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UW Programs

UW Programs offer students the opportunity to study abroad with programs organized and taught by UW faculty. UW Program participants take coursework and participate in field studies that focus on specific academic themes or proficiencies. We think the programs below are interesting and innovative study abroad options that would appeal to a wide variety of students. Read more and apply!

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Winter 2018

JSIS Rome: Challenges to European Unity

Location: Rome, Italy
Term: Winter
Credits: 15 UW credits
Prerequisites: International Studies students eligible to take Task Force
Language: Instruction in English
Application Deadline: May 15, 2017
Why Go:

This will be the second year of a program first held in winter quarter 2017 – which was the first quarter-long Task Force abroad and was devoted to preparing a presidential briefing book related to US Foreign Policy in Europe.

The Task Force has been part of the International Studies major at the Jackson School since 1983. The original format was modeled on the Presidential Commissions common in policymaking in the United States. Graduating seniors work on important international issues through rigorous coursework in a wide variety of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary settings. This gives an opportunity to provide leaders with substantive policy recommendations based on rigorous research and evaluation.

Before departure from the US, students will be assigned to teams that will begin assess the current situation in Europe. In the fall of 2017 we will meet in Seattle to identify important issues and develop the scope and focus of the Task Force Report. In Rome students will meet with local officials the State Department, International Organizations and NGO’s. This will provide students an unparalleled opportunity to understand the current challenges facing Europe and brief a high level official on the results of their research.

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UW University Exchanges

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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. Instruction is generally in the language of the host country but a significant number of partner universities also offer courses in English. Read more and apply soon! Deadlines are fast approaching.

Asia/Pacific

University of Western Australia

Location: Perth, Australia
Terms: Spring Semester or Academic Year
Credits: 20 -25 UW credits per semester
Eligibility: Junior standing or above by time of departure, minimum 3.0 GPA
Language: Instruction in English
Application Deadline: February 15: autumn semester, spring semester priority deadline, May 15: spring semester
Why go:

Located along the banks of the Swan River in Perth, the University of Western Australia is one of Australia’s top research institutions and the only university to be a member of the prestigious “Group of Eight” in the State of Western Australia. The high caliber of its teaching staff, state-of-the-art research facilities, well-equipped lecture theaters and laboratories provide a superb environment to stimulate creativity and growth. Founded in 1913 the University of Western Australia serves a student body of 18,000 students and is one of the most attractive universities in Australia with its romanesque-style limestone buildings, expansive lawns and mature trees.

Along with it being home to one of the premier Universities in Australia, Perth also hosts an International Arts Festival, which has grown dramatically each year. The Arts Festival features an Opera festival and a Jazz Festival which have live artists in indoor and outdoor settings. The University of Western Australia also houses the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, which has been acknowledged as one of the finest university galleries in Australia. The collection comprises more than 2000 artworks and contains examples from leading Australian and international artists acquired through donations, purchases and bequests.

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Europe

University of Helsinki Exchange

Location: Helsinki, Finland
Terms: Autumn semester, spring semester, academic year
Credits: 20 -25 UW credits per semester
Eligibility: Junior standing or above by time of departure, minimum 3.0 GPA
Language: Instruction in English
Application Deadline: February 15: autumn semester, spring semester priority deadline, May 15: spring semester
Why go: The University of Helsinki is an international academic community of more than 40,000 students and members of staff. Established in 1640, it is the oldest university in Finland and one of the oldest universities in Europe. The University places high emphasis on high-quality teaching and research of a top international standard, and has repeatedly been ranked among the world’s top universities. Most courses are taught in Finnish or Swedish, with a large number of courses available in English.

Located in southern Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, Helsinki is the capital and largest city of the country. Helsinki is Finland’s major political, educational, financial, cultural, and research center as well as one of northern Europe’s major cities. Home to more than 1.2 million people, it has been constantly been ranked among the most liveable cities in the world.

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Jagiellonian University Exchange

Location: Krakow, Poland
Terms: Autumn semester, spring semester, academic year
Credits: 20 -25 UW credits per semester
Eligibility: Junior standing or above by time of departure, minimum 3.0 GPA
Language: Instruction in English
Application Deadline: February 15: autumn semester, spring semester priority deadline, May 15: spring semester
Why go: First founded in 1364, the Jagiellonian University was founded as the “Krakow Academy” in 1364 by King Kazimierz the Great and has been an integral part of Krakow life for more than 600 years. In the late 15th century the Krakow Academy became an important center of astronomy. During this time the Jagiellonian was one of the most international universities in Europe with approximately 44% of the students coming from abroad. Today, the Jagiellonian is once again drawing an increasing number of the world’s best students to its ancient halls.

Krakow is one of the last hidden gems of Europe, it’s ancient walled town is now surrounded by a park defining the characteristics of this vibrant city.

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Americas

University of Victoria Exchange

Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Terms: Autumn semester, spring semester, academic year
Credits: 20 -25 UW credits per semester
Eligibility: Junior standing or above by time of departure, minimum 3.0 GPA
Language: Instruction in English
Application Deadline: February 15: autumn semester, spring semester priority deadline, May 15: spring semester
Why go:

The University of Victoria is British Columbia’s third largest research university. The main campus is located in the Gordon Head area of Greater Victoria, and the total campus spans nearly 403 acres. Founded in 1903, it serves a population of 20,000 students and is internationally recognized for its excellent academic programs and research. UVic is the nation’s leading insitution on deep-water seafloor observatory practices, and is home to several interdisciplinary research centers including the Pacific Institute of Mathematical Studies, Compute Canada, and Canadian Oceans Research Universities.

Known as “The Garden City,” Victoria is the capital of British Columbia, Canada. Its beautiful rugged shorelines and beaches make it a popular destination for tourists, as well as students who come to attend one of the city’s many universities and art colleges. The temperate, usually snow-free climate of the area, the relaxed pace of the city, and abundant cultural and historical attractions make Victoria an ideal place to spend a year or semester.

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University of British Columbia

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Terms: Autumn semester, spring semester, academic year
Credits: 20 -25 UW credits per semester
Eligibility: Junior standing or above by time of departure, minimum 3.0 GPA
Language: Instruction in English
Application Deadline: February 15: autumn semester, spring semester priority deadline, May 15: spring semester
Why go:

Only 30 minutes from the heart of downtown Vancouver, the University of British Columbia holds an international reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning. The spectacular UBC campus is a must-see for any visitor to the city – where snow-capped mountains meet ocean, and breathtaking vistas greet you around every corner. The university boasts some of the city’s best attractions & recreation facilities, including the Museum of Anthropology, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the UBC Botanical Garden, and endless opportunities to explore the forested trails in the adjoining 763-hectare Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

The University of British Columbia is Canada’s third largest university, with a total enrollment of 36,000 students and 2,500 faculty. UBC attracts and welcomes top students from Canada, the United States and around the world. More than 2,300 international students from 114 countries currently study at UBC.

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Africa/Middle East

Al Akhawayn University Exchange

Location: Ifrane, Morocco
Terms: Autumn semester, spring semester, academic year
Credits: 20 -25 UW credits per semester
Eligibility: Junior standing or above by time of departure, minimum 3.0 GPA
Language: Instruction in English
Application Deadline: February 15: autumn semester, spring semester priority deadline, May 15: spring semester
Why go: Founded in 1993, Al Akhawayn University (AUI) is the Kingdom of Morocco’s premier higher education institution. With a student population of 1000 (of which 160 are international students from 28 countries) the University provides a small, intimate and culturally diverse environment in which to study. The student to faculty ratio is 11:1 with an average class size of 17 students. The University offers state of the art facilities include the Mohamed VI Library (among the best in Morocco and the region) and an indoor Olympic-size swimming pool.

Located in the resort community of Ifrane, Al Akhawayn University is set in the heart of a region known for its beautiful forests, mountains, lakes and waterfalls offering unlimited opportunities for recreation enthusiasts. With a regular population of 12,000, Ifrane’s human activity often swells to over 100,000 on weekends and holidays as visitors flow in to enjoy the area’s beauty. Situated 65 kilometers from the historically rich imperial cities of Fez and Meknes (both founded in the 8th Century) the campus offers easy access to major centers of Moroccan tradition and culture.

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UW Affiliated Programs & Internships

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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.

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.

National University of Ireland - Galway

NUIGLocation: Galway, Ireland
Terms: Summer quarter, Autumn Semester, Spring semester
Credits: 5-15 credits for summer, 25 per semester
Eligibility: No prerequisites
Language: Instruction in English 
Application Deadline: April 30th
Why Go? This program is geared to students who want to fully immerse themselves in the life and culture of Irish society and student life.  It is one of the most immersive opportunities we have, and UW students can take advantage of a reduction in program costs, which makes it among the cheaper program options available as well.

Worthy of particular distinction is the University’s Celtic Studies Program offering classes in the language, literature, history and civilization of Celtic peoples.  The University also has a strong Theater Arts program.

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SEA Semester

Location: Various locations at sea, South Pacific, and Europe,
Terms: Autumn Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Quarter
Credits: 20 -25 UW credits per semester
Eligibility: No prerequisites
Language: Instruction in English 
Application Deadline: Autumn Semester – February 1, Spring Semester – January 2, Summer – January 1
Why Go? Study three-quarters of the world in just one semester… the oceans cover more than 70% of our planet, yet we know more about outer space than we do about our own waters. Spend one semester or summer exploring the global ocean through multiple lenses with students from a variety of academic backgrounds. Challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone and take your learning out of the classroom and into the field. You’ll never look at the world in the same way again.

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Omprakash

UW Engaged Learning Abroad: Research, Service, and Immersive Interships

Location: Various locations throughout the developing world
Terms: Summer, autumn, winter, spring quarters
Credits: 3-15 per quarter
Eligibility: No prerequisites
Language: Instruction in English 
Application Deadline: February 1
Why Go? This is a new and exciting program that builds a platform for students interested in some of the most intensive collaborative community building work available through UW Study Abroad. It is a partnership between UW Study Abroad and Omprakash, a Seattle non-profit that 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.

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