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Japanese high school students coming to Bozeman for leadership program

July 16, 2015 -- MSU News

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A group of 30 high school students from Okinawa, Japan, will be visiting Montana State University beginning on July 17 for the Okinawa Global Leadership Program. MSU’s Office of International Programs will facilitate the three-week program.

The program will provide the students with an opportunity to improve their English skills; understand American culture; prepare for participation at academic conferences in English-speaking countries, including giving presentations in English; develop their leadership skills; build self-confidence; and facilitate cross-cultural dialogue and understanding.

In an effort to bolster cultural immersion and provide opportunities for strong language development during their time in Bozeman, participants will stay with local families during part of the program.

Additionally, Bozeman student ambassadors will assist participants with homework, participate in various activities and share cultural experiences. An important part of the cultural education will come via the homestay with a local family, according to Janelle Rasmussen with the MSU Office of International Programs.

Program participants will also enjoy leisure and cultural activities, including a visit to the world-famous Museum of the Rockies and a day trip to Yellowstone National Park.

To learn more about the 2015 Okinawa Global Leadership Program, contact Rasmussen at To learn more about the MSU Office of International Programs Training and Special Programs Division, visit

Janelle Rasmussen (406) 994-7602,