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UW Programs

UW programs accept applicants after a specific application deadline. Many programs in the same term have the same deadline, but you should check the individual program brochures (available below) for specific dates. Some programs will move to a rolling application process if the program deadline is extended.

Early Fall Exploration Seminars 2017

Autumn 2017

Autumn applications are open at the beginning of winter quarter of the same year. Most of these programs’ application deadlines will be March 1, but check the individual brochures below for details.

Open autumn programs

Anthropology Rome: The Culture and Politics of Food in Italy  – deadline extended!

Comparative Literature France: Autumn Quarter in Paris – deadline extended!

French Studies: Nantes – deadline extended!

JSIS & CHID India: Yoga, Politics, Culture and the Environment in India’s Himalaya – deadline extended!

PoE China: Sustainability. Personal Choices in the U.S. and China. (International Extended Flipped Classroom)Extended Deadline: April 15

Spanish Cadiz: Autumn Semester

Spanish Cadiz: Academic Year

Winter 2018

Winter 2018 applications open at the beginning of spring quarter 2017. Most of these programs’ application deadlines will be at the end of spring quarter.

CHID English Bangalore, India: Weaving Stories: Textiles, Fabrics, and Feminism in South India

The “Weaving Stories” program in South India seeks to answer questions about the intersections of textiles, technology, and globalization by focusing on Indian weavers who thread together creativity and artistry in sarees, carpets, clothing, and handicrafts; the program will also focus on the ways that weaving traditions are embedded in broader cultural, social, and global relationships. By visiting weaving centers throughout South India as well as hands-on experiences and engagement with films, readings, and local Indian experts and activists, students will explore the textiles of South India, the women who weave, and the stories that accompany the history and culture of cloth.

CHID Legacies Italy, Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic: Legacies of Empires: Power and Diversity in Rome, Vienna, and Budapest

The goal of this program is to show how this world, which we consider as obvious and relatively stable, is a very recent and fragile historical phenomenon. For many centuries, vast empires comprising diverse peoples ruled and determined their lives and their destinies. Many of the ideas, ideals, ideologies and policies of the Roman, Byzantine, Hapsburg, and Ottoman Empires are still relevant and often essential in order to understand the often contradictory and unresolved issues of today’s world. The study and exploration of the legacies of these Empires should also allow the students to acquire new and more refined intellectual and experiential tools and instruments to analyze and comprehend many of the challenging contemporary issues (religious and ethnic conflict, racism, xenophobia, etc.) marking the beginning of the 21st century.

Communication Rome: Communication and Culture in Rome

Communication and Culture in Rome is a 15-credit program offered through the Department of Communication. Students will take a 12-credit intensive fieldwork course co-taught by Valerie Manusov and Andrea Otanez, each of whom brings a unique perspective on observing people in diverse spaces and reporting and analyzing those observations to diverse audiences. Using observational and journalistic methods, students will explore Rome and its surroundings, focusing specifically on the interplay between public space, culture, communication, and contemporary life. Students will also take part in a 3-credit intensive Italian language course.

JSIS Rome: Challenges to European Unity

This program is designed for undergraduate students with an interest in international security and international law, focusing on Western Europe. Only Jackson School Seniors eligible for Task Force will be admitted. Before departure from the US, students are assigned to teams that will begin assess the current security situation in Europe. In the fall of 2017 students will meet in Seattle to identify important issues and develop the scope and focus of the Task Force Report. In Rome they will meet with local officials the State Department, International Organizations and NGO’s. This will provide an unparalleled opportunity to understand the current challenges facing Europe and brief a high level official on the results of their research.

Spanish Cadiz: Spring Semester

This semester, advanced level Spanish language, literature, and culture program offers a full range of 300- and 400-level courses designed to fulfill Spanish major and minor requirements at UW. SPAN 321, 322 and 323 are taught both autumn and spring semesters, as are SPAN 301, 302, 303, and SPAN 406, in addition to literature, linguistics and cultural studies electives. Program courses are taught in Spanish by local University of Cadiz faculty, but more advanced students in spring semester are also welcome to enroll directly in one or more approved regular University of Cadiz courses (differences in academic calendars make doing so more difficult for students there only for the autumn semester). Typically, students earn 25 credits in spring semester.

Spanish Quito: Quito, Ecuador Program Winter Quarter 2018

The Division of Spanish and Portuguese will host this program in Quito, a picturesque and unique city where European and indigenous Andean cultures are in constant contact. Quito is also the country’s capital and second largest city. It boasts a recently restored colonial quarter (declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1997) and a vibrant social life and an extensive transportation network.

UW students will live with local families and have the opportunity to study Spanish language and Ecuadorian culture.

Spring 2018

Spring 2018 applications will be open at the beginning of summer quarter 2017. Most of these programs’ application deadlines will be mid-autumn quarter 2017.

CHID Prague: History, Memory and Human Rights in Central Europe

The Prague Program, which is one of the oldest study abroad programs at UW (since 1996), is all about immersing yourself in Prague and the other great Central European cities – Vienna, Krakow, Budapest and Berlin, where students will go on 4-day trips each – in order to develop a complex understanding of the dynamic historical, cultural, and political life of Central Europe as a whole. The program itself is strongly anchored in the philosophy of CHID: it combines academically rigorous seminar-style courses, international field trips aimed at provoking personal reflection and exploration, and cultural events that transform our program into a living community. The program will focus on key issues that resonate well beyond Central Europe: the tragedy of the Holocaust, the nature and impact of the communist system, the hopes and tensions of the European Union, and how coming to terms with the past is reflected in the cultural and art scene we witness today.

CHID Spain: The Basque People and the Spanish Nation

 Students on this program will travel to the enchanting city of San Sebastián in the Basque country of northern Spain to study the culture, politics, and history of the Basques. San Sebastián will function as a base for excursions around the Basque country: to Guernica, subject of the famous painting by Picasso commemorating the city’s destruction by Nazi aerial bombardment; to the French Basque country, half an hour from San Sebastián by bus; to the historic towns of Pamplona and Estella in Navarre, with their history of independence that dates back to the Middle Ages; to Bilbao, historically the center of shipbuilding, banking, and industry, and today home of the world famous Bilbao Guggenheim museum; and several typical Basque towns, where the Basque language remains dominant. Spanish classes will take place at the University of Deusto.

Classics Rome: Classical Seminar in Rome

The Department of Classics Seminar in Rome, offered every spring quarter to interested students of any major, facilitates an unparalleled exploration of ancient Roman culture and civilization through an in-depth exploration of the eternal city of Rome. Participants learn about Rome’s past through visits three days per week to Rome’s historic sites, monuments, and museums, and through trips outside of Rome (to mysterious Etruscan cemeteries, the ruins of Pompeii, and Greek temples in Southern Italy, for example). These on-site experiences are complemented by classroom instruction at the University of Washington’s Rome Center, the Palazzo Pio, located in the heart of Rome in a historic structure built over the Theater of Pompey (where Julius Caesar was assassinated!).

English Rome: Sack Rome – Creative Writing at the Center of the World

If one figures the imagination of the West as a spectrum whose color-bands are the academic disciplines, Rome is the prism before the scatter. Here science and art, language and literature, history and geography, the color and vagary and sensate onslaught of contemporary life all constellate in the literary imagination. Led by English Department faculty Richard Kenney and Carol Light, this program offers 15 credits in English and Creative Writing. Classes will held at the University of Washington Rome Center at the 17th-century Palazzo Pio, situated in the vibrant center of the city’s historical district, as well as out and about in the city itself. A number of field trips, museum visits, and excursions will also be included in the program fee. Housing will be in shared apartments arranged by the UW Rome Center.

English Italy: Dialogues Across Time

 The English Spring Italy Program offers three courses that take full advantage of Rome’s unique character as an historical and urban palimpsest, with multiple layers of development that transcend but include the preceding ages in an intertextual dialogue across time. The course on “Gift and Sacrifice” explores in a foundational way the primordial origins of all societies through relations of reciprocal exchange, obligation, and religious piety. A second course, “The Eternal City and La Dolce Vita,” will present students with a range of material—from text to film—that describes Italian culture and history through the eyes of natives and strangers alike, thereby offering a continuous opportunity to reflect on our place in Italy and Rome. A third course will examine representations of the body in art history. The program will also offer students an opportunity to become acquainted with the monuments and cultural heritage of four other cities in Italy: Verona, Padova, Venice, and Florence.

English London: Spring in London

 During Spring Quarter 2018 the Department of English will offer a quarter-length version of its highly successful program of study in London. The program consists of four courses totaling 20 credits: “London’s Contemporary Theater,” taught by Professor John Webster of the UW Department of English, “Representing London: Writing and the Mediation of Experience,” taught by Professor Anis Bawarshi of the UW Department of English, “Contemporary Britain,” taught by Professor Michael Fosdal, and “Art, Architecture, and Society” taught by Professor Peter Buckroyd.

Germanics Austria: Spring in Vienna

The ‘Spring in Vienna’ program includes two four-week intensive language courses during the months of April and May (10 credits); during this time students will take part in guided tours through Vienna’s most famous sights and museums (3 credits). From the middle of May to the middle of June, students will take a seminar on the culture and society of contemporary Austria (3 credits). For work done during the ‘Spring in Vienna’ program students will receive 16 credits, which are computed as follows: 10 credits for language courses, the level of which will depend on background and placement; 6 credits of German 399. Students are required to participate fully in the rigorous program in order to earn credit.

Italian Studies in Rome and Calabria

The Italian Studies in Rome and Calabria is a well-established, highly successful and popular program designed for all purposes for a full immersion within Italian language and culture.  It attracts students interested in accelerating their Italian language skills and their general knowledge of Italy.  It runs for the first five weeks of the quarter at the UW Rome Center, while for the following five weeks the program moves to the small town of Rogliano. As part of their course work, students will have the opportunity to visit major artistic and historical monuments of the city.

Spanish Leon, Spain: Beginning/Intermediate

This one or two-semester, advanced level Spanish language, literature, and culture program offers a full range of 300- and 400-level courses designed to fulfill Spanish major and minor requirements at UW. SPAN 321, 322 and 323 are taught both autumn and spring semesters, as are SPAN 301, 302, 303, and SPAN 406, in addition to literature, linguistics and cultural studies electives. Program courses are taught in Spanish by local University of Cadiz faculty, but yearlong and more advanced students in spring semester are also welcome to enroll directly in one or more approved regular University of Cadiz courses (differences in academic calendars make doing so more difficult for students there only for the autumn semester). Typically, students earn 20-25 credits in autumn semester and/or 25 credits in spring semester.

UW Program application deadlines

 Term Application Deadline
Summer February 15
Early fall March 1
Autumn March 1
 Winter  May 15
 Spring  November 15

UW University Exchanges

University exchange programs accept applications on a pooling basis, meaning that all exchanges have the same deadline and they accept all applications until that deadline, pool the applicants together, and then nominate students who are the best fit for that particular exchange.

We are currently accepting applications for the spring semester 2018.

There are two applications cycles for exchanges every year

In the 1st cycle, you may apply for the 1st semester, the 2nd semester, or the full academic year. The 1st cycle’s deadline is January 15th for the following academic year.

In the 2nd cycle, you may apply to 2nd semester (sometimes referred to as the spring semester) exchange programs, but space may be limited by students selected during the 1st cycle. The 2nd cycle’s deadline is May 15th for the spring semester of the following year.

Exchange Applications

Term(s) Deadline
1st Cycle 1st semester, 2nd semester, full academic year January 15th
2nd Cycle 2nd semester May 15th

UW Affiliated Programs

Affiliated programs are providers of approved study abroad programming outside of the network of our exchange partner universities or UW faculty-led programs.  You may choose any program offered by our affiliated partners.  These programs have their own deadlines.

IE3 Internships

Summer & Autumn Quarter