More than 60 foreigners study at the college every year and local students can go abroad

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: MT. HOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Janine Shockley, International Student Program coordinator at Mt. Hood Community College, joins a group of foreign students studying at MHCC. Mt. Hood Community College is expanding its programs for foreign students to come and study at the Gresham college.

A recently-signed agreement will bring up to 20 students from Japan to MHCC in the fall of 2019.

When the Japanese students arrive, they will spend the first two terms at the ELS Language Center of Portland's Concordia University.

After polishing their English language skills, they will come to Mt. Hood Community College for spring term to study.

The new arrangement links MHCC and Concordia with Tokyo Seitoku University. The students will be undergraduates from the private Tokyo Seitoku University, which is in Tokyo, Japan and founded in 1993.

"We're excited about being included in this continuous study abroad opportunity," said Janine Shockley, MHCC's International Student Program coordinator. "Each year, we'll welcome new international students, providing a wonderful opportunity for cultural exchange amongst the visiting students, our campus and the local community."

MHCC also maintains a longstanding partnership with Ryukoku University in Kyoto, Japan. Ryukoku students study English at MHCC every winter and Mt. Hood college students visit Japan every other summer.

The International Student Program also supports more than 60 students from around the world, who attend the college on F1 student visas.

MHCC students can also study abroad. One program sends students to Costa Rica and the other to Japan.

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