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Study Abroad

Study Abroad 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 in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, Africa and Oceania through the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) and through Willamette University's exchange partner institutions.

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. 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 OIE). 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 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. Among the various additional costs are transportation, passport and visa fees, and personal expenses abroad.

Students must participate in predeparture orientation sessions and are encouraged to participate in re-entry sessions upon their return to campus. Students are also required to submit a program evaluation upon completion of the program.

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 Office of International Education in Matthews Hall 102.

For the academic year 2007-08, the following Willamette programs will be available (most language programs require 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 (spring semester), anthropology, history, sociology, politics, and economics.


Exchange study at the University of Graz. German language required. Year long or spring semester.


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 at Beijing University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, East China Normal University (Shanghai), or Liaoning University in Shenyang, China. Chinese language required (except CUHK). Year long or semester.


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 fall or spring semester in any approved field.

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


Study at the Universite Catholique de l'Ouest in Angers, France (semester or year).

Exchange study in Paris for advanced students through the MICEFA network of 14 different Paris Universities. French language required. Year long or spring semester.


Study is possible at many universities in Germany, including Freiburg, Heidelberg, Tuebingen, and Munich. German language required. Most programs are year long. Some have semester options - consult with the OIE.

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 the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) in Rome. Classical Studies majors only. Fall or spring semester. No language requirement.


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


Study in Oaxaca, Mexico. Spanish language required. Spring semester only.

South Africa

Exchange study at Rhodes University in Grahamstown (semester or year long).


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 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.

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.


Study and internship at the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture during fall or spring semesters in areas ranging from sociology to politics, economics and art. The Chicago Center program is 15 weeks, four credits, with grades assigned directly to Willamette students participating in the Chicago Center programs for both the post-session and the semesters.