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IPU Japan Immersion Programme: Kiwi students discovering Japanese culture

Earlier this month 19 IPU New Zealand first and second year students travelled from Palmerston North to International Pacific University (IPU) in Okayama to immerse themselves in Japanese culture.

Japan tripThe IPU Japan Immersion Programme bridges the gap between Japan and New Zealand, by showcasing the study options that are available in Japan and encouraging students to apply for an exchange or sign up for IPU’s ‘degree plus’ programme.

Kiwi students also bond with IPU Japan students enrolled in a one-year study abroad programme at IPU New Zealand before both groups of students start their Semester 1 classes in Palmerston North. This means they have friends when they arrive on campus.

Dean of the IPU New Zealand English Language Studies programme, Brendon Chapple, is accompanying the group, and says the academic ability of the New Zealand students on the Immersion Programme is very high.

“A few of the Kiwis were saying that they are aiming for A grades in their studies at IPU New Zealand and many of them want to be English teachers in the future.”

The 24-day trip includes Japanese survival classes, which help with self-directed orientation trips to local tourist destinations. Students visit local high schools to introduce themselves to Japanese students looking to study English after high school, and they attend seminars by alumni and business professionals about career paths in Japan and what they can achieve on graduation.

Students also visit unique historical destinations for a behind-the-scenes taste of Japan not normally available to tourists, including onsens (hot springs), castles, and Japanese businesses, plus they are treated to a homestay visit with a Japanese family.

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