Shepherd signs foreign exchange agreement with Okayama

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Shepherd University and the Japanese university, Okayama, have signed an agreement to have a foreign exchange student program in spring 2019.

This program will swap students from both campuses to open opportunities for the students and the universities. The goal in studying abroad is to not only just learn in the new cultural environment, but to also live in it. Most stays, like in Okayama, will be home-stays. This is where a student would have a host-family atmosphere while living in that host’s home.

Through this program, a Shepherd student or Okayama student would be able to spend a semester or an entire year at either campus. Shepherd’s goal is to also start more summer semesters.

“If we had a student interested in going to Okayama in the spring, the student would be able to go,” said Dr. Lois Jarman, Shepherd University’s director of international affairs.

For Okayama students, they will need to be able to speak English for their courses at Shepherd. However, for Shepherd students going to Okayama, English taught courses will be available that are guaranteed to transfer but are geared mostly toward business majors

“I definitely think it’s a great idea,” Matt Murphy, an English major at Shepherd who is interested in studying abroad, said. “It sounds interesting.”

Interested students can contact Yin Star, director of study abroad. Shepherd students would be paying Shepherd tuition while going to Japan’s university. Yin Star can be found in the Scarborough Library room 211 for more questions concerning studying abroad this year.