Spelman College Students Participating in Four-Week Study Abroad Program in Japan

Twenty-six students and two faculty members from historically Black Spelman College in Atlanta are spending four weeks in Japan participating in a study abroad program at Josai International University to study Japanese language, history, and culture. During their four-week stay, students will earn eight credit hours by taking two courses at Josai International University.

About 70 percent of the Spelman College students required financial assistance to participate in the program. This was provided by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

“This study abroad experience is an example of how we are continuing to expand Spelman’s footprint and global engagement for our students,” said Helene Gayle, president of Spelman College. “Thank you to the U.S. State Department for providing this invaluable experience to our students. This partnership allows us to expand our ability to bring the world to Spelman and Spelman to the world.”

Dimeji Togunde, Spelman’s vice provost for global education, noted that “while Spelman students will learn the Japanese language and culture, Josai International University faculty and students will learn about the United States through the lens of young Black female students studying at a historically Black college and university. Spelman students will bring unique perspectives and values that promote free-thinking women who are committed to positive social change.”

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