Program participants live in the NEW Senshu International House, an international dorm that opened in Summer 2014,
which is only a short walk from classroom buildings, train stations, and local shops. The Senshu International House
will house exchange students and short-term international students from overseas, as well as traditional students who
are international student assistants. The standard rooms for international students (50 rooms) will house 2 students per room.
The second floor has an area,”Osamitsu Yamada International Hall” designed to facilitate cross-cultural interactions between
Japanese students and international students, among other purposes. As an educational dorm that promotes learning for people
from around the world, the building has become the new cross-cultural hub on campus.
The Senshu International House has a well-equipped kitchen, as well as shower rooms, washing machines and dryers.
Pillows and blankets are provided. No pre-prepared meals are served at the Senshu International House and students are responsible for their meals.
There is a new program called the “Resident Partner Program,” in which Japanese students will room with international students and provide
support with warm hospitality. There is also a large multipurpose room that hosts such functions as cross-cultural events and other social gatherings.
Students are also encouraged to participate in the weekend homestay in which they live with a local Japanese family. It is a great opportunity to
experience living like a local, practice Japanese language skills, and make new friends. The host family often cooks meals for their students,
or may take them to Kamakura, the countryside, Mt. Fuji, or on a cultural excursion.
Numerous scholarships are offered for study abroad programs. Check with the UNL Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to see if your current scholarships can be applied or if there are others available, (402) 472-2030. Students should also check with the Education Abroad website and the CBA Scholarships website for more information. Other Scholarships that are specific towards this program are the Edythe Wiebers International Studies Scholarship, the Gilman Scholarship, and the Bridging Scholarship.
Why the Senshu Program Stands Out
The Senshu program offers something special that no other program offers, which is the option to be part of a Japanese family with the weekend homestay. Students have an outstanding opportunity to learn and practice the Japanese language and experience Japanese business and culture in a real world setting. Students also stay in a new dorm which just opened in Fall 2014, with students from around the world, including those from Japan who are excited to help students explore their new community. Due to this program being offered in Asia, there plenty of opportunities to earn scholarships toward your study abroad experience.