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The English Language Institute Says Goodbye to Special Program Students

The English Language Institute (ELI), which is housed in the Center for Global Education, will say goodbye to 22 students from Niigata University of International Studies (NUIS) in Japan in the early morning hours of Friday, December 8. The students came to UCM in August to complete the study abroad requirements for their degree program in International Studies at their home university.

While they have been here, the students have taken academic English Language classes, as well as American Culture, American History, Japan and U.S. Relations, TOEIC Preparation, and Accent Reduction. In addition to time spent in class, they also enjoyed participating in our Conversation Partner Program, Conversation Partner Hour, and activities like the ELI Thanksgiving Dinner and all the events on UCM’s campus.

They also went on field trips to a KC Royals game, the Country Club Plaza and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Buckeye Acres Pumpkin Patch, to name just a few. Another highlight was Host Family Dinners over Fall Break. Members of the UCM and Warrensburg communities invited students into their homes for a home-cooked meal and family time.

While they enjoyed all of the activities, student Kazunori Shida said in his essay that “to talk the truth, my favorite things in UCM is to spent calm, peaceful and ordinary times. Studying with my classmate, communicate by using English, and feeling different cultures. These casual daily life is my favorite things in this university.â€쳌

Thank you to the campus community for making these students feel welcome and for enriching their experiences in the U.S. We are going to miss them.

For more information:
Contact Jill Thomas at