University of Leicester eBulletin

Origami and Orienteering

August 2002
No 177

A group of 17 Japanese students are set to experience life in Leicester, living with local families, as part of a project run by the University of Leicester's English Language Teaching Unit from the 22 August to 9 September.

They will sample the delights of multi-cultural Leicester, learn map reading skills as they try to find their way about the campus and the city, and will share some of their own culture with Leicester folk.

The students are from Jumonji University, which was established in 1996. They have been studying in its Social Sciences and Information Faculty which aims 'to prepare women for the internationalized and information-oriented world of the 21st century.'

Organiser, Stella Smyth of the University of Leicester, said: "Although, most of these girls have never been overseas before, they have expressed a strong interest in learning about British university life and how lifestyles in Leicester differ from those in Japan."

"During their stay, they will live with Leicester host families as part of the cultural immersion experience and these families will be invited to receptions at the University with the students. They will also have the opportunity to meet a wide range of staff from the university and to explore different aspects of British culture."

The programme involves a variety of socio-educative experiences that will enable the students to learn at leisure, as well as having classroom based English language lessons.

The students will be able to enjoy One Big Sunday at the Victoria Park and Britain's biggest Festival of Science, organised by the British Association, being held at the University.

At the end of their course at the University of Leicester, the students will be presented with certificates to mark their achievements.

For more information, please contact Stella Smyth on 0116 252 2449.


An end of course party is to be held at 8pm on September 6 in the Library Hall at the University School of Education, University Road.

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