At KCP, you have two options for your lodging: homestay with a Japanese family, or dormitory.
Dormitory life offers several advantages. KCP dorms feature private rooms and allow closer contact with other students. Although dorms are generally more restrictive in Japan than in the U.S. (they have curfews, and no visitors of opposite gender are allowed), they are the better choice for students who want control over their own schedule, or for those who want more interaction with young people. KCP can offer homestay as a possibility only during the first term of your study. If you have selected homestay and will continue for a further term, you will most likely be placed in a dormitory during the rest of your time at KCP.
If you have special meal requests or eating habits, you will have more control over your meals in a dormitory without a meal plan.
A meal plan may be available in some dormitories for ¥55,000 per term (¥41,000 for summer short-term) for breakfasts and dinners. The meal plan is not cafeteria style like in the West, but rather a set meal plan. Dorm assignment is made according to your request, so once you are assigned to a dorm with a meal plan, you cannot cancel it. The meal plan is very economical and offers greater opportunities to meet other young people.
The main advantage to homestay–living with a Japanese family–is truly experiencing the Japanese way of life. Many students develop close relationships with their host families as they eagerly participate in contemporary Japanese family life. Students can also practice the language skills they’ve learned in class and experience Japanese culture in a family situation.
While there are definite benefits to living with a host family for students who are open-mined, genuinely interested in becoming a member of the family, and willing to adjust their schedules, some students may not prefer this. Homestays are not recommended for very independent students who want to experience Japan on their own. Homestay families may want to spend time with students, especially on weekends. They may expect a student to become a member of the family by helping out around the house. Some families may also impose a curfew.
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