In wake of the recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami, colleges and universities around the country have been canceling their Japan programs and bringing home their students who had planned to spend their semester soaking up the Japanese culture.
Dartmouth college in Hanover, New Hampshire is accepting these students due to their unique quarter system. Last year, Dartmouth accepted students displaced by the earthquakes in Haiti and Italy. Now Dartmouth is taking in seven students from Brown University and Boston University who were planning on spending the semester in Japan, but who had too late a start at their schools whose semesters started in January.
Dartmouth’s spring quarter starts today and so those seven students will be able to complete their semesters without missing a beat. Although students may be disappointed to have to stay in the United States, most are grateful to have such a good option to fall back on.
Other students who will not choose the Dartmouth option will attend summer school in Boston or try to find another study abroad program to attend this semester.
The University of California system also had about 45 students ready to travel to Japan this month but many of their campuses run on a system similar to Dartmouth’s and so will have little difficulty re-accommodating their own students.
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