WESTMONT in EAST ASIA (future dates TBD)


Globalization in East Asia: Culture, Society and Christianity

Seoul, South Korea

Seize a unique opportunity for . . . .

“Loving to Learn, Learning to Live, Living to Love”

This is what Westmont education is all about and we want to provide you with a unique opportunity to
experience this holistic learning, living, and loving in an active, integrated community in East Asia.
As you join this opportunity, your learning will be comprehensive in scope, touching your minds,
hearts, bodies, and relationships. You will understand global economic, social, and political processes, develop cross-cultural skills, participate in service learning, and become better equipped as a global citizen to serve your community upon completion of the program. The inter- and cross-disciplinary
courses will help you connect the dots from various disciplines and our focus on cultural immersion in community will enhance your residential learning experience.

Globalization is a fact of life in this fast-changing post-modern world with the increasing interconnectedness of different markets, peoples, religions, and cultures that move beyond national boundaries, aided by technological innovations. South Korea, China, and Singapore showcase such experiences and impacts of globalization both as its active contributors and at times reluctant participants.

We will explore together this theme of globalization in East Asia
through the following courses:
• History of World Christianity (4 units)
• Theology and Economics of Wealth and Poverty (4 units)
• Chinese (Mandarin) Language (4 units)
• Issues in Contemporary Chinese Society (4 units)

These courses fulfill five General Education requirements: Thinking Globally; Thinking Historically; Serving Society, Enacting Justice; Foreign Language; Understanding Society. In addition, they fulfill upper-division elective courses in Religious Studies, History, Economics-Business, and Sociology.

A one-unit orientation seminar in spring 2016 will help you prepare for your semester abroad and a one-unit re-entry seminar in spring 2017 will help you process further and integrate your study abroad experience into your on-campus learning.

Three Vibrant Residential Locations:

Seoul, Korea: South Korea, one of the “economic tigers” in Asia with a unique political history, is a nation that embraces both modern and traditional ways of life. Seoul, the capital, transformed itself as a “miracle city” from the total devastation of the Korean War to the world’s fourth largest metropolitan economy with a fascinating integration of ancient traditions and cutting-edge digital technology. Once known as one of the most homogeneous places in the world, Seoul has become a hub of globalization in East
Asia as a cultural trend-setter and the world’s most wired city with increasing multiculturalism and ethnic diversity. A home of the world’s largest churches, Seoul also witnesses to the vibrancy of Asian Christianity in its pluralistic context. We will spend the first three weeks of the semester in Seoul.

Shanghai, China: The financial and commercial center of mainland China, Shanghai is known for its long history of foreign influence, fashion, and economic prowess and aims to become a global financial and shipping hub by the year 2020. With a population of 23 million people, Shanghai has seen massive development over the last two decades, and the new financial district of Pudong, home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, represents China’s relentless aspiration for future. Shanghai is also regarded as the birthplace of modern China, particularly in literature, cinema, and arts, and architecture as well as communism. It displays an inimitable fusion of the ancient and modern China and of the Western cultures and Chinese traditions and also offers a unique window into ever-growing Christianity in
China. We will stay in Shanghai for eight weeks as students enrolled in the East China Normal University, experiencing a college life in active interaction with both Chinese and international students from all over the world.


Singapore: Another “Asian Tiger,” Singapore is a sovereign city-state in Southeast Asia where globalization is palpably felt. Singapore is one of the world’s major commercial and financial hubs with rich diversity in ethnicity, culture, and languages. We will spend the last week of the semester in

In the course of the semester, we will also travel to other locations for extended
learning and enrichment: Gyeonju and Busan in South Korea; and
Nanjing, Beijing, Xian, Guilin, and Hong Kong in China.


Program Objectives:

For each participant, the faculty desire:

  1. An enlarged understanding and appreciation of the history and contemporary character of East Asia culture and society, including the role of the Christian faith in the past and present.
  2. An increased grasp of East Asia's place in the world both historically and in the twenty-first century.
  3. An enhanced ability to acquire knowledge through observation and experience.
  4. A new empathy for the perspectives and perceptions of other peoples and cultures.
  5. An experience of the need for and process of creating a caring Christian community.
  6. A personal maturation in Christian graces such as loving, forgiving, communicating honestly,and experiencing Christian freedom responsibly.


Westmont College attempts to secure reasonable group travel rates and adds these costs to regular campus charges to arrive at a final fee forWestmont in East Asia Semester. This final fee, in other words, is the sum of campus tuition, fees, and full room and board, plus a Westmont in East Asia Semester supplemental charge TBD.


Faculty leaders take into consideration all of the following:

  • Class standing
  • GPA (minimum 2.3 gpa for eligibility)
  • How many Common Context courses you have completed (since these will provide an intellectual foundation to better understand and appreciate what is seen and learned experientially in East Asia)
  • Application essays
  • Familiarity/proficiency with a foreign language
  • Leadership experience