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Students from Fukuoka University, Japan experiencing America at Washburn University

Japanese students from Fukuoka University are living and learning on the Washburn University campus until March 13.

The 21 students each completed a rigorous application process to participate in the exchange with Washburn, a partner university with Fukuoka. While here they are studying intensive English and American culture, sitting in on classes of interest to their major and experiencing special events to acquaint them with American life.

“They seem to be having a great experience so far,” said Heidi Staerkel, who works with all incoming international students. “Washburn, as always, has been very welcoming.”

Host families will house the students this weekend and remainder of their stay will include:

  • A visit to the Topeka Rescue Mission March 3
  • A reception at the home of Washburn President Jerry Farley and his wife, Susan Farley, March 4
  • A visit to Silver Lake Elementary School March 10
  • And a day trip to Kansas City and Nelson-Atkins Art Museum March 8.

Before they return to Japan Fukuoka, a city of about 1.5 million people, the students will receive a send-off celebration dinner March 11. The students will depart from Washburn on March 13 and visit Oklahoma City and Dallas prior to their return flight.

Washburn and Fukuoka universities have partnered on a student exchange since 1980. Washburn students travel to Fukuoka every three years, most recently in 2013. There also are semester and year-long programs at Fukuoka University available to Washburn students.

For more information or to arrange a time to meet with students, please contact Heidi Staerkel at 785.670.2087.


Michaela Saunders, university relations, 785.670.2154
Heidi Staerkel, international programs, 785.670.2087