Graduates' Testimonials

Graduates' Testimonials

Messages from students who have studied at ECC.

Former students talk about what it's like to study abroad, and their honest feelings about ECC's courses, so you can draw on their experiences.

China

Lin Zhang (China)
Lin Zhang (China)
  • Kyoto University Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies

In spring 2008, the dream which I have had since university finally came true – I could study in Japan. I started studying at ECC soon after I arrived in Japan.
At the beginning, even though I was a graduate in Japanese Studies in China, I struggled to adapt to the lifestyle in Japan, especially as I was studying at the same time. At that time, I lost track of focusing on my goal in higher education. I think this confusion is common amongst most overseas students, particularly when they are overly worried about their future. Luckily, my teacher at ECC gave me a lot of helpful advice and taught me how to prepare for the university interview. The teachers are always supportive, especially when I was frustrated and wanted to give up. Now when I think back about the past especially the time I spent at ECC, not only did I learn Japanese, I also learnt not to give up easily and work hard to achieve my goal.

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Yan Liang (China)
Yan Liang (China)
  • Osaka City University Faculty of Economics

I entered ECC Kokusai College of Foreign Languages in 2003, where I studied Japanese language for a year and a half. Four months have passed since I graduated from the school, but I still remember the things I learned at ECC.
ECC offered classes at exactly the right level with balanced curriculums consisting of listening, reading, writing and speaking. This curriculum helped me enhance my Japanese language ability. After entering the advanced level course, I took classes for the Japanese language proficiency test and foreign exchange student examinations. I studied about the situations and topics concerning Japan necessary for the university entrance examinations. In addition, the experienced teachers provided me with appropriate guidance for universities and helped me train for the interviews which are very important when preparing for an entrance examination. Thanks to these programs, I felt I was improving day-by-day. For a year and a half, the days at ECC were wonderful for me. Not only my Japanese studies, but also thanks to taking part in athletic meets, excursions, a farewell party, and other school activities. ECC enabled me to go to a university which I wanted to enter. I really appreciate all of my teachers at ECC.

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Wang Hong (China)
Wang Hong (China)

I came to Japan to become an interpreter in April 2003. Two years ago I chose ECC, and my decision was right. In my first days, I could not understand Japanese at all. So I was thinking that I should give it up. However, the teachers made every effort to guide me and taught me strictly, but gently. Perhaps ECC is the most rigorous school in Japan and this is why graduates marked good results. I was able to spend a fulfilling time at ECC for 2 years, so I have a strong feeling of gratitude toward ECC.

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Korea

Junghwan Suh (Korea)
Junghwan Suh (Korea)
  • Rikkyo University College of Sociology

What’s the most important decision you make when you decide to study in Japan? There could be many things, but I think acquiring Japanese language is the most important skill. The study program at your first language school is crucial.
In my case, I started studying in Japan without knowing any Japanese, and studying at ECC was essential for me. At the beginning of the course, I remember I couldn’t understand anything that the teacher said, so I was always concentrating hard in class. The habit of concentrating intently continued all the way through to the upper level of the course and this attitude really helped me successfully enter a college. The lectures, homework, previewing, and reviews from ECC gave me a good foundation for studying in college. Although I entered a college in Tokyo, I never regretted that I chose to study at ECC in Osaka.
ECC has the curriculum that helps you build a strong foundation in the Japanese language. If you keep your goal in mind and research for the schools that you want to study in thoroughly, I believe you won’t have any problem getting into your dream college.

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Kim Ju Hee (Korea)
Kim Ju Hee (Korea)
  • Ryukoku University Faculty of Intercultural Communication

Before coming to Japan, I went to a university in Korea. I like Japanese and this is the reason why I came to Japan to study. My friend, who was an exchange student, told me that ECC would be the best choice for me. I checked ECC out by myself, and decided to enter the school.
Looking back at my days at ECC, I am overwhelmed with many memories. The teachers taught me not only the Japanese language, but many other things about Japan. I'll never forget that they cared for us like our own family when we felt homesick. Also, I had precious experiences interacting with classmates coming from various countries. Though I felt there was a culture gap, it broadened my horizons.
ECC is special for me. I recommend you try ECC !

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Kim Yun Ki (Korea)
Kim Yun Ki (Korea)
  • Ritsumeikan University Faculty of Economics

I still vividly remember how much I was scared of starting a new school in Japan. Unfamiliar Japanese signboards and language problems seemed to be everywhere. Studying under these challenging conditions is always difficult and needs you to give your maximum effort. What is necessary to succeed in Japan is to learn about the Japanese language school you will enter. ECC is well-known for its education system, excellent and sympathetic teachers, and the perfect student management system to support your first student life in Japan. I am sure ECC will be always on your side and assist you even in the most challenging situations.
If you are thinking about coming to Japan for studying, I really hope you experience all the good experiences that many successful ECC graduates have experienced.
I hope you will rise to the challenge and enjoy the best of success in your student life in Japan !

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Thailand

Salinda Aurmanarom (Thailand)
Salinda Aurmanarom (Thailand)

Before I chose to study in Japan, I searched for as much information as possible. First of all, looking for the place where I wanted to live and then for the right school. Of course, I like to live in the city so I was thinking about Tokyo and Osaka. But even though I like to live in the city, I didn't like the thought of living in a city that was too busy. I think Osaka is a big city, but the people are also friendly. The Osakan dialect is interesting and there are loads of delicious foods, so I thought the area would definitely be easy to live in. That’s why I chose Osaka!
Why did I choose to study at ECC? Because I heard that ECC has a high Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) pass rate and at that time, I thought that it was so difficult to pass levels 1 and 2. So I had to think about what I should do to make passing easier. Finally I chose to study here. When I arrived in Osaka, there was a really friendly sensei who came to pick me up and took me to my apartment and also explained the way from my apartment to the school. It was a very warm welcome. The day school started, I felt so nervous because my lessons were all Japanese. Even though it was all Japanese, the sensei could explain the difficult grammar points and it was very easy to understand. We had a test every week, couldn’t be late, had many of rules and discovered our teachers could be very strict. I remember thinking “Goshhh!!! It’s just a language school, it’s not university. Why are they so strict?” But now when I look back again, the teachers were making us take more responsibility, achieve a good score in JLPT, and because we are far from our parents and live alone in another country, make us to become a good citizen when as we matured.
Although we had many problems, every sensei will give you good advice. I couldn’t say that ECC is the language school that will definitely suit everyone, but ECC is number one for me.

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Supida Siriputtikun (Thailand)
Supida Siriputtikun (Thailand)

I chose to study at ECC after hearing that it is a very strict school.
Fall 2007, I entered the Japanese course and began to study in the beginner-intermediate class. In the class, I was, as expected, the only Thai student. This made me feel uneasy, but the teachers and my classmates were very kind and everyday passed pleasantly. Not only did we improve our Japanese ability, we also learned about the current challenges facing Japan, breaking news and necessary cultural knowledge. On top of that, the study was as strict as I had heard. Everyday there was a Kanji test and assignments often had strict completion dates, but thanks to that, my goal was achieved and I passed the Japanese proficiency test level 1.
During those 2 years, like the other foreign students, I was perplexed about my future path, but the teachers did their best to guide me. In fall 2009, I successfully graduated, and returned to my country. Now, by utilizing Japanese, I am working at a (famous) Japanese company as a Japanese coordinator. Until now, I never felt any regret about choosing to study at ECC.

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Others

Maria Eneroth (Sweden)
Maria Eneroth (Sweden)

私は大学生の時、東京へ交換留学生として来日しました。帰国した後も、もっと日本語の勉強をしたいと思っていたので、大阪で色々な専門学校を調べました。その時ECC国際外語のホームページを見つけました。この学校は日本語専門学校だけではなく、沢山のコースがありますので、日本人の学生も多いだろうと考えました。そしてスウェーデンの大学を卒業してからECC国際外語に入学しました。
一年で初級から上級まで進みました。学生の日本語を上達させるために、先生は厳しかったのですが、問題が起こったり、悩み事がある時には、いつも優しく相談にのって頂き、応援もしてもらいました。授業では日本語しか話さないから他の言葉は使えません。最初はちょっと難しかったのですが、授業が終わってから一生懸命勉強しましたのでだんだん話せるようになりました。
私は日本で今年結婚しました。先生のおかげで主人の家族と会話が出来るようになり、本当にありがたい気持ちでいっぱいです。ECC国際外語を選んでよかったと思います。
現在、大阪府八尾市で日本の会社の事務所で働いています。毎日、この学校で習った日本語を使っています。まぁ、日本語といっても、最近大阪弁になってしまいましたが・・・(笑)。日本語を勉強したい方、是非ECC国際外語へお越しください。

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Noaad Gayle (Canada)
Noaad Gayle (Canada)
  • Kobe University Faculty of Intercultural Studies

I came to Japan mostly out of curiousity. Here was a place that I'd only read about in books and I wanted to see it with my own eyes.
Things quickly got serious,though. I couldn't communicate at all, and so felt I was looking at the society from the outside. It made me all the more determined though. I decided I was going to learn the language and really experience the culture instead of just viewing it from afar.
So, I entered ECC and it was better than I had expected. I made friends easily and connected well with the teachers. I was glad we got to make use of our skills in discussions about everything from relationships to social problems.
I'll never forget my time at ECC. I hope you guys make the best of it. This place was quite the experience.

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Marguerite Saussotte (USA)
Marguerite Saussotte (USA)

Four years ago I came to Japan as an English teacher, though at that time, I couldn't speak a word of Japanese. Things like shopping at the supermarket, going to the post office or renting a DVD at the local video store were more than difficult -- they were impossible. One day a few months after coming to Japan, I was in my neighborhood's 100 yen shop looking around at all the language books. A Japanese friend of mine had been pushing me to learn how to speak Japanese, but I didn't know where to start. Then for some reason, I decided to buy some hiragana and katakana books from the "Ampan Man" series. For two years I continued to self-study at home and eventually life began to get easier, and then I decided to study Japanese seriously, since my interest in life and the possibilities of life in Japan had begun to deepen. I looked around at various language schools and found ECC, a school that matched my goals perfectly. That first day at ECC was a shock -- all my classmates were Chinese, Taiwanese or Korean (languages based on or use kanji) and I was the lone American. Despite freaking out, I dove into my Japanese studies and worked hard. March this year, I finished the program (beginning to end) and graduated from ECC. The Japanese that I learned at ECC has become invaluable not only to my future and my career, but to my life. Because of that and the wonderful time and memories I gained, I am forever grateful to all my teachers and classmates at ECC.

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Jonas Amiguet (Switzerland)
Jonas Amiguet (Switzerland)
  • Kansai University Faculty of Sociology

Coming to Japan has always been one of my biggest dreams. But when I came to Japan, I realized that studying Japanese in a good environment was a priority for me. Thanks to a good friend of mine who introduced me to ECC, through ECC I could find everything I needed to study in good conditions and really improve my Japanese in a short period of time. The teachers' explanations were very good and really helped me to improve my Japanese quickly. Of course, I can't forget about the multicultural exchange with other international students and Japanese students that ECC offers us. I've made so many friends during these 2 years and I really think that the time I've spent at ECC is something that I will never forget.
If I had to recommend a school for serious studies in a nice atmosphere, I would say ECC without any hesitation.

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Tay Keat Sun (Singapore)
Tay Keat Sun (Singapore)
  • Kyoto University of Art and Design Department of Visual and Performing Arts

Thanks to my lovely teachers at ECC, I'm able to write a full essay in Japanese now even though I could not write a single Kanji before. Whenever I had problems with my studies, my lovely teachers were always there for me. During my 2nd term. I did badly in the test and had to retake it. During that period, none of my teachers gave up on me. They spent their time after class hours helping me revise and even created their own questions which is something I never expect a Teacher to do for a student. Thanks to them not giving up on me, I managed to pass the university entrance exams. In an environment with these lovely teachers around, nothing is impossible. Arigatou gozaimasu.

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Kyoto University Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies

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Tel: 81-6-6372-1444

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