Pros and Cons: Attending an international school in Japan

More Opportunities after graduation

Although it depends on each year, a lot of students go abroad to study after graduating from an international school – whether that’s in the United States, UK, Singapore, Canada, etc. Most of these institutions conduct their studies in English, meaning you are open to not only universities in the location of your school but the whole world. 

Classmates from all over the world

Many students at international schools are those with dual-citizenship, or with parents who had to move due to their jobs. This means there are students from different countries with varying cultural and religious backgrounds. Not to say that this is a life changing experience but also you will become someone that can embrace these differences. This is a very unique experience that not everyone can have. Also, many students move around or decide to reside where they attended university. That means you get to have friends all over the world.

Cons

Identity Crisis

Many students that go to international schools face major identity crises at certain points in their lifetime. We are told that we are “good at English” and at the same time “good at Japanese” (in my case for example). I don’t feel like I fit into many communities sometimes, even if it is supposed to be my community (i.e. Japanese-American). However, this can be on a very case by case basis.