Student Testimonials


Hayley Aron

I enjoyed Japan, there are so many places to go, so many things to see, so many foods to try. But the people were what made Japan special. There was just so much to learn from one person that I could talk for hours just to one storekeeper! And it was so refreshing to meet genuinely nice people that were actually curious to talk to me as well. read more...


Anthony Cuty

Towards the end of my freshman year at Villanova, a friend of mineshowed me a Japanese television show he had been watching. I had neverseen any Japanese shows and it was my first time hearing the language.I liked the way it sounded and on a whim decided to take a Japaneselanguage course at a local college that summer. I enjoyed it so muchthat upon returning to Villanova I enrolled in more Japanese coursesand continued to study the language. read more...


Neave Denny '09

My education in Japanese language and culture both began in Freshman year at Villanova. With each semester of study, I found myself increasingly more interested in absorbing the history behind the language and more fascinated with the ancient culture and its progress towards modernity. read more...


Kimberly Julien

During the year-long planning process of the 64th JASC, I learned the intimate details of working with a large team, and cross-cultural communication. During the conference itself, I learned about being sensitive to culture differences and culture shock, and how to effectively communicate even through a language barrier. My experiences in leading the 64th JASC have proved invaluable, and have given me the confidence to become all that I know I can. I’ve made countless friends, both in America and Japan, and take pride in the knowledge that I will carry on the JASC mission of creating and maintaining a close relationship between the two countries. read more...


Morgan Kapp '09

One of the reasons that I decided to attend Villanova was the offeringof a Japanese Minor for all students. While I learned the basics of thelanguage in high school, I had a desire to be exposed to more authenticand functional Japanese language and cultural teachings. The JapaneseStudies Program at Villanova provides students with opportunities topractice their Japanese with native speaking foreign exchange studentsthrough weekly conversation sessions. read more...

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Thomas Lenkiewicz

My semester studying abroad at Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata, Japan was the best experience of my life.  I learned plenty from my classes but even more from my Japanese and international friends.  There was never a dull moment and I was able to experience parts of Japan’s rich cultural history as well as explore the countries technologically rich modern society.  It truly offered the best of both worlds, and provided me with an experience I will never forget. read more...

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Jarrod Luty

Waseda Univeristy for one year in 2011

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Casey Richards

I started studying Japanese language as a freshman at Villanova and finally had the opportunity to go abroad in the spring semester of my junior year. I chose to go to Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka for a variety of reasons. In terms of timing, this school followed a U.S. schedule (allowed me to have a full summer internship as opposed to many other Japanese universities whose spring semesters end in August). This university also has an unbeatable location. As it is in the center of Japan, friends and I were able to easily travel all over the country. We were 30 min from both the ancient city of Kyoto and the fast-paced technology hub of Osaka. We took the Shinkansen with one of my Poli. Sci. classes to Hiroshima, and some friends and I spent Golden Week (a semi 2nd spring break) in Tokyo. read more...


Benjamin Riester '08

The decision to study abroad in Japan for a year was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. I was a bit nervous when I first committed to a whole year abroad; I knew that I would miss my family and friends and that there would be difficulties living alone in a foreign country. Yet I knew that I would never have this opportunity again, and so off I went.  read more...


Paul Schuble '08

Four years ago, when I was entering Villanova University as a freshman, I was presented with a choice. As small as it seemed at the time, it was one of the most important choices I would make, affecting the next several years of my life. That choice: what course would I take to fulfill my foreign language requirement? Feeling a little adventurous, I enrolled in “Introduction to Japanese.”  read more...


Hasshi L. Sudler '92

We have all heard the expression, "an education for life." Well, this expression holds significant meaning for me. Between the years 1990 and 1992, I studied Japanese culture and language under Villanova University’s Japanese Studies program. Starting with Japanese history and cultural, I further studied the language courses. These courses prepared me with international communication skills that would enhance my career for many years to follow.  read more...