Office of Global Affairs

What we do

The Office of Global Affairs is a central organizational hub, connecting diverse internal and external networks of scholars, students and community leaders engaging in international issues and scholarship.

View our infographic to learn how we make an impact each year

Innovating change

The Office of Global Affairs (OGA) collaborates with other central administrative units such as Global Operations Support, the Graduate School, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Student Life and the Office of Research to develop and enhance policies and procedures supporting international education, research and service programs.

Our Global Innovation Fund seeds initiatives and programs developing cross-college and cross-continent collaborations that enhance the UW’s global reach. GIF awards provide initial seed funding for faculty research proposals, leading-edge student experiences and collaborations aligned with the University’s strategic regional priorities.

Facilitating collaboration

We support the international activities and academic goals of UW departments, schools and colleges by:

  • Responding to inquiries about the University of Washington from potential international partners
  • Identifying and contacting relevant UW administrative and academic units to gauge their interest in connecting with potential international partners visiting the UW
  • Advising administrative and academic units in responding to queries from potential international partners

Creating international opportunities for students

UW Study Abroad, a unit of OGA, is comprised of international educators dedicated to the promotion and facilitation of global education opportunities. UW Study Abroad manages international exchange partnerships with host universities, offers several hundred unique and engaging study abroad experiences and sends over 2200 UW students abroad each year. Through its inbound exchange programs, UW Study Abroad introduces 300 exchange students to the UW community annually.

Global Opportunities is a program partnership between OGA, Undergraduate Academic Affairs and the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity. The program helps UW undergraduates access international learning opportunities, with a particular focus on students with significant financial need. Global Opportunities administers the GO! and Fritz Scholarships and offers support to students applying for many other study abroad funding opportunities.

The Confucius Institute of the State of Washington (CIWA) is a unique state-level partnership between The Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), the UW and Seattle Public Schools. CIWA is housed in OGA as part of a growing commitment to forge stronger educational ties with China, promote Chinese language and culture learning across Washington, and strengthen educational and cultural exchange and collaboration between China and Washington. CIWA is made possible with the support of Sichuan University and Chongqing Municipal Education Commission, our partners in China.

Fostering safe travel

  • We provide travel registration services to students, faculty and staff of UW’s Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses. Visit UW Global Travelers to learn more.
  • The OGA Global Emergency Manager monitors overseas travel and responds to overseas emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offering emergency assistance to UW travelers.
  • OGA coordinates the International Travel Risk Assessment and Safety Committee (ITRASC) to advise the Provost on health and safety issues related to international travel.

Maintaining overseas facilities

OGA manages two overseas facilities:

  • The Rome Center, an instructional and support facility in historic Palazzo Pio, provides studios, classrooms, accommodations and other facilities to visiting UW students and faculty.
  • The Beijing Center, located in the Haidian District of Beijing’s inner city, provides UW visitors with information, meeting rooms and video conferencing.