AIU is totally different from other universities. It is absolutely unique. There are about 700 students including foreign exchange students, and most of them are living on campus which is surrounded by beautiful scenery. You can imagine AIU as a small village which means that you can make friends who are not only Japanese, but also students from other countries easily.
I was living with Japanese freshman in a dormitory called “Komach hall.” For me, it was the first time to live in the dorm with someone, so I was a little bit nervous but no sooner I started to live in there, I realized that I made rightful choice of choosing dormitory over the Global Village, a housing for self-living students, thanks to my kind roommate and delicious meals.
I took three business classes and a Japanese class. All the classes were given in English. Professors are also from several countries. I could feel exactly what “international” means. Only 10~15 students are in one class, which is maybe impossible in Ewha. All classmates could interact with each other and professors easily. AIU serves very high quality Japanese classes to exchange students. Before going to AIU, I could only recognize Hiragana, a type of Japanese letters, but thanks to AIU’s class, my Japanese far much improved, compared to my Japanese before going to AIU.
If there is someone who is interested in making a lot of international friends and studying not only English but also Japanese, I strongly recommend AIU as a university to go.
*Yang Seung-hye (English Language & Literature, 4) studied at Akita International University in Japan.