Dakota Collegiate's international initiative has involved several components, the most exciting of which is its sister school relationship with Meitoku Gijuku High School in Japan. To date, more than 600 Dakota students and staff have visited Japan for stays of anywhere from two weeks to nine months. Several Dakota graduates are now fluent in Japanese as a result of their experience and have shaped post-secondary programs and careers around their involvement in our International Program. At this point, over 200 Japanese students have attended Dakota for a year-long study and have lived with the families of students in the school. The latest development has been the implementation of the Dual Certificate Program, which has been accredited by Manitoba Education. The program is unique to Dakota and has seen a number of Meitoku students graduate with high school diplomas from both Japan and Manitoba.
Families who wish to participate in this program can host a Japanese student for a period of three months to one year. Host families are paid $650 monthly to cover expenses and their children are eligible to apply for a summer job in our language program, tutoring the Japanese students in English.
Dakota students are also eligible for a two-week visit to Japan which takes place every three years. Preference is generally given to students enrolled in special programs such as Band. Spring 2015 will see the next group of Dakota students travelling to Japan to participate in the International Goodwill Concert with students from China, Indonesia and Japan. This will be the ninth time we have been invited to participate in the joint concert, and again it promises to be a spectacular experience.
Opportunities to study in Japan are also available to students on an individual basis. A number of Dakota graduates have also spent anywhere from three to six months in Japan after completing Grade 12, developing fluency in Japanese and a sensitivity toward the culture. Our exchange program with Japan is unique in Manitoba and has provided countless opportunities for our students. Should you have questions please contact the school.