Students from Japan


Mr HIROYUKI OYABU, current student of MASTER OF CHIROPRACTIC

Mr HIROYUKI OYABU

I am a Japanese Chiropractic student at the University of South Wales. The reason why I am strongly interested in chiropractic can be helping people as a neuromusculoskeletal specialist who would be able to contribute to some diseases such as the neck, low back pain, headache, and sports injuries. Unfortunately, chiropractic does not spread sufficiently as an official medical effective treatment in Japan. 

I believe that it is important for health service in the world as well as in my country. Thus, I am eager to acquire an international certification of a Doctor of Chiropractic because in the UK is maintained by the high quality of healthcare and qualification systems. In addition, the occupation as a healthcare professional is rapidly expanding mainly in the English-speaking area and the chiropractor is authorized under the UK's law and globally. Furthermore, I think that the University of South Wales is one of the UK’s universities has many advantages. 

The course is attracting a lot of international students because the USW is not only a good university reputation in the world but also the Walsh Institute of Chiropractic is supported by the Prince of Charles who is the venerable British Royal. Moreover, I felt that Japan still has a long way to go in terms of Chiropractic research and practice. Thus, I am very committed to study more at USW and improve this situation in Japan in the future.

Studying abroad was a difficult big decision for me and my family. Additionally, the English language was a big obstacle for an non-English speaker as myself. I took the Pre-sessional English course before taking the main academic course, and fortunately passed the English course although it was hard work. The Chiropractic lectures are not easy for me as there are many unfamiliar medical terminologies in areas such as anatomy, physiology, and radiology. Even though, I have already gone through some subjects and practices before coming here as a chiropractor in Japan. So English is very important if you want to study Chiropractic.

At the beginning of my time in the UK, I felt a bit lost and lonely. But my classmates and roommates are kind enough to help me improve my academic English and lecturers at the University are super supportive as well. It is very important to get out of your comfort zone and seek for help from both your peers and the University.

To summarize, Chiropractic is a great subject to study at the University of South Wales but it does require hard work. I have had a great experience at USW so far, so hope more Japanese students join me here in the future. 

Aya Kubouchi - Pre-sessional English programme (10 weeks)

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In Japan, I studied almost everything in Japanese, but I realised that if I can use only Japanese, everything would be limited not only to study. I wanted to deepen my knowledge not only about my major so I decided to study this course.

For me, to study at this university, everything is exciting. The most exciting part of the course is that I have many opportunities to show my opinion in lectures. In Japan, I had a few opportunities to speak in public, so at first, I did not like to do so. But now I think that I am getting better to show my opinion in public gradually, and it is an important thing for improving and deepen my knowledge.

In my course, we have small classes so we can communicate with our tutor very closely, and it is a great help for us. We read, write, and speak a lot to improve our English and our teachers are always happy to help us. This is a good opportunity to make our language and communication skills better.

I would like to say that if you think to study at University of South Wales but could not decide, please do not be afraid. There is so much support – if you have any problems, you can ask everything to all the nice university staff. To study in a foreign country has been a really amazing opportunity for me. I have made so many friends from different countries!