The HWS/Technos Tour to Japan is Seeking Applicants. Applications are due Friday, March 1.
The Japan study-tour competition is now open; all first-year and sophomore students are invited to apply to represent Hobart and William Smith Colleges on a two-week, all-expenses paid tour of Japan.* Technos International Week will be held this year from June 2 to June 15 (groups will depart from the U.S. on June 1, 2013).
This program is sponsored by Technos International College in Tokyo and the Tanaka Ikueikai Educational Trust. Two Hobart and William Smith Colleges students will be chosen to participate in this tour accompanied by one HWS faculty member.
The 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 the cost of international airfare and a will also provide a small spending allowance.
Participants will visit classes at Technos International College and interact with its students and faculty. Numerous other academic, cultural and social activities are planned. 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.
The program sponsor requests that student participants be selected on the following criteria: 1. Demonstrated interest in Japan, its people, culture and history; 2. An excellent academic record; 3. A willingness to meet people from different racial and cultural backgrounds and experience aspects of Japanese culture, living conditions and cuisine which may be foreign; 4. No previous travel experience in Japan; no or limited Japanese language skills 5. Citizenship of the United States of America, European Union, New Zealand or a country whose citizens are permitted similar visa waiver conditions for short-term entry to Japan. 6.Willingness and commitment to contribute to follow-up activites on the HWS campus to share your Technos experience with the wider community.
Students who are interested in the above opportunity should stop by the Office of Global Education on Trinity Hall third floor, and pick up the Technos application form as soon as possible. The form must be turned in by March 1, with an essay and a letter of recommendation. Note that students who are enrolled in Japanese language courses or other coursework pertaining to Japan will be given some priority in consideration.
*Students will be responsible for covering some costs associated with gifts to bring home, special activities they wish to engage in themselves,etc.
Contact Amy Teel, program manager for the Center for Global Education, (ext. 3307) or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.