College Connection Program (CCP)
for College Students
The College Connection Program (CCP) is an intercultural exchange opportunity between students from Japan studying at Showa Boston Institute and American students attending the Colleges of the Fenway, Mount Ida College, Newbury College, and Lesley University. The American students work as College Connectors (CCs), bringing Showa Boston students to their schools for structured visits. These visits provide a chance for Showa students to experience American college life, while at the same time offers American students an opportunity to gain insight into the Japanese culture.
CCP is designed so that College Connectors and Showa students can learn and experience cultural differences in a casual and open environment. Together, CCs and Showa students decide when, where, and what they would like to do for each visit. The key of this program is to build relationships between college students with different cultural and linguistic perspectives.
For more information about the College Connection Program please contact Dan Lowe, Coordinator of Student Engagement at 617.522.0080, x4419 or email@example.com.
The 2017-2018 College Connection Program will begin in October, 2017.
Applications will be available in late August and due by Monday, October 2.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How many College Connectors does Showa need?
Are CCs paid for participation in CCP?
What are the qualifications to be a CC?
To qualify as a Showa College Connector, you must be:
- A currently registered, full-time student
- A U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident
- Able to efficiently manage your commitment to this program, academics, other jobs, and personal commitments
- Sensitive to cultural differences and customs
- Respectful of the unique perspectives of foreign visitors
- An enthusiastic representative of your campus
- Motivated, out-going, and energetic
How to apply for the program?
The 2017-2018 College Connection Program will begin in October, 2017. Applications will be available in late August and due by Monday, October 2. In the meantime, please complete the CCP 2017 Interest Form.
What are the time and schedule commitments for CCs?
- Submit completed application by Monday, October 2.
- Attend one of several 2-hour orientation sessions. (Dates and locations are TBD.) Acceptance emails will be sent to successful applicants. These emails will include the date/time/location information for the orientation sessions, and each CC will be able to give his or her preference for attendance.
- Attend the Kick-Off Day at Showa, Saturday, October 21, from about 10 AM to 7 PM. Showa will provide transportation, lunch, & dinner.
- Communicate informally with students. Most Showa students communicate more easily in writing than verbally. However, it may be up to you to initiate conversations with your Showa students. These conversations can be about logistics surrounding your visits, cultural observations, or just casual chatter. While we encourage the Showa students to initiate these conversations as well, many times it falls to the CC to take the lead with the plans for visits. You can use any method of communication convenient for your group (email, Facebook, Twitter, LINE, text, etc).
- Host 1 group of Showa students for 4 visits to your campus.
- Visit 1: Academic Visit(5 to 6 hours). This visit is for Showa students to experience the academic realities of an American college student. Observing 2 of the CC’s classes is the goal of this visit. It will happen during regular school hours the week of October 23. This visit should also include a meal or snack in the campus cafeteria to preview and/or debrief the class experiences. Showa will provide shuttle transportation for our students to get to your campus.
- Visits 2, 3, and 4: School club activity or campus activity. These visits are for Showa students to feel as though they are part of your school, and to experience “Student involvement in student organization/clubs/event” during the visits.
- The visits will happen at a time mutually convenient to both the Showa students and you.
- Fill out an online survey after each of the 4 visits (about 15 minutes per survey). These surveys serve as status updates and give us a sense of how the program is going.
- Complete a fifth, final debriefing survey at the conclusion of the program.
- All visits and surveys must be completed by Wednesday, January 31, 2018.
After I apply to be a CC, how will I know if I am accepted?
How will Showa Boston prepare me for this challenge?
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