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Willamette University

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Salem, Oregon 97301

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Off-Campus study

Off-campus study provides an opportunity for students to test the theories and abstractions of the classroom in “real world” settings. The experience of living in and exploring a culture vastly different from one’s own allows for fresh perspectives and insights, and contributes to students’ self-knowledge and independence. Students from every major are strongly encouraged to consider the exceptional value of off-campus study.

Exchange Programs

Exchange placements are available in more than one hundred universities in more than thirty countries, including Korea, Thailand, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, Finland, and Kenya, through the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP).

Foreign Study

Willamette's semester or academic year foreign study programs are located in Australia, Austria, Chile, China, Denmark, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine (Crimea), Wales, and through an international consortium, 31 other countries. Students may also study at other accredited institutions in most countries of the world and receive transfer credit with appropriate approvals.

Willamette-Sponsored Programs

Students participating in Willamette programs receive Willamette credits, and grades appear on the transcript. Students may request that these grades be included in the cumulative g.p.a. through the director of the International Education Office (IEO). Willamette financial aid may be applied to the cost of any Willamette program.

Willamette offers a wide variety of programs ranging from exchanges with foreign universities (students enroll directly in foreign university classes) to traditional programs in which WU students study with other American students in courses designed especially for them by foreign faculty members. Many of these programs include homestays or dormitory accommodations on campus. Individual departments determine whether courses taken abroad fulfill a Willamette University major or minor requirement (forms to obtain this approval are available in the IEO). WU programs sometimes include group excursions in the country of study.

Admission to a WU-sponsored foreign study program is competitive. To qualify, a student must meet selection criteria set by the International Education/Off-Campus Studies Committee and submit the appropriate application materials along with letters of reference and an essay explaining the value of the experience within the student's program of study. Selection criteria are designed to increase the likelihood of student success while abroad. These criteria include academic achievement, qualities of character and social skills, motivation and curiosity, self-knowledge, and evidence of advance preparation.

The cost of a term or year abroad on a WU program generally equals the cost of a semester or year at WU, since program costs are based upon WU tuition/fees, room and board. Students must provide for their costs of transportation except in the case of year-long programs (currently limited to Ecuador, Chile, Wales, England/Keele, Sweden, and Germany).

Students must participate in predeparture orientation sessions and are encouraged to participate in re-entry sessions upon their return to campus.

Students intending to study abroad should consult their academic advisors and the study abroad advisor at the earliest convenient time in order to prepare adequately for the experience. For further information on foreign study, please visit the International Education Office in Smullin Hall Room 155.

For the academic year 2003-04, the following Willamette programs will be available (most language programs require that a student have completed at least two years of college-level language before participating in a WU program and that students be enrolled in a language course the semester prior to the proposed study-abroad experience):


Study at the University of Western Australia in any field. Because of the location, preference is given to students in natural and environmental sciences (fall semester), anthropology, history, sociology, politics, and economics.


Study at the Catholic University of Valparaiso in Latin American studies, Spanish, and other fields as language proficiency permits. Study may be from February to July or July to December. Academic year placements are possible for qualified applicants with approvals.


Study in the Oregon State System of Higher Education (OSSHE) Beijing Program, or at East China Normal University or Anhui University (either semester or academic year) in Chinese studies.


Study in the WU/CCCS/University of Havana Program for post and intersessions (three weeks).


Exchange study at Aalborg University in politics, history, economics, anthropology, or history for the fall or spring semester or a full-year placement that includes an internship during the spring semester.


Study and/or exchange study at the University of San Francisco de Quito in Spanish and/or other fields as language proficiency permits; fall program includes an excursion to the Galapagos Islands. Spring program is an exchange intended only for very advanced students of Spanish or those approved to remain from the fall semester.


Exchange study at Keele University for a semester or academic year in any approved field. (Also see Wales below).

Study at the American Heritage Association Center in London for the fall or spring semester. Classes typically include courses on British politics, history, art, literature, theatre, and religion.


Study at the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) centers in Paris, Nantes or Dijon for fall or spring semesters, in French language, history, culture, art, literature, and politics. Students with sufficient language proficiency may attend classes at a French university or Grand Ecole.

Study at the Center for University Programs Abroad (CUPA) Center in Paris for advanced students of French with outstanding academic backgrounds for the fall, spring or academic year. Students with sufficient language proficiency may take courses at the Sorbonne.


Study at the University of Munich in German language and other areas as language proficiency permits for an academic year.

Study at Humboldt University in Berlin in German language and area studies through IES for either the fall or spring semester.


Study at the National University of Ireland in Galway for the spring semester in any field available at NUI Galway. Excursions include a trip to the Aran Islands.


Study at Tokyo International University (fall, spring, or year long) in Japanese Studies.


Study for the fall semester at Center for Cross Cultural Studies (CCCS) in Seville in Spanish and other fields within the social sciences and humanities. Students with sufficient language may take courses at the University of Seville.

Study through the American Heritage Association at the University of Granada, Centro de Lenguas Modernas, for the spring semester, in Spanish and other fields within the humanities and social sciences.


Exchange study at Linkoping University in the sciences, business/economics, psychology, religion and other fields, for the fall or spring semesters or academic year.


Exchange study in Russian language and Russian studies, at Taurida National University in the Crimea, for the fall semester or year.


Exchange study at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, fall or spring semester, in English literature or other approved fields.

Willamette Endorsed Programs

Endorsed programs are those for which a WU student may use Pell and Stafford aid, as well as some forms of state aid (please check with the Financial Aid Office for specific requirements), but not WU assistance. Credits received are recorded asgeneric transfer credit without grades. Major requirements may be met upon receiving appropriate approvals.

WU has currently endorsed the following programs: School for International Training programs in Africa, India, and outside of Ecuador and Chile in Latin America;School for Field Studies programs in Kenya and Mexico; Leeds University; Newcastle University (Australia); Kansai Gaidai (Japan); Butler University program in New Zealand; Augsburg College program in Namibia; Rhodes University (South Africa); the University of Cape Town (South Africa); and Council for International Exchange programs (Asia, Africa and Latin America).

Non-Willamette Programs

Students may also attend any other programs and request permission to transfer generic credit to Willamette. No form of campus, state or federal aid is available through Willamette for these programs. Students should consult with the Registrar and Financial Aid offices regarding non-Willamette programs.

Domestic Off-Campus Programs

Willamette students may participate in the following two programs:

Washington, D.C.

Study at American University and an internship in an appropriate field during either the fall or spring semester. Costs at American University are higher than at WU and students must bear the additional expenses (some scholarship money is available through American University).


Study and internship at the Urban Life Center (ULC) during fall or spring semesters in areas ranging from sociology to politics, economics and art. The ULC program is fifteen weeks, four credits, with grades assigned directly to Willamette students participating in the ULC programs for both the post-session and the semesters.