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International students

Each year Fukiai High School welcomes several international students to our campus. They are provided with homestays with the families of Fukiai students during their time in Japan.The length of stay in Japan is usually from 2-11 months – though 1 week stays also occur.

 

In recent years these students have come from the following countries: Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Thailand & USA.

 

The international students have their own study room where they are provided with a large number of supplementary Japanese lessons. These lessons help the students attain a level of Japanese proficiency whereby they can communicate reasonably well with classmates as well as their host families.

 

Each international student belongs to a homeroom of which they are an integral part. Together with students from their homeroom, they will take part in regular lessons, (such as English and P.E. lessons) and school events (such as Sport’s Day & the Cultural Festival).

 

International students also often take part in extracurricular activities such as club activities. The Sado (Japanese tea ceremony), Shodou (Japanese calligraphy) clubs and martial arts (e.g. Shorinji Kempo & Naginata) clubs have proved very popular.

 

The presence of international students at our school is highly beneficial to all concerned. There is a rich, cultural exchange and many lasting friendships are formed between the international and Fukiai students.


 

A RECENT EXCHANGE STUDENT’S IMPRESSION OF FUKIAI

There are many stereotypes about Japanese students – that they are shy, quiet, lack opinions and are even a bit introverted. When applying for my exchange, I had a few concerns: “What if they are too shy to talk to me?” and “What if they are even AFRAID of me? I’ll be all alone for a whole year!” But, wow! I couldn't have been more wrong. I walked into the classroom on the first day and girls were singing and dancing along to the latest J-pop hits, guys were play-wrestling with each other and everyone was having fun and being really noisy!! It was completely different from what I had expected. Without hesitation, everyone welcomed me with big smiles on their faces and kind words. I was so relieved at the time.

I truly believe that Fukiai High is a very special school. Proof of this came from other exchange students I knew at different schools in Japan. During my first month here, all of my “senior” exchange students had the following words of advice, “Oh, Jane, don’t worry about making good friends until you've been here at least six months.” Fellow newbies complained about their shy classmates who wouldn't talk to them much. But here I was, with numerous friends already in my first week at Fukiai. I had so many wonderful experiences here at this school, but what I will cherish the most are the lasting friendships I formed with the students and staff. It has been a real privilege being an exchange student here.

Jane Robinson-Boivin

(Canada)

 
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