Coastal Carolina University has established an exchange
with Tokyo Denki University (TDU) which will offer unique benefits to
Coastal students interested in studying Japanese language and culture.
Beginning in the fall 2001 semester, a group of Coastal students
will attend TDU for one semester. The students will take a full
semester of classes, including a course on the Japanese language. All
courses will be taught in English, and the students will live either in
an apartment near campus or with a Japanese family. The tuition and
registration fees for each student will be waived by TDU. The students
are required to pay travel and living expenses. All participating
students will have the opportunity to tutor Japanese students in
English, either with their host families and/or at TDU.
Students who participate in the program are required to take and
pass Japanese 101, offered this Summer II semester at Coastal. When
they arrive in Japan, they will also take an intensive two-week
Japanese language immersion course. Students who satisfactorily
complete the fall semester program in Japan will meet their foreign
language requirement for their studies at Coastal.
"This is a phenomenal opportunity for Coastal students," says
James Henderson, professor of politics at Coastal and organizer of the
program. "Students can go to Japan and study a fascinating culture at
first hand and at a very reasonable cost, and earn the equivalent of
two semesters of a foreign language in a little more than one
Plans to bring Japanese students to Coastal through the program
are under way. Future faculty exchanges between the two universities
are also being discussed.
As a result of the program, Coastal is adding Japanese for the
first time to its list of foreign language curricula.
Established in 1907, TDU has a long and distinguished history,
particularly in science and engineering. More than 11,000 students are
enrolled at TDU.
For more information, contact Henderson at 349-2626 or Geoff
Parsons in Coastal's Office of International Programs at 349-2054.