To celebrate the end of the term, CIEE students, staff, our Sophia Academic Advisor, host families, dorm managers, and other program supporters gathered for an end-of-semester party near the Sophia University campus. Students contributed in various ways: one was emcee for the event, some delivered speeches in English or Japanese, and others gave presentations including slide shows of their experiences in Tokyo. All generously shared highlights and candid shots from their time at Sophia University, and this was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. CIEE students were recognized for their fall semester academic achievements, and winning teams for the orientation week scavenger hunt (a team-building search for Tokyo landmarks) were awarded prizes.
For CYP (Calendar Year Program, a two-semester program that began in April 2010) and fall semester students, this was a chance to reflect upon their stay in Japan and celebrate with classmates and their host families. Students received program completion certificates and then had a chance to socialize and enjoy the excellent food at the reception.
For AYP (Academic Year Program, a two-semester program that began in fall 2010) students, the reception marks the halfway point of their two-semester program. Following the end of the term on February 4, AYP students have a two month break before returning for classes in early April. Some students will remain in Tokyo for volunteer work, part-time employment, and internships, while others plan to use the extended break to explore other parts of Japan and Asia, or make trips to visit family back home. Many AYP students will return to Tokyo in late March to serve as senpai assistants at CIEE’s spring semester orientation.