留学体験記 – Joakim Gidlund(ヨアキム ジドルンド)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)/ 2018年10月~2019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。
I wanted to experience and live in a completely other culture. It’s an experience that’s hard to acquire when you’ve started working so I made sure that I would be able to do it as a student.

●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。
I had already been to Tokyo and wanted to see another place. Also, Tokushima is so much cheaper than Tokyo that it’s easier to actually live here.

●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。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。
I did some research on the internet about Tokushima and obviously studied Japanese.

●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。
Tokushima is a bigger city than I expected, but there’s also not that much you can do here. What I like about Japan is the ability to travel a lot, but that is difficult in Tokushima because if you want to go somewhere on Honshu you have to take a bus first or a flight.

●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 did at the beginning, and tried to study there. However, it got quite noisy and I stopped coming because I didn’t really feel like I fit in. I’m much older than the Japanese students and that makes it a bit hard for me to connect with them.

●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。
I felt that there were very few courses that actually fit my level of Japanese. Maybe I’m just bad at Japanese, but most courses were very basic or very advanced, with very little in between. Additionally, there wasn’t that many interesting courses I thought.

●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。
Yes, very massive differences. University in Japan really feels like elementary or high school, not university. In Sweden you are expected to take responsibility for your own education, which means that there is very little homework and for most courses you will not be penalized for not coming to class. If you pass the exam you pass the course in most cases.

●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。
Moving to my own apartment was a very big event. But also showing friends and family that came to visit around. That let me really use my Japanese knowledge to provide them with good experiences.

●What is your goal in the future? / 将来の目標は何ですか。
To start some sort of career and settle down somewhere in Sweden. Getting a nice apartment and a decent job and go from there. Don’t know if I will work with anything related to Japanese.

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。
Make sure to do a lot of research on the area. If you want to travel a lot, it could be difficult so keep that in mind. There are apartments available for students to rent and the staff at the university is very helpful, so make sure to ask them for help.