February 10, 2014

Study abroad participation mirrors UW’s high marks for accessibility

By Global Affairs

University of Washington is one of only 19 US universities to meet high standards set by the Center on Higher Education Reform in an examination of higher education access, affordability and student success. 

Increased participation in study abroad by undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds echoes UW’s other achievements in enhancing access, affordability and student success. Study abroad participation by undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds steadily climbed over the past decade, from under 7 percent of the study abroad student population in 2001-2002 to almost 17 percent in 2012-2013.

This progress reflects the increased quality and relevance of study abroad programming, innovative partnerships with the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity and enhanced advising and support services focused on study abroad. For example, the Global Opportunities program has awarded 398 GO! scholarships for study abroad to Pell grant and Husky Promise students since 2008.

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