The Center for Global Education is looking for two students to represent the Colleges on a two-week, all-expenses paid tour of Japan. Applicants are required to have excellent academic and social standing.
The International Study Tour, sponsored by Technos International College, Tokyo, and The Tanaka Ikueikai Educational Trust, is scheduled to take place this year from June 6 through 19. This study tour to Tokyo is a program for students with a demonstrated previous interest in Japan and its people who want to promote international exchange and understanding. Hobart and William Smith Colleges have worked for more than a decade with Technos, helping to enrich the international portion of the HWS experience.
The tour for HWS students and faculty is made possible by a grant from the Tanaka family. Our Japanese hosts will provide in-country travel, all accommodations in Tokyo and elsewhere and many meals during the two-week stay in Japan. HWS will cover international airfare and remaining meals.
Participants will visit classes at Technos International College and interact with its students and faculty. Numerous other academic, cultural and social activities are planned from factory and museum visits to theatrical events. The aims of the program are to promote international exchange and understanding on the campus of Technos International College, as well as offer groups the opportunity to experience and appreciate Japanese life and culture.
Program manager for Center for Global Education Amy Teel explains the amount of care taken in developing the experiences for tour participants each year. “A representative of The Tanaka family arranges every detail of the trip. For example, a student wanted to attend a Japanese baseball game and the Technos program hosts found tickets and brought the student.” The International Study Tour provides security and a tremendous amount of freedom in a foreign country, she notes. The trips help foster “extraordinary glimpses into Japanese life, bringing out the graciousness and warmth of the people.” An annual program highlight is the weekend homestay with Japanese families.
Applications will be available to students on Monday, Feb. 1 and will be due on Feb. 12. All applicants should have a genuine interest in Japan’s rich culture and history and must be willing to represent the HWS community respectfully. They may have little to no proficiency in the Japanese language although preference will be given to students who have begun learning Japanese and/or are enrolled in Japan-related coursework. Post-program feedback, including a written report and development of a Web page and/or blog to detail the trip is required. In addition, those selected will be asked to keep a journal of the time spent.
For nearly 20 years, HWS and Technos have been partners in providing students opportunities to enrich their global citizenry. Many of the Colleges’ faculty have attended, including: Neeta Bhasin, assistant professor of writing and rhetoric; Jack Harris, professor of sociology; Patricia Myers, professor of music; John Vaughn, professor of mathematics and computer science; Judith McKinney, associate professor of economics; Michael Bogin, professor of art; Pat McGuire, professor of economics; James Crenner, Emeritus professor of English; Cedric Johnson, associate professor of political science; Lara C.W. Blanchard, associate professor of art; Linda Robertson, professor of media and society; Stan Mathews, associate professor of art; Laurence Erussard, associate professor of English; and Julie Kingery (pictured above), assistant professor of psychology.
For details on the program and selection process, call Teel at ext. 3307.