WELCOME to OWU Global!

Welcome to OWU Global, International and Off Campus program’s new blog! Our blog will give students, faculty and staff, a platform to share news, updates and campus related content. It is also a space for us to interact with the international, global nomad, and study abroad students. As we embark on this journey, we look…

Meeting Host Family-Robert Wu

Here is the day! The day I will get to meet and move into my new host family while doing my studies at Waseda University in Tokyo Japan.  My host mom is a housewife, and my host dad is a business man.  During the introduction of the host family, only my host mom came and…

My Daily Routine-Robert Wu

Most mornings, I would wake up and head downstairs to the kitchen where my host mom has already prepared my breakfast (usually a bowl of rice, a bowl of miso soup, a bowl of fruits, five pieces of dried seaweed, 卵焼き, which is sweet Japanese style of an omelet, some preserved veggies, and hot tea). …

Halloween at Shibuya-Robert Wu

Halloween comes a bit earlier in Japan, but it still has the vibe of excitement and good times.  It was crazily crowded from the train station to many of the streets, especially the main street of Shibuya where everyone hangs out and have their moments.  People were dressed in various different costumes, from minions to Spiderman…

First Day of Classes at Waseda University-Robert Wu

My first day of classes started on Thursday.  My schedule for that day was loaded, from 9 am to 6 pm with a 50-minute lunch break at 12:10 pm.  I had Comprehensive Japanese I from 9 am to 12:10 pm, Japanese Religion and Culture 1 pm to 2:30 pm, and Selective Topics in Sociolinguistics 2:45…

Train System in Tokyo-Robert Wu

There are several different groups that run the train system in Tokyo, Seibu, Keio, Odakyu, Tokyo Metro, and the JR group (there are a few that I have forgotten to mention).  When entering from one ticket gate to the next, the card must be read the IC card reader on the gates.  When you exit…

My Reflection on my Study Abroad in Japan Fall Semester-Robert Wu

It has been a challenging year: spending the fall semester in Japan, living with the host family, communicate in Japanese with many people, and to tackle the challenges that came my way.  The transition from the American culture to the Japanese culture was not hard, but the process was a bit rough.   I was not used…

Preparing for Cultural Internship-Robert Wu

For my program, it is required to do a cultural internship especially for the students who are studying abroad for the entire academic year.  For my internship, I was selected to partake in the daily lives of the monks in Sogenji Temple at Okayama, 3.3 hours by Shinkansen away from Tokyo Station.  The Shinkansen is…

My Neighborhood-Robert Wu

As soon as I am out of my house, to my left is a dead end.  Across from me is locked gate with a high-tech intercom system.  To the left of the house, there is a garbage collection place where the garbage is collected depending on which day.  Walking towards the main street, the first…

My Journey in Japan-Robert Wu

I departed from LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) for NRT (Narita Airport) to begin my study abroad journey.  The 11.5 hours flight went smoother than expected and as soon as I landed, I exited the plane…having no idea where I should be going.  As expected of my weak Japanese communication, I went with the flow…

Milany Duarte—Experiences in Morocco

Senior Milany Duarte Spent her Spring 2018 semester in Rabat, Morocco. This was her first time visiting the country and she went to study Modern Standard Arabic and Moroccan known as Darija. Going abroad also counted towards her international studies major. When asked what her first impression of the country was, she felt that it reminded…