Study Abroad


STEP 1:  Home University Nomination

You must be officially nominated by your home institution in order to participate in either the university-wide exchange or a departmental exchange.

Once you have been nominated, your home school coordinator will share the application link with you and you may begin the application process.

STEP 2:  Online Application

As an undergraduate applicant your online application will consist of questionnaires regarding academic and biographic details.

 Material Submissions  

The following documents must be included in your application.  It is not necessary to submit any of these documents as hard copies. Please note that incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

  • Copy of passport identification page
  • Academic transcripts (preferably in English) from each college, university, professional or technical school attended. Students with a grade point average (GPA) equivalent to 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) will be given first priority.
  • Verification of English Proficiency (if applicable). Every exchange visitor must possess sufficient proficiency in English to successfully participate in the program and function on a day-to-day basis. Federal law requires sponsors use and retain evidence of “objective measurements” to determine the student’s English language proficiency. We accept the following for verification:
    • TOEFL (IBT): minimum 76, recommended 92
    • IELTS: minimum 6.0, recommended 7.0 
    • Duolingo: minimum 105, recommended 120

    *Please note that while we have previously accepted a letter attesting to a student’s language level, we are moving away from this and request students submit one of the above scores

Additional Documentation

After you have been admitted to the University of Washington, you will be asked to provide further documentation to the admissions team.

  • Official bank letter or bank statement. You will be asked to prove you can cover your non-tuition expenses for the duration of your exchange. The Office of Admissions provides estimates on the cost of attendance at the UW. If submitting a bank letter, it should be in English and should be signed and/or stamped by a bank official. Bank statements must clearly indicate the name of the account holder and the balance, as well as the currency. If you are receiving financial support from someone else (e.g. a parent or other family member), we also require proof of their financial resources, as well as a letter confirming their support.


To ensure that students are admitted, receive their immigration documents, and have their tuition paid on time, applications must be received by the dates below:

  • For exchange students beginning autumn quarter:  April 1st
  • For exchange students beginning winter quarter:  August 1st
  •  For exchange students beginning spring quarter:  November 1st