On Monday, February 8, 98 students from Tokyo International University will arrive on the campus of Willamette University. This marks the 28th year since the program began in 1989. In that time, over 2,700 students have enrolled in the one-year American Studies Program (ASP) at Willamette University and Tokyo International University of America.
The students are fully immersed as Willamette University students. They will live in all of the residence halls on campus and the majority will have Willamette University roommates.
After a week of opening days activities, classes will begin on Monday, February 15.
There are several different ways you can get 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.
Please help welcome these students to Salem and the Willamette communities!