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Burke Museum

The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is the premiere location for learning about the natural and cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest. The museum's collections of anthropology, biology, and geology number over 12 million objects and are used to conduct important research in the region and beyond. Long-term and rotating exhibits explore some of the most critical issues of our time, such as climate change, cultural identity, and the evolution of life on Earth. Year-round family days, public events, and educational outreach programs help share the expertise and knowledge of the museum staff and collections with the people of Washington State.

The Burke Museum is always free to University of Washington students, staff, and faculty. The Burke also hosts quarterly UW student-only events, such as the popular "After Hours @ the Burke" program or the Chocolate Fair. Check for a list of upcoming events.

Computing Resources

At the UW, computing and networking services are offered centrally as well as by various schools, colleges, and departments. The IT Connect Web site is the gateway to all technology and computing resources, news, and services at the UW and is provided by UW Technology, the central unit for computing and networking.

Early Entrance Program

This unique UW program provides early University entry to exceptionally bright, highly motivated adolescents who are ready for college-level work by age fourteen. A transition school provides an intensive, one-year bridge to regular, full-time University enrollment. Transition school also provides counseling support; close, one-on-one academic tutoring; and a "home base" for these full-time students. Information is available from the Halbert Robinson Center for Capable Youth, Guthrie Annex II, (206) 543-4160, or visit the Web site above.

Office of Educational Assessment

The Office of Educational Assessment (OEA) offers nationally recognized course evaluation, testing, and test scoring services. OEA research staff are specialists in quantitative and qualitative methods, and collaborate with UW faculty and staff to create effective assessment strategies, particularly in the areas of assessment of college outcomes, program evaluation, and survey research. The OEA main office is located four blocks west of the UW Seattle campus, with additional locations in Schmitz and Mary Gates Halls.

The Testing Center, located in Schmitz Hall room 440, offers a wide variety of tests, including undergraduate placement, college entrance, certification, and make-up/course exams. Of particular interest to prospective and entering students is placement testing in mathematics and foreign languages, as well as a variety of tests for international students and others for whom English is not their native language. Proctoring Services are provided for other educational institutions or outside agencies. For the University student approaching graduation, the National Testing Program administers tests required for admission to graduate, law, medical, and other professional schools, as well as those tests often requested by prospective governmental or private employers.

International and English Language Programs

English Language Programs (ELP)

The English Language Programs (ELP) Department provides non-native speakers of English who are interested in improving language skills with the following services and resources:

The Academic English Program (AEP)

The Academic English Program offers courses designed to help University of Washington non-native speaking students improve their academic English language skills. Some of these courses are offered online.

Although AEP courses do not carry credit for graduation, the courses are graded and are computed into the student's GPA. These course require an additional fee separate from regular tuition.

All non-citizen applicants, including transfer students, are evaluated during the University admissions process to determine compliance with the minimum English proficiency standards based on test scores submitted by the applicants. For admission without English language requirements, the University of Washington requires the applicant meet a specific level on a test of English proficiency (details at the Office of the University Registrar's site).

ESL Extension Courses

ELP offers many other ESL programs, courses and certificates for non-native speakers, including online learning, evening, conversation, grammar, business English, TOEFL preparation, and many more. These courses do not require admission to the University of Washington, and are offered throughout the year.

For more information about ESL services, including complete listings and descriptions of current ESL course offerings, contact the ELP office directly at UW English Language Programs, Box 354232, Seattle, WA, 98195-4232, (206) 543-6242, or on the Web at the address above.

Hall Health Primary Care Center

The University provides outpatient health and medical care for students, faculty, staff, their families, and others through the Hall Health Primary Care Center (HHPCC). Located on the East side of campus, across the street from the Husky Union Building, HHPCC is staffed by physicians and nurse practitioners affiliated with the UW Physicians Primary Care Network (UWP) and is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

Services include immunizations, acute care, diagnosis and treatment of illness or injury, employee health, and health promotion. The following specialties are represented: internal medicine, family practice, women's health, sports medicine, physical therapy, mental health, adolescent medicine, pediatrics and prenatal services, dermatology, minor out-patient surgery, and travel medicine. Common conditions in other specialties also may be treated. The Health Promotion staff offer a variety of services including providing assistance with self-directed behavior change (such as smoking cessation), and peer-led educational programs on topics relevant to college students.

The following services are provided at no cost for students: unlimited visits with HHPCC consulting nurses, one visit per quarter for acute illness/injury (excluding routine physicals and annual women's exams), one crisis intervention counseling session per full academic year, after-hours consulting nurse service for urgent medical problems, reproductive health counseling for women and men, advice about concerns for HIV and STD exposures, assistance with smoking cessation, unlimited access to the Wellness Resource Center, and blood pressure screening.

Fees are charged for follow-up visits and preventative care visits, as well as specialty services, including but not limited to mental health, dermatology, physical therapy, travel clinic, lab work, and x-rays. Dependents of students, faculty, and staff, and others are welcome at HHPCC and are eligible for care on a fee-for-service basis.

Student health insurance, available through the UW, should not be confused with services through HHPCC. A student may use HHPCC services without having student insurance. Occasionally, injuries and illnesses occur which may require extensive diagnostic lab tests, x-rays, medications, and treatment in an emergency room, off-campus clinic, or hospital, which may involve surgery, rehabilitation, or prolonged therapy. The student should protect himself or herself against such major medical expenses by obtaining student health insurance (if not covered by family health insurance or other health plans). This low-cost medical-surgical-hospital policy, designed to meet those specific needs, may be purchased at the time of registration.

HHPCC is open five days a week, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Tuesdays, when the clinics open at 9 a.m. Selected clinics may offer appointments before or after the usual hours. For emergencies, and getting health care needs met in the evenings and weekends, contact should be made with the UW Medical Center.

Additional information may be obtained from Hall Health Primary Care Center, Box 354410, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, (206) 685-1011, or from the Hall Health Primary Care Center Web site listed above.

Henry Art Gallery

The Henry Art Gallery engages diverse audiences in the powerful experience of artistic invention and serves as a catalyst for the creation of new work that inspires and challenges. Exhibitions, collections, and public programs stimulate research and teaching at the University of Washington, provide a creative wellspring for artists, students, and educators, and reveal a record of modern artistic inquiry from the advent of photography in the mid-19th century to the multidisciplinary art and design of the 21st century. The Henry's permanent collection includes the extensive Joseph and Elaine Monsen Collection of Photography, a large research collection of ethnic textiles and Western dress as well as a small but distinguished collection of European and American paintings, prints, drawings, and contemporary American ceramics and Japanese folk pottery.

Founded in 1927 as Washington State's first art museum, the museum's major renovation, completed in April 1997, quadrupled its size. The James Turrell Skyspace, Light Reign, was unveiled to the public in July of 2003. Since then, it has been the site of numerous meditation sessions, a Quaker silent meeting, a performance art piece, an audio installation by artist Steve Roden, and thousands of individual visits. Combining architecture, sculpture, and atmosphere, the work is not only a spectacular addition to the museum's permanent collection, it is also now an important part of the building's architecture.

The Henry Gallery Association offers free membership to UW students, and free admission to the galleries for all students with ID. For details, please call the Henry at (206) 543-2280 or visit

International Programs and Exchanges

The Office of International Programs and Exchanges (IP&E) administers and cooperates in more than 80 international-study programs in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Qualified undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled concurrently at the University and abroad, earning UW credit and maintaining residency and financial aid eligibility. Quarter, semester, and academic-year programs are offered. Opportunities for study include language and liberal arts courses, advanced language programs requiring two to three years of college-level language preparation, and specialized professional programs. The University also has more than 100 reciprocal exchange agreements with major research institutions abroad, including universities. These arrangements allow qualified UW students to enroll in regular courses at the foreign university while maintaining full UW standing.

Many overseas programs are supported by scholarships from private endowments. Additional scholarship support is available to undergraduate students and special consideration is given to underrepresented groups of students.

Program information and counseling are available from the Office of International Programs and Exchanges, 459 Schmitz, Box 355815; (206) 221-4404;

Language Learning Center

The Language Learning Center is a state-of-the-art facility housed in the lower level of historic Denny Hall. The center is home to two multilingual multimedia computer labs, two multimedia classrooms, a digital video conferencing room, an audio recording studio, a video editing suite, an audio editing and archiving suite, video viewing booths, international satellite television, various tools to enable Web delivery of multimedia, mass CD duplication equipment, world language keyboards, and foreign-format video conversion equipment. The center is connected to the world via gigabit Internet 2, allowing for high quality real-time video conferencing with eight simultaneous sites, Web delivery of language courseware, multilingual e-mail, Web browsing, and data transfer.

Our facilities are used in a variety of ways to enhance language learning, including American Sign Language (ASL). Instructors bring their students to our digital classrooms for pair and small group communication practice, interactive listening/ASL exercises, and oral/ASL exams. Our multilingual staff prepares and produces audio and video materials for use in language courses and works with instructors to establish copyright agreements with publishers of language learning multimedia. The LLC creates software specific to world language study including games, quizzes, and online flashcard practice. Students can purchase CDs of language learning multimedia. The LLC provide workshops for instructors on technology, such as MOODLE, a Web-based language learning multimedia environment. Individuals or groups of students can also meet with others or attend conferences anywhere in the world via video conferencing.

University Libraries

With over 7 million cataloged volumes the University of Washington Libraries ranks first in size among comprehensive research libraries in the Pacific Northwest, and among the top 15 research libraries in North America. The library holdings are nationally renowned in diverse areas ranging from environmental studies to global affairs. Increasingly, the Libraries information resources are delivered to the desktop as electronic journals, databases, digital books and other media.

The Libraries Web site provides access to the UW Libraries Catalog and UW WorldCat, a wide array of licensed databases and e-journals, and online research tools. Through the site you can request and renew library materials, browse the Libraries' digitized collections, and chat with a librarian through our AskUs! service.

National Student Exchange

National Student Exchange (NSE) provides opportunities for undergraduates to study for up to one academic year at another NSE member college or university while paying resident tuition. With more than 200 colleges and universities from which to choose, students can easily find a campus with the right combination of courses, facilities, and environment to meet their personal and academic needs and interests.

Students participate in NSE in order to: broaden personal and educational perspectives; explore and appreciate new cultures; take courses not offered at UW; explore new areas of study; experience personal growth; live in a different area; investigate graduate or professional schools; look for future employment opportunities; become more independent and resourceful.

Undergraduate Advising at the Gateway Center coordinates NSE on campus, recruiting and selecting students in autumn before the year of exchange. For more information, contact the NSE coordinator at the Gateway Center, 171 Mary Gates Hall;

University Research Facilities

In addition to the campus facilities described in this section, the University has numerous educational and cultural resource centers. Academic or research activities and facilities that are of general significance in all or many fields of knowledge throughout the University are listed in the Research section of this catalog; others are described in individual school or college sections.

University Theatres

The School of Drama performs in three theatres: the state-of-the-art Jones Playhouse, with a thrust stage; the Penthouse Theatre, the first theatre-in-the-round built in America; and the Meany Studio Theatre, an end-stage configuration. Faculty and MFA directing students direct plays drawn from the full range of world dramatic literature as well as contemporary texts.

The School also provides technical and design support to the UW School of Music for operas when necessary and dance productions in the Department of Dance.

Transportation and the U-PASS

Walking and biking are the best ways to get to campus, but when the need for another transportation method arises, use the U-PASS. The U-PASS program provides students with many benefits at a highly discounted price.

For more information, visit the following U-PASS Web sites:

Or contact the Transportation Office at or (206) 543-0450.

Women's Center

The Women's Center, located in Imogen Cunningham Hall, promotes the advancement of women on campus and in the community by offering a wide variety of non-credit workshops and classes including college success classes (GRE preparation courses, computer, and writing classes); career and financial classes; fitness, health, and creativity classes; the Noontime Lecture Series; the Women for the Common Good lecture series; the Distinguished UW Women's Scholar Series; and the Feminist Research and Activist Forum. The Center provides services for women re-entering the University and houses a modest library with a job board and scholarship information.