Study Abroad

Programs at a glance

UW Study Abroad provides hundreds of study abroad and internship options to UW students. To help you design a strategy for your program search and navigate your options read Getting Started. To explore various study abroad program models available to you select from any of the program links or scroll down the page.

University Exchanges

Chinese University of Hong Kong

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. Exchange participants pay an exchange fee equal to UW tuition and attend regular classes at the partner university for a semester or an academic year. Instruction is generally in the language of the host country but a significant number of partner universities also offer courses in English.

For detailed information about UW partner universities or to apply to a specific exchange program, select from the regions below and link to the brochure of interest.

University exchanges are well suited for students who want access to university courses in a variety of academic disciplines, seek full immersion in the student life and culture of a foreign university and society, and desire a high degree of personal independence.

Learn more:

Africa and Middle East






Departmental Exchanges

Departmental Exchanges generally focus on a specific academic discipline and restrict participation to students in the department. Applications and student selection for Departmental Exchanges are managed by the academic department. Students interested in Departmental Exchanges should contact the department for information and application instructions.

UW Programs


Rich Watts MartiniqueUW Programs offer students the opportunity to study abroad with programs organized and taught by UW faculty. UW Program participants pay a program fee (in lieu of UW tuition) and take coursework and participate in field studies that focus on specific academic themes or proficiencies. Most UW Programs, with the exception of those sponsored by UW language departments, are taught in English. UW Program dates generally correspond with UW term dates. Participants receive 12-15 UW credits for full quarter options and 6-15 credits for Summer A or Summer B programs.

UW Programs are well-suited for students who want coursework in specific areas of study, wish to study abroad for a period of time that mirrors the UW academic calendar, desire some on-site support, and have limited or no foreign language background.

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Summer UW Programs

Autumn UW Programs

Winter UW Programs

Spring UW Programs

Exploration Seminars

Ecuador - "The Meeting of Cultures"

Exploration Seminars are short-term study abroad programs (3-4 weeks) led by UW faculty that take place during the gap period between the end of the UW summer quarter and beginning of autumn quarter. Similar to UW Programs, Exploration Seminars focus on specific themes pertinent to the program location. Most Exploration Seminars do not require foreign language background. Students earn five credits for the seminar.

Exploration Seminars are well-suited for students who want coursework in specific areas of study,  a short study abroad experience that  does not conflict with the UW academic calendar, desire some on-site support, and have limited or no foreign language background.

Learn more: Exploration Seminars 2018

UW Partner Programs


Uganda - Orla Duggan (Affiliated Program - SIT)UW Partner 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 UW Partner Programs focus on specific topics while others offer a wide range of course options in various subjects. UW Partner Programs vary in length from a quarter, to a semester, to an entire year. Participants receive regular UW credit for coursework completed.

UW Partner Programs are well-suited for students who seek coursework in specific or varied fields of study, desire on-site support, and may or may not have proficiency in a foreign language.

Learn more: 

Africa and the Middle East





IE3 in PeruUW Global Research, Internship, and Service Program (GRISP)

UW Global Research, Internship, & Service Program (GRISP) is a campus-wide program offered by UW Study Abroad targeting students seeking independent research, internship, and service-learning experiences around the world. GRISP provides a vetted network of opportunities and a common pathway for students to reflect on shared thematic questions, connect with each other, and engage with communities abroad.


Learn more: GRISP

Independent Learning Abroad

Independent Learning in Japan

Independent Learning Abroad is an option for qualified graduate and advanced undergraduate students participating in international activities that do not align with other study abroad program models. These activities include independent research, internships, practicums, clinical electives, government or department-sponsored fellowship programs (e.g. FLAS, Fulbright), or employment as a TA on a UW Study Abroad Program. By enrolling in Independent Learning students maintain their UW students status and enrollment during the period of study abroad but do not pay tuition or program fees for credits earned. Instead, students pay a flat administrative fee.

Independent Learning Abroad – For Credit

This option is for students who are seeking to earn UW credit for their Independent Learning Abroad. Students who choose this option are able to receive 1-30 graded credits per quarter of enrollment.

Independent Learning Abroad- Zero Credit

Some students may not need credit for their Independent Learning Abroad, but still want their transcript to reflect their academic work overseas. Independent Learning Abroad – Zero Credit allows students to be enrolled in zero credits of FSTDY 555 for each quarter requested.  A grade designation of “CR” will be recorded on a student’s official transcript at the University of Washington at the end of each quarter of enrollment.

How to Apply

To be considered for Independent Learning Abroad, follow these steps:

  1. Read the Standards for Approving Independent Learning and confirm that your planned activity meets these standards.
  2. Discuss your research or project proposal with your faculty adviser or academic adviser and verify eligibility to participate.
  3. Complete and submit an application for
  4. If there is a US State Department Travel Warning or Center for Disease Control Health Warning in effect for your destination country additional review will be required before permission to travel is granted. Read Travel Warnings and Waivers for more information.

Application deadlines for independent learning programs:

Early Fall/Autumn Quarter – May 15

Winter Quarter – November 1

Spring Quarter – January 31

Summer Quarter – April 15