Hello from Salem, Oregon, USA! The American Studies Program (ASP) is a unique program created by TIU and Willamette University in 1989 in order to give students an opportunity to immerse themselves in an American university experience.
Students not only study English but also other subjects including sociology, politics, economics, sports science, environmental studies, history, and many more. Nearly 3,000 TIU students have had the chance to participate in this program and it has had a great impact on their lives. Many are working today in professions that may not have been open to them without this intensive intercultural experience. Besides living on campus, students can also get involved in the Salem community through our Tomodachi (Friendship) Program and through many cultural and service learning/volunteer activities.
During vacation periods, students travel widely, visiting places such as New York, Washington, D.C., Florida, the Grand Canyon, San Francisco, and Canada. Because this program takes place in Salem, it is also easy to participate in outdoor sports such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, rafting, and windsurfing. The athletic facilities at Willamette University include several gymnasiums, tennis courts, swimming pools, and several sports fields. So, as you can see, there is a lot to see and do during both the school year and vacation periods.
- Professor Gunnar Gundersen
Executive Vice President, TIUA