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the east-west foundation (ewf) was founded for the purpose of fostering international understanding and cooperation between asia and the united states while promoting judeo-christian ideology. these commitments continue to be the basis of all its activities.
in an attempt to realize these goals, the foundation channels its activites into the field of international education, by providing opportunities for internationally-minded students at numerous schools. schools are primarily church-related, and all are fully accredited. the foundation also assists international students with the college application process, preparation for college study in a non-native country, and cultural adjustment.
founded in 1974, ewf was incorporated in the state of georgia and was granted the status of a non-profit foundation by the internal revenue service in 1975. it has offices located in tokyo, japan, and atlanta, georgia, in the u.s.a.
approximately 3000 students have come through the foundation to enroll in american universities, colleges, and occasionally secondary schools. a majority of the students have come from japan; however, students from brazil, thailand, vietnam, korea, hong kong, taiwan, and singapore have participated in the program.
the foundation conducts an orientation program that assists international students in adjusting to american college life. the first class of students arrived in atlanta in the summer of 1975 and attended an orientation program at oglethorpe university. the ewf orientation program has been conducted at lander university (greenwood, sc), hiwassee college (madisonville, tn), methodist college (fayetteville, tn), lambuth university (jackson, tn), brewton-parker college (mt. vernon, ga), andrew college (cuthbert, ga), and wesleyan college (macon, ga).
a mini-session designed to improve english skills was added to the summer activities in 1979. it is an optional four-week session prior to the required five-week orientation program.