Nicklas studies in Tokyo, Japan
November 22, 2013
Kaileigh Nicklas, daughter of Tim and Andrea Nicklas of Granby, Colo., is studying in Japan during fall semester 2013 through the Office for Education Abroad at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., and Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minn. Nicklas is a junior Asian studies major at CSB. The Japan program is hosted by Bunkyo Gakuin University (BGU), a collaborative partner of CSB and SJU for more than 20 years. Located in central Tokyo with a subway station at its front entrance, BGU is ideally situated for an urban study abroad program. Courses are taught in English and include studies in culture, history, arts, politics, economics and Japanese language. The courses include day-program excursions to important Tokyo sites and extensive excursions that enhance the student's learning experience, including trips to Kyoto, Hiroshima, Karuizawa and Nagano. Students stay in the International Student Dormitory adjacent to the Bunkyo campus. Dave Bennetts, professor of history at CSB and SJU, is the director of the program for fall 2013. The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are ranked No. 2 nationally among baccalaureate institutions with students who participate in mid-length study abroad programs according to the annual report on international education, Open Doors 2013, published by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The two schools, which shared the No. 2 spot with Colgate University, Hamilton, N.Y., had 360 students study abroad on mid-length programs during the 2011-12 school year, the latest year measured by IIE.