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International Programs

Every Linfield student, regardless of major or academic discipline, has the opportunity to study abroad during his or her time at the college.

Linfield believes so strongly in the importance of studying abroad that the College provides students three options for doing so, and even pays for the first round-trip airfare from Portland International Airport.

The courses completed while abroad as part of a Linfield program will count toward graduation. Scholarships and financial aid apply to the cost of the program.

On average, nearly 50 percent of students study abroad before graduation. Open Doors, a Report on International Educational Exchange, ranks Linfield in the top 40 among baccalaureate institutions in the United States.

January Term – Four Weeks

For students seeking a month-long, course-intensive travel experience, the January Term each year provides the perfect opportunity to study away from campus. A variety of courses take Linfield professors and groups of 10 to 15 students around the world to study subjects’ particular to those countries or regions. Courses change each year, but always cover a wide range of topics.

In January 2015, students studied:

  • Vienna 1900: Modern Art, Freud and Wittgenstein
  • Island Economics: Economic Development in Samoa
  • Creative Writing in the U.K.
  • Health Care in Kenya
  • Cityscapes & Cultural Encounters: Andalusian Spain and Morocco
  • Mass Media in the European Union
  • Health Care in New Zealand
  • Religion and Socio-political Philosophy in the Himalayas

In January 2016, students are planning to study:

  • The Art, Science and Culture of Brewing in Europe (Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium)
  • Economics of Association Football (Soccer) in the U.K.
  • Dante and His World (Italy)
  • Traversing the Eulerian Trail (Russia, Germany, Switzerland)
  • Norwegian & Sami Culture and Music: Hurtigruten Voyage and Nordlys Festival of Music in Trom
  • Healthcare in Peru
  • Traditional and Modern Healthcare in Thailand
  • From Colonialism to Globalism: U.S. Foreign Policy, Politics and Culture in Southeast Asia
  • Theatre and Visual Arts in Great Britain
  • Multicultural Experiences in Education: Culture and Education in Puerto Rico
  • Microbiology of Extreme Environments (Hawaii)

Semester Abroad – Four Months

Many students elect to spend an entire semester abroad – becoming immersed in the culture and language of another country. Students studying Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish as a minor, as well as students majoring in Anthropology, Intercultural Communication, or International Business, are required to spend one semester abroad.

Linfield administrators and professors have worked hard to establish and organize programs that meet the College’s academic standards and that will provide a safe and enjoyable experience for students. Countries and established programs on the list include:

James Cook University (Cairns, Townsville) and Deakin University (Melbourne, Warrnambool, Geelong)
Semester: Spring (February - June) and Fall (July - November)
Courses: Full range of courses, with a focus on natural and environmental sciences.
Housing: University arranged; students cook their own meals.

Austro-American Institute of Education (Vienna)
Semester: Fall (August – December)
Courses: German Language, Austrian Cultural History and Austrian Politics & Society
Housing: Host families with some meals.

Peking University (Beijing)
Semester: Fall (August – December) and Spring (February – June)
Courses: Chinese language and a range of courses taught in English. Internships with local businesses are also available.
Housing: University dorms with meals.

Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Quito) and The Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences (Galapagos)
Semester: Fall (August – December) and Spring (January – May)
Courses: Full range of courses (taught in Spanish). Courses on the Galapagos focus on environmental studies and biology.
Housing: Host families with some meals.

University of Nottingham (Nottingham)
Semester: Fall (September – January)
Courses: Full range of courses
Housing: On campus residence halls including meals

Centre International D’etudes Francaises and L’Universite Catholique De L’Ouest (Angers), American University Center of Provence (Aix) and Institute of American University (Avignon)
Semester: Fall or Spring (dates vary based on institution)
Courses: Full range of courses (taught in French).
Housing: Host families with some meals.

Nürtingen-Geislingen University (Nürtingen and Geislingen, near Stuttgart)
Semester: Spring (March-July)
Courses: Options strongly encouraged for students studying business, environmental studies and German. German language not required, but strongly encouraged.
Housing: Campus dormitories.

Hong Kong
Hong Kong Baptist University
Semester: Fall (September – December) or Spring (January – June)
Courses: Full range of courses (taught in English).
Housing: International residence hall; students cook their own meals.

The National University of Ireland (Galway)
Semester: Spring (January – May)
Courses: Full range of courses, primarily in the humanities and social sciences.
Housing: Apartments arranged by Linfield; students cook their own meals.

Kanto Gakuin University (Yokohama), Rikkyo University (Tokyo), Aoyama Gakuin University (Tokyo) and Doshisha University (Kyoto)
Semester: Fall (KGU: August to December; Others: September - January), Spring (April to August)
Courses: At KGU, Japanese Language, Perspectives on Japan, Japanese Culture and Society and Japanese Political and Economic Institutions.  At other institutions, students select from a full range of courses for international students (taught in Japanese).
Housing: At KGU, a combined host family and university housing; at others, university housing arranged by the university.

Yonsei University (Seoul)
Semester: Fall (August – December) and Spring (February – June)
Courses: Full range of courses (taught in English).
Housing: Residence halls; students cook their own meals.

New Zealand
The University of Canterbury (Christchurch), The University of Otago (Dunedin) and The University of Waikato (Hamilton)
Semester: Spring (February – June) and Fall (July – November)
     At Canterbury: marine biology and other sciences, humanities, New Zealand and Australian literature, and Antarctic and Pacific studies.
     At Otago: business, humanities, social and health sciences, Maori studies.
     At Waikato: Maori studies, arts and social sciences, computing, math, education, law and Pacific development.
Housing: University arranged; students cook their own meals.

Oslo University College (Oslo) and Telemark University College (Bo)
Semester: Fall (August – December) and Spring (January – June)
     At Oslo: wide range of courses taught in English include economics, business, public administration, social work, engineering, journalism, library and information science.
     At Bo: courses taught in English in four areas: Alpine Ecology and Environmental Management, Business Administration for Exchange Students, 
     Outdoor Life and Ecophilosophy, and Scandinavian Studies.
Housing: Off campus apartments; students cook their own meals.

African Consultants International (ACI)/Baobab Center (Dakar)
Semester: Fall (September – December)
Courses: Wolof language, French language, Senegalese traditional music and dance, and special topics in contemporary Senegalese society.
Housing: Host families with some meals.

Universidad de Alicante (Alicante), Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), Spanish Studies Abroad (Seville)
Academic Year: Fall (September - December) and Spring (February to June)
Courses: A Spanish language intenstive program with a range of courses selected with the assistance of Linfield faculty.
Housing: Host families with some meals.

Academic Year

Students who elect to major in language (French, German, Japanese or Spanish) will spend an entire academic year abroad. Students will work with faculty advisors and the International Programs Office to determine the location that is most appropriate based on knowledge and experience of language and travel abroad.