Natalia Doan, MSc in Modern Japanese Studies 2014-2015
Studying at the Nissan Institute was a wonderful experience that enriched my understanding of Japan and the world.
The faculty and the staff at the Nissan Institute are encouraging and supportive, but also challenge you to do your best. Students are able to enjoy intimate class sizes taught by leading experts in their fields, and also have access to weekly guest lecturers and the resources of the Bodleian Japanese Library, among others. The pace was demanding, but the work was intellectually exciting and worthwhile. The Nissan Institute faculty take their roles as both lecturers and supervisors seriously, and dissertation research comprises a major portion of the course. To have a world expert take time to provide thoughtful and insightful feedback on your work, especially in a 1-to-1 setting, is one of the many amazing opportunities the Nissan provides.
I think the Nissan Institute is also exemplary for its friendly, collegial atmosphere. My course mates came to Oxford with different experiences and different goals, but we shared a passion for Japan that energized all discussions, both inside the classroom and out. The teachers and coursework of the Japanese Studies course inspired me to take new approaches to the study of Japan. I will cherish the knowledge and experiences the Nissan Institute gave me for the rest of my life.