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The CIEE Study Center in Tokyo is thrilled to welcome 83 students from 45 US colleges and universities to our 2012 spring semester program at Sophia University. Our two and a half week new student orientation program began with “meet and greet” at Narita Airport on March 26, and continues until classes begin on April 12. 


Last week new CIEE students attended various orientation workshops, explored Shinshoji temple in Narita, went on a bus tour of Tokyo, and visited Odaiba for a welcome lunch. Homestay students attended a CIEE-led homestay orientation, and were introduced to their host families in the following "taimenshiki." Dorm students were escorted by CIEE staff to their accommodations for the semester. On Friday, CIEE sent all students on a half-day scavenger hunt in Tokyo. Some students came across a group of reporters in front of Shibuya Station and ended up on TV on Saturday morning!


After having the weekend off to explore Tokyo, students will be back on campus this afternoon for Sophia University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts (FLA) orientation session. Other events happening this week include the Japanese placement exam, a lecture on academics and socialization in Japan, a day trip to Kamakura, and a trip to the Ikebukuro Bosaikan to experience earthquake simulation.


Please visit our blog again for more news and photos from CIEE’s spring semester program in Tokyo. お楽しみに!

Shannon Quinn, Student Services Manager

Students pose with their guide in front of the Kamakura Daibutsu


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