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Student Interview "Sciences Po"

Period 5

Yusuke Ayai

Yusuke Ayai

Yusuke Ayai

Nationality : Japanese

Yusuke Ayai

Name : Yusuke Ayai

Nationality : Japanese

An experience abroad : United Kingdom (4 years), China (1 year)

High school : Shibuya Senior High School

1. Why did you choose to take part in the Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme?

I chose to take part in this program due to its offering of diverse fields of study. It is not often that one comes across an opportunity to study both economics and political science at two of the most established schools there are.

2. What was the most rewarding experience?

I have two points in answer to this question. Firstly, this program allowed me to enjoy an extremely intensive yet exciting study environment. While economics and political science are usually studied as separate disciplines, they are deeply intertwined. One cannot speak politics without an understanding of economics, and economic policies cannot be implemented without jumping through political hurdles. Furthermore, the friendships I have had the opportunity to make during my two years in France have become a part of my current life. My roommates and I still regularly keep in touch and visit each other halfway across the globe, and I can say with confidence that whatever country I got to now, there will most likely be a friend with who I can share a coffee beer, or interesting conversation; both academic and otherwise.

3. What are your plans for the future?

I will be working for a European consulting firm in Tokyo.

4. A short message to future participants

While living in France, a foreign country that many of us do not speak the language of may seem daunting, please allow me to assure you that the people of Keio support us, and that Sciences Po greets us with open arms. France is a beautiful country with lots to see, and strongly believe that partaking in this program will be extremely beneficial to all participants.

Yukiko Iwamoto

Yukiko Iwamoto

Yukiko Iwamoto

Nationality : Japanese

Yukiko Iwamoto

Name : Yukiko Iwamoto

Nationality : Japanese

An experience abroad : 12 years in England, 2 years in Singapore

High school : Keio Shonan Fujisawa Senior High School

1. Why did you choose to take part in the Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme?

I initially heard about the Dual Degree Programme between Keio University and Sciences Po in my first year of high school. Having spent the majority of my childhood in London and knowing little about my own country, I believed that the Euro-Asian curriculum in Le Havre was a perfect blend to learn about both regions with which I had a close connection. I had also spent a summer in France during junior school for a study exchange, hence I had an enthusiasm to pursue not only the language, but also the historical and cultural aspects too.

2. What was the most rewarding experience?

Studying at two prestigious institutions, Sciences Po and Keio has enabled me to interact with many inspiring students with healthy ambition from all over the world. Each student was uniquely knowledgeable in their own way, whether that be in the realm of philosophy, history, and literature based upon their upbringing and values. Sciences Po offered a dense multidisciplinary syllabus, allowing me to explore where my interests lay. I was also able to break out of my shell and challenge a variety of new endeavours; I joined the cheerleading team, formed an acapella team with a group of friends and became the President of a Sciences Po Student Association, the Bureau des Arts. After returning to Keio, we were placed in an independent and free environment, giving us ample time to discover and prepare to establish our future plans.
The thought-provoking classes and lifelong relationships that I have nurtured over the past four years have greatly helped me develop both academically and socially.

3. What are your plans for the future?

I will start working at a Japanese trading company from this upcoming spring. Although my career plan is yet to be defined, I intend to grasp any opportunities that will extend my capacity.

4. A short message to future participants

As cliché as it may sound, taking part in the Dual Degree Programme was one of the best decisions that I have made. I am utterly grateful to have been able to take my first steps of adulthood with this eye-opening programme. I sincerely hope that you too, will make the most of this wonderful opportunity.

Remi Nakazeki

Remi Nakazeki

Remi Nakazeki

Nationality : Japanese

Remi Nakazeki

Name : Remi Nakazeki

Nationality : Japanese

An experience abroad : New York, U.S.A

High school : Scarsdale High School

1. Why did you choose to take part in the Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme?

First of all, I aspired to broaden my mindset by taking part in this program. Since I had lived in Japan and the States, I wanted to experience life in Europe, and engage in academic discussions with students from all over the world. I also aimed to ameliorate my French skills by spending two years in France. Although I had already taken French classes since the beginning of high school, I thought it was imperative to be surrounded by native French speakers and experience life in France, to bring my French skills to a native level.

2. What was the most rewarding experience?

I treasure the small everyday memories till this day. Of course, there were both ups and downs during the two years, and I did face challenges, especially in the academic area. However, even if there were challenging moments, a stroll along the seaside, a potluck dinner with friends, and even a small chat with my closest friends before class always brightened up my day. I believe I was able to grow not only as a student, but also as one human being by joining this program.

3. What are your plans for the future?

I plan to work for a foreign company in Japan after graduation. However, my long-term goal is to work in the field of international cooperation. I aspire to help shrink the disparity in chances received based on given circumstances.

4. A short message to future participants

Please don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and apply for this program. I am positive that it will be a rewarding two years for you.

Period 4

Fanny Berteaud

Fanny Berteaud

Fanny Berteaud

Nationality : French

Fanny Berteaud

Name : Fanny Berteaud

Nationality : French

An experience abroad : 1 year in Dublin, Ireland / 8 months in Barcelona, Spain

High school : French High School of Dublin

1. Why did you choose to take part in the Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme?

At first I was solely enrolled in Sciences Po Euro-Asian program, but when I heard about the possibility to spend more time in Tokyo and to graduate from a Japanese University, I seized that opportunity. First of all, I thought two years abroad would enable me to strengthen my linguistic skills and to really discover the country and culture that is so different compared to my home-country. Additionally, I believe that it is very valuable to complete the multidisciplinary academic background I acquired at Sciences Po with more economics-oriented courses in Keio.

2. What was the most rewarding experience?

These past four years have been so exiting that it is hard to chose only one experience as the most rewarding, I really spent amazing time both in France and Japan, as well as challenging times. In France, the most rewarding was definitely the community: about 300 students from all over the world, with a strong school spirit and many events and gathering. In Japan I really appreciated the immersion in a different culture and the opportunity to travel in Asia. Also, since we could manage our schedules, we had time to get involved in various experiences like internships.

3. What are your plans for the future?

In the near future I am looking forward to having several professional experiences to discover different sectors before pursuing a Master degree (most likely in Europe). In the long-term I would like to work in an International Organization or corporation tackling global issues and having a positive impact on our societies.

4. A short message to future participants

The Sciences Po - Keio double degree program is really a unique opportunity to graduate from two very prestigious universities while discovering two greatly different countries: make the most of it!

Ryo Moroi

Ryo Moroi

Ryo Moroi

Nationality : Japanese

Ryo Moroi

Name : Ryo Moroi

Nationality : Japanese

An experience abroad : Hong Kong (1996~1999), Australia (2005~2011)

High school : Keio Senior High School

1. Why did you choose to take part in the Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme?

Since having witnessed a great number of Japanese products and technologies in everyday life of Australia, and my interest had been in the fields of production and economics after returning to japan, my future goal was to contribute to the further expansion of the Japanese manufacturing products worldwide. For that purpose, during my life at the university, I wanted to cultivate “the knowledge of economics and management” and “the understanding of international affairs”. In doing so, this program was the most appealing for me because it was possible to achieve the understanding of the European and Asian affairs at Sciences Po while experiencing the real European economy and society, and acquire the knowledge of economics and management at Keio University.
In addition, it was also appealing for me to be able to study for 2 years with the top students from worldwide, and to be able to obtain the bachelor’s degree at one of the prestigious and leading research institutes in Europe and France.

2. What was the most rewarding experience?

It was by all means a great asset that I could gain the above knowledge and understanding, but simultaneously, it was a very rewarding experience that I was able to cultivate a broad perspective and the ability to adapt in different environments. In Le Havre, there were discussions every day with the students that had different socio-cultural backgrounds, which let me get in touch with many different values. Through a 4-year broad curriculum such as politics, history, law, society, economics, management, it was also possible to meet with the various perspectives and thoughts, which I believe is unique to this program. Moreover, in various situations of student life, it was necessary to pursue what kind of roles and contributions I was able to give, and what knowledge and skills I was missing. Although there were certain struggles, I believe what I cultivated from these experiences will greatly live in my future.

3. What are your plans for the future?

From next April, I will be working in a Japanese manufacturing company. Through the knowledge and skills I have cultivated in this program, I hope to be able to contribute to a further expansion of the Japanese manufacturing products worldwide, and provide a more convenient life for the people. Moreover, as situation of Japanese manufacturing industry is deemed to change due to the rise of 4th industry revolution, etc, I would like to continue working in order to gain professional knowledge and skills as to be able to cope with these future changes.

4. A short message to future participants

Thanks to many involvements and great supports in this program, there are subsidies you can receive, such as scholarships and housing subsidies from the French government. There also many other benefits you can gain from this program, and if you are interested in this program, I would strongly recommend this opportunity to take a challenge!

Aline Mortha

Aline Mortha

Aline Mortha

Nationality : French

Aline Mortha

Name : Aline Mortha

Nationality : French

An experience abroad : None, before entering the Double Degree.

High school : Lycée Pierre du Terrail (Isère, France)

1. Why did you choose to take part in the Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme?

Studying in Japan had been my dream since middle school, when I started learning Japanese. I thought that the Double Degree was an amazing opportunity to study for two years in Japan, as a full-time student. I was a bit afraid of learning economics however: I did not know much about it, as I followed a scientific program until high school. I really enjoyed the classes in Sciences Po and in Keio University, in particular development economics, environmental economics and energy economics.

2. What was the most rewarding experience?

In Sciences Po, I was in charge of organizing the school musical. I learnt a lot from working with my co-captains, and we challenged ourselves to put this musical together. Seeing all the actors on stage, after one year of intense work, was an amazing experience.
In Keio University, I was given the opportunity to join a research seminar, and learn research methodology and statistics from top economists. The “zemi” I joined was very welcoming, and I made very good friends.

3. What are your plans for the future?

I would like to continue into master, as I would like to dedicate myself to research. I applied to the Master in Economics at the Doctoral School of Sciences Po, as well as the Master in Public Policies and Development from Paris School of Economics. Ideally, however, I would like to join a Master Program in Japan, with the professors that looked after me so far. From there, I will probably attempt to get a PhD in Economics.

4. A short message to future participants

The Double Degree program was an incredible opportunity for me. I met and made lifelong friends both in France and Japan, in an international and intellectually challenging environment. The program allowed me to discover what I wanted to do in life. Choosing this program was the best decision I have made in my life, I cannot express how grateful I am to have been chosen. For the prospective students, you should really try to apply because this program is life changing. I strongly recommend it!

Kana Sasagawa

Kana Sasagawa

Kana Sasagawa

Nationality : 日本

Kana Sasagawa

Name : Kana Sasagawa

Nationality : 日本

An experience abroad : アメリカ・ヨーロッパ

High school : 渋谷教育学園渋谷高校

(日本語)

1. 慶應-パリ政治学院ダブルディグリープログラムを選んだ理由は?

大学1年次の夏休みに世界の不平等を目の当たりにして、悲しくなるとともに、何か自分にもできることはないだろうか、と考えるようになりました。しかし、どんな風に?何を?どうやって?どうして自分の理想と考える社会が正しいと言えるのだろうか?そんな疑問が次々と生まれました。
経済学のみならず、政治学や法学、哲学などの社会科学を多角的に学び、フランス屈指のグランゼコールに集まる優秀な仲間と切磋琢磨する中で、これらの問いに向き合いたいと思い、このプログラムに参加しました。

2. プログラムに参加して一番よかったことは?

人としての幅ができたことです。 環境の違いや求められる勉強量に途方に暮れることもありましたが、仲間に助けてもらいながら、2年間という時間の長さを活かして思う存分に勉強ができました。生活面では、フランス人の政治の議論をワイン片手に眺めたり、何もうまくいかず苦しい時には友達とルアーブルの海辺で朝まで語ったり、日本人の仲間とゆっくり将来を考えたり。何でもないような日常がとても貴重なものだったと思います。
全力を尽くして上手くいかなくても C’est la vieと肩を竦めて気持ちを新たに頑張る精神、ただ頑張るだけでなく人生を楽しむ余裕を持つこと、そんな一つ一つの経験から学んだことを、これからの人生でも大切にしていきたいです。

3. 将来の計画や展望は?

来春より外務省に入省します。
フランスで学んだことを胸に、素敵な外交官となれるよう、頑張ります!

4. ダブルディグリープログラムに興味を持って下さったみなさんに一言

これから大学へ入学する皆さんの胸にはきっとたくさんの想いがあると思います。その想いを大切に、素敵な4年間を過ごしてください。そしてこのプログラムは皆さんの想いを支えてくれる、かけがえのない機会だと思います。ぜひ海外に挑戦する気概と少しの勇気を持って、フランスで最高の2年間を過ごしてきてください!

Paul Sorres

Paul Sorres

Paul Sorres

Nationality : French

Paul Sorres

Name : Paul Sorres

Nationality : French

An experience abroad : Japan was my first experience abroad

High school : Lycée Pierre Poivre, Ile de la Réunion

1. Why did you choose to take part in the Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme?

I joined the Double Degree Programme after my first year at Sciences Po. When I arrived there, I discovered that economics was by far my favourite subject and I thought that by joining the dual degree I could combine both my interest in economics and my willingness to study abroad. At Keio, I specialised in microeconomics and behavioural economics and I was also able to take classes on Japanese culture.
Another great advantage of the Double Degree is that it allowed me to spend two years in Japan as opposed to only one year in a normal exchange programme. This gave me the chance to fully experience life in Japan and to discover some aspects of the culture that I was not aware of (like impromptu karaoke session at 2am).

2. What was the most rewarding experience?

It’s hard to pinpoint one particular experience after these 4 incredible years but I would say that the most rewarding part is to look back in time and realise how much I have learnt since I joined this programme. Being in this Double Degree programme gave me the opportunity to learn on several levels. Academically speaking, I got to be educated by renowned teachers and to approach almost every aspects of social science while constantly being challenged by new ideas and theories. The fact that I was always surrounded by people from various backgrounds, thanks to the international aspect of this programme, also taught me a lot from a human perspective. Finally, living far from home and being completely independent in Tokyo definitely contributed to the development of my personality. Overall, it’s the sum of all those aspects that made my life so fulfilled the past 4 years.

3. What are your plans for the future?

I will be doing an internship for a French start-up in Paris as a Business Analyst after graduating and I then wish to pursue my studies either at Sciences Po or at a business school. I will also try to keep working on my Japanese and keep having new experiences abroad. Moreover, I wish to pursue my passion for music and have a band or start producing music more seriously but since life is unpredictable, who knows what might happen!

4. A short message to future participants

You will definitely learn a lot about yourself by enrolling in this Double Degree and meet wonderful people so don’t hesitate to try new things and go out of your comfort zone, I guarantee it will be a life changing experience.

Period 3

Jenell Yan Shan Lau

Jenell Yan Shan Lau

Jenell Yan Shan Lau

Nationality : Singaporean

Jenell Yan Shan Lau

Name : Jenell Yan Shan Lau

Nationality : Singaporean

An experience abroad : 2 Years Sciences Po Le Havre/ Beijing (Internship)/ Bangalore (Internship) /1.5 Years Keio University

High school : Victoria Junior College, Singapore

1. Why did you choose to take part in the Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme?

Upon high school completion, Sciences Po – Keio DD stood out most, as it was a rare opportunity for students to get acquainted to two disparate experiences in the East and West. In addition, I could pursue learning two foreign languages. Having studied Japanese for 4 years in middle school under the Ministry of Education (MOE) Singapore (third language program), I reckoned this program a good chance for me to put my language skills into practical use. Academically, I was intrigued by the interdisciplinary courses offered by Sciences Po and I believed having a well-rounded fundamental knowledge in Social Sciences would elevate my understanding and studies in Economics as compared to being exposed to Economics alone. Besides, being exposed to unconventional cultures and systems, I acquire and provide more fresh perspectives and this will hopefully set me apart from the rest.

2. What was the most rewarding experience?

The best thing that happened in course of 4 years was learning how to un-learn the things I have learnt in the past, and also giving up many presumptions the society has drilled into me back at home. Meeting and interacting with the diverse student population in Sciences Po made me realize the vast possibilities life offers and rendered me culture awareness. If not for taking the leap of faith 3 years ago, I wouldn’t have gathered that courage to head to China or India for my summer internships, both which I deem as the most fulfilling time in my life.

3. What are your plans for the future?

For the near future, I would like to continue working for Startups to learn more about ventures and technology, or give working for corporate a shot. In any case, I would like to explore my potentials and opportunities before I embark on my career marathon. My long-term goal is to apply my knowledge in Economics to help alleviate poverty in developing countries, to help specific groups of people. I am particularly interested in the field of Developmental Economics (開発経済学).

4. A short message to future participants

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. If you are wondering about how life will be like in an environment vastly different from your home and if you are a person who is always looking to get out of your comfort zone, then don’t hesitate to take the leap of faith! Life is too short for mundaneness. So grab your bags and set out now.

Pauline Bibaut

Pauline Bibaut

Pauline Bibaut

Nationality : French

Pauline Bibaut

Name : Pauline Bibaut

Nationality : French

An experience abroad : None before coming to Tokyo for the dual degree

High school : Lycée Georges de la Tour, Metz, France

1. Why did you choose to take part in the Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme?

I was very much interested by Economics, notably Financial Regulation, after High School. Yet, I didn’t want to specialize too early as I liked all social sciences and was not too sure about what I would like to do after university. This is why the dual degree appeared to me as the perfect curriculum. It permitted me to study two years at Sciences Po and discover a variety of Humanities such as Law, which I developed a strong curiosity for. I was also able to study Sociology and History more in depth, while at the same time, confirming my interest for Economics. Then, at Keio University, I was able to specialize by taking many classes related to Economics. There, I had the chance to meet great teachers and attend valuable classes, such as the excellent course taught by Prof. Kaji in Open Macroeconomics. Overall, in four years, I was able to discover many topics, gain a theoretical background in Economics and understand what I aspire to personally and professionally.

2. What was the most rewarding experience?

The most rewarding experience was to meet people from all over the world with so diverse backgrounds and aspirations, both in Sciences Po and Keio. It was also amazing to be a regular student in a Japanese university, as it it is, even today, a rare experience. This way, I was able to meet regular Japanese students and have a deeper cultural experience than if I had only been part of an exchange program for a very limited amount of time.

3. What are your plans for the future?

The dual degree permitted me to discover Law, which really pleased me, while gaining a solid theoretical background in Economics. It helped me to broaden my horizons while deciding in which area I wanted to specialize in. In the future, I have decided to work either in Financial regulation or Investment Banking or Financial and Banking Law. In order to make this possible, I plan to continue my education at Sciences Po.

4. A short message to future participants

This dual degree can be a real opportunity for you to meet people from all other the world, discover a variety of topics related to Social Sciences, while specializing in Economics and gaining professional skills. This program will give you many opportunities for the future, but I still advise you to understand why this particular curriculum appeals to you and what you could get from it. Some people, especially those planning to work directly after finishing their Bachelor’s Degree, might be disappointed by the lack of professionalization during the first two years. Besides, applicants thinking about pursuing a Master’s Degree should know why this Dual Degree will be useful to them for their future studies, as this program is demanding academically and financially.

Benjamin Cheong

Benjamin Cheong

Benjamin Cheong

Nationality : Singaporean

Benjamin Cheong

Name : Benjamin Cheong

Nationality : Singaporean

An experience abroad : China, France and Japan

High school : Victoria Junior College, Singapore / Xian Gaoxin High School International School Section, China /Maris Stella High School, Singapore

1. Why did you choose to take part in the Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme?

I wanted to study abroad outside Singapore, as I was interested in broadening my perspectives. My time spent studying overseas during high school had already convinced me that I would like to pursue my university education outside Singapore.

At the same time, Sciences Po Paris is one of the best schools globally for Political Science and International Relations, and French scholars have contributed to these fields for centuries. In fact, French is the lingua franca of international diplomacy! In these aspects, France definitely didn’t disappoint. It was also my lifelong dream to read Les Miserables in French, while learning more about the many great philosophers of France.

I also realized that Economics is of extreme import in the international arena, and I personally am very much interested in the history of economic thought, particularly the work of John Maynard Keynes. Keio is one of the top universities in Japan in this field, and its longstanding strength in Economics was definitely a draw for me. The DDP gives you the opportunity to be exposed to Sociology, History, International Law and finally, my chosen major of Economics. The program indeed offers a unique exposure, and I am glad that I was able to benefit from this opportunity.


2. What was the most rewarding experience?

The entire experience was rewarding! But I would say that of course, the best part was my fellow students in the DDP: the small size of the class and the fact that you’re spending approximately 4 years together with them across 2 countries and continents (and probably more, since we often travelled around Europe and even Africa) means that you would definitely build long-lasting relationships with them that will endure even after graduation.


3. What are your plans for the future?

I have received a job offer to join a foreign bank in Singapore as an analyst.


4. A short message to future participants

Approach the program with an open mind! None of us were disappointed, I am sure that you wouldn’t be either.
Carpe diem, et bonne continuation pour tes etudes!

Yusaku Fujiki

Yusaku Fujiki

Yusaku Fujiki

Nationality : Japanese

Yusaku Fujiki

Name : Yusaku Fujiki

Nationality : Japanese

An experience abroad : 2009 ~ 2013: The United States / 2014 ~ 2016: France

High school : Keio Academy of New York

1. Why did you choose to take part in the Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme?

I chose to take part in this program because I felt that it was the closest path to my desired career. Since my encounters with two of my role models during my high school years, I have aspired to become a global business leader. Spending two intellectually stimulating years with the brightest classmates from all over the world and obtaining two diplomas from Keio University and Sciences Po Paris seemed to be the best option open to me in bringing me closer to my goal.

2. What was the most rewarding experience?

This is a hard question for me to answer as I had countless valuable memories from this program. Ironically, however, one of the most rewarding experiences which I had was the one in which I struggled the most. Being the captain and managing the rock band club that consisted of members of diverse nationalities was not easy at first. However, my commitment to give them as many opportunities as possible helped me to gain the trust and support of my fellow members. I am sure the lessons I learned from this experience will help me to do well as a business professional in a multinational team.

3. What are your plans for the future?

I will be working at an American consulting firm based in Tokyo from April 2018. While working hard to acquire as many skills as possible, I would like to fully utilize my intellectual curiosity to keep on seeking opportunities to give back to society, as I have benefitted a lot from the support of many others around me.

4. A short message to future participants

What is most important for you is to make a decision based on your own passion and rigorous research to make sure that this program aligns with your goals. If this is indeed the program for you, please be confident at the interviews.

Haruka Ito

Haruka Ito

Haruka Ito

Nationality : Japanese

Haruka Ito

Name : Haruka Ito

Nationality : Japanese

An experience abroad : Singapore (Age 3-5) / Thailand (Age 5-10)

High school : Keio Shonan Fujisawa Junior and Senior High School

1. Why did you choose to take part in the Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme?

I decided to apply for the Double Degree Program between Keio and Sciences Po for the following three reasons:
1)I wanted to broaden perspective of the world and Japan’s relative standpoint in the international community. By studying social sciences (with a focus on Asia) in Sciences Po, I hoped to be able to observe Japan from an objective viewpoint. In addition, as I was interested in the concept of the ‘East Asian Community’, I was curious about how the system of the European Union functioned.
2) Since I had never lived in nor visited Europe, I wanted to experience living in an unfamiliar environment.
3) I wanted to interact with students of my age from diverse backgrounds. Because Sciences Po have students from over 30 nationalities, I was attracted to studying and spending two years in such diverse environment.

2. What was the most rewarding experience?

The three most rewarding experiences were 1) making friends from all over the globe, 2) learning the cultural differences between Japan and France, and 3) getting to travel around Europe. In the two years in Le Havre, I was able to interact with and become friends with students from various backgrounds, and the friendship has become something that lasts a lifetime. To add, being able to travel to many countries within Europe was an exciting experience.

3. What are your plans for the future?

From next spring, I will be working as a diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the future, I hope to become a specialist on economic diplomacy. I strongly believe that my experiences in Le Havre has helped shape my future vision, and will continue to guide me throughout my career.

4. A short message to future participants

The Double Degree Program offers you the chance for an invaluable experience. I am extremely grateful, honoured, and glad that I was able to be part of this program – it is definitely one of the best decisions I made in my life so far. For those who would like to study and live in a foreign environment, and bond with students from diverse backgrounds, I highly recommend this program!

(日本語) 三木田明梨

(日本語) 三木田明梨

(日本語) 三木田明梨

Nationality :

(日本語) 三木田明梨

Name : (日本語) 三木田明梨

Nationality :

An experience abroad :

High school :

(日本語)

1. 慶應-パリ政治学院ダブルディグリープログラムを選んだ理由は?

2年という比較的長期間フランスの超一流大学で学ぶことができ、計4年間で2つの学位を取得できるという効率性の高さ。

2. プログラムに参加して一番よかったことは?

世界の優秀な学生やフランスという土地から、政治や文化に関して多くの刺激を受けたこと。

3. 将来の計画や展望は?

未定です。何が起こるかわからない人生をその時々で存分に楽しみながら生きていきたいです。

4. ダブルディグリープログラムに興味を持って下さったみなさんに一言

学業も生活も苦労することばかりで、正直なところ大変でした。しかし、授業からも暮らしからも学び取るものが多く、全てを経て世界の見え方が変わったと感じます。終えてみてこの貴重な経験に感謝こそすれ、後悔はしません。少しでも迷うなら挑戦してみてください。

Period 2

Reina Ando

Reina Ando

Reina Ando

Nationality : Japanese

Reina Ando

Name : Reina Ando

Nationality : Japanese

An experience abroad : Sydney, Australia - 9 years

High school : Keio Shonan Fujisawa High School

1. Why did you choose to take part in the Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme?

I took part in this program because I wanted to learn about Japan from the perspectives of those outside of Japan. In the future, I would like to become a true global citizen, being able to represent Japan in someway while respecting the thoughts and cultures of different countries. After studying in both Australia and Japan, I was able to meet people of different cultures and learn about my own culture as well. When I entered university, I decided that I would like to go abroad again to represent my own country and to learn more about my country from a different perspective, something that I could not do before.


2. What was the most rewarding experience?

The most rewarding experience was meeting people of different backgrounds and becoming like a family with them. Since most people are not from Le Havre, everyone has difficulties settling in. However, having to face such difficulties allowed us to form tight relationships with people that I would probably have never talked to had I not gone on this program. In fact, the Sciences Po Le Havre Campus is full of students wanting to become leaders of their own country. Listening to their stories and sharing ideas with them was an incredible experience.


3. What are your plans for the future?

I would like to represent Japan and tell the world how attractive Japan is in the business sector. I hope to work in a Japanese firm for a few years and hopefully go abroad again to do masters in a country that I have never lived in before. I hope to keep on trying to become a true global citizen.


4. A short message to future participants

I am very happy that I was able to participate in this program and I have no regrets in going to Sciences Po Le Havre. From this program, I was not only able to learn academically, but was also able to grow as a person; being able to overcome difficulties living in a foreign country and to become compatible in balancing work and play. I recommend this program to those that have courage and are looking for an unforgettable experience.


Yuta Arai

Yuta Arai

Yuta Arai

Nationality : Japanese

Yuta Arai

Name : Yuta Arai

Nationality : Japanese

An experience abroad : US (13 years)

High school : Keio Academy of New York

1. Why did you choose to take part in the Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme?

The main reason I applied for this program was that I wanted to study both in a Japanese university and a foreign university. I heard that study abroad for a year feel too short from my friends, and the two-year program with a double degree was very attractive for me. Moreover, I also wanted to improve my French that I was learning when I was in middle school in the US. The most attractive part of the program was the international environment Sciences Po has, since the school was consisted of students from all over the world.


2. What was the most rewarding experience?

The most rewarding experience was the friends from all over the world that I made at Sciences Po. Since it is a small school, we participated in club activities and school events together. It was more like a “family” environment, since we all knew each other. I am still connected with my friends, and I introduce Japan to them when they come over, and I sometimes visit them to their countries that they study in their third-year.


3. What are your plans for the future?

I will work in a trading company starting next April. After studying in France, the term “global” became very important for me, and that was one of my key terms for my job hunting. Trading companies are very global in terms of their business, and also training programs. Although I do not know whether this will ever happen, but it would be amazing if I could create business with my friends from Sciences Po in the future.


4. A short message to future participants

It was a bit tough to go to France immediately after the first semester of the freshmen year. However, after arriving in France, two years passed immediately. It was one of the best decisions I made in my life, and I recommend this program to everyone, especially people who have a similar background like me. I have never regretted my decision and I never will.

Mariane Chaumont

Mariane Chaumont

Mariane Chaumont

Nationality : French

Mariane Chaumont

Name : Mariane Chaumont

Nationality : French

An experience abroad : 3 months in Germany within the framework of the AbiBac curriculum

High school : Lycée Notre-Dame Saint Sigisbert (Nancy, France)

1. Why did you choose to take part in the Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme?

Having set my mind on Sciences Po as the school of my dreams early on in my high school years, the Sciences Po-Keio double degree quickly caught my eye as I researched more about the different possibilities I was offered.
Fascinated by Asia and more particularly Japan since childhood, I originally saw this program as an amazing chance to fully immerse myself in the Japanese culture, while deepening my knowledge of economics at Keio, a subject I had grown strongly interested in in high school.
Furthermore, obtaining a double degree from two prestigious national institutions was a way for me to make sure my graduate studies, as well as my career, would benefit from a major international exposure, something that had become very fundamental to me growing up. From this perspective, being offered the possibility to practice Japanese daily while in the country was also a non negligible asset.


2. What was the most rewarding experience?

Throughout my 4 years at both Keio and Sciences Po, my most rewarding experience was without doubt the encounters I have made from all over the world. Being able to interact with people from astonishingly diverse backgrounds on a daily basis is not something everyone gets to experience and it has most certainly contributed to shaping my way of thinking.
While Sciences Po and Keio have very different dynamics as universities, the community and the friendships I have forged in both countries have stayed with me and have been essential to making my experience as memorable as it could be.


3. What are your plans for the future?

Upon graduation, I plan on pursuing a graduate degree in International Management, most probably in France or in the United Kingdom. I have recently taken interest in the CEMS program, a joint degree that brings together several prestigious institutions and puts clear emphasis on internationalism and ethical business thinking, two dimensions that I consider fundamental to my future career.


4. A short message to future participants

To all prospective applicants, you will not be making a mistake by choosing the Keio-Sciences Po Double BA. If it takes a bit of strength and quite a lot of work, the experiences you will have clearly compensate for any difficult time you may face, making it all worth it in the end. An open mind and the will to make it work are all you need, no matter your language skills or your student background.


Grégoire Dao

Grégoire Dao

Grégoire Dao

Nationality : French

Grégoire Dao

Name : Grégoire Dao

Nationality : French

An experience abroad : Lived for 13 years in Dubai

High school : Lycée Français International Georges Pompidou de Dubai, UAE

1. Why did you choose to take part in the Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme?

I first applied to the Dual B.A Keio-Sciences Po Program because of my interest in Economics as it was a subject I had studied in high school and of which I was quite fond. I was also very interested by the opportunity to study in Japan for more than the normal Sciences Po third year. As a whole, the double B.A represented a very good opportunity to develop a deep knowledge of Economics and have a better insight of the Japanese experience.


2. What was the most rewarding experience?

Personally, I would say the most rewarding experience was joining a “zemi” (Research Seminar) in Keio University. This particular class was a very good way to meet with Japanese students that later became very close friends and made my experience in Keio University so much better. It was also a very good class to learn about very different topics and have a small understanding of what Economic Research was and the complex process it requires.


3. What are your plans for the future?

Currently, I want to join a Business School in France to develop a thorough professional knowledge of Finance. I haven’t figured out yet what I want to do but the two years in Japan made me understand that my future definitely lies abroad.


4. A short message to future participants

An advice would be: don’t join this Double Degree if you are not interested in Economics because you will have to eat Economics for about four years. Otherwise, 頑張ってね!


Kazuma Kobatake

Kazuma Kobatake

Kazuma Kobatake

Nationality : Japanese

Kazuma Kobatake

Name : Kazuma Kobatake

Nationality : Japanese

An experience abroad : Lived 8 years in the United States Participated in Exchange Programmes to: - Scots College (NZ) - St. Paul’s School (USA) - Cambridge University Downing College (UK)

High school : Toin Gakuen School of Secondary Education

1. Why did you choose to take part in the Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme?

My experience with Model United Nations at high school played a big part in developing my awareness towards international affairs, which later on grew into my aspiration to become a diplomat. I chose to apply for the Double-Degree between Keio and Sciences Po because I found this programme as the perfect opportunity to prepare myself for such career. While deepening my knowledge of economics at Keio, Sciences Po was the best place to study varying strands of social sciences, as well as live and see the world from a broader perspective. I believe the programme best catered to my interest to learn in a diverse global context under the highest academic standard in all respects.


2. What was the most rewarding experience?

Having been able to obtain two bachelor degrees while experiencing Japanese and French academia is something I find extremely rewarding; being tested both intellectually and as an individual to adapt into new environments was a priceless learning opportunity I will treasure for a lifetime. Meeting peers from around the world was another huge highlight of this programme. The Le Havre Campus boasts a student body with more than 30 nationalities, which made both my academic experience and campus life all the more enriching and exciting. It was a true joy to have been able to be part of a school body that not only recognises diversity, but fully embraces it.


3. What are your plans for the future?

I will be starting my career as a diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After some work experience at Tokyo, I plan upon studying once more in France before being assigned at one of the Japanese diplomatic missions worldwide. I look very much forward to rediscovering the world throughout my career, hopefully bumping into a few familiar faces along the way!


4. A short message to future participants

My time at Keio and Sciences Po has been without a doubt one of the best moments of my life. I am certain that the global outlook and numerous friendships nurtured in this programme will always continue to be a huge part of my life. It is hence my sincere hope that you too, will take the opportunity to benefit immensely from this extraordinary programme.


Lucie Nzonza

Lucie Nzonza

Lucie Nzonza

Nationality : French

Lucie Nzonza

Name : Lucie Nzonza

Nationality : French

An experience abroad :

High school : Lycée Léonce Vieljeux, La Rochelle (17)

1. Why did you choose to take part in the Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme?

I chose this dual degree because I was interested in learning economics and I wanted to spend my third year in Japan.


2. What was the most rewarding experience?

I am glad I had the chance to leave my home and come this far for my studies ; the program gave me an opportunity to learn about various topics in social sciences as well as economy.


3. What are your plans for the future?

I plan on pursuing my studies in Sciences Po Paris to get a master degree. After my graduation, when I enter working life, I want to find a path that gives me satisfaction, while doing good for people.


4. A short message to future participants

It is all about a balance between the experiences you will have next and those who have made you as you are right now.


Lena Perrier

Lena Perrier

Lena Perrier

Nationality : French

Lena Perrier

Name : Lena Perrier

Nationality : French

An experience abroad : Romania, Turkey

High school : Lycée Pierre Loti, Istanbul, Keio

1. Why did you choose to take part in the Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme?

The Keio-SciencesPo DD programme was a unique opportunity to truly strengthen my economic background while discovering for one-year and half the Japanese culture and lifestyle. Characterized by its internationality and intellectual exigency I felt it would be a great personal challenge to join the Keio-SciencesPo DD track.


2. What was the most rewarding experience?

Without hesitation, being able to live for such a long time in two very different places. From Le Havre to Tokyo, each city had its own distinctive charms, history and people. Each place made me discover a little bit more about my self, my passions, dreams and aspirations. Le Havre was this very scenic town in which I had the chance to meet people with whom I developed unique friendship while starting my life as a young adult. Tokyo has been this vibrant and energetic city in which I delved into to accomplish and discover so many things, even outside of the university framework. This DD was really a way to test myself in so many ways I haven’t even thought about before entering it.


3. What are your plans for the future?

I want to keep on discovering different cultures and perspectives in a unique educational background. I’ll be thus applying for the London School of Economics to study management or International Affairs. Truly passionated by designed, arts, and innovation in all its forms, london is for me one of the main emerging platforms converging vibrant, new and trans diversed artistics, economic and societal dynamics. Yet, my passion for Asia and Japan will make me go back to Tokyo sooner than i might be thinking…


4. A short message to future participants

The double degree is truly a unique programme. As a bridge between France and Japan it reunites the most interesting, open minded and brilliant people I’ve had the chance to meet in my life. I’m sure the programme as years pass by will keep at its most fundamental roots this defining characteristic. We developed such strong connections throughout this 4 yearlong programme, growing more and more confident and knowledgeable out of each challenge we’ve been confronted with.

In a nutshell this DD programme between SciencesPo and Keio is a programme defined primarily by the people who take part into it. It is up to you to make it one of the most incredible personal experiences from your youth.


Guangzhen Sun

Guangzhen Sun

Guangzhen Sun

Nationality : Chinese

Guangzhen Sun

Name : Guangzhen Sun

Nationality : Chinese

An experience abroad : 2 years in France, 1 year in Japan, 18 years in China

High school : High School Affiliated to Nanjing Normal University

1. Why did you choose to take part in the Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme?

I think that Keio-Sciences Po DD Programme, through the rich cultural experience and studies centered on social science in both countries, Japan and France, can become an intermediary for my international career, thus I choose this double degree programme.


2. What was the most rewarding experience?

During the study abroad, I am impressed with the differences on the way of thinking and common senses of people with different backgrounds. As I deal with such multi-cultural environment, I manage to obtain the ability to understand and analyse things from different angles.


3. What are your plans for the future?

By making use of the international experience accumulated, through the future studies in the master degree of economics, I would like to enhance the understanding and analysis on the international situation further and keep improving myself.


4. A short message to future participants

Join the programme and challenge your limit on the international stage


Kilala Takada

Kilala Takada

Kilala Takada

Nationality : Japanese

Kilala Takada

Name : Kilala Takada

Nationality : Japanese

An experience abroad : Four years in California

High school : Keio Shonan Fujisawa High School

1. Why did you choose to take part in the Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme?

The Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme offers a unique blend of academic and social experiences. I was intrigued by the prospect of two years in Le Havre, a change in environment from the six years I had previously spent in Keio Shonan, as well as the Asia-intensive background in social sciences that would give perspective to the education in economics I would receive in Keio.


2. What was the most rewarding experience?

The four years I spent in Keio and Sciences Po Le Havre were an exhilarating ride, packed with lectures by world-class professionals and social events, stimulating debates in seminars and holidays with friends from around the globe. It’s hard to pin down one experience that was especially rewarding, but I can say every one of the interactions I had will stay with me for the years to come.


3. What are your plans for the future?

While I’ll start working at an investment bank in Tokyo next April, I’m open to any opportunities that will utilise my abilities and send me back to France.


4. A short message to future participants

Involvement in the many aspects of French society will stay with you longer than any of the lectures and seminars will. I hope you’ll find the Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree programme to be not only an academically challenging endeavour, but also a chance to immerse yourself in a diverse and rich environment.

Ikumi Udagawa

Ikumi Udagawa

Ikumi Udagawa

Nationality : Japanese

Ikumi Udagawa

Name : Ikumi Udagawa

Nationality : Japanese

An experience abroad : U.S.A 5 years

High school : 慶應義塾湘南藤沢高等部

1. Why did you choose to take part in the Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme?

I chose this program because it offered me a great environment to broaden my horizons. Although I’ve lived in U.S.A for 5 years during my elementary school, I didn’t have a single chance to go abroad since then. Therefore, I’ve always wanted to study abroad during my university and discover new world. Among other options, Sciences Po seemed appealing to me for two reasons. First of all, studying in France was a huge challenge for me since everything was new, including the language and the culture. In addition, talented students from various countries come to Sciences Po. This opportunity to challenge at a new environment and interact with new people from diverse background was the greatest motive for me to commit to this program.


2. What was the most rewarding experience?

Although it is difficult to choose one experience as the most rewarding, one lesson I learned from this program is to always stay positive regardless of the situation you are in. As this was my first time to live in Europe and study at a foreign university, it took me a while to adapt to the new environment. 3 hours of intense exam, extremely high-level debate, totally incomprehensible lectures in French, exotic nightlife, closed restaurants on Sundays (except for the kebab shops), toilets without toilet seat… these are just few examples of the cultural differences I experienced at Sciences Po. Despite these changes in the environment, I was able to overcome all the difficulties with the support from other students, and everything I experienced during these 4 years has become a treasure in my life.


3. What are your plans for the future?

After graduating from Keio University and Sciences Po, I will be working at an international advertising company in Japan. I chose to work at this company because it has the best environment to achieve my career goal, which is to promote Japanese cultures and products to the world. Although I do not have specific plans at the moment, I would like to work abroad in the future.


4. A short message to future participants

If you are the type of person who can enjoy diverse cultures and challenging environment, I would strongly recommend this program to you. I was one of the dumbest student in my high school, but I was able to participate in this program, so please don’t hesitate to apply for it!

Priscilla Ying Yin Lai

Priscilla Ying Yin Lai

Priscilla Ying Yin Lai

Nationality : Chinese

Priscilla Ying Yin Lai

Name : Priscilla Ying Yin Lai

Nationality : Chinese

An experience abroad : Abroad since 2010, studied in India, Spain, France and Japan

High school : United World College Mahindra College

1. Why did you choose to take part in the Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme?

The cultural and academic diversity are the reasons why I chose to join the programme. With the programme, I was able to study in both Europe and Asia during my university years. This is a very unique experience as most universities provide students to go study abroad for one or two semesters. However, I went to both Sciences Po and Keio University as a full-time student, which gives me many options when I was choosing classes. Sciences Po and Keio University are structured in a very different way in their bachelor degree. Starting the programme at Sciences Po allows me to have a broader knowledge of Social Sciences whereas finishing my degree at Keio Unviersity provides me classes that I could focus on Economics, which is something I enjoy.


2. What was the most rewarding experience?

The most rewarding experience is definitely the time I got to spend with my classmates I met at both universities. With such an international student body at Sciences Po, I got to learn from my classmates outside and inside classes during our discussions. Le Havre might not be the most exciting place in France, but with the people I have met at school, there has not been a moment that I regretted joining the programme.


3. What are your plans for the future?

I am planning to stay in Japan to work in the near future. Studying at Keio University has provided me many working opportunities in Japan which might not have been possible if I haven’t been here for the past year. I would like to explore my potentials in Japan for the next few years.


4. A short message to future participants

My message is that enjoy every moment you have both in France and Japan. Time passes very fast once you start school. There might be hard times but keep in mind that you are not alone. Most importantly, there are always people who are willing to help out! So try to treasure all the experiences and opportunities you have both in France and Japan.

Marie Kenza Yousri

Marie Kenza Yousri

Marie Kenza Yousri

Nationality : French

Marie Kenza Yousri

Name : Marie Kenza Yousri

Nationality : French

An experience abroad : New Rochelle, NY (USA) 6 years

High school : French-American School of New York (Mamaroneck, NY)

1. Why did you choose to take part in the Keio-Sciences Po Double Degree Programme?

After spending my childhood in France and my teenage years in the US, I had caught the travel bug. I was looking for new cultural experiences and discoveries, and Asia especially interested me because I had never been there, so it was a completely new experience. I found a perfect fit in Sciences Po’s Europe-Asia program, which sends all of its students to Asia for 3rd year. Subsequently, I applied to the Keio DD for the opportunity to spend more time in Japan, experience Japanese student life more thoroughly, and of course graduate from one of Japan’s best universities.


2. What was the most rewarding experience?

The most rewarding experience of this program was in the incredible, passionate and inspiring people I met along the way.
Sciences Po Le Havre was amazing for its diversity of students, who taught me as much or even more about the world (especially Asia) than any lecture ever could. The campus is family-like, and I felt supported and inspired to give my best every single day, be it in campus life or personal projects.
Keio gave me the unique opportunity to join a research seminar, or “zemi”. The unique class format, including review and redaction of research papers, pushed me intellectually. But, most importantly, it allowed me to get to know many of my fellow “regular” Keio students through activities organized outside the classroom, such as sports tournaments or participation in the school festival.


3. What are your plans for the future?

Throughout my Sciences Po-Keio experience, I have grown to take an interest in developmental and environmental economic issues. Finding joint solutions to those issues is a critical need for our generation, and I hope to join in this endeavour through working with NGOs or international organizations.


4. A short message to future participants

To put it simply, this program will provide you with a unique wealth of experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. It will make you think, it will make you grow, and it will make you question the world as you know it. I am graduating from this program with great memories, unique experiences and lifelong friends. To future participants, I can only tell you to be grateful, and make the most of the unique opportunities that will be given to you along the way. Most importantly, have fun!


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Alice Bardet

Alice Bardet

Alice Bardet

Nationality : French

Alice Bardet

Name : Alice Bardet

Nationality : French

An experience abroad : Japan 1 year

High school : Le Caousou, Toulouse, Kanagawa Prefectural Yokohama Senior High School of International Studies


1. Why did you choose to join the Keio-Sciences Po Double BA programme?


I wanted to go to Sciences Po since my first year of highschool. After living in Japan during highschool for one year, my focus was on the Le Havre campus which offered me the opportunity to continue Japanese language and Asian Studies. When I discovered a double degree with Keio University existed in economics, I decided to apply because of the reputation of Keio, the possibility of staying in Japan for an extended period of time, and primarily because at that time I wanted to also focus my studies on economics in addition to the Sciences Po curriculum.


2. What was the most rewarding part of participating in the Keio-Sciences Po Double BA programme?


Compared to Science-Po students doing only one year abroad, the double-degree enabled us to live for a prolonged period of time in both Le Havre and Japan. In Keio we had the possibility to choose from a wide array of class and really personnalize our study plan. I liked being able to take an additionnal year for my studies, and live in Tokyo and Yokohama for longer. Moreover the six months between the end of Keio and the beginning of the master are not lost at all, I think it's great to be able to do an internship before my master degree, and have time to prepare application. Also, all of the double-degree students became quite close over those four years.


3. How do you see your future upon graduation?


After taking courses in Keio on environmental economics and environmental policies, I decided I wanted to continue my studies in the areas of development and environmental studies. My end of the year thesis focused on the challenges and structural problems of the global food system. Thus I especially want to work in the field of agriculture; developing and designing policies or management technics to enhance sustainability, to reduce the ecological impact of farming technics, or to reduce rural poverty. In order to do so, I have been looking at masters in Europe about sustainable agriculture, for example in AgroParis.

Martin Devaux

Martin Devaux

Martin Devaux

Nationality : French

Martin Devaux

Name : Martin Devaux

Nationality : French

An experience abroad : None

High school : Lycée Henri IV


1. Why did you choose to join the Keio-Sciences Po Double BA programme?


I have been willing to work in the field of policymaking since high school. For this reason, Sciences Po Paris was only a natural choice for the French student that I am. However, I wanted to acquire a stronger understanding of economics than what the traditional Sciences Po curriculum offered. The Keio-Sciences Po Double BA programme was a perfect opportunity to receive a solid economic education. Besides, staying only a year in Japan, as most exchange students do, did not seem enough to learn satisfying Japanese. Choosing the Double BA programme was thus a solution to complete my undergraduate education with the economics and language skills that I needed.


2. What was the most rewarding part of participating in the Keio-Sciences Po Double BA programme?


In Sciences Po, I was truly amazed to meet for the first time in my life students from so many different countries and backgrounds. This made all the classes, debates, and meetings among students all the more interesting. The combination of economics classes in Keio and other social sciences in Sciences Po has been very rewarding and will be very useful for my future studies. However, what I will remember as the most enriching experiences in my undergraduate education are the projects and initiatives that I could take part in, being a student of Sciences Po, such as the organization of a 1,200 student sport competition.


3. How do you see your future upon graduation?


After graduating from the Double BA programme, I will first spend six months as an intern at the French Ministry of Defense. Afterwards, I will join the Master in Public Policy of the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, after which I intend to take the French national public service exams. In the long-term, I would like to work in the field of national policymaking or international cooperation. In any case, the knowledge I have acquired in Sciences Po and Keio, as well as the perspective that such an international environment has offered me, will reveal infinitely valuable in my future career.

Andreas Elledge

Andreas Elledge

Andreas Elledge

Nationality : French/American

Andreas Elledge

Name : Andreas Elledge

Nationality : French/American

An experience abroad : Japan 10 years/China 2 years

High school : Lycée Français International de Tokyo/Lycée Français de Shanghai


1. Why did you choose to join the Keio-Sciences Po Double BA programme?


From the very beginning I always wanted to study in Sciences Po. But after 10 years in Tokyo, I considered Japan as my second home. The Keio-Sciences Po Double BA program was perfect for me: study in Sciences Po, live in Tokyo, and on top of that learn from one of the most prestigious university of Japan.


More than the courses offered by the program and my deep interest in economics, I really saw the Keio-Sciences Po Double BA as a way to return to Japan. Indeed, after the March 11 Earthquake, I moved hastily to China but felt like I could still learn much more from Japan. This program made it possible for me to come back to Japan while having the best of education.


2. What was the most rewarding part of participating in the Keio-Sciences Po Double BA programme?


The Keio-Sciences Po Double BA program made me discover new traits of my personality. Of course, the courses enable you to understand more about the world and have a good knowledge in economics, but I would say that the year and a half in Tokyo teaches you a lot about who you really are. By being away from your family, deep bounds are created between you and your classmates; friendships that will surprise you at first but in the end are strong. It is not about what particular part or course of the Double BA program was the most rewarding for me, but about how all the students made the program an amazing experience.


3. How do you see your future upon graduation?


My next step is Sciences Po Paris. I will attend the masters in finance. I hope to work in a private equity firm when I graduate. But who knows, after living in Japan for many years, I can picture myself pretty well working for the French Embassy in Tokyo or becoming the best sushi chef in town.
In a few words, I can assure you that the Keio-Sciences Po Double BA program will change you for the rest of your lives.

Kihm Anna

Kihm Anna

Kihm Anna

Nationality : German, French

Kihm Anna

Name : Kihm Anna

Nationality : German, French

An experience abroad : Hong Kong 5 years, Japan 1 year

High school : Dante Gymnasium (Munich)


1. Why did you choose to join the Keio-Sciences Po Double BA programme?


I spent five years in Hong Kong when I was small and developed a fascination for the region that has been growing since. Upon high school graduation, I wanted to study economics as well as deepen my knowledge about Asia (politics, societies, economies, and languages). The double-degree program offered exactly what I wanted. I very much welcomed the opportunity to return to Japan, a country I’ve done a high-school gap-year to before, in order to immerse myself even more profoundly in the language and culture. Furthermore, although I’m half French, I have never lived in France dur-ing my childhood. Going to Le Havre for SciencesPo was a way of reconnecting with my other half.


2. What was the most rewarding part of participating in the Keio-Sciences Po Double BA programme?


Aside from the widened educational experience, the relationships I developed in these 3.5 years are what I treasure most. The relatively small campus in Le Havre enables students to quickly get to know each other and build friendships through common classes club activities. Similarly, I joined a research seminar at Keio where I made Jap-anese friends. They helped me see student life in Japan through their eyes (for exam-ple by talking about job hunting) and taught be many other things as well. In the end, not only was I able to make friends with students at both SciencesPo and Keio, but I believe that our inner circle of dual-degree students also grew together very tightly and we built ties that will last for a lifetime.


3. How do you see your future upon graduation?


I will pursue a graduate degree in an economics related field such as finance, invest-ment or banking. After that, I hope to find a job that will allow me to exploit my edu-cation and my foreign experience. In any case, I am sure that I will come back to Asia, and especially Japan, for travel, but I would gladly seize any good job opportunity that would bring me back. For the moment, the biggest challenge will be to keep up my language skills.

Marius Harnischfeger

Marius Harnischfeger

Marius Harnischfeger

Nationality : German

Marius Harnischfeger

Name : Marius Harnischfeger

Nationality : German

An experience abroad : 7 years in the U.S.A. / high school year abroad in Nagoya, Japan living with a Japanese host family

High school : Walt Whitman High School (Bethesda, U.S.A.)


1. Why did you choose to join the Keio-Sciences Po Double BA programme?


I chose the Keio-Sciences Po Double B.A. programme because it offered me the unique opportunity to study economics in an interdisciplinary social science context at two different universities in Europe and Asia. Both institutions are highly regarded in their respective countries and around the world.

I grew up as a German in the U.S., where I began learning French and Japanese. Because I wanted to learn about the deep complexities of the Japanese language and culture, I decided to spend a high school year abroad living with a host family in Japan. This program has given me the opportunity to strengthen my language skills in Japanese and French both inside and outside of the classroom: I applied what I learned in the language classes by engaging myself in the student government along with other extracurricular activities. Both the people I meet on a daily basis and the employers I have contacted have been intrigued by my studies—an attest to both the uniqueness of this degree program and the reputation of both institutions.


2. What was the most rewarding part of participating in the Keio-Sciences Po Double BA programme?


While it is difficult to pinpoint one experience as the “most rewarding”, engaging myself in the “Mini-Crit 2014” has been hard work, challenging, and incredibly satisfying. The “Mini-Crit” is an athletic and artistic competition that unites 1,000 students of 120 nationalities from all seven Sciences Po campuses. In 2014, we, the Sciences Po Europe–Asia Campus, hosted this competition for the first time. I worked with a team of four students to develop and implement a financial strategy for this event. It was an unbelievable feeling when I saw all the participants in the 25,000-seat football stadium, which served as housing, performing arts infrastructure, and a sports field: I could see the culmination of the early mornings and long nights I had dedicated to this project.

At Keio, it is thanks to the students, administrators, and professors that I felt warmly welcomed to the university community. I particularly appreciated the deep relationship I was able to form with my fellow research seminar students and professor. Outside of academics, I was touched by how the students in my volleyball circle accepted me as one of their own: I was the tallest, but the worst player on the team!

Michelle Jeanne Poh

Michelle Jeanne Poh

Michelle Jeanne Poh

Nationality : Singaporean

Michelle Jeanne Poh

Name : Michelle Jeanne Poh

Nationality : Singaporean

An experience abroad : -

High school : Hwa Chong Institution (Singapore)


1. Why did you choose to join the Keio-Sciences Po Double BA programme?


The Double BA program was a rare opportunity for me to get more acquainted with France and Japan while pursuing a fulfilling undergraduate education in two prestigious universities. I was intrigued by the idea of splitting my time between two countries that I had always been curious about but never had the chance to experience in an up close and personal way. Moreover, I was determined to have an unparalleled undergraduate education and found the prospect of attaining some form of language proficiency in French and Japanese while advancing my studies in Economics very exciting.


2. What was the most rewarding part of participating in the Keio-Sciences Po Double BA programme?


Being a Double BA student not only meant that I would receive two degrees upon graduation, but also that I could learn about Social Sciences at a broad based level at Sciences Po before focusing on the study of Economics at Keio. Given my multidisciplinary interests and the breadth of courses that I could elect at liberty, the program was ideal because it offered me the latitude to explore the entire spectrum of Social Sciences and finally focus on Economics¬. What was also unique to this program was the fact that I could gain much exposure and insight into both the French and Japanese pedagogical methods and ways of thinking.


3. How do you see your future upon graduation?


This coming September, I will be pursuing a Masters degree in Economics and Management in the United Kingdom or the United States of America. I see graduate studies as necessary to take my interests to a deeper level of scholarship. I also hope to maintain my proficiency in the French and Japanese languages, as these language skills facilitate connectivity in a globalized world. As a scholarship holder, I will be starting my career with the Economic Development Board of Singapore upon graduation. I am incredibly excited about this job and know that my overseas educational experiences would serve me well in my career.

Keisuke Takaya

Keisuke Takaya

Keisuke Takaya

Nationality : Japanese

Keisuke Takaya

Name : Keisuke Takaya

Nationality : Japanese

An experience abroad : Philippines 6 years/U.S.A. 7 years

High school : Keio Shiki High School


1. Why did you choose to join the Keio-Sciences Po Double BA program?


I was initially planning to apply to a typical exchange program, but when I learnt about this unique program that allowed me to study at Sciences Po for two years as a full-time student, I was convinced that this was the right program for me. Having grown up overseas where I had the chance to live amongst people of a different language and culture from myself, I was eager to experience France firsthand for my university education. Besides, I always had an admiration for Europe, not only for its rich history but its collective will to achieve such an unmatched level of regional integration. It became clear that there was no better place to study about the region than in France.


2. What was the most rewarding part of participating in the Keio-Sciences Po Double BA program?


The most rewarding part of participating in this program was getting to know such a diverse group of people that I would not have crossed paths with otherwise. The students of Sciences Po’s Le Havre Campus literally come from all over the world, every one with their unique backgrounds. The greatest advantage of being in a small campus is that you are able to forge long-lasting friendships with classmates who can help you gain insights into the world they come from. The bond that my double degree batch mates and I have developed over the span of our education is particularly special since we share many experiences throughout the four years.


3. How do you see your future upon graduation?


Upon graduation, I will be working for an American Investment Bank based in Tokyo. Looking back, my experiences in both schools certainly had an influence on career decisions. For instance, I decided on my first job because of the global applicability of skills that I would acquire. Although I don’t have a particularly detailed career plan mapped out, I hope to be able to work overseas sometime in the future. Having participated in this double BA program for four years now, I’ve come to realize that the world is much bigger than I had initially imagined, which is why I constantly remind myself to dream big. Going forward, I hope to cross paths once again with the friends I have made from Keio and Sciences Po, wherever that may be.

Taku Irimajiri

Taku Irimajiri

Taku Irimajiri

Nationality : Japanese

Taku Irimajiri

Name : Taku Irimajiri

Nationality : Japanese

An experience abroad :

High school :

1. Why did you choose to join the Keio-Sciences Po Double BA program?

I had wanted to go and study abroad since the high school years. When comparing the destinations of study, I came to know Keio-ScPo double degree program. In the program, participants first study broad fields of social sciences in France. After 2 years of intensive studies, they move to Keio and study economics in detail. During the course of 4 years, they gradually narrow and deepen the subjects of study. In my opinion, such way of study is an ideal way to learn and study in university. I was attracted to the program because it seems to me that it is not only an usual exchange program, but embodies the ideal university education.


2. How do you see your future upon graduation?

To deepen my understanding of economics, I am planning to study in graduate school. Hoping that someday I could be a researcher who works internationally, I continue my study and research in graduate school. I think an international way of thinking developed in 2 years of experiences in France will be my great advantage in academic research.

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