Many students want to interact with exchange students or foreigners, but sometimes it is difficult to get information abut it. To help make things easier I am going to explain three opportunities available right here in Asahikawa.
The first is AFS which stands for American Field Service. At AFS, We can get many opportunities to talk or communicate with foreigners there. For example, we can be involved in hosting exchange students as a host family. If you are high school students, you can go to a camp during summer. If you are University students or Vocational school students, you can register as a volunteer of AFS. However, this may be difficult for you live in Hokkaido to do, because this volunteer orientation is held at Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Kanagawa, Nagoya and Hiroshima. If you will be living in one of these places after graduating from high school, you should register for it. If you are interested in it, please go to: http://www.afs.or.jp/ or AFS’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/AFS-Asahikawa-Chapter/1420047711547322
The second is the Asahikawa International Center. It is located on the seventh floor of Feeeal. This center sometimes holds some seminars and parties to raise intercultural awareness. At some of the seminars, people who have lived in other countries for a few years explain the country and let us sample a food. These are a good chance to learn about other countries and be interested in them. If you are interested in some activities held by Asahikawa International Center, please click the URL. http://asahikawaic.jp/internationalact/index.html
The third is my university. Every day, we hold English Lunch at C407. My English instructor comes almost every day and we have prepared many topics, so if you don’t have topics we talk about, don’t worry about it. Please come spend time with us at c407. Moreover, there are welcome parties for exchange students. There are good chances to talk to exchange students and make friends. It is held at the 生協. If you are students in HUEA, you should check your e-mail from 学務. If you really interested in studying English harder, you had better check GEL program. GEL program means Global Educational Leadership program. Members of them can take lessons in small class. http://www.hokkyodai.ac.jp/hue-gelprogram/
If you are interested in them, please join us.
I’ve been to Calgary for one month with nine students as a short period of study abroad program.
I had a great time. I want to go back to Calgary. One month was too short.
About Studying in Calgary
In Calgary, we studied a lot of things at University of Calgary. For Example, English pronunciation, how to improve our English skills and Canadian culture… That university is so huge. H.U.E.A. can’t even compare with it. The teachers were great, too. They were very kind and humourous. I wanted to take more of their classes.
Also in one of an English class, we could talk with other international students. So we could make friends with people from all over the world.
We visited six schools. (two elementary schools, three junior high schools, one high school) Every time we were surprised because students(of course teachers) were free and they had many interesting, creative classes. One elementary school has very good sensory tools. Since I’m majoring in special education, I found this very interesting.
We visited many beautiful places and wonderful museums. Calgary has a lot of funtastic things. I’ve always been interested in dinosaurs. So Drum Heller was amazing place for me.
The people who lives in Calgary were very kind and friendly. So I never felt lonely there.
The foods was great,too. Almost all of the foods tasted good!! Calgary (Maybe all of Canada?) is a multiracial nation, so we can eat many kinds of country’s foods. Sushi is very popular in Calgary. I saw a lot of Sushi shop. But some sweets were too sweet!! (But not so bad) So if I live in Canada, I will grow fat…!!
Someday I want go to Calgary again. Not want — but rather must go back to Calgary. But I want to go in summer.
In this post, I interviewed Ryo Ito, who was then a junior at HUEA. He has studied abroad in the US, Canada, and Russia. He has also been to Laos.
I asked them these questions.
- Have you ever gone abroad and where?
- Why did you decide to go abroad and why did you choose Japan or America?
- Did you have surprising or interesting experiences during the program and what?
- How did you learn English or Japanese before having go abroad?
- What are different points about classes from you’re your university?
- Did anything happen to you before and after having go abroad?
- Can you give any advice for students who want to go abroad I the future
Ryo answered “I was really interested in going abroad. However, I had never go abroad before I entered HUE but after I entered the university, I had many opportunities to go abroad, so I applied for the short-term study abroad program. I chose Canada because I hoped to study English and experience other culture. I was very surprised that American people talked with people more closely than Japanese do and Canadian were very kind. I studied English from podcasts and word lists before going abroad and my host family corrected my diary everyday. In Japanese classes, students raise their hands and ask questions to the professor but in American classes, students don’t raise their hands. They ask questions and tell their comments any time. American classes adapted the conversational format. After the program, I became more interested in English and I want to do something with English in my future career. The experience is the most memorable and exciting activity in my life so I hope that many people will apply for this program and make your life more wonderful.”
Both guys told me that going abroad is a good opportunities to learn English and about other cultures. I think we can make good friends from other countries, and we will never forget that wonderful time. Why don’t you dive into the world with us at HUE?
Sending Students Overseas
At HUE, we have three types of International exchange programs: short-term study abroad, long-term student exchange, and long-term language school. Using this, students from HUE can go to many places in the world to learn other languages and about other cultures.
Through the programs at Hokkaido University of education (HUE), a lot of students rediscover Japanese cultures and acquire the ability of speaking, listening, writing, reading in other languages. In addition, you can have wonderful experiences which widen your global vision and your ideas of cross-cultural understanding.
Accepting of Students from Overseas
Especially, HUE has rich study abroad arrangements with with Harbin Normal University and Illinois State University. These universities are located in sister cities to Asahikawa.
In total, 16 students came from abroad as exchange students to study at the Asahikawa campus in 2014. Every time new exchange students come to HUE, we always hold a welcome party and play icebreaker games in English. Attending this party gives exchange students and regular students at HUEA the chance to make friends. While at HUEA, exchange students take classes to understand Japanese culture and society, and promote exchange with the students of HUE.
HUE Global Education Leadership Program
In 2015, we started the Global education Leadership Program (GEL). This program helps you for preparation before going abroad.In the GEL program, students work hard on learning English. For example, you can learn English through classes like Presentation and Teaching Methodologies for English-mediated Instruction.. Also, the program advisor, Dr. Andrew Komasinski, will give you useful advices. You can join GEL program even if you are not an English major.
Overseas Partner University
There are many partner Universities all over the world. You can study Korean, Russian, Chinese even German if you decide to go these countries. Language skills you learn and friends you meet will become properties of your career and they will make your life more wonderful.
List of Partners
|Country||University Name||Date Exchange Agreement was Made|
|Russia||Novosibirsk State University named after Vitus Bering||December, 1998|
|Kyrgyz||Bishkek Humanities University||April, 2003|
|Zambia||The University of Zambia||August, 2005|
|Egypt||Cairo University||October, 1999|
|United Kingdom||School of Oriental and Africa Studies, University of London||January 1988|
|Norway||University of Bergen||April, 2003|
|Finland||Sibelius Academy||May, 1995|
|Finland||University of Oulu||April, 2008|
|Australia||University of Technology, Sydney||November, 1993|
|Australia||James Cook University||February, 1995|
|Australia||Griffith University||April, 2001|
|China||Shenyang Normal University||July, 1988|
|China||Harbin Normal University||July, 1988|
|China||Shandong Teacher's University||September, 1992|
|China||University of Hong Kong||April, 1999|
|China||Sichuan University||March, 2000|
|China||Tianjin Foreign Studies University||October, 2015|
|China||Liaoning University||March, 2015|
|China||Dalian Ocean University||April, 2015|
|Vietnam||Hue University||September, 2009|
|Canada||University of Calgary||February, 1990|
|Canada||Simon Fraser University ||April, 2000|
|Canada||Saint Mary’s University||January, 1990|
|USA||University of Alaska Fairbanks||July, 1989|
|USA||University of Alaska Anchorage||June, 2006|
|USA||Illinois State University||October, 1995|
|USA||The University of Massachusetts Amherst||February, 2010|
|USA||Southern Utah University||May, 2013|
|USA||Simmons College||August, 2013|
|Korea||The College of Education of Pusan National University||January, 2007|
|Korea||Seoul National University of Education||June, 2009|
|Korea||Jeonju National University of Education||June, 2010|
|Korea||Busan National University of Education||June, 2010|
|Korea||Hansung University||March, 2011|
|Taiwan||University of Taipei||December, 2012|
|Germany||University of Music Wuerzburg||June, 2014|