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L&C Working With Waseda

December 13, 2004

Lewis & Clark has strengthened its long-standing ties to Waseda University, one of Japan’s premier educational institutions, through the two new initiatives this year.

  • CESA initiative. Lewis & Clark is one of only eight institutions selected by Waseda University to participate in its Collaborative Education in Study Abroad initiative. The program is designed to encourage increasing numbers of Waseda students to study in other countries to lay the groundwork for the university’s new international college.


    In fall 2003, nine Waseda University students arrived at Lewis & Clark to study topics related to the North Pacific Rim. During first semester, they sharpened their English skills by taking courses in the Academic English Studies program (formerly the Institute for the Study of American Language and Culture). During second semester, they are taking undergraduate courses related to the program’s theme with their Lewis & Clark peers.

  • Waseda exchange agreement. The College recently signed an educational exchange agreement with Waseda University, which will make it easier for Lewis & Clark faculty members to use the university as a base for research in Japan. Waseda University has one of Japan’s largest and best research libraries.

Lewis & Clark’s ties to Waseda University date back to the early 1990s, when Waseda officials worked with Portland-area colleges and universities to create the Waseda/Oregon Summer Program. From 1992 to 1999, approximately 225 Waseda University students studied at Lewis & Clark.

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