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Willamette University

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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.

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 2008-09, 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.


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.

Czech Republic

Study at the Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies (UPCES) at Charles University in Prague during fall or spring 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 AHA 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).


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


Study at the National University of Ireland in Galway for the spring semester in any field available at NUI Galway.


Study at any of the more than 140 participating international universities within the International student Exchange Program (ISEP) for fall, spring, or the academic year.


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.

New Zealand

Study at either the University of Otago in Dunedine or Canterbury University in Christchurch for either the fall or spring semester.


Exchange study at Strathclyde University in a variety of fields, for the fall or spring semesters or academic year.

South Africa

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


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.

Summer Programs

Students may also attend any of the WU programs offered following the conclusion of spring semester. These programs are often referred to as Post-Sessions as they commence at the end of the academic year. These programs vary in length, cost, and curriculum and are typically led by WU faculty. Programs offered in 2009 were in Ecuador, Greece, Italy, Puerto Rico, and in the US at the Chicago Center.

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.