Dartmouth Opens Its Doors to Students Unable to Study in Japan

In the wake of recent earthquakes and tsunamis that have shattered and washed away parts of Japan, millions of people have been affected and the damages across the country show no signs of slowing down. Now, Dartmouth College, located in New Hampshire, is doing what it can to welcome students who were affected by the disasters in Japan while studying abroad, according to an article posted on Boston.com. While the sushi served at a local restaurant in the city of Hanover where Dartmouth is located probably pales in comparison to the sushi those students enjoyed in Japan, Dartmouth is trying its best to accommodate the students who had their study abroad trip cut short by the conditions in Japan.

The college, which accepted displaced students last year from the disastrous effects of earthquakes in Haiti and Italy, is welcoming seven students whose study abroad program was cut short due to the disasters in Japan. The students, who were displaced after the monstrous earthquake shook Japan, are from Brown University and Boston University. In the wake of the recent events, colleges and universities across Japan have cancelled study abroad trips and forced students already studying there to go home. Those colleges and universities have also already cancelled study abroad programs slated for students studying in Japan this spring as well. This has already created some problems for those students who attend schools where the spring semesters start in January, but Dartmouth was able to accommodate those students because their schedules operate on quarterly systems and their spring semester is actually days away from beginning.

When officials at Boston University caught wind of the academic schedule that Dartmouth operates on, they contacted the college to see if that school could be an option for displaced study abroad students. While some students appreciated the option and welcomed the thought of studying at Dartmouth, which has a strong program in Japanese language and literature, others did not take up the offer and instead chose to study during the summer at Boston University. School officials at Dartmouth will have an orientation program for the displaced students and residence hall advisers there have been asked to contact incoming students to accommodate them and help them with the transition.

Other students stuck in similar situations are seeking ways to work out how to continue with their studies after being affected by the disasters in Japan. Three students from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, which starts spring semesters in January, were scheduled to leave to Japan for study abroad programs at the end of the month, so the school is working with the students on an individual basis to see if they can remain on campus and study there. And the University of California system had about 45 students set to travel to Japan this month, but because most of the schools in that system work with the same schedule as Dartmouth, accommodating them to stay on their campuses and start their new semester shouldn’t be too much trouble.

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