Japanese expand language skill, world view
“Everyone here is kind to me and helps me, even though I’m not very good at listening or speaking in English,” says Miyu, one of the eleven students from the International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo, Japan, to be staying at Saint Michael's this summer for a four-week intensive study abroad program. Focused on providing a liberal arts education through global experience, the ICU has several study abroad requirements which students must complete over their four years. While students have opportunities available to them all over the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe during their second year at the University, coming to Colchester, Vermont, is often an easy decision. Drawn to both its long standing reputation in English language instruction as well as rigorous course offerings on topics such as social justice and culture which are taught through film, literature, and service learning, students like Miyu come to St. Mike’s “seeking opportunities for critical thinking and a broader understanding of the world around them,” says Christina Mager, assistant director of the English Language Program, a branch of the Applied Linguistics Department.