Student Life

Unite UW: Portal to the world

Unite UW is an on-campus cultural exchange program that builds bridges between domestic and international students at the University of Washington.

Program Goals

Unite UW’s goal is to create a mutually-enriching international experience in a local setting. The program aims to engage student participants in cultural exchanges to enhance global understanding, overcome barriers and boundaries, inspire lasting international relationships and unify our campus.

About the Program

Unite UW connects domestic and international students at the UW through a unique seven-week program. Each Unite UW section has 30 participants who are paired up (domestic-international) for weekly cultural bonding activities. Small groups of pairs, led by a facilitator, will meet outside the program to encourage further cultural exchange. This complimentary program is offered every quarter in the academic year, with no credit bearing.

Join Unite UW for a fun, meaningful, and transforming experience!

Applications for spring quarter

If you are interested in a fun, cross-cultural exchange opportunity that can lead to lifelong friendships and increase your global perspective. Apply for Spring Quarter now! Early application is due Friday, March 10, 2017 at midnight.

If you enjoy leading small groups, have a passion for relationship building and like to initiate activities. You can apply to be a Unite UW facilitator for Spring Quarter now! Applications due Friday, March 10, 2017 at midnight.

Program Information

Program Dates

Unite UW offers a Tuesday program and a Wednesday program. Participants can choose the day that best fits their schedule and are expected to attend all planned weekly workshops.

  • Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 pm, April 4th thru May 16th
  • Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 pm, April 5th thru May 17th
  • Unite UW Retreat – Friday, April 21st – Sunday, April 23rd.  Depart Friday evening after classes and return Sunday early afternoon.  All participants are expected to attend the retreat.
  • Optional community building activities are offered throughout the quarter on Fridays and/or Saturdays

Program Activities

Unite UW offers a variety of group bonding and cultural exchange activities.

  • Kick-off Night
  • 2-Night Retreat
  • Tulip Town Trip
  • Rock Climbing
  • Language Exchange Night
  • Picnic and Games at Gas Works Park
  • Cultural Fair
  • Resource Fair
  • Potluck

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Quotes from Unite UW alumni

“As a domestic student, my experience with Unite UW has broadened my understanding of the international community here at the UW. Cross-cultural understanding and the relationships I’ve made have helped me realize the potential and many opportunities to expand my own global understanding.”
Thomas P. , domestic freshman

“I’m a shy person, myself, and it was difficult to talk to new people before this program, but since I joined, many people tried to talk to me and I felt like it’s my new American family!”
Erika A., sophomore exchange student

“Unite UW experience was definitely one of the highlights of my freshman year. I learned so much from my partner, not only about him as a person, but also his family, views on things, people, school and life. After all, domestic and international students have so much in common… More than that, the time we spent together taught me to ask good questions and reflect on my past experiences. I really appreciated this opportunity to meet this new person who made me think and understand more than before.”
Xiange W., international freshman