International students of Kochi University gave classes at a prefectural high school



  On Friday, June 10, a “Cross-cultural Understanding Seminar” was provided to third-year students of Kochi Prefectural Kochi Otemae High School as part of their school curriculum, and nine international students of Kochi University participated in it as guest lecturers.

  The high school students were divided into nine classrooms to attend a class given by one of the nine guest lecturers coming from nine different countries and regions in the world, namely Indonesia, Ukraine, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Mongolia, Nepal, Sweden and Russia, who were asked to speak about the following: (1) what had brought them to study abroad in Kochi, Japan, (2) what the food, clothing and housing customs were like in their home country/region (people’s lifestyles and the ways of thinking behind them), and (3) what challenges were faced by their home country/region (in terms of economics, education, social policies, etc.) or what issues were on their mind right now (share the issues with the class and think about them with the high school students).

  High school students in each classroom listened intently to the international student as they talked about the unique cultures and lifestyles of their country, much of which was completely new to the high school students. At first, they were shy and quiet, hardly responding to questions asked by the lecturer. After listening to the lecturer speaking in fluent Japanese for some time, however, they began to come out of their shells and actively exchange opinions. The seminar has given these high school students a worthwhile experience.




An international student (from Indonesia) giving a class


An international student (from Ukraine) giving a class


An international student (from Sweden) giving a class


After-class commemorative photo of the international
students and teachers taken on the roof