The Asia University America Program is a five-month exchange program for Japanese college students studying International Relations, Business, Hospitality, Law, Economics and Multicultural Communications from Asia University, located just west of downtown Tokyo, Japan.
Western Washington University has had more than 4,000 students attend this program through this program, which has now been going on for 25 years.
Not only does the AUAP offer a cultural exchange experience for Japanese students, but the AUAP program also provides opportunities for students at Western and throughout the Bellingham community to interact with these students by volunteering in classrooms, participating in Japanese conversation clubs to practice their Japanese with native speakers and participating in various activates hosted by the AUAP such as Japan Night and the AUAP Talent Show put on every quarter.
Throughout the quarter, the AUAP students also get a two-week vacation to go anywhere of their choosing, among the popular are New York and California.
This summer four AUAP students were interviewed to tell us about their summer vacation adventures.