Fanshawe College students study abroad

Through the Fanshawe College Students Exchange Program, two students will be able to travel abroad.

For the fifth time Fanshawe will be sending two students to travel to Ibaraki Christian University in Japan.

Ibaraki is located in the northeastern part of the Kanto Plains and is within 120 km of Tokyo, on the Pacific coast.

The four-week exchange will leave the students with a greater appreciation for another culture while broadening their horizons.

“Students will be exposed to the Japanese culture,” said Kim Rowe, international student adviser at Fanshawe College.

Shortly before departure, the students will be given a brief orientation as to what is expected when arriving in Japan, explained Rowe.

The purpose of this opportunity is to promote a clear understanding and provide a deeper sense of friendship between countries, the institution and students of Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology and Ibaraki Christian University (

Interested students should provide the following if interested in this opportunity:

Students will be selected based on the quality of their submitted paper (1000-1500 words, one-sided, double spaced, 10 point Arial font). An interview may also be requested. The essay topic must be chosen from the following list:

- How do you identify yourself as a Canadian?

- How would you represent Fanshawe College in this type of cultural exchange?

- How would this cultural experience impact your future goals?

- The selection will be final.

Ibaraki Christian university was established 35 years ago based on Christian principles and presently excels in the fields of education, social welfare through their living and learning experiences. Chosen students will have the opportunity to learn basic Japanese, intercultural communication and related activities and seminars.

Students will come home with a passion for learning, added Rowe.

“(Students) can't wait to go again.”

Students are advised to submit their papers via email to Maria Carvajal Sarria, at (with a paper copy to Fanshawe's International Office, E2025) before 4:30 p.m. on Monday April 5, 2010.

Upon return of the trip, the students are required to deliver a PowerPoint presentation, 20 minutes in length to the academic management group on what knowledge they have gained while abroad.

Fanshawe College will help offset some of the cost for the exchange, by providing the students with airfare / health insurance (approx. $1,500-$2,000 Canadian).