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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 Early Fall Start students

If you are interested in a fun, cross-cultural exchange opportunity that can lead to lifelong friendships and increase your global perspective. Students participating in Early Fall Start can apply for our Early Fall Start session now! Early application is due Monday, July 17 at 9 am. Late Application is due by Monday, August 8 at 9 am.

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 Early Fall Start session now! Applications due Monday, July 17, 2017 at 9 am.

For students enrolled in the Early Fall Start program, we offer an intensive 4-week program. In order to make the most of your time in Unite UW, we expect all participants to attend all planned activities:

  • Wednesday, August 23, 5:30-7:30pm; Kick-off night
  • Saturday, August 26, 10-4pm; Great Seattle Scavenger Hunt
  • Wednesday, August 30, 5:30-7:30pm; BBQ/picnic at Gasworks/Golden Garden Park
  • Friday, September 1 – Sunday, September 3; Retreat at Pack Forest: Murder Mystery, hiking, roundtable, camp fire, cabin Karaoke competition…
  • Wednesday, September 6, 5:30-7:30pm; Hotpot night
  • Saturday, September 9, Time TBD), Hiking at Rattlesnake or Tiger Mountain
  • Wednesday, September 13, 5:30-7:30pm; Closing potluck

Interested in being part of Unite UW during Fall Quarter?

Stay tuned – we will be posting applications for participants and facilitators after July 25, 2017.

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Hear from our 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