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International Programs Study Abroad

Getting Started

1. When do I Start?
2. How do I fit study abroad into my Linfield Education?
3. What about fulfilling my major or minor course requirements?
4. Fields of study by location.
5. Special features of Linfield's study abroad programs.
6. Life after Linfield...the value of studying abroad.
7. How do I get started?

1. When do I start?

  • students swimmingAs soon as you receive the letter of admission from Linfield as a first year or transfer student, explore the options.
  • Apply for your passport
  • Every student, regardless of major or academic discipline, has the opportunity to study for Jan Term, a semester or a year in various cities around the world.

2. How do I fit study abroad into my Linfield Education?

  • Discuss these opportunities with your faculty advisor soon after you arrive on campus. 
  • Plan how the semester abroad or January term experience will fit into your Linfield degree. 
    • Students studying abroad during the last semester of their senior year should consult with the Registrar regarding their graduation plans.
  • Some of the programs are available in the fall while others are in the spring…but there also are programs that are offered both semesters. Many of these programs, including January Term programs, offer courses that fulfill the Linfield Curriculum.
  • Jan Term vs. Semester/Year Abroad - benefits comparason

3. What about fulfilling my major or minor course requirements?

  • Peking OperaWith careful planning, spending a semester or January term abroad will not slow down your progress toward graduation. 
  • All credits earned in Linfield's programs abroad can be applied to your degree objective.
  • Review the courses offered overseas on the program's website with your advisor.
  • At some point you will need to complete the Study Abroad Transfer Course Approval Form, found on the Registrar Office's website. 
    • This can be done prior to completing your application or after. 

4. Fields of study by location:

Australia: Deakin University with campuses in Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool; James Cook University with campuses in Townsville and Cairns. 
Austria: German language, music, history, political science, community service.
China: Peking University offers Chinese language and a variety of liberal arts subjects (all majors).
Ecuador: Quito: Students select from University of San Francisco’s international student curriculum, covering a wide variety of disciplines (all taught in Spanish); the Quito campus has state-of-the-art science facilities allowing our natural science majors to take lab courses in Ecuador (all majors).
The Galapagos: Ecology, biology, marine life, environmental studies (all taught in English).
England: Students choose from the international student curriculum at the University of Nottingham-check their website.
France: French language and a variety of liberal arts subjects are available.
Germany: Nürtingen-Geislingen University has two campuses; courses at Nürtingen are taught in English; excellent for students interested in going abroad as a business or environmental studies major/minor; German majors attend Heidelberg University.
Hong Kong: Students select from a large curriculum for international students at the Hong Kong Baptist University, taught in English.
Ireland: Students select from the curriculum for international students at the National University of Ireland in Galway - see their website.
Japan: Japanese language, politics, economics and history at Kanto Gakuin University in Yokohama. At Rikkyo University and Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, as well as Doshisha University, Kyoto, students select from the university curriculum for international students (covering a wide variety of disciplines, all taught in Japanese).
Korea: Yonsei University offers a broad curriculum for international students, covering a wide variety of disciplines, all taught in English.
New Zealand University of Canterbury in Christchurch; University of Otago in Dunedin and University of Waikato in Hamilton.
Norway: Programs at both Oslo & Akershus University College of Applied Sciences in Oslo and Telemark University College in Bø offer curriculum taught in English that covers most majors.
Spain:  Selected institutions in Seville, Alicante or Barcelona, Spanish majors only.


January Term off-campus courses: Courses, subject area and study sites vary each year; some courses are repeated every other year, but many new ones are offered by Linfield faculty each January.

5. Special Features of Linfield’s Study Abroad Programs

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  • Language semester programs offer homestays  – a great opportunity to establish long term connections,  to be fully immersed in the culture, traditions and norms of the people there and to enhance your language proficiency through daily practice and use with your host family. Other programs are apartment style or dorms.
  • The cost of a semester abroad program is similar to what it would be if you were on the McMinnville campus for an equivalent time.
  • Linfield pays for the round trip airfare from Portland to the study abroad site for your first experience.
  • At certain sites, you can make a significant contribution by engaging in community service/volunteer work such as working with an orphan-age or with the Habitat for Humanity projects.
  • The January term off-campus courses offer thematic, interdisciplinary studies on such topics as lifestyle and longevity in Japan, environmental economics in Australia, creative writing in literary Britain, technological and environmental advancements and concerns in China, medieval philosophy in Europe or eastern philosophy in China, health care in India, the Cameroons or Australia, politics and tragedy in ancient Greece, politics of the past in Russia, British politics, marine biology in Hawaii, Arab civilization in Spain, and many others.

6. Life after Linfield... the value of studying abroad

  • Build self-confidence, language and cultural training skills.
  • Enables students to chart new career and professional connections. 
  • Opportunities for scholarships for study, research and teaching through special opportunities such as Fulbright and Japan Exchange Teacher programs.

7. How do I get started?

  • Eating a GrasshopperConsult with your advisor or IPO to select an appropriate program.
  • Download an application form and follow the instructions. 
  • Meet all deadlines.
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