Japanese program students headed to Japan again!

Following last year’s record success of three placements in the competitive JET program, the Japanese program is pleased to announce two more JET placements (Maya Green, Cesar Luis), a placement at Bunkyo Gakuin Daigaku (Emerson Kanning), and placement with Interac teaching elementary students in Chikugo, Fukuoka (Jacob Cossairt), a stationing with the US Army Air Defense in Okinawa (Noah Johnson), and research internship at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (Mary Ludwig).


Maya Green

(headed to Japan through the JET program)

The Japanese program has provided me the resources, experiences and opportunities that will aid me throughout my career. With the support of the Japanese professors, fellow program and exchange students, TA’s, and alums, I was able to land a job in Japan through the JET program and am so excited to utilize the skills and knowledge I’ve built over my four years at CSB and SJU.

–Maya Green

Cesar Luis

Cesar Luis

(headed to Kagamiishi, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan through the JET program)

I cannot imagine how different my life would have been if I hadn’t chosen to learn Japanese. I have made significant progress with the help of my teachers, tutors, and classmates. I encourage others to continue their studies under the Japanese program as they have guided me to where I am today.

–Cesar Luis


Emerson Kanning

(headed to Tokyo, Japan, to take position with Bunkyo)

I am very excited to take on this position at Bunkyo because my interest in Japanese culture and language only grew after my time spent at CSB and SJU. The Japanese department at CSB and SJU offered many classes on languages and Japanese culture, so I think it will be incredible to apply skills and knowledge from both these areas to my adventures going forward. Specifically, I was able to take a course that focused on environmentalism in Japan, and I am thoroughly excited to see how the materials from that class are relevant in real time. 

–Emerson Kanning

Jacob Cossiart

Jacob Cossiart

(headed to Japan to teach English through a private company)

My time in the Japanese program solidified my passion for the culture and people. Because of this I had the opportunity to meet amazing people and make great connections. I wish them all the best and cannot wait to see what they will achieve.

–Jacob Cossiart

Noah Johnson

Noah Johnson

(stationed in Okinawa, Japan, through the US Army)

Being a part of CSB and SJU Japanese program was one of the best experiences of my college career. The professors and fellow students are some of the best people I have had the pleasure of meeting. Studying aboard at BGU was a highlight of my life. I’m very excited to be able to go back to Japan and work as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air Defense Artillery branch. I hope to work closely the Japan Ground Self Defense Force in the future and continue learning Japanese while stationed there. All this would not have been possible without the help and support of the CSB and SJU Japanese program.

–Noah Johnson

Mary Ludwig

(Headed to Okinawa, Japan, to research at the Institute of Science and Technology)

Participating in the Japanese program has caused such a positive impact on my life. Not only have I gained incredibly supportive professors and peers, I have also made lifelong friends. It was through my connections in this program that I learned about the opportunity to work as a research intern at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, where I will be furthering my career for the next six months.

–Mary Ludwig

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Jeff DuBois
Chair, Languages and Cultures Department
CSB Richarda P32

Jennifer Schwichtenberg
Department Coordinator
CSB Richarda P38
SJU Quad 253A