Choices for where to live: dormitory, homestay, independently.
You can choose to stay with a Japanese family (homestay), in a dormitory, or independently.
- The homestay option offers profound insight into the typical Japanese family and the ability to practice your Japanese skills.
- The dorm is ideal for students who desire greater freedom and independence.
- There are a limited number of host families available each term. Sometimes, we are unable to satisfy the demand. In this case, students will be automatically switched to the dormitory housing option.
Selecting the best option for you can be difficult. This chart compares them:
|Advantages||Daily opportunity to practice Japanese||Opportunity to meet other young people|
|Experience family traditions||Private rooms|
|Eat meals in family setting||More freedom|
|Secure option for younger students||More control over meals|
|Disadvantages||Less free time in schedule||Less exposure to Japanese family life|
|Possible curfew||Possible curfew|
|May need to help out around the house|
Expect living arrangements to be more restrictive than in the U.S. Both dormitories and homestay families have curfews—usually midnight.
I single out Kamisaka-sensei because, honestly, she is the best teacher I’ve ever had. She works really well with struggling students and devotes her time to help us. She is very patient, caring, and approachable, not to mention fun to be around. She is a sweetheart.