Summer Program Brings Japanese Students to Campus

Visitors from Ursinus’s sister school in Japan participated in a long-standing residential program on campus.

The thirteen students from Tohoku Gakuin University of Sendai, Japan, are learning about American culture in classes on ethics, international relations, African American history, photography, water quality in Pennsylvania streams, and Philadelphia history.

The American Studies Program at Ursinus College is in its 42nd year. The residential program will end Saturday, Aug. 11, with a visit to the U.S. Constitution Center in Philadelphia, and a dance class with Ursinus 2010 alumnus Roger Lee, founder of Roger Lee Dance.

Paula Alvarez and Melissa Hardin of the International Studies Office are coordinating the program, and Yvonne McCathy of the Modern Languages Department is teaching conversational English.

“Exchange relationships can be challenging to balance, but this long-standing partnership has made it possible for hundreds of Ursinus and TGU students alike to learn about the host institution culture,” said Hardin, Assistant Dean for International Studies.”We are grateful for the efforts that TGU makes to welcome our students to Japan and we hope that TGU students get a small taste of Ursinus campus life during the brief American Studies summer program on our campus.”

Each year in a companion program, Ursinus students spend five weeks in May and June in a Japanese Studies program at TGU. The students spend the next week at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster.