and cycling the snow-capped mountains being a favored pastime. Slovenia is also marked for its unique cuisine: an amalgamation of Italian, Austrian and Hungarian. There is a distinct focus on fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Aside from its natural beauty, most visitors remark on the supreme openness and hospitality of the locals. 

Japan

Japan encapsulates a harmonious balance between modern living and ancient tradition. Tokyo’s neon-lit cityscape is almost reminiscent of a science fiction film: a stark contrast to the rural prefectures elsewhere. Japan is a mecca for foodies; the flavor, simplicity and quality of the cuisine is synonymous the world over. Much to the surprise of newcomers, the gastronomy is deeply varied and largely dependent on the district. The mountainous regions offer up hearty hotpots while the coasts are famous for delicate sushi. Whether you choose to relax in some of its natural hot springs, visit a site of ancient shrines or take in the iconic views, there is something for everyone in Japan.

Chile

This sliver of a country stretches along the western edge of South America, with around 6,000 kilometers of coastline. What Chile really is, is a land of extremes. In no other place could you stargaze the galaxies from the driest desert in the world—the Atacama Desert—climb the 2,000 meter Patagonian steppe of Parque Nacional Torres del Paine and visit the haunting moai monoliths of Easter Island in one trip. Even its cities have a distinct personality that resonates with tourists. Valparaiso is a key example of this: the city’s inextinguishable energy is brought to life through astonishing street art that is considered among the best in Latin America. 

Bhutan

Perhaps one of the most surprising travel destinations for 2018 is Bhutan—a tiny Buddhist kingdom on the eastern edge of the Himalayas. Bhutan is characterised by its preserved verdant landscapes, patchwork rice fields, magical fortresses (or dzongs) and impressive mountaintop monasteries. The Bhutanese make a point of restricting the number of yearly visitors—employing a sustainable approach to tourism, so as not to dent the environmental purity of their nation. Not only is Bhutan carbon neutral, but also at least 60 percent of its forests must remain for future generations by law. It comes as no surprise that such a place also measures their output by Gross National Happiness (GNH). Before embarking on a trip to Bhutan, a few rules and regulations should be kept in mind—mainly the daily tariff for foreign visitors. While this compulsory fee covers accommodation, food and guide, it also makes it a slightly pricier venture (one worth forking out for, we think).

Which of these surprising travel destinations for 2018 would you visit and why? We want to hear about your plans for exploring the globe below!

Further reading: Mind the Gap Year