Earlham’s Studies in Cross Cultural Education (SICE) program provides students a unique opportunity to learn about Japan by participating in a Japanese community. Students become a member of a local school by serving as a foreign language (English) teaching assistant. About ten students participate in SICE every year. The program is located in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of Japan.
Students live with host families during their stay in Morioka. Each student is provided with a private room and is expected to take part in family meals at breakfast and dinner. Host families make the student a part of the family, often planning weekend trips and outings together.
During the semester, students travel to the Tohoku coastline including the city of Miyako and the village of Tanohata. Students meet with government officials to discuss the recovery efforts following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami; tour some of the devastated areas and learn about risk management planning for the future; and visit households and businesses that have a long relationship with Earlham College.