“Of course I love this university. Since the class is so small, I can interact with other students and professors a lot.”

Sho, Japan

Bachelor in International Relations

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Sho Izumisawa

About me

My name is Sho Izumisawa. I’m from Japan, and have spent most of my life there, though I studied in China for two years. I’m now studying the Bachelor in International Relations at IE University.

Sho Izumisawa, Japan


Undergraduate student

Opportunities for expansion

Sho chose IE University because he wanted to study international relations and learn a third language. The opportunity to do both, picking up such a widely spoken language as Spanish, made the choice clear for him. He’s also delighted by the small class sizes, which give him ample opportunity to interact with both his professors and his peers. His aims for his time with IE University don’t end there, though—he’s also set on spending more time engaged in expanding his other interests.

His experience has confirmed that he made the right choice. He particularly mentions the joint project between IE University and Brigham Young University, which studied the causes and consequences of populism. Sho contends that this sparked in him an interest in academic research in the field of political science. He joined some of his Bachelor in International Relations peers in participating in the presentation of the research findings, and in attending a conference to hear invited scholars and experts speak about the study.

Away from his studies, Sho relaxes by running. He’s extremely taken by the sights of Madrid, describing it as beautiful to run in the city whether in the morning or evening. Looking to the future, Sho hasn’t yet decided on a path, though he says many graduates of his program go on to study an MBA. Whatever he chooses, though, he’s relaxed and comforted by the support of his professors. IE University, he says, makes it possible to change your path if you realize you’re not a fan of the business world.

Asked about a quotation that’s meaningful to him, Sho’s choice is possibly a sign of the respect he has for his faculty and peers. He opts for Isaac Newton’s famous phrase: “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulder of giants.”


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