Originally Posted by zeni
I studied at Waseda in Tokyo and loved it. Never a dull moment. A lot of people will tell you "you're in Tokyo you wont speak any Japanese" but it's really what you make of it. Some kids on my prog just partied nonstop and didn't get much out of it language-wise. But they did the same thing on the portion of the program that was in the countryside. Some kids stayed in all the time. Just gotta find a balance.
I'm thinking about doing my spring semester abroad, I've got to apply soon. Anyone have any input on Germany, Norway, Sweden, Hong Kong? I'd like a program where I can study language, have fun and one that's not too homogeneous (ex: my friend went to Mishima via Stony Brook and found that most ppl on the prog were cliquish LIers who knew each other already)
Norway is a gorgeous country, but beware: the country in general and Oslo in particular is SUPER expensive. I think it placed fourth on the list of the world's most expensive cities, tailing only London, Tokyo and Moscow. I'm originally from Sweden so I'm fairly familiar with most university cities there. Lund University
in the southernmost province of Scania is a great place. Tons of international students and a vast variety of courses, plus, it's only 50 minutes from Copenhagen, Denmark, which is the arguably nicest capital city in Scandinavia. From southern Sweden you're in a good position to explore the continent (Germany, Benelux, Denmark, France, etc.) as well as northern Sweden and the rest of Scandinavia. I personally find Germany to be a pretty "blah" country, but I have American friends who can't get enough of Berlin. HK: no idea.