Study Abroad

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: TAIWAN CET (Fall/Spring/Full Year)- In cooperation with CET Academic Programs, Lewis & Clark offers a program of Language Intensive study in Taipei. Students take small-group Chinese language classes at the renowned International Chinese Language Program (ICLP) in the mornings, and then work at a local internship in the afternoons. This experience provides students with organized language learning, along with the opportunity to put language skills into practice while gaining real-world experience. The program is located at Taiwan’s top university, National Taiwan University (NTU). The large, beautiful campus has a vibrant international feel thanks to the many students and scholars who come from all over the world to study there.

 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: 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: 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)- 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.

THAILAND: Regional Area Study (Fall even years)- This program is run in coordination with the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (ISDSI), a study abroad organization based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This program focuses on sustainable development, with a further focus on experiential education. Students will take four courses, which each consist of a four week block. During each block, students are in the classroom in Chiang Mai for one week, which is then followed by three weeks of ‘expedition’– experience-based learning, which takes place in homestays across Thailand.