Get support from the IEC to study abroad

Are you interested in enriching your experience as a student through study abroad and wonder what opportunities are available at WCC?

There are four main scholarships for study abroad, three of which are to Japan.

The Hakuoh University International Study Tour is for a 10-day summer homestay in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.

The Aichi University Exchange Program offers a semester or yearlong student exchange program in Aichi, Japan.

The Monbukagakusho Scholarship is for three years of study including “one for intensive Japanese language study followed by two at a Senshu-gakko (specialized training college) in Japan,” explains community colleges and international education manager Jami Kurtz.

Finally, the Honda Study Abroad Scholarship offers $2,000 to $8,000 for study anywhere in the world.

At WCC, international education falls under the direction of the International Education Committee (IEC).

IEC chair Toshi Ikagawa said, “What I’m doing is just promoting those scholarships … and promoting international education week.”

In addition to student-initiated study, if an instructor would like a student to study abroad for something course-related or to enrich his or her experience, it can be organized by a faculty member and assisted by the IEC.

Recently, the committee has also been focusing on encouraging student’s global awareness.

“We’re moving towards trying to assist curriculum development in terms of trying to infuse more global issues in certain courses,” said Ellen Ishida-Babineau, dean for academic affairs, division I.

Ikagawa is currently working with departments to complete a rubric that identifies the different kinds of courses and subjects at WCC to determine if further curriculum development is necessary.

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by Debbra Baetz, Ka ‘Ohana Editor in Chief