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Office of International Studies and Programs
Central Washington University
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7408
Phone: (509) 963-3612
Fax: (509) 963-1558

International Exchanges

Faculty Exchange Opportunities

One of OISP’s central missions is the promotion of faculty professional development through exchange opportunities with our many and varied international partner institutions.  Over the past four years we have established a number of new relationships with universities in Europe, Latin America, and Asia that expand our offerings in this vital area. 

Contingent on funding, the following short-term and long-term exchange opportunities are available for CWU faculty during the academic year.  Faculty exchange or teaching abroad expenses are limited to one quarter.  Exchanges or teaching abroad often must conform to the academic calendar of the host institution. CWU faculty interested in applying for these or other long or short term exchange opportunities should contact Steve Cook at 963-3621 or email for an application.

Sha’anxi Normal University is located in the major Chinese city of Xi’an, once the capital of the Tang Dynasty and the Eastern terminus of the Silk Road.  Close to the first emperor’s tomb and the world-famous terra cotta army, Xi’an is one of the most historic and cosmopolitan cities in China.  CWU has hosted two exchange faculty from SNU and currently has one of our English department faculty teaching on their main campus for the first time.   They solicit CWU faculty from across the range of academic disciplines who may teach from one quarter to one academic year.  Instruction is in English.

Kyungdong University is located in the provincial city of Sokcho on the East Coast of South Korea, about a three hour drive from Seoul.   The university has about 6,000 students and was established only 10 years ago, so the campus is quite modern with excellent facilities.  The campus is located less than one mile from the ocean and only two miles from the entrance of one of Korea’s most beautiful national parks, the seafood is also fantastic!  CWU’s first exchange professor (Recreation & Tourism) will spend the next academic year teaching and conducting research there.  KDU is very interested in the potential for collaborative research involving their faculty and encourages applications from across the disciplines.  Instruction is in English.

Anhui University, People's Republic of China.  A candidate should be able to teach English in addition to his/her academic specialty.  Short-term visits are possible (one month minimum).

Shimane Women's College, Japan.  A candidate must be able to teach English in addition to his/her specialty.  This exchange requires absence from campus fall and winter quarters.

Alexander I. Herzen Russian State Pedagogical University, Russia. Faculty in all areas are encouraged to apply.  Instruction will be in English.  A developing relationship between our universities allows faculty exchanges where mutual interest exists within each institution.

NCSA programs are on a different calendar than CWU exchanges. NCSA faculty teaching opportunities are advertised separately in late Spring. However, sample applications can be picked up at any time in the Office of International Studies & Programs.  While CWU reviews applications for suitability, final selections are made by the NCSA consortium. Because of the long approval process, applicant exchanges may be delayed until the following academic year. Faculty teach courses in their area using this site as a resource.  Courses should be designed to appeal to a cross-section of student interests. Since the program is self-supporting, faculty are required to participate in recruiting students for the program.

University of Pecs, Hungary. Exchange opportunities are available for faculty in history, political science, sociology, economics, business, cultural and art history, literature, education, psychology, international law and comparative linguistics, and various world languages. Instruction will be in English.


The purpose of these exchanges is to further CWU goals of internationalizing the curriculum, strengthen Area Studies education, support faculty development in international areas, and to assist faculty in developing study abroad/exchange opportunities for CWU students.  Given the limitations on funding for replacement and growing interest in faculty exchange, the total number of exchange positions are limited and awarded on a competitive basis.  The International Programs Advisory Committee (ISPAC) recommends faculty for exchange using the following criteria:

1) The applicant’s proposal as it relates to host institution’s needs.

2)  An explanation of how the exchange will contribute to the applicant’s present or possible future teaching/research at CWU.

3) Evidence of the applicant's commitment to international programs, especially encouraging student participation in study abroad.

4) The applicant's professional qualifications and experience.

5) Evidence of the applicant's adaptability to living abroad.

6) Where required, evidence of an applicant's language skills. 

7) Preference will be given to persons who have not yet participated in a CWU-sponsored exchange.

Final acceptance for exchange depends upon the host institution.

To Apply

Interested faculty should request an application form from Mr. Steve Cook (voice: 3621; fax: 1558; e-mail: and return it with a current CV by January 7th each calendar year for the next academic year.

Faculty applying for these or other exchange opportunities must secure the prior approval of their department chairs and college deans, and should be flexible about living accommodations and teaching situations.  In most cases Office of International Studies and Programs provides round-trip airfare from Seattle to the world destination. A small stipend ($150) for shipping books or household goods will also be provided.  The host university usually provides housing and may also provide a small living allowance.  Office space may or may not be provided by the host.


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