Exchange students visit Greater Lafayette

Exchange program brings students from Ota City, Japan to Greater Lafayette.
Exchange program brings students from Ota City, Japan to Greater Lafayette.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A dozen exchange students from a Lafayette sister city are in town for the next few days.

Students from Ota City, Japan arrived Tuesday in Lafayette as part of an exchange program. Every other year students from Ota City visit the area.

Greater Lafayette Commerce helped organize the program, which has been in place since Subaru of Indiana Automotive moved to Lafayette.

GLC economic program manager Lauren Davis said they are always excited to be here.

“They all have worked so hard on their English. So to come over here, they really enjoy practicing it,” said Davis. “We’ve had students say they want to come back here and go to college. We’ve also had students that we sent to Japan that said, ‘I want to go to Japan for school.'”

Students have visited the Columbian Park Zoo, Purdue’s campus, and even sat down to meet Mayors Tony Roswarski and John Dennis.

One student said she’s been interested in studying abroad for a while and is having fun.

“I’m really happy to stay here and appreciate all the people in Lafayette and my city,” said Thisato Kasuto.

Next week the students will attend classes at Battle Ground Middle School and Harrison High School, before heading home
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