Royalty Studying Abroad

Study abroad is a great way to allow students to experience other cultures and countries. While this is a good thing for the average student, for those within a royal family – it can help provide additional expertise that may be required if one is to rule. The first-born granddaughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan will be spending this upcoming year doing just that.

Princess Mako currently studies art at Tokyo’s International Christian University (ICU) and will be continuing those studies while spending nine months at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She will turn 21 during her year abroad – but is by no means the first royal member from Japan to study abroad. Princess Tsuguko of Takamado, another grandchild of the emperor and empress, spent four years at the same college in Scotland.

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