This past Spring I studied abroad in Tokyo, Japan. I studied through one of the programs associated with RIT called CIEE. My overall experience was just awesome to simplify things. However, while abroad I not only went through culture shock but experienced cultural differences and a language barrier that I had to pick up on, and more. I studied a little Japanese before going but honestly wish I had studied before. Fortunately they had a placement test we had to take before classes started, and was placed in the correct level.