Testimonials from Students, TAs and TFs

Testimonials from Students

We all study together at Osaka University as Maple Program students!

The students' names, home countries and university names are given.

Hanna Mendes Cardoso Miriam

Hanna Mendes Cardoso Miriam

  • Brazil
  • Universidade de Sao Paulo

Five years ago, as a high school student, I came to Osaka to study, and I fell in love with the place. I discovered Takarazuka Revue at that time and decided to attend the Maple Program so I could learn more about this musical theater troupe. When I return to Brazil, I want to write a thesis about the link between theater like Takarazuka Revue and Japanese culture.

Notzon Oliver

Notzon Oliver

  • Germany
  • Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

As a Maple Program student, you can learn both from experience and from the many courses the program provides, all rich in content. This was really important for me for my studies abroad. Also, I love owarai (Japanese comedy). Osaka is the center for owarai in Japan, so, living and studying in Osaka, I can go directly to the theater and see rakugo (comic storytelling) and comedies. One day I want to do research of some kind on Japanese owarai.

Thamkanma Supitcha

Thamkanma Supitcha

  • Thailand
  • Silpakorn University

I studied Japanese for six years in high school and at university. It was my dream to study abroad in Japan and learn about the language and culture. Students from all over the world gather here, so through the Japanese language I could become friends with students from many different countries. I am enjoying my studies and my daily life here. I am discovering so many things about Japan I did not know yet! My days are filled with wonder and discovery.

Testimonials from TAs and TFs

TAs (Teaching Assistants) and TFs (Teaching Fellows) support Maple Program students’ learning. TAs are Master Course students, and as such stand close to the students. TFs are Doctor Course students, and are able to provide the students with learning support from a more specialized position.
Below, you can find messages from the TAs and TFs to future students.

[Teaching Assistants]

Gong Yanping

Gong Yanping

  • Taiwan
  • Japanese Culture

It may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience to study with such multinational students, so let’s take the chance and absorb an extensive knowledge as much as possible. I’m looking forward to grow with you.

Yang Yuzhou

Yang Yuzhou

  • China
  • Japanese Culture

I would be happy if you could study with students from various countries and understand the appeal of not only Japanese culture but also other cultures around the world. I will do my best to support you, and I hope that you will enjoy your study abroad life at Osaka University.

Watanabe Ayame

Watanabe Ayame

  • Japan
  • Japanese Education

If you decide to study abroad, it is rare that you can not only learn more about your destination country, but also have a chance to gain a better understanding of the history and culture of your own hometown. In the Maple Program, you have the opportunity to explore and deepen your understanding of both Japanese and your own culture. Let’s all work together to learn more about each other!

[Teaching Fellows]

Ciolca Raluca Maria

Ciolca Raluca Maria

  • Romania
  • Japanese Linguistics

Having graduated from one of CJLC’s exchange study programs, I am very happy and honored to be able to share with the Maple Program students what I have learned about the Japanese language and culture, and to also be able to learn about the students’ culture and field of study.

Ramadan Heba

Ramadan Heba

  • Syria
  • Japanese Education

Teaching has always been my passion. I taught Japanese at my alma mater, Damascus University, in Syria. Then I came to Japan to continue my higher studies in Osaka University. Being a student myself, I can understand the learning process from a student’s point of view, thus giving me the advantage as a teacher who can plan lessons from the perspective of the student.

Toth Evelyn Adrienn

Toth Evelyn Adrienn

  • Hungary
  • Japanese Culture

As a Maple Program student, you can make friends from all over the world and compare and contrast your language and culture with theirs. Furthermore, you can expand your knowledge of Japanese language and culture, not only through enjoyable classes, but also through going on field trips.

Yuan Xin

Yuan Xin

  • China
  • Japanese Culture

The Maple Program encourages us to be intellectually curious about different cultures, including the culture of Japan. Together we will learn to understand other cultures and tell others about them. Many new friends are waiting for you!