Programs at a Glance
UW Study Abroad provides hundreds of study abroad and internship options to UW students. To help you design a strategy for your program search and navigate your options read Getting Started. To explore various study abroad program models available to you select from any of the program links or scroll down the page.
- University Exchanges
- UW Programs
- Exploration Seminars
- Affiliated Programs
- Independent Learning
UW has more than 70 student exchanges with universities around the world that are available to undergraduate and graduate students in most fields of study. Exchange participants pay an exchange fee equal to UW tuition and attend regular classes at the partner university for a semester or an academic year. Instruction is generally in the language of the host country but a significant number of partner universities also offer courses in English.
For detailed information about UW partner universities or to apply to a specific exchange program, select from the regions below and link to the brochure of interest.
University exchanges are well suited for students who want access to university courses in a variety of academic disciplines, seek full immersion in the student life and culture of a foreign university and society, and desire a high degree of personal independence.
Departmental Exchanges generally focus on a specific academic discipline and restrict participation to students in the department. Applications and student selection for Departmental Exchanges are managed by the academic department. Students interested in Departmental Exchanges should contact the department for information and application instructions.
UW Programs offer students the opportunity to study abroad with programs organized and taught by UW faculty. UW Program participants pay a program fee (in lieu of UW tuition) and take coursework and participate in field studies that focus on specific academic themes or proficiencies. Most UW Programs, with the exception of those sponsored by UW language departments, are taught in English. UW Program dates generally correspond with UW term dates. Participants receive 12-15 UW credits for full quarter options and 6-15 credits for Summer A or Summer B programs.
UW Programs are well-suited for students who want coursework in specific areas of study, wish to study abroad for a period of time that mirrors the UW academic calendar, desire some on-site support, and have limited or no foreign language background.
Exploration Seminars are short-term study abroad programs (3-4 weeks) led by UW faculty that take place during the gap period between the end of the UW summer quarter and beginning of autumn quarter. Similar to UW Programs, Exploration Seminars focus on specific themes pertinent to the program location. Most Exploration Seminars do not require foreign language background. Students earn five credits for the seminar.
Exploration Seminars are well-suited for students who want coursework in specific areas of study, a short study abroad experience that does not conflict with the UW academic calendar, desire some on-site support, and have limited or no foreign language background.
Learn more: Exploration Seminars 2017
Affiliated Programs are approved study abroad options administered by other universities, study abroad program providers, or foreign language schools. Depending on the program, instruction may be in English, the language of the host country, or a combination of the two. Some Affiliated Programs focus on specific topics while others offer a wide range of course options in various subjects. Affiliated programs vary in length from a quarter, to a semester, to an entire year. Participants receive regular UW credit for coursework completed.
Affiliated Programs are well-suited for students who seek coursework in specific or varied fields of study, desire on-site support, and may or may not have proficiency in a foreign language.
IE3 internships are geared toward students who would like to integrate academic credit with on-the-job experience and gain professional and cultural skills abroad. Internships are available in a variety of non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, and private organizations around the world. Host organizations provide supervision and logistical support for students in the host country. Many internships require foreign language proficiency, though numerous English language internships are available.
IE3 Internships are well-suited for self-motivated, independent students who desire hands-on, practical experience abroad.
Learn more: IE3 Global Internships
Independent Learning is an option for qualified graduate and advanced undergraduate students seeking UW credit for international activities that do not align with other study abroad program models. These activities include independent research, internships, practicums, clinical electives, government or department sponsored fellowship programs (e.g. FLAS, Fulbright) or employment as a TA on a UW Study Abroad Program.
To be considered for Independent Learning follow these steps:
- Read the Standards for Approving Independent Learning and confirm that your planned activity meets these standards.
- Discuss your research or project proposal with your faculty adviser and verify eligibility for UW credit (full-time).
- Complete and submit an Independent Learning Pre-Application for preliminary review. If approved, a full application will be opened in our system for your completion.
- If there is a US State Department Travel Warning or Center for Disease Control Health Warning in effect for your destination country additional review will be required before permission to travel is granted. Read Travel Warnings and Waivers for more information.
Priority application deadlines for independent learning programs beginning:
Autumn Quarter – July 15
Winter Quarter – November 1
Spring Quarter – February 1
Summer Quarter – April 15
Late fees may apply for applications submitted after the priority deadline.