Asian Studies is an emerging program at the University of Lethbridge. Interest in Asia, exchange programs with universities in Asia, and cultural influences from Asia have much deeper roots at the university and in the larger community. The first Buddhist temple in Canada east of the Rocky Mountains was in the nearby town of Raymond, Alberta.
The university’s oldest exchange program is with Hokkai-Gakuen University in Sapporo, Japan. Professors have been teaching at each other’s campuses for more than thirty years and students have participated in this exchange with Japan for almost that long.
U of L Students now study in Malaysia and many other parts of Asia. They can also learn more about Asian history, geography, literature, religion, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, politics, economics, global health, gender, and social issues right here at the U of L. There are ever-growing ties between our university (and region) and many places, institutions, and people throughout Asia.
The Asian Studies program seeks to create greater opportunity for students interested in Asia by coordinating the minor in Asian Studies and helping students to discover the rich array of courses, speakers, exchange programs, and faculty research areas connected to Asia.