Blog: Farewell to the September 2017 intake

Added Friday 9th February 2018 by Jill Johnson ()


Festival.JPGThursday 8th February saw the 13 Teikyo students who have been in Durham for the last 5 months, begin their journey back to Japan and the remainder of their studies at Teikyo University and beyond. 

During their time in Durham they have all engaged in and benefited from the English Language and Culture programme, learning English skills both in the classroom and in their integration with Durham University colleges. The students were able to engage in the extracurricular options available and tried a wide variety of new activities and sports.

 The students also had work experience placements in the local community and met local people and students regularly to practise their speaking skills.

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The students also benefited from offering Japanese culture experiences to local primary schools, colleges and community groups, giving insight into Japanese traditions and practising English skills too, the culmination of which was the Teikyo Festival with over 300 visitors to the campus of Teikyo University of Japan in Durham.

The students had the opportunity to visit many UK cities including York, Edinburgh, Bath, Bristol and Stratford upon Avon as well as visiting local sites including Newcastle and its museums, the Metro Centre, Holy Island and Seahouses as well as a field trip to Italy visiting Florence and Venice.

 The term finished with a wonderful Farewell Dinner in St Mary’s College with all staff and students and invited guests.  After enjoying a delicious meal the student awards were presented. Van Mildert College won the Teikyo University College Championship, Yusuke Terai won the Cultural Integration Award,  Aya Sugahara the Sports Award and Chihiro Kodama the Most Improved Student Award. The prestigious Durham University Award for Academic Excellence was won by Yohei Shinozaki.



All in all the students have enjoyed participating in a very full and varied English language and Culture Programme and despite the 5am start on 8th February; they left Durham with many new skills and memories to treasure.

Added Friday 9th February 2018