RRCC hosts Japanese exchange students
International students learn English while
enriching their classmates’ cultural experience
LAKEWOOD, CO –Some of the students were spotted demonstrating calligraphy at the RRCC International Student Expo; while many more were practicing their English with other Red Rocks students while they were here. From March 9 through March 21, one teacher and 12 students in a study abroad program from Tsuruoka, a city in the Shonai region of the Yamagata prefecture of Japan, were on exchange at Red Rocks Community College.
The students stayed with host families, improving their language skills, taking classes at RRCC, and going on excursions around the Denver metro area to get a sense of the Colorado culture and scenery. After arriving on the 9th, the students explored the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, downtown Golden, Boulder, and even went on a hike in the nearby mountains.
“The Tsuruoka study abroad program was a huge success!” said Dylan Stone, the International Services Support Coordinator. “All the students had a great time learning about the culture and higher education of the United States while improving their English language skills. Many of the students said they would like to come back, which is a direct reflection of the high-quality experience we were able to provide for them here.”
After studying at an American school like Red Rocks, exchange students with the proper visas may have the opportunity to begin a bachelor’s degree, associate degree, or certificate program within the United States. RRCC’s Intensive English Program gives international students a direct path to American higher education without additional coursework in the English language to prepare for the TOEFL English language proficiency test.
Red Rocks has a coursework transfer agreement with universities throughout Colorado, so any classes taken at the college can be applied to further education elsewhere in the state. International students also have the opportunity to work and practice their English on the job or intern in their respective fields while taking classes, if the duration of their program and their documentation allow it. International Student Services helps many exchange students in pursuing part-time work and obtaining living accommodations in addition to ensuring they have a good experience at the college and in the United States.
Students from countries all over the world, including Nepal, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mexico, and Ethiopia as well as Japan have come to RRCC to study the American language and culture. Colorado’s gorgeous scenery and active lifestyle also lend themselves well to alternative ways of learning to speak English to further an American education. RRCC’s “Adventure English” program helps international students work on their language skills while participating in outdoor activities like rafting, horseback riding, climbing, camping, and picnics.
More about Red Rocks Community College: Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College delivers high-quality, affordable education programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates. The college serves over 15,000 students per year online and at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada. www.rrcc.edu.
More about Red Rocks’ international program: With affordable tuition, a clean, safe, and modern campus, and a variety of two-year associate degrees available, RRCC’s education is conducive to helping international students learn English to advance their careers both abroad and in the United States. The programs offered also provide a springboard to further education within the U.S. For more information, please visit rrcc.edu/international.
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