留学体験記 – Nils Paulsson(ニルス パウルソン)さん

交換留学プログラム(Student Exchange Program)
ルンド大学(スウェーデン)/ 2019年10月~2020年9月

●Why did you want to study abroad in Japan? / なぜ日本に留学しようと思ったのですか。
Because I think the Japanese culture and language is fascinating and I wanted to experience it.

●Why did you choose Tokushima University for your studying abroad? / 徳島大学を選んだ理由は何ですか。
My 1st choice was Ritsumeikan, but because of bureaucracy I got sent to my 2nd choice. Tokushima was my second choice because I assumed it would be easier to learn Japanese in a less internationalized part of Japan.

●What subject have you been studying in your home university? / 自国では何を勉強していましたか。 Theoretical Philosophy, Runology, Japanese

●How did you prepare for studying in Japan? / 日本留学に向けてどのような準備をしましたか。
By trying to brush up on Kanji before departure and closely examining the all of the information available in English on the university website.

●How was your experience in Tokushima? For example, was there anything that surprised you? / 徳島に来てどうでしたか。例えば、驚いたことはありますか。
My overall experience in Tokushima was good. In the beginning I was surprised by the extreme humidity and heat. The remoteness and extremely low quality of the dorms also surprised me. I had assumed they would have similar standards as back home. Also the fact that the dorms were gender-specific and of varying quality.

●Have you used the Culture Lounge while you are in Tokushima University? How did you like using Culture Lounge? / 徳島大学ではカルチャー・ラウンジは利用しましたか。また、利用してどうでしたか。
I used the culture lounge a lot, especially in the beginning. I invited other Japanese people to come as well, but the culture lounge always had the same Japanese people. I later understood that they were using it as their own private clubhouse with decorative western foreigners, and that the other Japanese students had stayed away because of the tense atmosphere in the room. Other foreign students had the same experience.

●How was your learning experience with courses at Tokushima University? / 徳島大学での勉強(受講)はどうでしたか。
The way you pick courses surprised me, because it is also completely different from Lund. The way the daily schedule is segmented into different periods was really confusing at first, especially when you don’t know the time of any particular period. The division on students into ‘year’-groups reminded me of high school in Sweden. I still don’t know what nensei (年生) I am in the Japanese system. The focus on the procedural parts of education was really obvious in the beginning. You get graded mostly by how often you go to the classrooms and how often you turn in homework rather than your actual level of knowledge in any particular subject. I don’t know how the more scientific curricula work, but I got the impression that at sōgōkagakubu and IAS; the grades are heavily based on time-management.

●Are there any big differences with student life in Tokushima and the country where your university is? / 学生生活について、日本と自国とでは大きな違いがありますか。
“circles” and clubs do not exist at Lund University as parts of student life. Events and such are arranged by a dozen club-like student groups that are part of the university and have their own special cultures. They are not based around any particular activity, but around a particular social network of people who together take part in different activities (such as parties, concerts, activism, etc.).

●What did you get an impact out of the most in your life of Japan or Tokushima? / 日本(徳島)での生活で一番印象深いものは何ですか。
The university-sponsored excursions before the coronavirus hit. Also, the classroom activities that had us go outside the campus, such as Japanese Culture IV and related subjects.

●What is your goal in the future? / 将来の目標は何ですか。
To research cognitive linguistics by using my knowledge of Japanese and other languages. Perhaps I would like to briefly live in Tokyo.

●Could you leave advice to students who want to study abroad in the future? / 留学を考えている学生に向けてアドバイスをお願いします。
If you are male, do not apply to live in the dorm, it is too far away and of too low quality to be worth the very low price. Regardless of gender, do not buy the bedding from the university, it is also low quality and will break within a year. Compared to the price, it is much better to find real bedding on your own, that is not uncomfortable, for a reasonable price.