Akari, an international student from Japan, reflects on why she decided to pursue her Master’s degree in Canada and talks about her student experience while studying at the Royal Roads University's International Study Centre.
Question: What are you studying at Royal Roads University?
Akari: I’m pursuing a Master’s degree in International and Intercultural Communication.
Q: Why did you choose to pursue a Master’s degree in Canada?
A: I studied in Canada before when I was doing my Bachelor’s and I felt the openness to other cultures. I found that people are really friendly in Canada. I get different perspectives and different ideas, and I meet people from all over the world. That's something I would not get in Japan.
Q: How are the teachers like at the university?
A: The teachers are really friendly and approachable here. You can just go talk to them about your concerns, and you can have great discussions.
Q: What do you like to do when you’re not studying?
A: There is always something going on in Victoria, BC – music or comedy shows downtown. There are a lot of great hiking trails everywhere, so you get to do outdoor activities. I really like it here. I do yoga, go hiking, play volleyball, and go drinking with my friends. Victoria is a really good place for everything.
Q: What does Royal Roads University mean to you?
A: For me Royal Roads University means peacocks. You can see them everywhere outside. They're really cute, and I think they represent the diversity at Royal Roads very well.
Akari’s study abroad story is a great example to all international students who would like to study in Canada. Follow the journey of other students and share your own story on social channels using hashtag #StudyAbroadJourney.