East Asian Studies
The Program in East Asian Studies encourages its students to study abroad and maintains a list of recommended study abroad programs.
- For students going abroad for a semester, EAS will count up to two courses toward departmentals (one of which must be a cognate).
- For students going abroad for a year, EAS will count up to four courses toward departmentals (two of which must be a cognate).
EAS will count content courses that are equivalent to EAS courses at Princeton. Exceptions will be made based on the discretion of the departmental representative.
Students should make an appointment with the EAS departmental representative as soon as they start thinking about study abroad so that an academic program can be worked out that most suits the student.
In recent years, East Asian Studies majors have studied abroad through the following programs:
- University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
- Alliance for Global Education at Beijing Language and Culture University, China
- CIEE, Intensive Chinese Language Program, Beijing, China
- CET Academic Programs, Harbin, China
- Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
- Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies, Japan
- University of Tokyo, Japan
- Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
- Seoul National University, South Korea
Also recommended is Ewha Woman's University in Seoul, Korea. Several EAS certificate students have studied at Ewha (which is co-ed).
EAS offers varied opportunities for overseas study in East Asia. Majors, certificate students, and non-majors are encouraged to take advantage of intensive summer or year-long language study and/or internships. The programs hosted by EAS are the intensive Chinese and Japanese programs in Beijing, China and Ishikawa, Japan (Princeton in Beijing and Princeton in Ishikawa). Upon graduation, students will normally find themselves prepared to begin graduate work at a higher level because of such foreign language experience and training. The department also encourages students to participate in extended internships or study programs in East Asia.
Scholarship aid is available to majors and non-majors for both summer and year-long programs. Students should contact the EAS Program Manager, Richard Chafey, for these funding opportunities.
Intervening Year Abroad
For a student whose career plans make it appropriate, EAS will encourage a year of intensive study at an approved center in Asia, usually Beijing, Kyoto, or Tokyo. To be eligible for consideration, a student completes two years' study of Chinese or Japanese by the end of junior year and must be nominated for scholarship assistance by the program committee. Upon returning to Princeton, the student makes use of Chinese or Japanese materials studied for the preparation of the senior thesis.