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  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: SUNY New Paltz applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:

East West Living and Learning Community (EWLLC)

The EWLLC is a co-curricular program sponsored by the Asian Studies Program, Center for International Programs, and Office of Residence Life to foster a residential character that reinforces educational goals.

Discover intercultural exchange at SUNY New Paltz

  • The Community provides domestic students studying Chinese and Japanese languages and cultures and students from China and Japan a wonderful opportunity to live together in a residence life setting.
  • The Community creates an ideal environment for you to practice your language skills and learn about other cultures.
  • Throughout the academic year, you and your fellow Community members will plan and execute events and activities that highlight Chinese and Japanese culture such as a film series, guest speakers, performances, exhibits, presentations, website development, a newsletter, off-campus cultural tours, special meals and cuisine, calligraphy, etc.
  • Participation in the Community provides excellent preparation for students who will study abroad in China or Japan.  Students returning from study abroad are also invited to join the Community so that they can maintain their language skills.
  • Living in the Community gives students from China and Japan the opportunity to make friends with American students and learn about American student life.

Your home at SUNY New Paltz

  • The Community is located in the recently renovated Crispell Hall, and the space dedicated to the Community consists of 3 suites with 9 bedrooms rooms to accommodate 16 students and a Resident Mentor.
  • Crispell Hall has excellent facilities for the Community, including kitchens, and common areas with various technological enhancements such as computer stations and a new large television.
  • The Community hosts many of its events in Crispell Hall, and these activities are open to other student groups with an interest in Asian languages and cultures.
  • Crispell is a 10-month hall so that international students will be able to stay in their rooms over the various breaks.

Your fellow Community members

  • Domestic students studying Chinese and/or Japanese languages and cultures
  • Visiting and/or full-time students who are native speakers of Chinese and Japanese and  interested in American student life and assisting American students with their language skills
  • Resident Mentor will provide cultural and logistical guidance for the community and serve as a liaison with the Asian Studies Program and Center for International Programs
  • Resident Assistant appointed by the Office of Residence Life


  • Domestic students: preference given to Asian studies majors/minors and study abroad participants (pre- and post-experience)
  • International students: preference given to students whose native language is Chinese or Japanese and who are studying at New Paltz on exchange from one of our partner universities in China and Japan
  • All students: preference given to students who can commit to living in the Community for a full academic year

Have questions?

Contact: Dr. Kenji Tierney, Asian Studies ( or Christian Wilwohl, Study Abroad Program Director, Center for International Programs (

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 04/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 04/01/2019 04/05/2019 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.