On March 19th, JICUF staff participated in the Harumatsuri (Spring Festival) organized by the Northeast Council of Japanese Teachers (NECTJ) at the United Nations International School (UNIS). Through hosting a “Chopsticks Challenge,” we introduced ICU and our U.S. Scholars Initiative to NYC metro area high school students studying Japanese.
For the past few years, the Japan ICU Foundation has been sponsoring Japan Bowl, an academic competition for American high school students who are studying Japanese. This year, JICUF staff were joined by representatives of ICU’s Admissions Center in this event in Washington, DC.
ICU, as a bilingual liberal arts institution, welcomes students from around the world to its lovely verdant campus in the western suburbs of Tokyo. Those who have attended schools outside the regular Japanese educational system for at least the last two years prior to enrollment, and who possess sufficient English language proficiency in order to take college level courses in English are eligible to apply through September Admission. (No prior knowledge of Japanese is required.)
Last month the Japan ICU Foundation held a number of outreach events in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. They included a JICUF trustees meeting, a special evening reception and dinner for ICU alumni and friends and a series of recruitment activities.