Study Abroad

Go global + virtual!

Virtual global engagement programs go beyond traditional online classes.

Early Fall opportunities open for applications!
Early Fall Priority Deadline: May 15, 2021

There are some similarities – the content is delivered online and you can take them from anywhere – but virtual global engagement programs incorporate many more sensory experiences through activities like virtual tours of museums, connections with host country experts and local students, and virtual cooking classes. They are led by faculty who are skilled in teaching students about diverse cultures and have experience in building community within their student groups.



Applying is simple – choose a program and submit your short application!


Program costs are similar or less than taking a regular, UW class

Eligible for financial aid and previously awarded UW Study Abroad scholarships

Additional scholarship funds available for students who apply by the priority deadline

Why do a Virtual program?

Get to know your cohort

Programs focus on nurturing community among students and making connections beyond a traditional, online course.

Global connections

Attend lectures by local guides and experts. Meet with community members and local students through projects and virtual meet-ups.

Expand your knowledge

With coursework, lectures and visits to museums and sites, gain a deep understanding of host country culture and program themes.

Affordable and Accessible

Online options reduce financial barriers with no relocation costs or passport needed. Costs are similar or less than a regular, UW class.

Connect with faculty

Get to know your program directors. Study abroad faculty often serve as references for career opportunities and/or graduate school.

Launch your future

Your transcript will show participation in an internationally-engaged course. A virtual program enhances future study abroad.

Virtual programs open to applications!

Urban Development and Human & Ecological Health in the Amazon Rainforest
Landscape Architecture Peru

Early Fall
Study pristine rainforest ecosystems and immerse in dialogue surrounding urban design, global health, and ecology with the use of VR.


Widening Circles
Comparative History of Ideas Global

Early Fall
Explore a digital ecosystem of relationships, social impact internship opportunities, curated curriculum, and multimedia storytelling on the pandemic, health, inequality and injustice.


Greece in Relation to Europe and the Balkans – Travelers, Migrants, and Tourists
JSIS Greece

Early Fall
Conduct ethnographic research and virtually interview local residents about the impact of the coronavirus on their lives.



Frequently Asked Questions

Is financial aid available?

Yes. See the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on how financial aid works for study abroad programs.

Are there scholarships available?

Yes. Students can use UW Study Abroad Scholarships (no additional application required) for virtual programs. Students can apply to additional scholarships as well.

Do I have to pay tuition on top of my program fee?

No. You will pay a program fee instead of tuition. Please see the Finances tab in each program brochure for an estimate of costs.

What will my class schedule be?

Refer to the program brochure for more information on the class schedule and other academic information.

Will there be in person components?

To be determined for the program dates, but many programs will organize in-person reunions for the group once it is safe to do so.

If I applied to another faculty-led program, can I copy my application over?

Yes – please email to have your application materials copied.

What type of equipment/technology do I need?

A computer or tablet with video/audio capabilities.

Can I do an “on-campus” course and virtual study abroad at the same time?

In general we discourage students from doing this as the course time commitment will be difficult to manage.

Must I be in a specific major to apply to a particular program?

Nope – all of our virtual programs are open to students from all majors with no prerequisites.

Ask an Advisor

Have questions about virtual programs? Talk to one of our advisors!

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