Soon after enrolling, I was sent to Fushimi Inari-taisha during a course to engage in fieldwork. My job was to interview foreign tourists there to conduct survey research. In June, I underwent training at Awara Hot Spring in Fukui Prefecture, where I researched the current status of lodging facilities and the issues they are facing. I also presented the results of the survey I conducted at Fushimi Inari-taisha within my group. I really enjoy learning while getting involved with people like this. I'd like to develop my ability to think and act over the next four years, so that I can flourish in international society.
Conducting a survey at Fushimi Inari-taisha. I experienced both the difficulty and joy of communicating in a foreign language.
I'm a member of "Follow Me!!," a school organization that provides volunteer interpreters for foreign tourists visiting Kyoto. It's a really meaningful extra-curricular activity that allows me to improve my English skills while also learning more about Kyoto.
I've long had a dream of becoming capable of working across borders, and I chose the Department of Global Tourism as it would provide me with the chance to study English as well as a wide range of topics on tourism and business. I'd like to challenge myself in many areas and find my own way through courses such as Community Engagement. English will be a necessity to flourish in future society. My goal is to master the four skills of English communication before I graduate, so that I'm able to communicate well.
In "NINJA," the autonomous learning support office for foreign languages, professors work one-on-one with students to help them improve their language skills.
I'd decided I'd try volunteering in university, even before I enrolled. I quickly joined "Kyoto Gaidai Habitat," a volunteer organization that builds homes in developing countries. I'm looking forward to getting to work and helping people!
My favorite course is "Introduction to Global Tourism." I learned that many tourism companies have affirmed, and are working toward, achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) touted by the U.N. I was moved by the potential of tourism to contribute toward world peace and decided that I wanted to research the topic further. I really enjoy learning every day, as there are plenty of fascinating courses-including courses in which a wide range of guest lecturers are invited to talk. My dream is to someday work in the airline industry. I'd also like to try working as a groundcrew intern.
Students can also challenge themselves in the "Airline Studies Program," which allows them to learn all about the airline industry.
I'm currently in an extensive reading program in which I read books written in English and count the words I've read. I passed the 40,000 words mark just the other day. My goal is to read 100,000 words by summer. I love reading now!
I was born and raised in Kyoto, and am interested in local tourism. I enrolled in this department because I want to communicate what's great about new Kyoto to the rest of the world. In the "Introduction to Kyoto Culture" course, I research how the Gion Festival is run and issues faced by festival organizers. Although I live in Kyoto, there's a lot I don't know about it. I realized I had only a partial view of Kyoto and am also learning about my feelings for Kyoto. During Community Engagement, I want to learn about tourism both in Kyoto and overseas, where I can study while improving my English skills.
There are also Community Engagement programs that allow students to contribute to local regions while studying English.
There are many international students here, so I've got plenty of opportunities to make friends. I made it a point of approaching people before and after class, and within a few weeks I was able to make friends from various countries.
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!