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In the second semester of my third year, I studied at Doshisha University in Kyoto, under the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies Spring Program, administered by Columbia University. I have always long been interested in Japanese Studies, so I wanted to improve my Japanese language proficiency in order to access more challenging material, both for research purposes and personal edification. In this respect, my time at KCJS under the guidance of the experienced instructors was very fruitful – I am now able to comprehend Japanese-language primary sources for historical research. I am also grateful for the opportunity to learn more about heritage tourism in Japan and Japanese civil society as part of my English-language elective modules.
Kyoto is a beautiful city, full of character, at times festive and at others muted. Its spring landscapes and historical architecture need no introduction. But more than being the seat of Japanese tradition, it is also a college town, the young and dynamic taking equal place beside the venerable – here I felt at home.
Over the fall of 2015, I studied at Tel Aviv University for one semester. I chose to go to Israel because the land fascinated me, and also because I was particularly interested in the classes offered. I enrolled myself in seven courses and never once regretted it. The course are: Intensive Hebrew, Introductory Arabic, Essence of Judaism, Judaism and Christianity in Conflict and Conversation, History of Zionism, History of Anti-Semitism, and History of the Modern Middle East. They were very relevant to my interest in religious history, and I loved every minute of the courses.
I especially enjoyed Judaism and Christianity in Conflict and Conversation (we focused more on the former than latter). The class was taught by a practising Jewish professor who held particular views about the validity and truth of Christianity. As a Christian, I found the course challenging both intellectually and spiritually. Yet I deeply appreciated the opportunity offered by this course for me to rethink and reevaluate certain preconceived notions that I might have had about Christianity, and I like to think that I ended the semester wiser than before.
For my study abroad, I studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. I chose SOAS because I wanted something different from my time at Yale-NUS. Studying in the UK was also a wish of mine, but specifically SOAS because of the wide variety of specialised courses in Asian history. I took classes in modern Chinese, Japanese, and Middle Eastern history, but I never imagined that I’d be taking a course on medieval Mongolian history during my undergraduate studies! The latter course was particularly interesting as it showed the nuances of Mongol rule in Iran using Persian primary sources. For example, the Il-khanate period saw a strong resurgence in Iranian national identity, which was facilitated by the active sponsoring of the Mongol court. All in all, I learned a lot at SOAS – and I must say that Yale-NUS made all of it possible!