Being able to study tourism in this international city of Kyoto was what got me. I feel that this Department is special not only because of the classes that makes us think about global issues, but also the chance to learn about management and economics as well. There are also many opportunities to use English in our classes and fieldwork. I have personally put a lot of effort in improving my English skills by actively taking classes held in English --and because of that, I have grown so much in the past year! My dream is to be a part of urban development and the tourism industry in my hometown in Ōita Prefecture, so I'm determined to learn everything I need to know to make my dream come true.
For my fieldwork at Awara Onsen hot springs, I did a survey on the Echizen Railway. It was difficult since it was my first time, but the experience came with many interesting discoveries along the way.
I am also involved in putting together the free local publication Enjoy Kyoto, which features information and stories about the exciting aspects of Kyoto. I enjoy being able to interview, write the original draft, and translate it into English.
I was involved in revitalizing my hometown of Senshū since I was in high school, so I had many opportunities to give some thought about the region's future. Naturally, I thought that I would eventually choose a profession that would help my hometown. For someone like me, being able to learn about tourism and international contribution with hands-on learning opportunities is a very ideal academic environment. In the Community Engagement Program where I participated in finding solutions for the local community as one of its members, I chose to join a project in Kyōtango City, Kyoto Prefecture. It was a valuable experience where I learned firsthand the importance and difficulty of urban development to better a community. In my junior year, I would like to work harder on improving my English skills.
In addition, I was also a part of the Kyōtango Tapioca Project, where I developed and sold refreshments that used locally produced tapioca.
I started my own business in February of my freshmen year at KUFS. I plan to make it a tourism venture that aims for the revitalization of my hometown Senshū and the neighboring regions. First, I will start with offering glamping with camping cars.
I wanted to refine my English skills since that's what I do best. I enrolled in this Department because I was interested in also learning about tourism studies. The Department offers many classes that offer opportunities to get out of our classrooms and actually explore tourist attractions in Kyoto. When I look around those spots with a perspective of “Why do people gather here?” I can see new aspects and challenges that I never realized before. This is how I acquired a new skill to look at things from multiple angles. My dream is to work in the tourism industry, so in my junior year, I am hoping to obtain a license related to travel operations. I would also like to learn Chinese.
I also participated in a language program at the University of Guam. I actively communicated with the local students and our cultural exchanges came out successful! They were all really nice, and on our days off they showed me around Guam.
In Guam, where I visited for my Community Engagement Program, I was assigned real work tasks in English as a ground operator and also at a local hotel. I grew confident as my English skills were definitely improving.
This Department is unique in the sense that there are many classes where active learning approaches are taken to enhance the students' independent learning. In particular, the Community Engagement Program during our sophomore year allows us to go all out on researching our fields of interest and get hands-on experience on real-life work tasks. I visited the Awara Onsen hot springs in Fukui Prefecture as part of my fieldwork when I was in my freshman year, and in my summer vacation I also went to Kinosaki Onsen to do a research on my own. As a result, I discovered that each hot spring resort has its own charm and issues. In an attempt to put this experience into practice, I chose to go to Kinosaki Onsen again for my Community Engagement Program and came up with possible solutions for the challenges they were facing. Taking part in the ryokan inn operation made me curious about a variety of service operations, and from here on I'd like to research about the kinds of services offered at tourist destinations.
In the one month I spent at Kinosaki Onsen, I felt that satisfied smiles from the guests are what makes the job valuable and worthy. I learned a lot about hospitality there.
To lead a better student life, I am a part of Leaders, a student-led organization where student representatives of each year of the Department of Global Tourism get together. We hold meetings on a regular basis to plan and host exchange events.
Before you go work in regional communities, you'll have theoretical classes that cover why we engage in contribution activities, how to conduct surveys, and more. You'll have plenty of preparation before you go out into the world, so don't worry!
You can choose your course during the autumn term of your first academic year. The "Tourism Policy Course" involves considering the role played by tourism in improving peoples' lives and society itself.
In the "Tourism Business Course," you'll consider tourism from a business perspective. I think this course would be good for anyone interested in the tourism service business or marketing.
Courses features small classes and focus on communication, so you can really feel yourself improving. With 70 years of experience operating as a foreign language university, KUFS has a solid teaching operation you can trust.
It's great to learn English that you can actually use in the field within the service industry. There are lots of international students, so you'll have plenty of chances to use English. You can even learn a second or third foreign language after English!