Integrating the Experience
“The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” ~T.S. Eliot
Upon your return from abroad, you will likely be energized and excited to stay connected to an international community and may also be looking for ways to get out of the country again. Below, you will find a list of resources to help you get involved in international activities here in Seattle, as well as links to help you find internships, volunteer opportunities, teaching experience, work, and graduate studies abroad. We encourage you to also conduct your own research beyond this page. There are so many opportunities out there; it is impossible to list them all in one page!
Ways to stay international while at UW
FIUTS – The Foundation for International Understanding Through Students
FIUTS is a community non-profit organization with a long affiliation to the UW that connects international students studying at the UW with students like you, creating a place where international understanding and cross-cultural awareness can be fostered. FIUTS sponsors various activities throughout the year.
UW Housing and Food Services offers the opportunity for students to live in international community housing and provides students with an opportunity to expand their knowledge of global society, as well as share their perspectives from their own rich cultures. International students, students interested in study abroad programs or international studies, and those who have traveled internationally are encouraged to preference the Global Experience Community on their housing application.
Through this program, international students at the UW are able to practice their language skills with native English speakers. The program tries to pair you with a student who speaks a language that you would like to practice.
If you are interested in maintaining international ties or keeping up your foreign language skills, search for registered student organizations (RSO) that fit your interests.
The Career Center offers workshops on international careers and internships throughout the year. They can help you incorporate your study abroad experience into graduate school applications, resumes, and interviews.
Campus Employment and Volunteer Opportunities
- Apply for a student assistant position at the UW Study Abroad Office or the Foundation for International Understanding through Students (FIUTS).
- Help prepare future students for studying abroad by sharing your experience via email or during in-person, pre-departure orientations. Contact your UW Study Abroad Adviser for more information.
- Help out at the annual UW Study Abroad Fair! Contact the UW Study Abroad Office for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep the Experience Alive
- Join our study abroad RSO interest group: “Study Abroad Ambassadors”! Are you interested in reliving your study abroad experience with fellow UW students in a laid-back atmosphere? Our RSO attracts a mix of students interested in going abroad and those who have just returned from studying abroad. Email us at email@example.com to join.
- The UW Study Abroad Office sponsors a biannual study abroad photo contest. Do you think you have some good shots from your experience abroad? The winning contestants will have their photos posted around campus and on our website and Facebook page! For inquiries email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Share a brief adventure story or “Traveler’s Tale” from your study abroad or travel experience to post on the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS) website. To find out more, inquire at email@example.com.
- “Like” and become a fan of “UW Study Abroad” on social media to get the latest updates on study abroad opportunities, globally-minded student groups, on-campus events, and the best of your study abroad pictures!
Ways to stay international in Seattle
Any student in the Northwest who has had an international experience is welcome to attend this informative conference designed for returning study abroad students. There, you will find resources to help you go abroad again; it’s also a terrific forum to share your abroad experiences with others from the region and exchange tips for adjusting to life back here in the Northwest.
Seattle Center’s Festál is a year-long series of world cultural events honoring the richness and diversity of the Pacific Northwest. The Festál plays a vital part of Seattle Center’s role in connecting our dynamic and varied community.
Throughout the year, Seattle provides a variety of film festivals from different parts of the world. The biggest event is the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), which takes place in summer.
Go Abroad Again: Opportunities After Graduation
UW students can also contact the Office of Merit Scholarships for more Fulbright information.
The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship.
Omprakash creates transformative educational experiences by connecting grassroots social impact organizations around the world with an audience of volunteers, donors, and classrooms that can learn from and support their work.
A travel resource for work, living and study abroad since 1977
An international education and alternative travel resource
A resource for international study, internships, volunteering, teaching and work experience.
This foundation enhances the capacity of community organizations around the world to address local health, social, environmental, and economic issues.
A resource helping young people work and volunteer abroad since 1962.
Teach Away is a worldwide leader in international teacher recruitment. Search teaching abroad placements in over 40 countries, teach overseas in your subject area at public and private schools, or teach English abroad in universities/colleges and ESL schools.
The French Ministry of Education and the Cultural Services Department of the French Embassy offer TA positions for American citizens to teach English at various primary and secondary schools throughout France.
The Spanish Ministry of Education offers this program devoted to providing US and Canadian students and graduates – majoring in any subject – who are native speakers of English or French with the opportunity to assist foreign language teachers in a variety of schools in Spain and to learn about Spanish culture and society and also about its education system.
Promotes grass-roots international exchange between Japan and other nations. The JET Programme has gained high acclaim both domestically and internationally for its role in advancing mutual understanding and for being one of the world’s largest exchange programmes.
Teaching English around the world through CIEE
WorldTeach is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded by a group of Harvard students in 1986 in response to the need for educational assistance in developing countries. It also addressed a growing interest among people in the U.S. and elsewhere to serve, teach and learn as volunteers overseas. Volunteers are placed in schools and host communities in developing countries.
Empowers Thai students with English proficiency by placing passionate and skilled American teachers in underserved schools throughout the country.
Resource for ELS teachers and learners
Graduate School Abroad
Many countries also have specific websites that provide information on pursuing higher education degrees as an international student.