International Center, room 101
See website for how these programs may be used for educational and career purposes.
Michael Launius, PhD
Bobbie Peterson, administrative assistant
Margareta (Greta) Herman, fiscal specialist
Roslyn Moes, international student advisor
Clarice Tan, international student recruiter
Nicole Burk, program assistant (SEVIS)
Jan Powell, office assistant
The Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) coordinates all internationally related activities on campus. This includes maintaining institutional linkages, facilitating faculty exchanges, recruiting international students, providing study abroad/exchange, and academic advising for both international students and American students, promoting English language acquisition through the Asia University America Program (AUAP), and the University English as a Second Language program (UESL), and collaborating with the academic deans and departments in support of the overall internationalization of the university curriculum.
OISP provides a variety of services to all segments of the university in order to meet the diverse needs of CWU’s students, faculty, international students, research scholars, and professors. The following services are offered through the OISP: study abroad/exchange advising (SAEP), advising to international students, English language training through the UESL program, and a unique English language and cultural learning experience for Japanese students from Asia University in Japan through AUAP.
Central and the Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) maintain active inter-institutional and organizational relationships with the following universities: Anhui University, China; Gunma Prefectural Women’s University, Japan; Herzen State Pedagogical University, Russia; University of Pecs, Hungary; various countries in the International Student Exchange Program; Mexico; Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Japan; Beijing Jiaotong University, China; Queensland University of Technology, Australia; Charles Darwin University, Australia; Griffith University, Australia; Macquarie University, Australia; University of Shimane, Japan; Shimane Women’s Junior College, Japan; Takushoku University, Japan; University of Hull, United Kingdom; Universidad Austral de Chile, Chile; Pukyong National University, Korea; Kyundong University, Korea; Ewha Women’s University, Korea; various countries in the AHA International; Beijing University, China; Universidad Anahuac del Sur, Mexico; Universite de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, France; College Consortium for International Studies, various countries; American Institute for Foreign Studies, various countries; Centro de Investigaciones en Medio Ambiente y Salud (CIMAS), Ecuador; University of Washington Cadiz Program, Spain; Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico; Asia University, Japan; American Pacific University, Vietnam and Napier University, Scotland.
Active student and faculty exchange opportunities exist between CWU and these institutions.
International Students and Scholars
International students and scholars receive academic advising, advocacy, and immigration regulations and procedures assistance through OISP. Support services are available to all international students including those here for language training in the UESL department, to take part in an academic year exchange, or to obtain a bachelor or master’s degree, in International, and Area Studies.
International and Area Studies
CWU offers Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish language courses. Students studying a language are encouraged to have international experience in order to learn more about the cultural context of the language. Regular degree programs are offered in foreign languages with specializations in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. The foreign language broad area major may include studying abroad in a country where the target language is taken.
Students can internationalize their undergraduate education by completing a major or minor in Asia/Pacific Studies and/or Latino and Latin American Studies Program. There is also a minor in International Studies. These programs of study are interdisciplinary and incorporate courses in anthropology, art, economics, geography, history, languages, philosophy, and political science. Other area-focused courses are also available throughout the academic year.