2017 ASP Class Arrives February 6

altOn Monday, February 6, 119 students from Tokyo International University will arrive on the campus of Willamette University and Tokyo International University of America.  This marks the 29th year since the program began in 1989.  In that time, almost 3,000 students have enrolled in the one-year American Studies Program (ASP) at Willamette University.

After a week of opening days activities, classes will begin on Monday, February 13. This year's class includes students from Japan, China and Taiwan. It is composed of  58 women and 61 men.

If you are interested in getting involved with the students, TIUA offers a Tomodachi ("friendship") Program which matches community members with students and asks that they meet together at least once per month. There are several options this year, including a semester program (April-June or Sept.-Dec.) or for the entire year (April-December).   It is not a homestay program, but provides an opportunity for students to get off campus and share typical "American" experiences with local participants. For more information or application forms, click here.

We also offer a Language Tutor Program which is free to local community members. ASP students sign up to be tutors and languages include Japanese and occasionally other languages such as Chinese or Korean. For more information on this program, click here.


ASP Students Enjoy Learning through Community Service Opportunities

Community service learning opportunities, or volunteering, are a very important component of the American Studies Program at Willamette University and TIUA. Service-learning is a method of teaching based on the principle that community involvement is an invaluable component to a student's educational experience. A healthy collaboration between community partners, staff/faculty, and university students to tackle specific social issues in Salem through service-learning can be a mutually meaningful and mutually beneficial experience.

ASP students have manalty opportunities to volunteer during their year in Salem.  Here are a couple of the activities they participated during the fall semester, 2016. A lot of students went to the Oregon Coast to join the SOLVE Beach Clean-Up, where they picked up trash along the coast.  Other students went to the Marion-Polk Food Share Youth Farm to pick squash, clean fields, and help create a hedge row.

Click here to see photos of some students' experience volunteering.


Happy Holidays!

altGreetings friends, Please click on the link below for holiday greetings from all of us at the American Studies Program at Willamette University and Tokyo International University of America.  Many thanks to all of the students, faculty, staff, and community members who came together in the making of these wonderful memories.


All the best,

Gunnar Gundersen, Executive Vice President



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Tokyo International University of America (TIUA) is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment.  TIUA does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship programs, and other TIUA administered programs and activities.  For the purpose of admission, all students must be formally admitted by Tokyo International University (Kawagoe, Japan) prior to making application to the American Studies Program at Willamette/TIUA.