International Center 101
Fax (509) 963-1558
See Web site for how these programs could be used for educational and career purposes.
Michael Launius, Ph.D.
Bobbie Peterson, administrative assistant
Margareta (Greta) Ostlund, fiscal technician
Catherine Gibb, program assistant
Karen (Angie) Hill, office assistant
General Program Information
The Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) coordinates all internationally related activities on campus. This includes maintaining institutional linkages, facilitating faculty exchanges, 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 (SA/EA), advising to international students (AIS), 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.
For more information on the Study Abroad and Exchange Progams, visit http://websolutions.clt.cwu.edu/studyabroad/
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; and Napier University, Scotland.
Active student and faculty exchange opportunities exist between CWU and these institutions.
Advising to 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’s or master’s degree.
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 Latin American 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.