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International Groups

AES Conversation Groups meet weekly to talk about student life, politics, cultural issues, or other topics of mutual interest. International students studying in the Academic English program (AES) meet with U.S. students who volunteer their time. The groups help international students make U.S. friends and practice their English while the U.S. students learn cross-cultural skills.

Amnesty International promotes observance of human rights worldwide as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948. Members do grass-roots public education, letter writing, and outreach in order to help others become aware of the current events in the international campaign for human rights.

Chinese Club is a group of students interested in the language and culture of China. It may be of special interest to those students planning on going on the Lewis & Clark programs in Beijing or Harbin.

French Club offers activities to those interested in learning more about the French culture and provides an opportunity for students to practice their French language skills outside the classroom.

German Club allows students to share cross-cultural experiences, enhance cultural awareness, and speak the German language.

International Affairs Association promotes awareness of international politics on campus through a series of discussions and lectures on various topics of international interest. The International Affairs Symposium is a three to six-day event in the spring that brings world-renowned experts together to discuss a particular topic of international interest.

International Folk Dance Group gathers to learn and practice new dances from around the world and to just have fun.

International Students of Lewis & Clark (ISLC) is an organization designed to promote international awareness at Lewis & Clark by increasing interaction between international and U.S. students. ISLC organizes various activities throughout the year, including dinners, dances, an annual international fair, field trips to areas around the state, and special projects. All international students enrolled at Lewis & Clark are considered members of ISLC, but many U.S. students also participate.

Japanese Club is a group of students interested in the language and culture of Japan. It may be of special interest to those students planning on going on the Lewis & Clark programs in Tokyo, Kansai or Sapporo.

Javanese Gamelan Ensemble is a thirty-five piece percussion group that performs the practices of traditional central Javanese and new Gamelan music.

Meridian, Lewis & Clark’s undergraduate Journal of International Relations and Cross-Cultural Perspectives, is an annual publication which contains articles and essays dealing with a range of topics in contemporary international relations, the behavior of nations, and the character of the international environment. Students from all majors and countries are welcome to submit articles.

Model United Nations offers students a chance to participate in mock United Nations conferences. The students attend many state and national conferences. The Model UN is run entirely by students.

Polyglot is the Lewis & Clark Journal of Foreign Languages. Polyglot publishes articles, poetry, stories and other writings entirely in foreign languages. Students may submit pieces or become involved as an editor of one of the many language sections.

Russian Club is a group of students interested in the language and culture of Russia. It may be of special interest to those students planning on going on the Lewis & Clark program to Russia.

Spanish Club is a group of students interested in the language and culture of Spain and Latin America. It may be of special interest to those students planning on going on the Lewis & Clark program to Spain, Ecuador, or Argentina.

Students Coordinating Interships Abroad (SCIA) disperses information about overseas internships with non-profit organizations in other countries to seek funding and share experiences from internships.

South Asian Culture Club exists for the purpose of increasing awareness and interest in South Asian cultures. It is a group of people that has lived, traveled, or is simply interested in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Nepal. They are common in their desire to learn and share aspects of daily life in South Asia with the large Lewis & Clark community by organizing a variety of programs, bringing speakers to campus, attending relevant events in the Portland area, and producing a bi-annual newsletter.

Third Culture Kids offers a peer group for those U.S. and international students who have grown up in a country that is not their “home culture.” The group includes U.S. students who grew up in Italy, or Swedish students who grew up in India and the Philippines. There are approximately 100+ TCKs at Lewis & Clark. Their parents work in the diplomatic service, the oil business, with the Department of Defense, or with multinational businesses, for example.

The list of organizations and groups on this page are internationally focused. For a complete listing of on-campus groups, refer to our campus-wide list of interest and activity groups