Temporarily, as long as study away is unavailable due to the consequences of Covid, our major requirement for study away is suspended. Asian Studies, Chinese and Japanese majors should consult with department faculty regarding alternatives that will support the linguistic, cultural, experiential, and curricular objectives of the major.

Study Away is naturally a big part of the Macalester College Asian Language and Cultures experience. All students who major in either Asian Studies or Japanese Language and Culture or Chinese Language and Culture are required to spend at least one semester abroad.


All up-to-date information is available at: macalester.edu/studyaway.  Because of the long history of Japanese study at Macalester, there are several ways for Macalester students to study in Japan.

  • Waseda University: Many Macalester students study at Waseda University, one of the leading private universities in Tokyo. Find out more about ACM Japan Study program at Waseda.
  • The Sophia University program, organized by the Council for International Educational Exchange offers the fascination of Tokyo in a semester-long program.
  • A program at Nanzan University in Nagoya, in central Japan offers a smaller, more manageable alternative to Tokyo, and intensive language instruction.


All up-to-date information is available at macalester.edu/studyaway.  Macalester students of Chinese often study at Nanjing University in Nanjing, the School for International Training on the Yunnan Normal University campus in Kunming, or ACC the program on the Capital University of Economics and Business campus in Beijing.

South Asia

Check macalester.edu/studyaway for all up-to-date information.  Macalester students interested in South Asia regularly participate in the ACM program to Pune, India, or the HECUA program to Bangladesh. A good resource for study abroad and summer language study information concerning South Asia is the South Asia Center at University of Wisconsin, Madison.