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CHINA: BEIJING (Fall/Spring/Full Year) - Housed at Peking University, the premier academic institution in China, this program includes study of the Chinese language, and a variety of courses that focus on the art, history, literature, economics, politics and sociology of China. Students live in dormitories on the Peking University campus with access to on-campus cafeterias, restaurants, libraries and athletic facilities. Students end the semester with one of three two-week study tours. 

CHINA: BEIJING CET (Fall/Spring/Full Year) - In cooperation with CET, Lewis & Clark offers a semester or a full-year program at the Chinese Language Training Center on the campus of Capital Normal University.  Study focuses on language immersion and developing linguistic competency.  Housing is in college dormitories with an opportunity to room with host nationals. The program rigorously enforces a language pledge that requires the use of the target language throughout the program.  Independent study trips to other sites in China, as well as excursions to historical sites of interest in and near Beijing enhance the students’ understanding of life in contemporary China.

CHINA: CHENGDU (Fall)- Housed in Sichuan University in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, the program is coordinated through Pacific Lutheran University’s Wang Center, which sends a faculty member to accompany the students. The program includes an orientation tour prior to arriving in Chengdu, courses on contemporary culture and society, and field trips to rural Sichuan, including areas with primarily ethnic minority inhabitants.

INDIA REGIONAL AREA STUDY (Fall)- India’s 5000-year history and current importance in the international socio/political scene provides an environment that is rich for intellectual inquiry.  Program sites are in the north and south of India with extended stays in New Delhi, Chennai, and Varanasi. The program starts in New Delhi under the direction of Dr. Sunil Kumar,  Professor of History at Delhi University. The program begins with a comprehensive three-week introduction to India and an academic focus on medieval history. This focus is complemented with field trips within New Delhi and trips to Tughluqabad, the Taj Mahal, and Fatehpur Sikri.

From Delhi the academic program moves to Chennai in southeast India where Dr. A.R. Venkatachalapathy will lead the exploration of the history, urban geography and cultures of Tamil Nadu.

From Chennai the last site of study is Varanasi, one of the holiest cities of India. Dr. Nita Kumar, Director of The Centre for Postcolonial Education at Southpoint School, supervises ethnographic research projects, leads explorations of the arts including Hindustani music, and guides investigations of religions of India including Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam.

Integrated into all phases of the program are issues related to women, the environment, economics, politics, history, arts and human geography. Within the program are two, week long, independent travel opportunities designed to allow students to explore areas of India not included in the formal itinerary and to assume responsibility for moving about and exploring India on their own in small groups. Students will be expected to contribute to the learning of the group by sharing their observations and analysis of issues discussed within journals and written papers throughout the program.

JAPAN MT. FUJI SUMMER (Summer)- In collaboration with the Environmental Studies program, the Mt. Fuji program will convey twelve course credits total in an intensive schedule toward general education and ENVS requirements. The program is available to all Lewis & Clark students following their freshman, sophomore, or junior year, with a preference for those who have taken ENVS 160.

The program focuses on Mt. Fuji as an actor in, and a product of, both the physical world and the human imagination. Participants will complete a rigorous orientation spring semester before departure. The seven-week program devotes two weeks to in-country orientation, four weeks to service project-based learning, situated research, and ecological analysis in the towns surrounding Mt. Fuji, and one week to final project documentation and program synthesis. Highlights include cultural and geological outings throughout the region and a summit ascent of the volcano.

JAPAN: OSAKA, GAKUIN (Fall/Spring/Full Year)- In cooperation with CET, Lewis & Clark College offers students a semester or full-year program on the campus of Osaka Gakuin University.  Study focuses on language immersion and developing linguistic competency.  Housing is in apartments/college dormitories with a Japanese roommate. The program provides a rigorous and intensive study of the language, and students are expected to spend a great deal of time on language study both in the classroom and outside of class.  Independent study trips to other sites in Japan, as well as excursions to cultural sites of interest in and near Osaka, enhance the students’ understanding of life in contemporary Japan.

JAPAN: OSAKA KANSAI GAIDAI (Fall/Spring/ Full Year)- In cooperation with Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Lewis & Clark College offers students Japanese language study and an Asian Studies curriculum in the humanities and social sciences focusing on Japanese society and culture.  All lecture courses are taught in English.  Housing is with host families for the duration of the program.

JAPAN: SAPPORO (Fall/Spring/ Full Year)- Academic study focuses on the language, history, and contemporary culture of Japan.  This program is part of a student exchange relationship with Hokusei Gakuen University in Sapporo, the capital city of Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido.  Students live with host families for the duration of the program.

JAPAN: TOKYO, WASEDA (Full Year- With Department Nomination Only- Limited to 2 Participants)- Prerequisite: Completion of Japanese 310 and minimum Grade point average of 3.0 in language. Program: In cooperation with Waseda University in Tokyo, Lewis & Clark offers advanced students a full year progra in intensive Japanese language study and an East Asian Studies curriculum in the humanities and social sciences focusing on Japanese society and culture. Most lecture courses are taught in English, but Japanese lecture classes are available for those with superior language skills. Housing is with host families or in university dormitories.

SOUTH KOREA: SEOUL (Fall/Spring/Full Year)- In cooperation with the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), Lewis & Clark offers this program at Yonsei University in Seoul. Students live in a university dormitory.

VIETNAM: Regional Area Study (Fall 2020)- Study will focus on a broad interdisciplinary introduction to the history, language, culture and politics of this Southeast Asian country. During the first and longest component, the program will be located in Ho Chi Minh City where students will be immersed in extensive language study and introductory course work. Seven to ten days will be spent in the central region, the ancient capital and historical center of Vietnam. A final segment of the program will be offered in Hanoi, the contemporary seat of the government. Weekend and day trips will supplement and enrich each course.

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