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February 2012 News Releases

Students from Japan visit Washburn for three weeks

Twenty-one students from Fukuoka University in Japan will be visiting their sister university, Washburn, Feb. 17 through March 11.

Since 1980, students from Fukuoka University have been coming to the United States to visit the Washburn campus. Fukuoka is the fourth largest city in Japan.

During their visit, the students will attend Intensive English classes, observe classes of interest, attend lectures and learn about Native American traditions and games. The purpose of the exchanges is to help the students not only improve their understanding of the English language, but also learn about U.S. culture and the Midwest.

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Feb. 19, 7 to 9 p.m.: Welcome potluck dinner for the Fukuoka students, hosted by the International Center of Topeka at University United Methodist Church, 1621 SW College Ave.

Feb. 23, 1:30 to 3 p.m.: Fukuoka student presentation on Japanese culture to elementary school students at Logan Elementary School, 1124 NW Lyman Rd.

March 5, 9 to 10:30 a.m.: Native American culture presentation to the Fukuoka students at the International House, Washburn campus.

March 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Fukuoka Final Banquet, Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center

For more information contact Heidi Staerkel at (785) 670-2087.

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Amanda Hughes, university relations, (785) 670-2153.