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Education Program:  A multicultural student community committed to positive change

Incoming EWC graduate students gather for a group photo in the Japanese garden.
New students gather in the Japanese garden. Hale Manoa dorm appears at top left. Behind the students is Jefferson Hall with its international conference center. Both buildings were designed by the acclaimed Modernist architect I.M. Pei.

The East-West Center's graduate student programs, carried out in cooperation with the University of Hawai‘i (UH), are designed to foster a shared sense of community and develop the leadership skills and regional literacy needed for regional cooperation and community building among nations. Since it was established in 1960 by the U.S. Congress, the East-West Center has supported more than 8,000 students from Asia, the Pacific, the United States, and around the world. Graduate students from over 40 countries, Hawai‘i, and from across the U.S. live in residence at the Center, where they learn, work, and live together. Through cultural exchange, shared experiences, and collaborative preparation for future leadership roles throughout the region, the East-West Center experience creates lasting relationships and an active network of people committed to positive change.

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Students do a group handshakeEWC Student Experience describes the vibrant international student community at the East-West Center and its many student-led initiatives. These include the annual International Graduate Student Conference, the thought provoking weekly Exchange, and the activities organized by the elected East-West Center Participants Association.
"East-West Center Experience" video thumbail pic"East-West Center Experience" links to an eight-minute video introducing the Center's history and mission and features personal insights from students and alumni on the Center's impact on their understanding of the world and their lives.
Infosession thumbnail image"East-West Center Funding & Education Programs Info-session" links to a fall 2021 hour-long webinar hosted in partnership with the University of Hawai‘i Graduate Division. Click to learn more about student opportunities at the East-West Center.
flyer thumbnail picThe Opportunities for Study and Scholarship flier is an overview of many of our scholarships and fellowships. Feel free to download and print it to post in your office, around campus, and share with others. (hi-res PDF)  (lo-res PDF)