Kon'nichiwa, Bulldogs! DeSales Signs Exchange Agreement with Sophia University

by Janelle Hill | Oct 31, 2017

Kon'nichiwa, Bulldogs! DeSales signs agreement with Sophia University

Interested in exploring ancient temples, eating the world’s best sushi, or catching a bullet train to a new, unknown city?

DeSales University students will have the chance to do all that and more thanks to a new exchange agreement in Japan.

Dr. Gerard Joyce ’91, interim president, signed the agreement with Sophia University in Tokyo, marking DeSales’ first undergraduate full-semester exchange in Asia. 

“We identify a new location based on student interest,” says Brian MacDonald, director of international learning. “If students are coming to me consistently and saying we want to go here, then we would start looking in that place to find a partner.”

The partnership has been in the works for a year. DeSales will be able to start sending and receiving students by the fall of 2018.

“Most of our students are looking to go to Europe,” says MacDonald. “But we want to expose our students to students from other parts of the world as well. Bringing in an Asian partner will be a really good way to do that.”

Sophia University is a Jesuit university based on the teachings of Christianity and the Catholic spirit. It celebrated its centennial in 2013, and it’s ranked as one of the top private universities in Japan.

MacDonald’s office has also looked into exchange agreements in Scotland, Germany, and Austria. Moving forward, South America will be in consideration as well.

“We want to give students the most options possible,” he says. “When we create these partnerships, it makes it a lot more affordable for students to go because we can then apply their financial aid to the program. So if we can make that easier for our students, they tend to want to do more of these international opportunities.”

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