Elms College Hosts Students from University of Kochi
For the 13th consecutive year and the 14th time overall, Elms College is hosting exchange students from University of Kochi during a 12-day visit, from February 26 to March 9. Each year, Kochi students live at Elms College, while Elms students travel to Kochi every other summer.
University of Kochi Professor of Social Work and Exchange Committee Chair Kimiko Nagasawa will accompany nine students. More than 35 Elms College students will serve as "friendship partners"-some male, some female, some on-campus residents, and some commuters. They will act as roommates, classmates, and partners in planned language and cultural activities.
"The Kochi students benefit from visiting our campus because they get a taste of what an American college is like," says Joyce Hampton, Ed.D., associate academic dean for student success. "But the benefits also extend to our students and faculty, and help us to become a more global campus."
Ten students from Elms College are preparing to travel to Japan in May, and have been studying the Japanese language and culture. Kochi students will also help in language class and enable Elms students to practice the language with peers. Yu Katsurashima, Japanese Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant at Elms College, has been leading the language learning effort.
During their visit, the students will tour Springfield's North End neighborhood and the New North Citizen's Council with Elms College Social Work Director Maureen Holland, M.S.W. They will participate in cooking a traditional Japanese dinner, and enjoy American traditions, pastimes, and attractions including Yankee Candle, Old Sturbridge Village, the Holyoke Mall, and area restaurants. The visiting students will also hold a Japanese Festival for the college community to showcase calligraphy and Hina Matsuri-Girls' Day Doll Display.