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International Cultural Service Program (ICSP)

The International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) is a competitive scholarship award for the current and prospective international students at Western Oregon University. The scholarship based on the student’s academic merit, financial need, and her/his ability to perform cultural service. The program allows international students to pay “reduced tuition”. This is a savings of approximately $9,000 for undergraduate and graduate students each academic year. In return, students who receive this award must provide 80 hours of educational or community service to the State of Oregon during the academic year.

Brighten up your classroom, organization or office with an international speaker! The students participating in this program are available for no expense to speak on a range of topics. As selected participants in the International Cultural Service Program, they receive tuition scholarships in exchange for providing a minimum of 80 hours per academic year of cultural and educational service to the state of Oregon.

In addition to regular 30-40 minute presentations, these “cultural ambassadors” can address issues of development, contrast traditional and modern lifestyles, translate material, interpret, and coach sports. They can adapt their material to suit specific needs and interests. Students have remarked repeatedly about the value of interacting with Americans on and off campus. They appreciate the opportunity to share information about their countries and look forward to meeting Oregonians on a more personal basis.

The different cultural activities and services that this vibrant group of selected students can offer include, but are not limited to:

  • Speaking/performing at cultural activities and celebrations
  • Presentations on homeland related issues
  • Assisting in a classroom
  • Foreign language tutoring or teaching
  • cooking lessons of cultural dishes

Countries represented for the 2016-2017 academic year include:

China, Ghana, India, Korea, Liberia, Nepal, Japan

The profiles of the current students participating in the ICSP is currently being updated.

Requesting an ICSP Speaker | Participant Profiles

Applying for the ICSP Scholarship

Current or perspective international students may apply for the International Cultural Service Program (ICSP). The scholarship award is based on the student’s academic merit, financial need, and her/his ability to perform cultural service. The program allows international students to pay “reduced tuition”. This is a savings of approximately $9,000 for undergraduate and graduate students each academic year. In return, students who receive this award must provide 80 hours of educational or community service to the State of Oregon during the academic year.

To apply to become an ICSP participant, please download the ICSP Application icsp-application-2017-2018 (PDF File), print it, fill it out and mail it to:

International Education & Development

Western Oregon University
345 N. Monmouth Ave.
Monmouth, OR 97361

You may also pick up a printed copy of the ICSP application from the Office of International Education and Development at Maaske Hall.

Application Deadline: March 7, 2017