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International Students of CGE&CJLC gathered at Doshisha Chapel for the first time this semester

Updated Aug. 26, 2020
On the afternoon of July 15, “Gathering at Doshisha Chapel” was held for international students from Center for Global Education (CGE) and Center for Japanese Language and Culture (CJLC). A chapel service was given at Doshisha Chapel, and after the service they had a time to meet their lecturers and classmates in a small group.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all classes were given online this semester and students were not allowed to enter the campus, which they didn’t expect when coming to Japan. We reckon that some of the students would feel stressful and lonely because they don’t have many opportunities to have a chat with their lecturers and classmates and share the fear of the virus, and even they have been far from their home countries.

The international students got to visit the campus because some of the campus access restrictions have been lifted on July 10. They finally met their lecturers and classmates under some measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 before their leaving Japan.

For the students who have been enrolled since last semester, it was the first time to meet their lecturers and classmates since they completed the 2019 Fall courses. For the new students, it was the first time to come to the campus and know the atmosphere of the Doshisha campus. They gathered at Doshisha Chapel and got a chapel service by Professor Miyuki Hira. The students had a peaceful time to pray and hear some organ playing.
A warm message was delivered by Professor Nobuyuki Yamauchi, Dean of both centers, to encourage the students in this difficult time we are facing. He introduced his sad experience which he faced when disaster occurred in Japan, and emphasized the importance to think of others to overcome this current situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

After the worship, the students were divided into small groups, and they had a time to discuss their studies and daily life and exchange some information. It was a great opportunity for them in relaxing atmosphere to finally get to meet their lecturers and classmates in person even though they have known each other taking online classes.
Although of course there were some comments from some of the students that it was a great regret that they could not have face-to-face classes this semester, there were also positive comments on their experience they had during this semester; “It was indeed a shame that we could not take face-to-face classes or could not travel around. However, I feel like I had a glimpse what the world’s going to be and it was a great opportunity for us that how we should respond such unforeseen event.”

It was the middle of the rainy season, but the sun occasionally appeared for us, so as it was wonderful day with many smiles on the students’ faces.
On the afternoon of July 15, “Gathering at Doshisha Chapel” was held for international students from Center for Global Education (CGE) and Center for Japanese Language and Culture (CJLC). A chapel service was given at Doshisha Chapel, and after the service they had a time to meet their lecturers and classmates in a small group.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all classes were given online this semester and students were not allowed to enter the campus, which they didn’t expect when coming to Japan. We reckon that some of the students would feel stressful and lonely because they don’t have many opportunities to have a chat with their lecturers and classmates and share the fear of the virus, and even they have been far from their home countries.

The international students got to visit the campus because some of the campus access restrictions have been lifted on July 10. They finally met their lecturers and classmates under some measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 before their leaving Japan.

For the students who have been enrolled since last semester, it was the first time to meet their lecturers and classmates since they completed the 2019 Fall courses. For the new students, it was the first time to come to the campus and know the atmosphere of the Doshisha campus. They gathered at Doshisha Chapel and got a chapel service by Professor Miyuki Hira. The students had a peaceful time to pray and hear some organ playing.
A warm message was delivered by Professor Nobuyuki Yamauchi, Dean of both centers, to encourage the students in this difficult time we are facing. He introduced his sad experience which he faced when disaster occurred in Japan, and emphasized the importance to think of others to overcome this current situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

After the worship, the students were divided into small groups, and they had a time to discuss their studies and daily life and exchange some information. It was a great opportunity for them in relaxing atmosphere to finally get to meet their lecturers and classmates in person even though they have known each other taking online classes.
Although of course there were some comments from some of the students that it was a great regret that they could not have face-to-face classes this semester, there were also positive comments on their experience they had during this semester; “It was indeed a shame that we could not take face-to-face classes or could not travel around. However, I feel like I had a glimpse what the world’s going to be and it was a great opportunity for us that how we should respond such unforeseen event.”

It was the middle of the rainy season, but the sun occasionally appeared for us, so as it was wonderful day with many smiles on the students’ faces.
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