|School Name||Parkland College|
|Location||United States (North America)|
A community college (2-year vocational and transfer institution of higher education) located in Champaign, Illinois, USA.
|Length of Travel||17 days, 16 nights|
|Locations Visited||Tokyo, Kanagawa, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka|
|Time of Travel||May 2023|
|Age of Participating Students||16-18 years old / Over 18 years old|
|Number of Participants||
8 students and 2 teachers
|Purpose||Cross-cultural exchange and international exchange|
Host School (School Exchange)
|School Name||Tokyo Metropolitan Oshukan Secondary Education School|
|School Profile||Tokyo Metropolitan Oshukan Secondary Education School is a co-ed secondary school located in Yakumo, Meguro Ward, Tokyo. It was preceded by the former Senior High School affiliated to Tokyo Metropolitan University, opening as a new secondary school in April 2006. Under the motto of "Seeking Truth," the school fosters intelligence, a broad perspective, and determination. Its approach is to "provide six years of consistent educational programs to nurture human resources who can contribute to the global community while upholding their Japanese identities."|
|Age of Participating Students||16-17 years old|
|Number of Participants||145 people (141 students and 4 teachers)|
Arrive at school
location_cityFaculty feedback and advice for success
Seeing our students actively ask questions in English left quite an impression on me.
Our students took initiative in planning the welcome ceremony—they discussed what they could do to entertain international guests, put together a video about their school life, and prepared presentations on Japanese culture. I think it turned out to be a warm event where you could sense the students’ hospitality. Since our visitors were college students, we asked them to give presentations about their student life and research work. Seeing our students actively ask questions in English left quite an impression on me.
location_city Reviews from Students
This was such a valuable experience for me.
I’d never had the chance to interact with people from overseas outside of our English class, so this was such a valuable experience for me.
It was so wonderful to discover that I could talk about my daily life and various other topics in my own words.
I’ve been studying English regularly, and it was so wonderful to discover that I could understand what the American students were saying and talk about my daily life and various other topics in my own words. I was also surprised to see how proficient my peers are in English.