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June 17, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Deadline for High School Students ‘Go International’ in Athens is June 25

High school students interested in an international experience that will expose them to the Japanese language and culture while also immersing them in the college experience need look no further than Ohio University’s Athens Campus.

The Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE) in the College of Arts & Sciences is once again offering its “Go International” summer program, a one-week multicultural experience for students in the ninth, 10th and 11th grades. Two one-week sessions are being offered – Sunday, July 26, through Friday, July 31, and Sunday, Aug. 2, through Friday, Aug. 7 – and students are welcome to attend one or both sessions.

Students enrolled in the “Go International” program learn basic Japanese and cross-cultural communication by studying and socializing with high school students from Tokyo who are on campus studying English. Each day of the program includes traditional classroom instruction designed to allow students to learn basic Japanese phrases and the Japanese writing system. In addition, a portion of each day is spent on cross-cultural learning, in which Japanese students share aspects of their culture with students in the program and vice versa.

The program also includes several opportunities for less formal learning and interaction, including activities and field trips, as well as an option of living in an Ohio University residence hall with Japanese students. Students who opt to live in the residence halls during the program are chaperoned by an Ohio University staff member.

All students who complete the program receive an Ohio University certificate.

The cost of the one-week program is $90 for students who will not be staying in a residence hall, which includes classes, lunch, activities and field trips. The cost for students who opt to stay on campus is $354, which includes the student’s room (Sunday night through Friday afternoon), meals (Monday breakfast through Friday lunch), as well as the classes, activities and field trips.

Space is limited to 15-16 students per session. The registration deadline is Thursday, June 25.

For more information and an application, contact Amanda Oyakawa at 740-593-4573 or

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