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Study in Japan – a student’s dream comes true

March 8, 2016

Appalachian State University sophomore Shannon Wells has dreamed of studying in Japan since fifth grade. As a recipient of a Study Abroad Scholarship funded by The Appalachian Fund, she is realizing that dream. She began her studies at Ritsumeikan University last September and will be there through July 2017.

Far from her hometown of Wilmington, the global studies major is living in  Kyoto, one of Japan’s largest and most historic cities. The Appalachian student is also the recipient of the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) scholarship which affords her ¥80,000, approximately $700, per month.

“Coming to Japan ... has been a dream come true,” she wrote. “Traveling and foreign languages are two things I’m very passionate about...This experience is also helping me decide if my career goal is realistic. I am taking mostly Japanese language courses, and these courses are very fast paced and in-depth. It’s hard but very rewarding. The Study Abroad Scholarship along with the scholarship I received here in Japan are what really allowed me to have this experience. Study abroad is expensive and any help with financials is a blessing.”

Appalachian ranks fourth among the top 40 master’s degree granting colleges and universities for the total number of students in a study abroad program in 2013-14, the most recent year for which the data is compiled.

Appalachian had 1,010 students study abroad that year, up from 962 in 2012-13.