It’s always a thrill to study abroad in a place unfamiliar to you. You get to meet people from different walks of life, understand cultures, and learning a new language or two. It may not be a walk in the park on most days but Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation MBA (Euro Asia) graduate Yoshiteru Seiki shares why studying in a new environment is worth the worry.
Yoshiteru Seiki and Life in APU
The reason why I chose Malaysia as my destination to study abroad is that I liked the atmosphere of Kuala Lumpur (KL). KL is the first city where I traveled abroad alone. Initially I felt very attracted to ASEAN and its future potential. I wanted to experience the momentum such as the dynamic economic development and the various cultures.
But among all the countries in ASEAN, I decided to come to Malaysia. There were three purposes to study abroad other than the postgraduate program itself: learning English, experiencing local life, and meeting people from all over the world. As APU is the best environment to satisfy these conditions, I decided to enroll at APU.
So I packed my bags and came to Malaysia in March 2017, but it was a slow adaptation process at first. It took time to get used to life here, because I couldn’t communicate very well with most people. Besides, there are many differences like living environment and culture compared with Japan. Sometimes, this could be stressful personally but I gradually adapted and became comfortable. Since Malaysia is so multi-cultural I could experience the differences; the abundant food variety of food that one can eat anywhere. Of course food cost is so much lesser than in Japan!
Living in Malaysia
In addition, Malaysia is a county rich in nature, and we can travel at a lower and cheaper cost. Thanks to being at APU, I could meet people from so many countries, and learn many things from them. Of course, university study isn’t easy, but lecturers are understanding, and classmates help each other. Group work is good for discussion with classmates and helps improve English conversation skills.
The 17 months of my APU life, including Intensive English course and the postgraduate studies, passed by very quickly. I have learned a lot of things and I have gained wider knowledge overall. Moreover. If I had not gone abroad, I couldn’t experience and sense the valuable life in Malaysia and APU. It is lovely to return to Japan again but I feel sad when thinking about my graduation and leaving APU. Someday I will visit APU again and of course to eat roti canai and nasi lemak.