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CSUSB-Palm Desert Welcomes Japanese Students

The campus is kicking off its first international program with women from Yasuda University in Hiroshima. Their activities will include a special shopping trip to El Paseo.

Thirty Japanese students from Yasuda University in Hiroshima will arrive at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus this Thursday for a three-week cultural immersion program. 

“CSUSB’s College of Extended Learning has operated international programs with Yasuda University for over 20 years at their San Bernardino campus,” said program administrator Steve McAdams. “But this is our first group to visit our Palm Desert Campus. We think their experiences in our beautiful valley will add a new level of excitement for our international students, and we are excited to have them on our local campus.” 

Studies on campus will include English, American culture and American idioms, according to Michael Singer, a CSUSB spokesman.

The women will also meet with seniors and the public at a special Osher Institute lecture on the phenomenon of origami as an art form, Singer said.

While in the United States, the students will live with local families. Special activities are scheduled throughout their stay, including trips to Joshua Tree National Park, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Disneyland and Universal Studios. 

The students will also be joined by 30 of their counterparts from Cal State San Bernardino for a day tour of the Coachella Valley, which will include visits to the Cabot Museum in Desert Hot Springs, the Palm Springs Art Museum and shopping on El Paseo in Palm Desert.

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