International Education

China Advocacy Institute 2014

APPLY NOW FOR SUMMER 2014!  To apply, students must use the common study abroad application (including the supplementary materials: study abroad statement, transcript request form, faculty recommendation, personal recommendation, and advisor form) which is due by 4 p.m. on December 4th, 2013 to the Office of International Education.

The Advocacy Institute is an interdisciplinary post-session set in China that enrolls not only Willamette students, but also up to forty students from China and other participating universities across the United States. The institute's goal is to equip students with a deeper understanding of sustainability and provide the tools necessary for advocacy. This diverse course includes lecture, discussion, debate, media, and field trips to relevant sites. 

At Willamette University, sustainability is broadly defined to incorporate the 4 E's:  education, environment, equity, and economics.  Sustainability incorporates a commitment to fostering  resilient, prosperous, and healthy communities that strikes a balance between resource use, the needs of the environment, and the social, cultural, and economic well-being of their citizens.  Through lectures, discussions, and excursions with accompanying faculty, students on this program will explore these topics in the context of China. 

Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. Partial scholarships may be awarded to outstanding applicants who demonstrate financial need.

Program Cost:  $3,000 ($3,200 for non-Willamette students). 

  • The program fee covers: tuition; medical insurance coverage; accommodations in a double-occupancy room in a hotel within walking distance of Xi’an Jiaotong University; breakfast, lunch, and dinner on each day of the Institute; and all costs associated with recreational and educational field trips, including transportation and entry fees.
  • The program fee does NOT cover: Round trip airfare to Xi’an, China; tourist visa to enter China; the fee to get a U.S. passport; fees for expedited passport and/or visa processing; and spending money while in China.

Program DatesThursday, May 15 to Thursday, May 29, 2014.   Students selected for the program will be given specific arrival instructions.

Program Location:  Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, Shaanxi, P.R. China

All students will be required to make a $300 deposit upon acceptance.  For more information, contact the Office of International Education (.

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