The Cultural Differences between Canadian and Japanese University

For those who study abroad or immigrate to another nation, cultural shocks and contrasts between the two countries are inevitable.

The same thing happened to me when I first arrived in Vancouver, Canada. As an international student who previously attended traditional Japanese schools, I was able to identify some differences between Japanese and Canadian education.

First, in Canadian schools, there are more discussions and debates than in Japanese schools. I was only taking classes and taking notes at a Japanese university. There were no open discussions with other classmates. Professors in Canada, on the other hand, allocate sufficient time to each group of students to discuss a single topic. Following that, the entire class shares their thoughts and comments based on the outcomes of the discussions.

Second, you are free to voice your ideas and ask questions about the course material whenever you want in Canada. Most students in Japan attend lectures alone, taking careful notes and paying close attention to what their teachers are saying. It can sometimes be seen as a disruption of class flow if they raise their hands and pose a question.

There is no right or wrong educational system, but I would prefer to study at a Canadian university. It allows me to be in a position where I can deeply reflect on the lecture and quickly catch up on the material. If you simply sit in a classroom and take notes, you may become bored and uninterested in the lecture. Have you ever noticed cultural differences between universities in your home country and those in other countries?

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