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What our students say

    My name is Ruka Nakano from Kurume University in Japan. I came to Malaysia for the first time to attend the English and Cultural Study Tour Programme. I was so nervous on the first day but the UTAR teachers and students were very friendly and told me not to be shy. Thanks to them, I felt relaxed and could talk with them in English. 
Malaysia is a multiracial nation, so everything seemed new to me. Malaysia is blessed with nature like Pangkor Island and Mangrove Park. I was fascinated by the beautiful beach and magnificent scenery in Malaysia. Also, the food is delicious. I enjoyed eating many types of food like Chinese, Malay, Indian, and so on. Through this programme, I learned not only English but also the importance of respecting each other and the history. I met many people during my stay and saw many traditional buildings which allowed me to experience the historical heritage of Malaysia. In addition, I was able to discover different accents because there are many international people in Malaysia. It was really good to participate in this programme as I had a valuable experience. I treasure every meeting and encounter I had and would like to come back again. Thank you for the wonderful time in Malaysia.

Ruka Nakano -  Kurume University, Japan

    My name is Momoka Kaijima and I am from Kurume University in Japan. I study English and Chinese, so Malaysia was a very good learning environment for me. Malaysia is a multiethnic country, so I was able to experience various cultures. The teachers and helpers were very kind, and even though I was nervous at first, I was able to enjoy interacting with them. It was my first time in a foreign country, so I was a little worried, but thanks to the people of UTAR, I was able to have such good memories. Thank you very much.

Momoka Kaijima -  Kurume University, Japan

    I am Kokoro Hayashi from Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan. This study tour is my first visit to Malaysia, and I fell in love with Malaysia in the end. I realised that Malaysia is an attractive country with many beautiful places and buildings and various cultures. However, what impressed me most was the Malaysians’ hospitality. During this tour, I visited various places to learn about Malaysian culture and social issues, and wherever I went, Malaysians warmly welcomed us. In particular, the UTAR helpers were always with us and answered many of our questions. Not only that, they introduced us to recommended foods, talked and shared a lot, and spent a wonderful and precious time with us. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to UTAR students and staff.

Kokoro Hayashi -  Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

    My name is Naho Yamamoto. I am from Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU) in Japan. Before I came to Malaysia, I was very nervous but UTAR students and teachers helped me to get used to stay in Malaysia. Malaysia has a lot of different situations from Japan such as circumstances of ethnic groups, economy and culture. Therefore, I had a lot of things I do not know. However, UTAR supporters always assisted me to understand and I could know about Malaysia deeply. Also, I love local Malaysian foods that they introduced to me. I am very thankful to UTAR students. They made our KGU study tour so special.

Naho Yamamoto -  Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

    Hello everyone. I am a student of Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan. I was in Malaysia for only ten days, but I learned many things and became a big fan of Malaysia's kind people and food. UTAR students took us to dinner almost every day and we ate many kinds of food such as Malay, Chinese and Indian. I especially love roti tissue. Moreover, we learned about environmental and educational issues, volunteer activities, culture and many things that we can practise in Japan. This is because UTAR's students and teacher supported us so much and we really appreciate them. I want to come back to Malaysia again. Thank you for everything.

Yuki Imura -  Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

    Hello, I am Yuma Suita from Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan. During the ten days of fieldwork in Malaysia, I visited many places and talked with many people, and I was able to learn a lot about Malaysia. I understood that multicultural coexistence is not only about talking, hanging out together, and going to the same school, but also respecting each other regardless of race or religion. UTAR students, staff, and all Malaysian people were very warm and helpful. I was very glad that there were many people who like Japan. I will never forget these awesome memories in Malaysia. Thank you for such a lovely experience.

Yuma Suita -  Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

    Hello everyone. My name is Kento. I’m a student from Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan. I stayed in Malaysia for ten days and learnt the Malaysian culture and life. Malaysia is a multiethnic country, so people of different races and religions are in the same nation. It was interesting to see a different country from Japan. Besides studying, I became very close to the UTAR students during my stay. UTAR students were very kind. Talking to them and spending time with them are my treasures. I want to come to Malaysia and see them again. Thank you.

Kento Michinaka -  Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

    Hello everyone, my name is Kota. I am a student at Kwansei Gakuin University. I was only in Malaysia for ten days, but I had the best time. I’m not good at speaking English so I was nervous. However, UTAR students and teachers were very kind and friendly. We were able to interact across language barriers and become friends quickly. They helped us in many places so I could spend a meaningful time in Malaysia. The experience there has helped me grow a lot. Therefore, I would like to come back to Malaysia again.

Kota Matsumoto -  Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

    My name is Yuki Kusanagi. I am a student at Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan, studying political science and sociology. Although it was my fifth time visiting Malaysia, this study tour with UTAR definitely became my best memory in Malaysia. When I previously visited Malaysia with my family, whenever I had questions about the history or culture of Malaysia, my family would not know the answer, so my questions would float in the air. However, this time, I could ask all of the questions I had about Malaysia, and I got literally paragraphs-long responses from UTAR students. As a student curious about multicultural coexistence and social inequalities, visiting places such as Batu Gajah Town, the orphanage, the Islamic school, Pangkor Island, and the Indigenous People’s Village allowed me to explore the reality of Malaysian people, which cannot be grasped simply by searching on Google. Most importantly, I was amazed by the warmheartedness and hospitality of UTAR students. They gave us their kindness by cutting tropical fruits for us after dinner, introducing us to diverse Malaysian food such as Nasi Lemak, Roti Canai, and Satay, and responding patiently to my endless curiosity. Although it was a short 10-day programme, we fostered a tight-knit friendship, and we still call and text each other frequently. I would like to say “Terima Kasih” to all UTAR students, staff, bus drivers, people who prepared our food, and every single person involved in this study tour.  

Yuki Kusanagi -  Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

I am very happy to have participated in this program. On my first day in Malaysia, I was welcomed by teachers and students and started my life in Malaysia. All the food in Malaysia is very delicious, and I really looked forward to eating a variety of Malaysian dishes every day. Also, after classes were over on weekdays, we visited an orphanage and learned about traditional arts and cooking. I would like to cook Malay dishes when I go back to Japan. On my days off, I went to Pangkor Island and Ipoh and was able to buy souvenirs and spend very productive days. The students and teachers at UTAR are all very nice people and without them, my life here in Malaysia would not have been good. I would like to thank them very much. If I have a chance to come to Malaysia again, I would love to come.

Miyajima Hayato - Soka University, Japan

Through this programme, I’ve learnt not only about Malaysia as a multiracial country, but also to improve my English language skills. When I visited an orphanage, I regretted not being able to speak with the orphans in English. I may have a chance to meet people like them in the future. When I go back to Japan, I will definitely study English for my next study abroad programme. 

Sagae Haruta  -   Soka University, Japan

I respect UTAR students for being proactive in guiding me when I have a problem, and for always being nice in communicating with me. I interacted with many students who are younger than me, and I found them to be very strong in their beliefs and in pursuing their dreams. Malaysia is a multiethnic society that is tolerant of religious beliefs and easy for people to live in. I hope Japan can learn from them. I enjoyed learning about a variety of local cultures e.g. Chinese, Malay, and Indian food that I had for dinner every day.

Kozuka Yua  -   Soka University, Japan

I would like to share two things that I felt when I came to Malaysia to study English language. Firstly, the students are great. From the first day to the last day, UTAR students followed me around for dinner, shopping, and sightseeing on holidays. When I needed to speak in English at the store or when I didn't know where to go, they helped me quickly. Also, they were always attentive to our surroundings and cared about us all the time. I was really touched by the kindness of UTAR students. Secondly, it was fun to speak in English. I have always been bad at speaking English, so before I participated in this programme, I was worried about whether I could speak English there. However, UTAR students always treated us with smiles and talked to us despite our poor English. They tried very hard to make the conversation pleasant. The joy of communicating with people from overseas made me feel that speaking in English is very enjoyable. The past two weeks have become irreplaceable to me. 

Misaki Ishimaru -  Jissen Women's University, Japan

I was very worried before I participated in this programme. But my worries proved unfounded. In fact, Malaysia is a very good place to visit. It is rich in nature, the food is delicious, and above all, the students are very kind. I can't speak English well, but the students at UTAR try to communicate very well and that made me very happy. A student told me about the local food and culture. I especially liked the pandan kaya I learned during cooking activities. Other than that, I made many good memories of swimming and shopping in Pangkor Island with UTAR students. The programme to learn about Malaysia's history and culture together in English was a really meaningful experience for me. Therefore, I want to study at UTAR for a longer period of time in the future. I am really glad that I participated in this programme. 

Hikari Yasunaga -  Jissen Women's University, Japan

I would like to describe what I felt through this language training in Malaysia. I enjoyed communicating with UTAR students. Although I liked studying English, I had never used English for conversation, so I was worried about my ability to communicate with UTAR students. However, UTAR students were able to communicate with us by listening to our poor English or speaking to us in Japanese. At first, I sometimes felt that I could not speak what I wanted to say in English, but thanks to the teacher who told us to say something even if we made a mistake or made a mistake in the English class, I felt that I could actively ask questions to the students. I also enjoyed talking with the students every day, and I was very happy when I could communicate with them even though my English was not very good. 

Nae Fujii -  Jissen Women's University, Japan

Hello everyone, I'm Kota from Aichi Gakuin University. I learned very importantly that cultural difference doesn't stop you from making friends. Japan doesn't have many foreign people, so I didn't have a chance to meet them. Also, I didn't know how to make friends from other countries and I was nervous. But UTAR students tell me that it doesn’t matter. UTAR students break through the wall of language, culture and skin colour. I think it is one of the good points of UTAR and it expands my horizon.
Shindo Kota - Aichi Gakuin University, Japan

Hello, my name is Fuyu. I’m a student from Aichi Gakuin University in Japan. I stayed in Malaysia for 16 days only but I had a wonderful time and many great experiences in Malaysia. I appreciate all of UTAR students and teachers. They helped us experience the Malaysian culture, learn many skills and took us to many places. People here were very kind. They were also very friendly, so I could communicate and get along with them easily. Hence, I want to come to Malaysia again. Thank you. _________________________________________________________________________________
Ozaki Fuyu - Aichi Gakuin University, Japan
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