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About NP

The New Perspectives (NP) program, administered by
The Laurasian Institution, is designed as a cross-cultural education program with the goal of assisting precollegiate students and teachers in developing a meaningful understanding of other cultures.

To reach this goal, NP programs include three phases. During the first phase, students and teachers study curriculum units designed for NP. Students and teachers also select sites to visit in the country they are studying. These sites are linked to the curriculum units the school group studies. The second phase of the program consists of a "field trip" to the country of study. Once in the country, groups tour selected sites and participate in a host family homestay and, while in session, experience classes at a host school. Upon returning to the United States, groups engage in follow-on activities that encourage the students to reflect upon their experiences and distill their understanding of the country visited.

The oldest NP program is the New Perspectives: Japan (NP:J) program, established in 1996. More than 2,000 U.S. high school and middle school students engaged in the study of Japanese language and culture have participated in NP:J since its inception. Through the generous support of The Freeman Foundation and The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, this program has enjoyed 17 successful years. In 2000, the United States-Japan Foundation funded a special three-year NP:J Fellows program, enabling selected Midwestern teachers and students who have never studied Japanese to participate in this unique adventure on full scholarships.

The 2010-2011 school year was the first year for the New Perspectives: China (NP:C) program. Teachers and students traveled to China to visit historical sites in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, attended a Chinese school, lived with a Chinese host family, served a rural Chinese community, and experienced contemporary China.

Logo Design

The New Perspectives logo depicts a single beam of light traveling through a prism. As the light emerges, it is changed, broadened, and heightened--moving forward with a new perspective.

The change reflects the hope that the NP program has for its participants.

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