Welcome to the American Studies Program (ASP) Class of 2015! You can click on the blue button to go to Student Information. From there, choose Academic information or Campus Life information. This is one of the best places to answer questions you may have. If you can't find the answer, please come by our office and we will help you!
The American Studies Program (ASP) begins again on February 2 with the arrival of 131 students. One of the primary activities that approximately 90% of the students are most interested in doing is participating in the Tomodachi ("friendship") Program. Students want to connect and befriend people in the community and share their cultures with them, as well as learning about American culture. They will be signing up for the program in mid-March and the need for community participants is high.
Whether you are young or old, married or single, have children or not, you have something to offer! The students live on the Willamette University campus and they are busy with classes and campus life, so all we ask of program participants is once a month contact with your student(s) on your schedule. It could be for dinner, an athletic activity, shopping, movie night, etc. Many of the students say it takes a little of the homesickness away to spend time off campus with you!
One-hundred thirty one new students arrived at Portland International Airport in Oregon, USA, Tuesday, February 4. The students looked excited to finally arrive and began their life in America! They will spend the next eleven months participating in the American Studies Program at Willamette University and TIUA. After they found their rooms in one of the residence halls on campus and met their International Peer Coach (IPC), they were officially welcomed by the Willamette community at Goudy for dinner that evening. WU's Dean of Campus Life David Douglass welcomed them to the community and they were then entertained by some WU a capella groups. The rest of the week with be spent in orientations, campus tours, shopping, and making lots of new friends.
To see photos from the first day of the program, click here.