Record Number of Int'l Students Join in Fall

08 September 2016 In LUJ News
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Lakeland University Japan, having just celebrated its 25th year anniversary, welcomed its largest incoming class of international students this fall. 

The 32 traditional full-time, incoming international freshmen include representatives from the U.S., Japan, China, Puerto Rico, Greece, the UK, Korea, Portugal, Taiwan and the Congo. This now brings the total number of nationalities represented on the LUJ campus to over forty. 

 SeongJoon An, LUJ's International Student Affairs Coordinator, explains the excitement felt around campus from this record number of students. “We’ve been having great enrollment success over the past few years, consistently enrolling larger and larger numbers of energetic, active and passionate students. Our recruitment and int’l student support teams have had a great time introducing LUJ's programs and getting to know these students; we are all excited to welcome this largely international class and see the campus and classrooms reach new levels of diversity and new perspectives.”

This fall's incoming class also includes several freshman from international high schools and military veterans who were already residing in Japan. These students represent another growing area of enrollment over these past few years, as LUJ’s fully accredited Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree program allows them the flexibility of choosing where to complete the final two years of their undergraduate degree – including the Lakeland University home campus in Wisconsin, U.S.A., and other universities throughout the U.S., Japan and abroad. 

Mailen Trout, a graduate from St. Mary's International School in Tokyo, explains his reason for choosing LUJ by saying "the relatively small community appealed to me.I felt everyone would get to know each other quickly. I think that really plays a part in having a strong start and staying on track with college-level studies".   

Kyle Davis, a military veteran who was stationed in Japan, is also seizing the opportunity to begin his college education at LUJ. He adds, "I knew I wanted to challenge myself in a way I wouldn't have been able to in America. The courses and degree will be the same as U.S.-based universities, but choosing LUJ gives me the opportunity to continue experiencing life in a foreign country, and improve my Japanese even more". Davis explains a personal goal of his as "taking these college years and experiencing as many things as I can. LUJ is a place for me to broaden my horizens and open up to new ways of thinking". 

Trout and Davis were joined by the other incoming students for the Fall semester “Welcome Week”, which included various days of orientations, luncheons and course registration. The week concluded with an exciting team-building excursion to “Sarushima” (Monkey Island), the only natural island in Tokyo Bay. New students were led by LUJ student volunteers, staff and faculty representatives for a day of socializing, team activities, and a beachside BBQ.

 

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