Office of Global Affairs

News and features

  • Update: Italy earthquake

    August 24, 2016

    Global Affairs

    W in traffic

    Media reports indicate a strong earthquake overnight in central Italy. The UW has more than 50 students and 8 faculty and staff taking part in faculty-led study abroad programs in Rome. We do not anticipate that our students or faculty were directly affected by this event. The UW Global Travel Security Manager is connecting with our students…

  • Study abroad sparks hard conversations about race and equity

    August 23, 2016

    Global Affairs

    Dark Empire student with London police

    For two days in late August, more than a million people inundate West London to celebrate one of the world’s largest street festivals—the Notting Hill Carnival. Elaborate floats and colorful-costumed performers wind their way through streets to the sound of steel bands and calypso music. It’s a tribute to the traditional Afro-Caribbean carnivals of the…

  • Women lead 10 of the world's best universities

    August 19, 2016

    Global Affairs

    Ana Mari Cauce

    Times of Higher Education's analysis of world university rankings revealed that women head some of the world's most outstanding universities. UW President Ana Mari Cauce is one of the 10 featured leaders. Read more...

  • UW again maintains No. 15 in world university ranking

    August 17, 2016

    Global Affairs


    The University of Washington remained No. 15 on the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities, conducted by researchers at the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which was released Tuesday. The UW again ranked 13th among U.S. universities and fourth among public institutions worldwide. The ranking considers several indicators of academic or research…

  • Professor embarks on 100th field course in Indonesia

    August 16, 2016

    Global Affairs

    Randy Kyes with students

    A chance meeting with a fellow scientist 27 years ago forever changed Randy Kyes’ life — catapulting him from North Carolina to Indonesia and beyond. As the founding director of the University of Washington’s Center for Global Field Study and head of the Division of Global Programs at the Washington National Primate Research Center, Kyes…