The Renison International Office offers a variety of short-term international experiences in China, Japan, Korea, and Mexico. In addition to the in-house opportunities available to students, our international advisor is also here to provide additional support to Renison students and residents considering full-term exchange through Waterloo International.
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Students will take language and culture courses at one of the top language schools in Shanghai, at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) in May. This includes learning about different forms of Chinese art and paper cutting. The program also includes ten-days travel in China, as a field trip of cultural explorations in representative cities in China such as Xi'an and Beijing.
This summer intensive program (2-weeks) provides students of our partner institutions with an opportunity to discover Japan through diverse learning experiences in English.
The program offers intensive Japanese language classes for both beginner and pre-intermediate learners, topical seminars about Japanese culture and society, various cultural workshops, and field trips including a home stay experience.
There are two available sessions open to applicants.
Dates for 2019:
Session 1 - July 1st to July 16th, 2019
Session 2 - July 22 to August 6th, 2019
Cost of program: 154,000 JPY
This is a short term (4-week) Japanese language and culture program at Tottori University, Japan in the summer. It consists of Japanese language lessons in the morning and cultural experiences and local excursions such as a tea ceremony, Japanese noodle making, visiting Tottori Sand Dunes and other scenic locations in the afternoon.
Dates for 2019: June 24th to July 19th, 2019
Cost of program: 90,000 JPY
Momoyama Gakuin University
This is a unique 4-week summer experience where you will have the opportunity to live with a Japanese family through a homestay program. Momoyama Gakuin University is located in Osaka City, which is one of Japan’s most bustling cities. Have an authentic experience abroad while improving your Japanese language!
This non-credit program is aimed toward students who have limited knowledge of Japan, but have taken JAPAN 101/JAPAN 102.
Dates for 2019: June 1 - 29, 2019
Cost of program: $1500.00
JACAC Student Forum
The Japan-Canada Academic Consortium is a great opportunity for students to develop their leadership skills while meeting other students across Canada and Japan. Students will work together in groups and have debates and presentations, discussing a common theme. The JACAC Student Forum takes place during Reading week in February each year and takes place in Canada or Japan, in alternating years.
Examples of themes from previous years are:
- 2019 - Japan-Canada Relations in an Era of Global Change
- 2018 - Crisis in the Humanities: Reconsidering the Studies of the Humanities in the Age of Technology and Innovation
- 2017 - Immigration Policies and National Borders: Integration and Exclusion
Cost: Participation fee is free.
For more information on the Student Forum and costs, please visit the JACAC website.
Jeju National University
Learn about Korean language and culture through this two-week summer program on one of Korea’s most beautiful islands, Jeju island! You will have opportunities to explore, eat and learn about this island’s unique history and culture.
For more information check out the JNU Program Brochure.
Dates for 2019: August 5 - August 16, 2019 (check-in is on Sunday, August 4)
Tecnológico de Monterrey Programs
Culture and Identity Program
This 4-week program is offered by Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Discover four of the most iconic states in Mexico, visit the capital Mexico City, enjoy the colonial city of Querétaro, go to the amazing Guadalajara, walk through historic places at Puebla, and choose to make everlasting memories in beautiful places like Puerto Vallarta and San Miguel de Allende.
And...for other summer programs through Tecnológico de Monterrey, visit: www.studyinmexico.mx
i-Winter MX Programs
i Winter Mx are programs designed for students who love traveling and learning about new cultures. i Winter Mx will allow flexibility as to how, when and where learning happens through visits to organizations, conferences with experts, workshops and trips. Tec de Monterrey offers 4 i WINTER programs, all of them available to exchange students:
- Global Business (Mexico City at Santa Fe, Queretaro, Leon and Monterrey), find out more.
- Culture and Identity (Mexico City at Santa Fe, Puebla, Queretaro and Guadalajara), find out more.
- Insights to Love Mexico (Mexico City at Santa Fe, Puebla, Queretaro and Guadalajara), find out more.
- Aeronatuic Industry (Queretaro, Chihuahua and Mexico State), find out more.
Winter 2020 application deadline: November 22, 2019
NOTE: this program is not being offered in the 2019-2020 academic year.
Students will earn credit for this international experience course which is usually offered in the Winter. This experience promotes awareness of cross-cultural issues and a deeper understanding of issues of social justice. The program is shaped around the interests of the participants to create a shared itinerary for the international experience. The trip is rigorous, filled with long days, and packed with activities, but the end result is a life-changing narrative worthy of retelling. There will be Canadian experience days on weekends leading up to the international experience in Mexico during reading week.