International Education

China Advocacy Institute 2015


WILLAMETTE STUDENTS AND STUDENTS FROM OTHER UNIVERSITIES MUST USE THE SAME COMMON STUDY ABROAD APPLICATION.  The deadline is December 3, 2014 for summer 2015 participation.  When you are ready to apply, start here:

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.

  • Location:  Xi'an, China
  • Professor:  TBA
  • Credit:  Earn 1.0 WU credit, IDS 349:  Advocacy Institute
  • Dates:  2015 dates are still being determined, but typically starts a few days after graduation and ends late May or early June.  Students selected for the program will be given specific arrival instructions, so please do not book tickets until AFTER the first orientation in spring 2015.
  • Costs:  2015 costs are still being determined.  In 2014:  $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.

Information Session:  Please see  for list of study abroad information sessions.

More information can be found at

Are you interested in learning more?  Contact Dean of Campus Life, David Douglass at or (WU Office of International Education) with questions or for more information.