Study Abroad

Working with your academic advisor and the Office of International Education (OIE) you can plan an an experience that fits your academic and personal goals.

Why study abroad?

Students of all majors benefit from studying abroad. As a Japanese Studies major, you can:

  • examine current environmental and policy issues in an international context
  • gain a comparative and cross-cultural perspective on the interaction of people and the environment
  • enhance your intercultural communication and improve world language skills
  • broaden your world view and deepen your understanding of yourself
  • examine your values and beliefs in new ways
  • prepare for life after college by becoming a globally engaged citizen

How will study abroad count toward my major? Will it take me longer to graduate?

With planning, you can study abroad and graduate on time. Your academic advisor will help you to plan for study abroad and determine how many credits you may apply toward the major. Many students take general education and elective classes in addition to one or two credits in the major. This varies widely based on your program of interest and your individual degree requirements.

An OIE advisor can help you to find a program that matches your academic needs and helps you to meet your personal goals and interests as well.

When should I study abroad?

Programs are offered during the summer, fall or spring semester or for a full academic year.

 Japanese Studies majors typically study abroad as juniors. Fall semester is the best choice within the major, if possible. Students who may need to study abroad in spring semester due to other commitments should discuss their situation with their academic advisor.

Summer programs are open to students at all levels, unless otherwise noted.

Can I afford to study abroad?

Yes! Willamette-sponsored semester programs are comparable in cost to being on campus for a semester and most forms of financial aid can be applied. See the OIE website for more details about program costs and additional expenses to consider.

Scholarships for study abroad are available and can be found on the OIE website. It is critical to begin to research scholarships early, even before you apply for study abroad.

How should I choose a program?

Research, research, research! Just as you spent time researching colleges before deciding on Willamette, you will want to spend time investigating programs abroad to ensure a good fit.

  • Research class offerings to know whether there are classes that meet your academic needs.
  • Consider your personal goals for the experience and seek out programs that will help you to meet them.
  • Investigate which programs offer support services you may need during your time there.
  • Meet with an OIE advisor!

Programs recommended for Japanese Studies majors

The Japanese Studies department recommends the following programs for majors:

  • Australia: University of Western Australia, Perth.
  • New Zealand: University of Otago, Dunedin.
  • Scotland: Ness of Brodgar, Orkney Islands. Archaeology Field School. (Summer)

Students seeking to take courses outside the major may also choose from a variety of other programs. Most programs are open to all majors.

Students seeking to take courses outside the major may also choose from a variety of other programs. Most programs are open to all majors.

Resources for study abroad:

Office of International Education

Visit the Office of International Education’s website to learn more about program options, scholarships how to apply and more.

Credit considerations

Japanese Studies majors should consult their academic advisor about the courses they take abroad.

Willamette University

Japanese Studies

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6015 voice
503-370-6720 fax

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