Study Abroad January - June 2014
Which courses did you study at SOAS?
- Survey of Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
- Advanced Japanese: Contemporary Topics
- Psychology of Language
- The Structure of Japanese 2
Why did you choose SOAS?
As a student of linguistics and Japanese, SOAS offered me the opportunity to continue my studies abroad in a meaningful way but still experience something new. The specialized course offerings at SOAS are something you truly can’t get from any other university in London.
How would you describe living in London?
London is ten times as vibrant and exciting as I imagined it to be. There is never any shortage of things to do (which can be overwhelming) but however you choose to spend your time in the city, it won’t be wasted. London is an intersection of so many different people, cultures, and traditions and being at the center of it all is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
How did you spend your free time?
Outside the classroom, I took advantage of being in Europe to travel to places I’d only dreamed of visiting before. Travelling was amazing, and opened my eyes in so many different ways. I spent plenty of time on campus too, enjoying all the various activities that take place through SOAS. I went to music nights, poetry readings, and language exchanges – experiencing things differently from my home campus.
Public transportation in London can be a little pricey so I decided I made the most of my time by walking everywhere. It was a wonderful way to see all that London has to offer, and to see it at a pace that allows you to truly enjoy it. Walking lets you explore places you might never have seen, wander through places you won’t find on any tourist map, and talk to people you might never have met otherwise.
I also subscribed to a free daily email service that sends lists of all sorts of fun, cool things going in London for that day. I’ve gone to free lunchtime concerts, walking tours, and found free food – just by staying in the loop about London!
Do it! The UK might not seem like an exotic destination for study abroad, but I guarantee it’s still worlds apart and just as exciting. I’ve loved my time here, and can’t imagine having done my study abroad anywhere else.