Saint Paul Intercultural Institute

Saint Paul Intercultural Institute We are an academic and homestay program for Japanese and Chinese university students at Bethel University, established in 1995.

08/01/2020
August 1, 2020

Our normally busy summer, preparing for students, has been empty, and today is an especially sad day… We were supposed to be heading to the airport in a few hours to meet this summer’s students. Thanks to the coronavirus, that’s not happening. :-(

But, we have always taught students to have a positive attitude, so we will try to do that now, and think forward to 365 days from today when, hopefully, we will be heading to the airport to meet a new group of students!

And we thought we’d share a short video from summers past. The clothes and hair styles have changed, but the students’ enthusiasm and excitement never change. 😊

03/27/2020

Sadly, we have learned that all four summer Japanese/Chinese universities have cancelled all study abroad programs, so we will not be having the chance to welcome students to Minnesota this summer. We are so sorry about this, as we know many of you were already looking forward to it, as were we.

On a positive note, we finished our winter program in the nick of time, with the students leaving on one of the last Japan flights out of Minneapolis.

We look forward to hopefully welcoming students again next year February 19 to March 15, 2021!!! :-)

We finished our winter program today and sadly said goodbye to 44 students from the University of Niigata Prefecture and...
03/10/2020

We finished our winter program today and sadly said goodbye to 44 students from the University of Niigata Prefecture and Kwansei Gakuin University. What an amazing group of students and an amazing group of hosts!

December 2019:  Yearly reunion of 2008 Rikkyo students, which this year included another case of "Minnesota Magic"!  Sat...
12/29/2019

December 2019: Yearly reunion of 2008 Rikkyo students, which this year included another case of "Minnesota Magic"! Satomi & Kenta got married recently. Kenta was not able to attend due to his job as a journalist. He was away for work in Okinawa.

December 2019: Yearly reunion of 2008 Rikkyo students, which this year included another case of "Minnesota Magic"! Satomi & Kenta got married recently. Kenta was not able to attend due to his job as a journalist. He was away for work in Okinawa.

Canoe Trip yesterday with 69 students and 34 volunteers on the St Croix River.  The students are from Rikkyo University,...
08/17/2019

Canoe Trip yesterday with 69 students and 34 volunteers on the St Croix River. The students are from Rikkyo University, Kumamoto Gakuen University, Chongqing University of Science and Technology and, for the first time, students from Yamanashi-Eiwa College.

Rie Kaneko came back for a visit.  She participated in the program 14 years ago in 2005, and spoke about how the experie...
08/17/2019

Rie Kaneko came back for a visit. She participated in the program 14 years ago in 2005, and spoke about how the experience changed her life and gave her confidence to pursue a career where she uses English for her work every day. Sooooo great to see her again!! 😄

03/19/2019

2019 Memories... University of Niigata Prefecture and Kwansei Gakuin University at Bethel University.

02/17/2019

Students arrive from the University of Niigata Prefecture and, for the first time, Kwansei Gakuin University in Osaka!!

25th Year Anniversary
01/30/2019

25th Year Anniversary

This year marks the 25th year of the St. Paul Intercultural Institute at Bethel University. 1995-2019

11/25/2018

SPII Hosts share Thanksgiving with Japanese students studying at the University of Minnesota...

Here is an amazing story that spans the years...  The Trautman family hosted Akko in 1998. They've kept in touch ever si...
08/25/2018

Here is an amazing story that spans the years... The Trautman family hosted Akko in 1998. They've kept in touch ever since and this August, 20 years later, Akko came back to visit them along with her two daughters!

St. Croix River Canoe Trip 2018!
08/18/2018

St. Croix River Canoe Trip 2018!

UNP Students Arrive!
02/26/2018

UNP Students Arrive!

SPII Hosts shared their gift of hospitality with Japanese students studying at the University of Minnesota, by inviting ...
11/26/2017

SPII Hosts shared their gift of hospitality with Japanese students studying at the University of Minnesota, by inviting them to their homes to experience an American Thanksgiving. :-)

Kumamoto students really made some great connections in August with the Chinese students. So they decided to go to China...
11/08/2017

Kumamoto students really made some great connections in August with the Chinese students. So they decided to go to China to see them! Great to see friendships formed between students from two countries that historically have been at odds.

08/12/2017
St. Croix River Canoeing 2017

Canoeing! 74 students from Rikkyo University, Kumamoto Gakuen University and Chongqing University of Science and Technology embark on a canoe trip on the St. Croix River with the help of 30 American volunteers.

More photos from Deb & Mark Anderson's visit to Japan...
04/29/2017

More photos from Deb & Mark Anderson's visit to Japan...

More photos from Deb & Mark Anderson's visit to Japan...

Deb Anderson has been a Homestay Coordinator and a host family for Rikkyo University students since 1999, and for their ...
04/22/2017

Deb Anderson has been a Homestay Coordinator and a host family for Rikkyo University students since 1999, and for their 30th wedding anniversary, Mark & Deb saved up their money for a trip to Japan. Last night most of the students who stayed in their home (their "Japanese children") got together for a party to celebrate them and their anniversary in an unforgettable way!

Very happy to see 2016 Rikkyo student Yuka Tsunoda and meet her sister who were back to visit Yuka's host family!
04/03/2017

Very happy to see 2016 Rikkyo student Yuka Tsunoda and meet her sister who were back to visit Yuka's host family!

A few highlights from UNP 2017
03/19/2017

A few highlights from UNP 2017

University of Niigata Prefecture students have arrived!!
02/20/2017

University of Niigata Prefecture students have arrived!!

SPII Hosts invited Japanese students at the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas to spend Thanksgivi...
12/04/2016

SPII Hosts invited Japanese students at the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas to spend Thanksgiving Day with them.

SPII Hosts invited Japanese students at the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas to spend Thanksgiving Day with them.

Another exciting August with students from Kumamoto Gakuen University, Rikkyo University and three universities in China...
08/25/2016

Another exciting August with students from Kumamoto Gakuen University, Rikkyo University and three universities in China - Chongqing University of Science and Technology, Yangtze Normal University and Shanghai Customs College. The 22nd year of the St. Paul Intercultural Institute at Bethel University.

Another exciting August with students from Kumamoto Gakuen University, Rikkyo University and three universities in China - Chongqing University of Science and Technology, Yangtze Normal University and Shanghai Customs College. The 22nd year of the St. Paul Intercultural Institute at Bethel University.

Kumamoto Gakuen University students have arrived and are enjoying meeting and interacting with the Chinese students.
08/04/2016

Kumamoto Gakuen University students have arrived and are enjoying meeting and interacting with the Chinese students.

Chinese students arrived!! 😃
08/04/2016

Chinese students arrived!! 😃

Our group of Chinese students ready to embark on their trip to Minnesota from Chongqing...  :-)
08/02/2016

Our group of Chinese students ready to embark on their trip to Minnesota from Chongqing... :-)

08/02/2016

Rikkyo University Students Arrive!! :-)

Photos taken of the campus. Fortunately most of the damage was relatively minor, but wow it is going to take a long time...
04/19/2016

Photos taken of the campus. Fortunately most of the damage was relatively minor, but wow it is going to take a long time to get the library back up and running. UPDATE 4/22/16: We have learned that the damage is more severe than what is visible in these photos. Several buildings are not safe to enter, elevators are damaged and not working, outer stairs are detached and unsafe, etc. The school is closed until at least May 9.

Photos taken of the campus. Fortunately most of the damage was relatively minor, but wow it is going to take a long time to get the library back up and running. UPDATE 4/22/16: We have learned that the damage is more severe than what is visible in these photos. Several buildings are not safe to enter, elevators are damaged and not working, outer stairs are detached and unsafe, etc. The school is closed until at least May 9.

Untitled Album
03/07/2016

Untitled Album

08/23/2015
Makeup Skit

Rikkyo University students Norikazu, Shoya, Sali (Nori's arms) and Aoi (Shoya's arms) hit a home run with their rendition of the Makeup Skit during the Family Picnic and Skit Night...

Students from Chongqing University of Science & Technology and students from Kumamoto Gakuen University spent the day in...
08/13/2015

Students from Chongqing University of Science & Technology and students from Kumamoto Gakuen University spent the day in Brooklyn Park with Celeste Norlander's Literacy Camp reading books and playing games with the children.

Students from Chongqing University of Science & Technology and students from Kumamoto Gakuen University spent the day in Brooklyn Park with Celeste Norlander's Literacy Camp reading books and playing games with the children.

Our first group of students from CHINA!!  They are from the Chongqing University of Science and Technology.
08/06/2015

Our first group of students from CHINA!! They are from the Chongqing University of Science and Technology.

Our first group of students from CHINA!! They are from the Chongqing University of Science and Technology.

Rikkyo Students Arrive!!
08/05/2015

Rikkyo Students Arrive!!

Kumamoto Gakuen Students Arrive!
07/25/2015

Kumamoto Gakuen Students Arrive!

Niigata students arrived and we welcomed them with.... ROOT BEER!!! www
03/01/2015

Niigata students arrived and we welcomed them with.... ROOT BEER!!! www

Niigata students arrived and we welcomed them with.... ROOT BEER!!! www

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