February 8, 2002: A world of opportunities at Capilano

      Contact: Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER)--A unique educational and cultural experience in Kushiro, Japan is being offered to Capilano College community members through a three-week study tour offered by the College's Study Abroad office.

      From May 10 to June 3, Capilano College will lead a study tour to Kushiro, Japan on the island of Hokkaido, in cooperation with our partner institution, the Kushiro Public University of Economics. This three-week program includes the option of earning 4.5 college credits in sociology and business administration.

      "Capilano College Biology instructor, Dr. Malcolm Fitz-Earle, who is currently on a faculty exchange at Kushiro, has been instrumental in initiating this exciting opportunity," says John Potts, dean of Human Services and International Education. "As well, Sociology instructor, Rita Isola, and Business Administration instructor, John Brownlee-Baker, will each be teaching a course in conjunction with lectures by Japanese faculty."

      Students have the opportunity to earn Capilano College credits while studying in locations that include Japan, Costa Rica, England, France, Italy, Lebanon and China. A number of short and extended term options are available, including an exchange in Paris open to business administration students at the well-known business school INSEEC - Institute des Hautes Études Économiques et Commerciales Reconnu par L'État. Dean of Business, Catherine Vertesi, has secured a number of exchange programs for Capilano College business administration students, including Arcada Polytechnic in Finland and the Groupe Sup de Co Amiens Picardie in France.

      Known for its innovative programs some of which are unique in Canada Capilano College is committed to the continued development of international education programs. By providing exchanges with colleges, universities and agencies around the world, faculty and students return with a greater understanding of the world and an appreciation of the different cultures they encounter.

      A new Web site introducing all program options is currently being developed. The text version is up now at www.capilanou.ca/studyabroad. When completed, the site will serve as a resource tool for students wishing to study in another country. For more information, please contact Susan Watson at 604.990.7895 or e-mail her at studyabroad@capilanou.ca .