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Fall Term in East Asia

Applications for Fall 2016 are now closed.

The East Asia Term is expected to return for the Fall of 2019. Information will be available in Spring 2018.

Spend Fall Term traveling throughout Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China on Augustana's East Asia Fall Term. Augustana College has organized an East Asian term since 1974, traveling to Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and adding China in 1977.  We were one of the first colleges to bring students to China in 1977. 

Eligibility:  The Fall Term in East Asia is open to any full-time Augustana student with sophomore, junior or senior status.  Courses do not have prerequisites.  As with all Augustana programs, a minimum GPA of 2.00 is a requirement.

Recommended For: This program is open to all majors.  Students with an interest in Asian Studies, Japanese, Chinese, Geology, Political Science, Medicine, World Literature, Eastern Religions, Art History or History should find this program of particular interest.

Academics: 10 or 13 credits.  Along with a required 1-credit Seminar on Asian Cultures, students select from courses in Japanese Art, Geology of earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunami, traditional Chinese medicine and international relations of China, offered over two five week sessions.  Students may opt to take all 4 or any combination of 3 courses.  The East Asia Program is a Learning Community (LC) designated program, and the proposed courses will offer students a variety of general education requirements.  Courses offered will be:

ISS 301: East Asia Seminar --- Required 1 credit course over the full program. (M. Smith)

WLIT 350: Japanese Masterpieces in Translation (PL, G) --- Offered in Japan & Taiwan (M. Nagase)

GEOL 106: Earthquakes, Tsunami and Eruptions in East Asia (PN)--- Offered in Japan & Taiwan (M. Wolf)

ASIA 305: Traditional Chinese Medicine (PH, G)--- Offered in Taiwan, Hong Kong & China (R. Tallitsch)

POLS 318: China in World Affairs (PS, G) --- Offered in Taiwan, Hong Kong & China (X. Zhang)

Students should plan their academic coursework for the year to avoid course overloads.  If students choose to pursue a study abroad experience that takes them into a credit overload, those will lead to additional overload fees owed to the college and billed during the student's final term of that academic year.


Cost: The program fee for 2016 is $19,975

Cost compared with Fall Term on Campus:  $3,275 more than estimated on campus cost of $16,700.   A difference of $1,275 if Augie Choice is utilized.

Cost includes: Program costs include air travel to/from Chicago, ground transportation, food allowance & group meals, accomodations, excursions, site visits, museum entry fees, and health insurance.

Cost does not include: Some meals & discretionary spending.

Payment dates: A $300 deposit is due with all applications.  Program payments are due March 15, May 1 and July 1 of 2016.

Financial Aid:  Students participating in this program are eligible for the same grants, scholarships and loan eligibility while abroad as they would be for this trimester on campus.  When billed for the program each student will receive a detailed billing statement which reduces the cost of the program in accordance with the student's anticipated financial assistance. 

Augie Choice: This program is Augie Choice eligible for all students who have completed 3 terms or 30 credits (sophomore status) or higher at the time of departure.  Transfer students who have also completed 3 terms or 30 credits at Augustana are also eligible for the Augie Choice grant.

Application process:  Students are encouraged to attend the Study Away Fair on campus this October 4th.  Each program will also hold informational meetings in October and early November.  The online application for this and all 2016-2017 programs will go live in November 2015.   Online applications and a $300 deposit are required by January 15, 2016 in order for full consideration.   If the program is overenrolled a selection process based on academic year and GPA will be utilized to select the participants and a short alternate list.  If a program has vacancies after the January deadline, late applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis.

For further information, contact program director Dr. Marsha Smith or the International & Off-Campus Programs Offices.