President Randhawa presented an award to students from Japan, Nonoka Sato and Masamitsu Kaburagi who are studying in the WWU-Asia University America Program (AUAP), a five-month study abroad program, now in its 31st year.
Nonoka and Masamitsu were chosen by their classmates and teachers to win the award for best speech about their experiences at Western and how they have grown and changed through studying abroad. Seventeen AUAP students are completing their 5-month stay at WWU and each student has written an essay and speech reflecting on highlights of the relationships and experiences at WWU. If you would like to hear Nonoka and Masamitsu talk about their experiences as an international student at WWU, please come to the AUAP Closing Ceremony to be held on Saturday, February 8th, 1:30pm in MH 138 followed by a reception in the Miller Hall Collaborative Space.
Japanese students come to WWU from Asia University in Tokyo for five-month cycles. The 61st group of students are completing their program next week. Asia University students receive a high quality English language, cultural orientation and study abroad program while at the same time offering American students expanded opportunities for language and cultural interaction, exchange and involvement.
Since 1988, over 4,100 Asia University students have participated in the WWU AUAP, with similar numbers participating in the programs at CWU and EWU. The consortium has offered one of the most successful large-scale, long-term study abroad programs in the United States.
Visit the AUAP website for ways to get involved with AUAP or for more information about the WWU-AUAP program. Please join WWU-AUAP to welcome the next cycle of AUAP students on Tuesday, March 3, 3:30 – 5:00pm in MH 138.