Ara Timaru welcomes first Japanese study exchange

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12 Feb 2018

The first Japanese students to visit the Ara Institute of Canterbury Timaru campus on study exchange arrive today [12 February], and Heather Knox, Manager of the School of English has been eagerly anticipating the students’ arrival.

“We are really excited about welcoming students to Timaru, sharing wonderful experiences with them and showing them around the amazing sites South Canterbury has to offer.”

Caption: Timaru Campus welcomed its first group of Japanese students this morning. The study exchange groups from Hokkaido Bunkyo University and Seinan Jo Gakuin University are the first of four groups confirmed so far to visit this year.

From 12 February to 12 March Ara will host four groups of Japanese university students studying on short courses in the School of English, at the Timaru campus.

One of the exchange groups will come from Hokkaido Bunkyo University in Timaru’s sister city Eniwa, Japan. This year New Zealand and Japan will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of this flourishing sister-city relationship.

Ara is committed to building overseas relationships and connections with institutes worldwide. The Institute hopes to continue building this sister-city relationship through future student exchanges.

On 19 February at 9am the five Eniwa students will be officially welcomed to Timaru with a Mayoral reception.

During their visits, the 21 students from four Japanese Institutes will visit Opihi College in Temuka to meet high school students who are set to go on an exchange to Eniwa later this year.

“At Opihi College they teach students Japanese language right from year 7 right through to year 13. Through this visit our Japanese exchange students will meet Kiwi students learning Japanese, and have a chance to converse in their native language,” Knox says.

During the three or four weeks that each group is at Ara they will experience a combination of English lessons, afternoon activities and full day field trips. The packed schedule includes a trip to Geraldine and a picnic at Peel Forest Farmstay, a visit to the Observatory and a trip to the South Canterbury museum, amongst other activities. While in Timaru, the students will stay at local homestays, providing them with a genuine sense of kiwi lifestyle.

Ara has relationships with over 20 institutes in Asia and 14 institutes in Europe, as well as additional institutional relationships in North America, India and Australia. In January, Education New Zealand celebrated the 30th anniversary of Japanese schools’ first visits to New Zealand.