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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

Program History

Central America Program Fall 1971. Photo courtesy of Barbara Stavig-Doane  Central America Program Fall 1971. Photo courtesy of Barbara Stavig-Doane

Overseas study at Lewis & Clark College began in 1962 when five faculty-sponsored programs left Palatine Hill for venues in Chile, England, Japan, Mexico, and Peru. Since then 11,442 students and 275 faculty members have participated in 828 Overseas & Off-Campus Programs in 68 countries at Lewis & Clark College. Every year Lewis & Clark offers approximately 34 programs in different parts of the world. Over fifty percent of Lewis & Clark students participate in Overseas & Off-Campus Programs while attending the college. 

Overseas & Off Campus Programs represent an attractive feature of Lewis  & Clark’s curriculum, with upwards of 300 students annually participating in one of the College’s programs. Despite this growth, the institutional goals and values that initially inspired off-campus study continue to guide the direction and focus of the programs and a few  simple statistics attest to both the success and impact of this approach.

Geographical Summary of Overseas Programs from 1962/63 to 2012/13

  • Asia: 23.2%
  • Africa/Middle East: 19.2%
  • Western Europe: 27.2%
  • Eastern Europe: 11%
  • Latin America: 19%
  • North America 0.5%

Countries Represented Since 1962

  • Asia/Oceania: Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
  • Africa/Middle East: Afghanistan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Israel, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Zimbabwe
  • Western Europe: Austria, Belgium, Benelux, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Wales
  • Central/East Europe: Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, The Former Yugoslavia
  • Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic
  • North America: Canada, Mexico, United States

Past Faculty Leaders

Top Row: Dell Smith (Kenya & India), Sue & Bob Owens (Kenya & India), Rich Peck (Kenya & Argentina). Bottom Row: Steve Seavey (Kenya & Australia), Joann Geddes (Costa Rica, USSR, Argentina, East Africa, Australia, Vietnam), Helen Smith.