南山大学

 

The Homestay Program

The Center’s homestay program was started when the Center was first established, in the belief that through the experience of sharing daily life with a Japanese family, Japanese culture would be learned firsthand, thus deepening the ties between the student and the host family. Many students wish to take part in the program each semester. In recent years approximately 40% of the Center’s students have been placed with host families. The monthly fee of ¥60,000 includes two meals a day.

Host families are recruited from families living in the area and also from among a number of graduates of Nanzan University. After receiving an offer to participate in the program, members of the Housing Section pay a personal visit to the family to note firsthand the local environment, the transportation facilities, the cost of commuting, and the family atmosphere.

Each student wishing to participate in the homestay program is requested to fill out an accommodation application form and provide personal information so that a good idea of the student’s hopes and expectations, interests, and individual personality can be gathered. A careful and sincere effort to match students and families who share common ways of thinking and hopes is made, so that each homestay might develop into a warm and lasting relationship.

A comprehensive orientation is held before the start of the semester for new host families who will be accepting students for the Center’s program. In addition, workshops are held throughout the year for the host families, to help them gain a better understanding of their experiences and to improve the quality of the program.

Students placed with a host family are able to enjoy experiences not available to students living in a dormitory or a rented room, such as participation in traditional Japanese celebrations like New Year and the Doll Festival. The experience of acquiring the Japanese language by communicating with a Japanese family through common events in daily life is an opportunity for which all of the Center’s students are thankful.

Students applying for the homestay program should be prepared for one-way commuting times of between 60 and 90 minutes, and for commuting fees of about ¥15,000 per month. Commutes of this length are not unusual in Japan, and many of the students in Nanzan’s undergraduate programs have a daily ride to and from school of over three hours. Nanzan is located in a major metropolitan area, and our host families are recruited from the entire area in order to accommodate as many students as possible. Every effort is made to place students in locations near the University, but commuting is a daily ritual for most of the students attending the Center.

Nanzan’s homestay program is one of the largest in Japan and enjoys a reputation as being the best. Our cheerful and helpful staff are here to make each student’s stay at Nanzan a truly memorable experience. Fici occaestrum inus, cuptus que pellabo. Nam faccumq uuntibus aut et ut volorrum que re aliqui officient.

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