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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!

Early Fall Exploration Seminars 2017

Music Spain: Sonic Spain – Music, Histories, and Cultures

Location: León, Spain
Term: Early fall
Credits: 5 UW credits
Prerequisites: None
Language: Instruction in English
Application Deadline: April 2, 2017
Why Go:

This class is an interdisciplinary mix, one that blends elements of ethnomusicology, Spanish music history, and popular music studies. In it students will learn about both traditional and contemporary musical practices in Spain, from time honored Leonese jota to emerging Madrid hip-hop. By way of live performances, guest lectures, readings in ethnomusicology, sound recordings, and research in regional archives and museums, students will develop a broad-based based appreciation for the country’s music, history, and associated cultural meanings. Students will augment these experiences by developing a research project around their own regional musical interests. All student projects will be grounded in ethnomusicological research methodologies and practices.

Ethnomusicology encompasses studies of music and culture and integrates aspects of musicology and anthropology as well as music performance, history, and theory. Interdisciplinary work, field study, and explorations of music and culture have been key components of the UW Ethnomusicology program since its beginnings in 1963. Students in the program study music and musicians in various contexts and through various disciplinary lenses. This course, Sonic Spain, is a solid fit for UW’s Ethnomusicology as it extends the program’s goals—teaching, archiving, performing, and critical reflection—into the field.

 

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UW Bothell Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Brazil: Afro-cultures of Brazil 

Location: Salvador, Brazil
Term: Early fall
Credits: 5 UW credits
Prerequisites: None
Language: Instruction in English
Application Deadline: March 25, 2017
Why Go:

This program will expose UW students to the richness of Afro-Brazilian cultures by studying and living in Salvador da Bahia, the heartland of Afro-descended peoples of Brazil. Students will also visit the National Park Chapada Diamantina, an important site from the mining era of slavery in the state of Bahia.

Salvador da Bahia was the first capital of Brazil and has the largest black population in the country. Salvador represents one of the great cultural mélanges of the New World evident in the religion, cuisine, dance, clothing, martial arts, and the rich musical traditions including samba-reggae, a style of percussion performed by blocos. Students will be participating in lectures, discussions, and workshops on history, demographics, cultural politics, religions, graffiti, percussion, Capoeira, affirmative action programs in higher education, and the work of NGOs in the state of Bahia. Students will be living with host families in Salvador for three weeks in order to spend as much time as possible interacting with the local culture. We will subsequently spend a few days in the National Park Chapada Diamantina to visit the colonial city of Lençóis and to study many aspects of the slave trade related to the mining explorations for gold and diamonds in Brazil.

In addition to exposure to Afro cultures in Brazil, American students will be able to compare the histories of oppression, systematic racism, and contributions of blacks in Brazil to the experiences of blacks in the United States to gain more complex and developed perspectives on current discussions of race. Living and working alongside communities that are predominantly black works to dispel preconceived ideas and feelings about racial differences. These experiences teach students how to learn from those with very different backgrounds and values so that they will be more culturally sensitive and competent in future intercultural interactions.

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Autumn 2017

Program on the Environment China: Sustainability, Personal Choices in the U.S. and China

Location: Beijing, China
Term: Autumn
Credits: 2 UW credits
Prerequisites: None
Language: Instruction in English
Application Deadline: April 15, 2017
Why Go:

This is a unique opportunity to study abroad for ten days in Beijing, China to culminate a Fall quarter course exploring sustainability and personal choices (ENVIR 239. Sustainability: Personal Choices, Broad Impacts). ENVIR 239 is a broad introduction to sustainability, including foci on consumption, waste, food, water, and energy. An exciting component of this course is that students engage in experiential activities, monitoring or changing their sustainability behavior and then reflecting on that change through the dual lenses of academic material and personal experience.

Throughout the Fall quarter, we will explore sustainability through lecture, reading, discussion, writing, experiential activities, and collaborative work with Tsinghua University students in Beijing. Sustainability is a vital and timely topic and an interactive sustainability class lends itself well to discussion among students at partner universities on two continents. Students on both continents will examine the role of personal choices in affecting broader change towards social, economic, and environmental sustainability, and then learn from each other through international, online writing and video assignments Our goal is that these online connections will increase global engagement in a deep and meaningful way, as students learn the course material not only through reading, lecture, and discussion with other UW students, but also through dialogue and collaboration with students in a very different part of the world. The culminating trip to Beijing is designed to promote connection and conversation between the Chinese and U.S. students while we experience Beijing through the lens of sustainability. How does this city feed itself, take care of its waste, and provide energy and water to its citizens? How does this compare to Seattle and what does this suggest about the ability of each city, each country, and the globe to continue to meet its needs in future generations? As China and the U.S. are key contributors to planetary unsustainability, understanding the sustainability challenges in these two countries is particularly necessary. If we want our students to understand the global nature of environmental challenges and the way that culture affects our perspectives on those challenges and the array of possible solutions considered, collaborating with Chinese students in a quarter-long sustainability class and then visiting those students in their city seems an ideal approach.

Of course, while in Beijing, we will also learn about Chinese culture and history and take field trips to The Great Wall and The Forbidden City.

Funding available! $1,300 scholarships for Husky Promise and Pell eligible students!!

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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.

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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