The Kanto Program
Lincoln Memorial University hosts a unique and dynamic international study initiative, the LMU-Kanto Program. Annually since 1979, Lincoln Memorial University has welcomed students from Kanto International Senior High School in Tokyo, Japan. Once each year, a group of 40-70 students from Japan come to visit LMU and reside on our campus, where they engage in rigorous, English immersion studies and a broad extracurricular cultural experience that exposes them to the richness of the culture of our Appalachian region. While gaining an appreciation of college life and forging lasting friendships, students also improve their English skills and experience life in America first-hand. Many Kanto graduates have later decided to attend LMU as college students and then went on to earn their degrees at our university. The benefits of the Kanto Program are truly reciprocal as the entire LMU community is enriched by the presence of these Japanese students who teach us about their own customs and traditions.
The mission of the LMU-Kanto Program is to provide excellence in a non-traditional study abroad program. This program seeks to prepare students for mature global citizenship as well as a successful post-secondary experience. The LMU-Kanto Program provides a caring and nurturing environment, which gives its participants the opportunity to grow and succeed as they experience the challenges of direct involvement in a new culture.
Director of International Programs: Dr. Robin Bidgood, 108 Finley Learning Resources Center, 423-869-6688, robin.bidgood@LMUnet.edu
Assistant Director: Mrs. JoAnn Russell, 106 Finley Learning Resources Center, 423.869.7763, joann.russell@LMUnet.edu
In conjunction with the Kanto Program, LMU offers a home stay experience to participating students. Through home stay, international students spend a weekend with a local host family and participate in the host family’s normal activities such as going to the park, Sunday service or family dinner. The home stay allows students to participate in the daily life of an American family, which enriches their American experience. This unique opportunity is only made possible through local host family participation. Each family can expect to host two students for one weekend, starting Friday and ending Sunday afternoon. There is no obligation to host more than one weekend throughout the duration of the Kanto Program.
For more information on becoming a host family, please contact JoAnn Russell.
Contact: Mrs. JoAnn Russell, DAR Building, 423.869.7763, joann.russell@LMUnet.edu