Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

OMA&D Study Abroad


One of the priorities of the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) is to further the University of Washington’s mission of preparing students to gain a worldwide perspective and engage in our global community. OMA&D offers study abroad programs in collaboration with academic departments that engage our students with cultural perspectives all over the world.


OMA&D Rome Study Abroad Photo 2016OMA&D Rome: Study Abroad Program

Held during Spring Break at the UW’s Rome Center, this program provides EOP students the opportunity to travel and study in one of the most important centers of Western Civilization, Rome, Italy. Students are introduced to this ancient city’s history and topography, basic principles of Roman architecture and art, and an overview of Roman political social and religious culture.


SpainStudy AbroadSociology and OMA&D Spain: Challenges in Contemporary Spain

Held during early fall in partnership with the Department of Sociology, this program takes students to three parts of Spain to learn about some of the critical issues affecting Spanish society in the wake of the global economic crisis. There are opportunities to meet and talk to people involved with politics and social movements, as well as visit important Spanish sites.


Engineering Switzerland: Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering Abroad

Held during Early Fall Start in partnership with OMA&D’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) and the College of Engineering, this program introduces students to the history of Swiss engineering and how it helped this small nation become a leader in high-tech research and engineering developments.


Tahiti Study AbroadTahiti: Place, Identity and Traditional Knowledge

Held in partnership with the Information School during early fall, students in this program examine key issues around identity and place, cultural diffusion and notions of community in the context of Tahiti, French Polynesia. Another important element of the program is focuses on understanding the different systems of oral traditions and how to understand the information they contain.