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UW Study Abroad program group definitions

What is a UW Study Abroad program?

An experiential education opportunity through which UW students receive UW credit for courses taken abroad. Programs vary widely in content and duration, from 2-week courses led by UW faculty to year-long enrollment at foreign institutions. 

What is a program group?

UW Study Abroad offers a variety of foreign study options. They are called program groups in our Terra Dotta database. Definitions of each program group are below. 

Faculty-led programs (FLPs)

Students travel abroad for a term (usually an academic quarter or a summer term) with a UW faculty member and a group of fellow students. Programs are offered every quarter.

  • Retired FLP: An FLP program which will not be offered in future terms.

Direct exchanges

Students attend classes and earn credit at non-U.S. University through a partnership with the UW and/or a UW school, college, or department.

  • Departmental exchanges: The exchange partnership is managed via a UW school, college, or department. 
  • Retired exchanges: The partnership has been retired and the opportunity will not be offered in future terms.

UW partner programs

Students earn credit by taking part in study abroad options offered by partner universities and partner organizations. These programs are vetted and approved by UW Study Abroad.

  • Retired partner program: This opportunity will not be offered in future terms.

Direct enrollment programs

Students earn credit by taking part in study abroad options offered by partner universities and partner organizations. These programs are vetted and approved by UW Study Abroad.

Independent learning

UW students complete research, practicums, or overseas educational activities not offered through other program models. Students can choose whether or not they would like to earn credit for independent learning. 

Health and safety programs

Students (often graduate students) engage in short-term study tours or other activities with support from UW Study Abroad. These opportunities may or may not be credit-bearing. 

Unaffiliated programs

Students earn credit by taking part in study abroad options offered by other universities and organizations that do not have an official relationship with UW Study Abroad.