Many students learned more than just the academics they signed up for at KIU, they grew mentally and developed communication skills. Graduates of KIU transferred to other universities or pursued their dreams. Here are some of their stories:
I had always wanted to become an architect, but I used to hate math. I almost gave up on that dream due to the amount of math required. However, since coming to KIU, my math grades greatly improved. I believe that is due to the studious environment there. Students work hard before, during and after class. My instructors were very approachable and therefore I could ask all my questions and get help at any time. My worst subject, math, became one of my strongest subjects and I decided to go ahead and apply for the architecture program and I was accepted! I even received an academic scholarship! I want my KIU success story to live on in the work that I do as a global architect.
UNL, a research oriented university was built in Lincoln, the capital of Nebraska. The campus houses an art gallery, a museum and a theater. The museum of nature and science is so extensive that it serves as the State Museum. Study body: 19,000
KIU is an innovative school, where spontaneous things happen. My most memorable experience was my service learning excursion to Africa. Our professor from Ghana told us he modeled a school in his home country after KIU Academy. We worked with students from that very school. We played with the kids and taught them origami. I told one of the Ghanaian teachers that I hope to one day be a graphic designer. His response: what kind of designer do you want to become? Up until that point, I had a rather vague picture about what I would do, but this question made me think more seriously about the details of my dream. Our trip to Ghana was a wonderful experience, but even more than the actual trip, I learned the importance of relationships. I want to treasure each of my interactions with the students and people for they will never be the exact same again. I have been away from KIU now for one year, but I still keep in touch with my old classmates. One of my classmates started a video company and I helped design a DVD jacket and poster. One classmate went on to study in Japan and became involved in an NPO called "Rokkosan & Civilian Networking ". He invited me to participate as a designer in an NPO event. By taking part in these kinds of activities, I am hoping to broaden my base for the type of work I can and want to do.
Bradley University is a mid-sized school with about 5,300 undergrads and 800 graduate school students. The university is located in Preoria Illinois, about half way between Chicago and St. Louis (Missouri) where there is rich history. Students have many opportunities to experience the culture through theater, orchestra performances, ballet and other arts.
Never having studied abroad, KIU was a necessary stepping stone for me. The lessons were taught mostly in English and it was as close to the real thing as I was going to get in Japan. My classes were taught by native English speakers and I had fun hanging out with my classmates. My fear of transferring overseas disappeared and I was able to adjust to American college life easily. One class that was particularly helpful was my public speaking class. We had to organize our thoughts and present them clearly in English. Each class, we were given a topic then told to prepare to speak on it for three minutes. It was really tough for me at first but as I kept doing it, I was able to gather my thoughts together quicker and was able to put my presentation together with greater ease. This was a very important skill for me to develop because I needed to be able to do this in the US. Just before leaving for the US, an instructor said to me: Not everyone is going to be looking out for you when you get to the US. These words of warning seemed a bit harsh to me because I was enjoying my school life. But I am thankful that I heard this because I became aware of the fact that I would need to take the initiative to build friendships and lasting relationships. Based on my experiences at KIU and overseas, I aim to become a teacher who does not deal with students only on an academic level, but I want to come alongside my students and teach them things about life.
Cedarville is a baptist university located in the southern part of Ohio. It is a small school with approximately 3000 students. There are 5 colleges and 110 majors. Some of the most popular majors are elementary education, nursing and communication. It is a quiet environment with helpful, caring staff.