© 2019 Emily Chhin

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who am i?

I am an alumni from the pilot-year of the Bachelor of Digital Communications program at Humber College.

I was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to be able to study abroad in Osaka, Japan at Kansai Gaidai University during my 6th semester through the Global Opportunities exchange program at Humber College.

Being Chinese-Canadian and knowing absolutely no Japanese made it one of the most challenging yet life-changing experiences I have ever had. I am here to share that life-changing experience in hopes of inspiring other students to do the same.

Being hopeless, helpless, and lost in Japan has shaped my core values and helped me grow as a person. I learned how to adapt to a new environment, how to deal with culture shock, and how to code-switch. I made many life-long friends who taught me a lot about myself and about places from all over the world.

Humber Gaidai is a website created in partnership with Humber College's Global Opportunities to help promote studying abroad in Japan and helping future students prepare for their once in a lifetime travel.

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 Where   I Studied: HIRAKATA

Osaka prefecture has a population of over 8.8 million people, which is roughly 4x the size of Toronto. Hirakata is located within this prefecture, halfway between Osaka City & Kyoto. My school, Kansai Gaidai University, was located here. I was able to discover all the beauties and hidden gems in these cities, being able to live in Japan like a local rather than a tourist. Not to mention it was outside of the big city so I discovered my newfound appreciation for non-touristy places. I biked everywhere, met a lot of kind souls, and got to see how kind, selfless, & generous Japanese people are. Not to mention their beautiful country & how much they value nature.



 What I Did

During my 5-month stay in Japan, I made so many friends, met so many people from all over the world, and documented it all with my GoPro.

(Click on any of the thumbnails below to see my adventure for that day.)





Studying abroad wasn't just eating ramen everyday & having fun at Karaoke. I struggled a lot & some days felt horribly lonely. During this solitude, however, I found myself being challenged in ways I'd never imagined, and found it in myself to overcome these things I'd never had to deal with before, such as the difficulty of not being able to do simple things I could easily do in Canada, & dealing with international friends with differing worldviews.


 how to contact

Study abroad office


Questions about the application process through Humber College?

Ashley Tinoco

International Mobility Coordinator




Questions about the experience of studying abroad at KGU from a student's perspective?

Emily Chhin

Bachelor of Digital Communications



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