The American Studies Program (ASP) began February 6 with the arrival of 119 students. One of the primary activities that approximately 80% 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 event, shopping, movie night, etc. Many of the students say it takes a little of the homesickness away to spend time off campus with you!
A mix of snowflakes and raindrops welcomed one-hundred-nineteen new Salem residents today. The students arrived at Portland International Airport and Sea-Tac Airport on Monday, February 6. 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. They will be welcomed them to the community at dinner with a couple of speeches and some entertainment by WU a capella groups. The rest of the week with be spent in orientations, campus tours, shopping, and making lots of new friends.
On Monday, February 6, 119 students from Tokyo International University will arrive on the campus of Willamette University and Tokyo International University of America. This marks the 29th year since the program began in 1989. In that time, almost 3,000 students have enrolled in the one-year American Studies Program (ASP) at Willamette University.
After a week of opening days activities, classes will begin on Monday, February 13. This year's class includes students from Japan, China and Taiwan. It is composed of 58 women and 61 men.
If you are interested in getting 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.