UW News

November 15, 2016

Open Doors 2016: The UW named a leader in global student engagement

UW News

The 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange names the University of Washington a leader in global student engagement. The report was released Monday by the Institute for International Education. Global engagement is integral to the UW student experience, also known as the Husky Experience. UW graduates leave with a global perspective, the ability to navigate and thrive within diverse communities and workplaces, and an appreciation for the value of diversity.

Ranked 20th in the nation among institutions awarding credit for study abroad, the UW offers leading-edge international learning opportunities that match the goals and interests of its diverse student community. Many students study abroad on faculty-led programs, where the expertise of UW professors and a supportive community of fellow students further enhances the experience. Looking forward, the UW is aiming to further increase access to global learning for all students through continuous improvement of its high-quality programming and by providing specialized advising and financial support to students from communities underrepresented in study abroad.

The report also recognizes the UW’s global diversity, ranking it 10th in the nation among institutions hosting international students.

“The UW campus community is enriched by the global and cultural diversity of its students, faculty and staff,” said Jeff Riedinger, the UW’s vice provost for global affairs. “Hosting international students from around the world on our campuses offers students from overseas an outstanding education at the world’s most innovative public university and enhances the educational experience for all.

“With a mission of education, discovery and public service, the UW believes in the importance of fostering global connections and understanding for our students – and our community. This work supports our commitment to equity, access and excellence, and will help to build a better future for us all.”



CONTACT: Sara Stubbs, UW Office of Global Affairs; 206-616-8427, sem42@uw.edu