Centre College launches exchange program with university in Japan
DANVILLE, KY - Centre College has launched an exchange program with Yamaguchi Prefectural Institute, a Japanese university that will host up to three Centre students each term and send three Japanese students to Danville.
Two Centre professors completed a formal signing ceremony in February during a travel study program that took 11 Centre students to Japan. Centre instructor Steve Csaki led the travel study program, and professor Milton Scarborough joined the group for the ceremony. The exchange begins in the fall, when JayVe Montgomery of Columbia, S.C., and Scott Spence of Richmond, Va., will travel to Yamaguchi as the first participants. Each will remain there for a semester of study. Yamaguchi will choose its first participants in early May, and those students are likely to arrive at Centre in late summer for an orientation before classes begin.
Milton Reigelman, director of international programs at Centre, said of the exchange: "This exchange agreement will expand the opportunity for Centre students to study abroad, providing a new option in an important area of the globe. We are starting with a small number of students so we can guarantee the quality of the experience, but we expect this program to grow."
Reigelman says that Yamaguchi will send a Japanese instructor along with the exchange students, providing support for Centre's language program in Japanese. Csaki currently teaches Japanese at Centre, and both Montgomery and Spence have been studying the language.
During the recent travel-study program to Japan, Centre students got glimpses of a Sumo wrestling match in Tokyo, the Peace Park in Hiroshima, the Tokyo National Museum and Buddhist temples. They stayed with Japanese host families and met some of the Yamaguchi students who are applying to attend Centre next year.
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