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July 5, 2016 (Tuesday), 10:00am
Global Link officially begins on July 5! We look forward to welcoming you to our office at 10:00am for an orientation. The orientation will provide us with an opportunity to get to know each other and to review the schedule of activities for the month. We will also review various policies and will answer any questions you may have.


July 5, 2016 (Tuesday), 12:00pm
Welcome Lunch

After the orientation at the office, we will all go to Bernheim & Schwartz, a local restaurant, for lunch.

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July 5, 2016 (Tuesday), 3:00pm
Circle Line Boat Cruise

fter our welcome lunch on the first day, we will bring you on a Circle Line boat cruise of New York City. The boat cruise will depart from the West Side of Manhattan and will circle around the New York Harbor. You will have a chance to see the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Governors Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, to name a few highlights.


July 6, 2016 (Wednesday) , 9:30am
Roundtable Discussion with Sam Shepherd

e will have a great opportunity to spend time with Sam Shepherd, Chair of the Japan ICU Foundation Board of Trustees. Sam grew up in Japan and has spent his career developing international and intercultural exchange and education programs. He looks forward to spending time with the Global Link students. His bio is available here.


July 6, 2016 (Wednesday), 11:30am
Lunch at Dinosaur BBQ, Harlem

Before our Harlem Cultural Tour, we'll be enjoying lunch at the Dinosaru BBQ in the neighborhood!


July 6, 2016 (Wednesday), 1:00pm
Harlem Cultural Tour

With the guidance of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, we will spend the day learning about Harlem. Our office and International House is in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, which is right next to Harlem. We will learn about how Harlem has changed over the years and continues to be an important cultural hub.


July 7, 2016 (Thursday), 11am
United Nations visit

Mr. Shigeki Komatsubara of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is organizing an information session at his office in the morning, where we will have the opportunity to ask questions and meet other UN staff as well. After lunch, we will visit the United Nations headquarters.


July 8, 2016 (Friday), 11am
Visit to Ground Zero & 9/11 Tribute Center

We will visit Ground Zero and the 9/11 Tribute Center in order to learn more about the terrible events that took place on 9/11/2001. We will have a walking tour of Ground Zero led by someone with a direct connection to the events of that day.


July 8, 2016 (Friday), 2:30pm
Columbia University Campus Tour

JICUF staff Shiori Kitajima will give a tour of her alma mater.


July 8, 2016 (Friday), 5:30pm
Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations

We will visit the Permanent Mission to learn about MOFA's work at the United Nations.


July 11, 2016 (Monday), 9:30am
Bowery Mission & Riverside Church Volunteering

he Bowery Mission is a nonprofit organization that feeds the homeless and hungry in New York City. Half of the Global Link group will volunteer at their East Harlem location. The other half will volunteer for Riverside Church.
The Bowery Mission has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879, when its neighborhood came to define the term “skid row.” Their children’s programs, called Mont Lawn Camp and Mont Lawn City Camp, serve at-risk youth and began in 1894 by giving the children of recent immigrants the chance to escape the tenements in the summer. Today, The Bowery Mission is a results-oriented organization that is recognized as one of New York City’s most effective.
Riverside Church is right next door to International House. It is an inclusive faith community that also participates and leads in volunteer activities in New York City.

July 12, 2016 (Tuesday), 11:00am
Visit to the Tenement Museum & Lower East Side

The Tenement Museum provides a glimpse into the New York City history. Specifically, it focuses on how immigrant communities lived in New York in the 19th and 20th centuries.

July 12, 2016 (Tuesday), 3:00pm
Talk by Director of Outreach, Bowery Mission

Mr. Macklin, a graduate of their program, visited our office and shared his personal story.


July 13 & 14, 2016 (Wednesday & Thursday)
Habitat for Humanity Volunteering

Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit organization that helps provide housing for the poor and destitute. Half of the group will volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Brighton Beach, helping to demolish a home damaged by Hurricane Sandy, and the other half will enjoy a day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. On Thursday, the groups will switch activities.

July 15, 2016 (Friday), 10am
Students will be assigned a position on two hot-button topics, immigration and gun control, and engage in a debate.

July 15, 2016 (Friday), 12pm
High Line & Chelsea Market

July 18, 2016 (Monday)
Trip to Washington D.C. / Georgetown University

 For the first time, Global Link will incorporate a trip to Washington D.C.! We will leave New York City by bus, and plan to reach Washington D.C. mid-afternoon. After checking into the dormitories at Georgetown University, we will meet with Dr. Mitsuhiro Kaneda (ICU graduate) for discussion on international trade. This will be followed by a campus tour and dinner at Bulldog Tavern.

July 19, 2016 (Tuesday), 10:40am
The U.S. Capitol and Smithsonian Museums

The students will enjoy a tour of the U.S. Capitol and have a chance to visit the Smithsonian Museums along the National Mall.


July 19, 2016 (Tuesday), 4:00pm
Visit to the U.S. Department of Education

Mr. Andrew Jackson, Assistant Secretary of Management at the Department of Education, who is a former OYR at ICU, will meet us for an information session. Come prepared with questions!


July 20, 2016 (Wednesday), 9:00am
Visit to NHK Washington D.C. Bureau

Former OYR David McCagg, producer at NHK, invite the Global Link students to his office for a tour and a discussion session.

July 20, 2016 (Wednesday), 10:30am
Visit to the World Bank & International Finance Corporation

ICU alumna Ms. Kaoru Kimura, will be among the professionals we will meet for an information session with staff from the IFC and the World Bank. Ms. Yuki Inatsugi from the Office of the Executive Director of Japan at the World Bank will give us a tour.


July 20, 2016 (Wednesday), 6:00pm
Alumni Dinner at Duke's Grocery

Students will have the opportunity to meet ICU alumni in the D.C. area!

July 21, 2016 (Thursday)
Return to NY


July 22, 2016 (Friday)
Visit to Alumna Ms. Kazumi Pestka's Home & Tour of Rutgers University

ICU alumna Ms. Kazumi Pestka will host a gathering at her home in New Brunswick, New Jersey, with Rutgers faculty, ICU alumni, and students studying Japanese who live in the area. Afterward, the students will have an opportunity to visit the Rutgers University campus. Rutgers has an exchange program with ICU and has a deep historical connection to Japan, with Japanese students studying there at the end of the Edo Period. 


July 25, 2016 (Monday), 11:00am
Tour of Wall St.

Students go on a self-guided tour of Wall Street, and enjoy lunch in China Town.

July 25, 2016 (Monday), 2:00pm
Session on "Ethics and Finance" at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

Members of the JICUF's investment committee gather for a panel discussion on "ethics in finance." 

July 26, 2016 (Tuesday), 10:00am
Jackson Heights, Queens

We will take a tour of the Jackson Heights neighborhood in Queens, which is the most diverse borough in New York City. Students will get a glimpse of the rich melange of cultures that the City has to offer!


July 27, 2016 (Wednesday)
Stone Barns Center in Pocantico Hills

We will make a day trip to Stone Barns Center in Pocantico Hills, about 25 miles to the north of our office in Manhattan. Stone Barns Center is a non-profit farm and educational center with a mission to create a healthy and sustainable food system.  


July 28, 2016 (Thursday)
Trip to Governor's Island

Governor's Island is a 172-acre island in Upper New York Bay, approximately 800 yards from the southern tip of Manhattan Island. We will enjoy a relaxing day outside with a gorgeous view of Manhattan!


July 28, 2016 (Thursday), 6:00pm
Alumni Networking Event in NYC

We'll invite ICU alumni in the New York Metropolitan area to come mingle with the Global Link participants!




July 29, 2016 (Friday)
Final Presentation & BBQ at Ms. Cythia Scanlan's Residence

Former OYR, Ms. Cynthia Chang Scanlan, has generously offered to host a BBQ at her home in Greenwich, Connecticut. Students, make sure to bring your swimsuits to enjoy a dip in the pool! Students will make their final presentations before dinner - a perfect way to wrap up this year's Global Link program!