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]

Yao Yun

Yao Yun

  • China
  • Japanese Culture

As a student in the Maple Program, you will be able to deepen your understanding and broaden your view of various cultures by studying with students from other countries. Let's enjoy studying abroad!

Dona Dassanayaka Pavithra Oshadhi

Dona Dassanayaka Pavithra Oshadhi

  • SriLanka
  • Japanese Education

Since coming to Minoh Campus, I have been studying Japanese language education for three years now and I'm still working on that. Apart from that, I used to work as a Japanese language teacher back in Sri Lanka. Therefore, I believe that I could share the skills and experiences which I gained from both positions as a student and a teacher. I am excited to be part of this Maple program and to share our knowledge.

Tang xueying

Tang xueying

  • China
  • Japanese Culture

I’m very glad to study with students from all over the world and have culture exchanges by the Maple Program. When we under the multicultural shock, we can not only locate our own national culture, but also find ourselves in it. I hope you will have a delightful time in the Osaka University!

[Teaching Fellows]

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.

Kubilay Aslı

Kubilay Aslı

  • Turkey
  • Japanese Education

When we study about a language or a culture with a group of people from different cultural backgrounds and who speak different languages, sometimes we get to see some different aspects of the target culture or language, that we would not be able to notice by ourselves. I hope that here you will enjoy seeing Japan through your peers' eyes as well as your own and I will be happy to help you along the way.