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Study Abroad

Greetings from UW’s Office of International Programs and Exchanges!

Are you interested in studying Marine Biology in Australia? What about Business and Asian Studies in Japan? Or maybe Social Sciences in South Africa?

With more than 66 direct exchange programs in 28 countries, UW has numerous overseas opportunities for students in a variety of majors. Most of the exchanges are available as either semester or year-long programs.

Applications for Autumn 2015 exchange programs are due on January 15.

For more information, visit or stop by 459 Schmitz Hall between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M. daily.

Want to study abroad next summer?

CHID is happy to announce that all of our 2015 Summer Study Abroad Programs are now accepting applications!

You can read the full details on our website, but here is a quick peek at what we’re offering:

- CHID Amsterdam (full-term) - Design and Society in the Netherlands: Visualizing the Invisible
- CHID Viet Nam (A-term) - Building for Peace in the Wake of War
- CHID Martinique (A-term) - Ecology and Empire: Language, Culture, and Environment in Martinique
- CHID/Honors Bangalore, India (A-term) – Social Justice and Artistic Expressions
- CHID/Honors Peru (A-term) – The Arts of Politics: Cultural Agency and Social Movements in Contemporary Peru

The deadline for Summer applications is January 30th.

DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship:  Study abroad scholarship for students with strong research or academic interest in Germany

  • Competitive scholarship to support 4-10 months of study in Germany
  • Scholars receive monthly stipend plus funds to help defray travel, research and health insurance expenses
  • Applicants should have sophomore or junior standing at time of application.
  • Students should be able to demonstrate a clear interest in contemporary German and European affairs

    Important Dates:
                    January 31, 2015- Deadline for Undergraduate Scholarship

    Want to go abroad with CHID next year, but can’t be away for long? An Exploration Seminar may be the perfect fit for you!

    Explo Sems are 3-4 week programs that take place during late August/early September, in the interim between Summer and Fall quarters. For the first time in many years, CHID is offering three Explo Sems as part of our 2015 study abroad offerings:

    Conflicting Currents: Romania and Georgia in a Turbulent Black Sea (co-sponsored with UW Honors)
    August 24 - September 24
    Learn about the multicultural histories and present realities in these two extraordinary locales.

    Tolerance, Religion, and Gender in Amsterdam
    August 26 - September 18
    Gain an in-depth look at the politics surrounding immigration and diversity in the Netherlands.

    New York City: Urban Change in the City That Never Sleeps
    August 24 - September 19
    Examine the tensions around gentrification, diversity, and development in the United States’ biggest metropolis.

    Applications for these programs are not yet open. If you would like to be notified when they are, join our mailing list!

    Applications are now open for many of our Honors Study Abroad Programs and Exchanges!  This coming year the Honors Program will offer faculty-led programs in Italy, Germany, India, Peru, Spain and Romania-Georgia; and direct exchanges to Japan, Netherlands, Argentina, and a UW wide Honors endorsed exchange to Berlin's Humboldt University (American Studies).  ALL students are welcome to apply!
    Credit available includes Honors core credit (areas of knowledge designated) as well as departmental credits (program specific, please see individual program websites below): 

Berlin, Germany, Summer A Term 2015
“Reenacting German and American Identities”
Information Sessions:
Dec. 3, 12:00-1:00, Honors Seminar Room, MGH 211B
Jan. 14, 12:00-1:00, Honors Seminar Room, MGH 211B

Rome, Italy, Summer A term 2015
"Global Rome: Migrations and the Making of Cities" 
Information session: Dec. 2 at 12:30, Honors Multipurpose Room, MGH 206

Bangalore, India, Summer B Term 2015 (jointly with CHID)
"Social Justice & NGO Activism"

Lima, Peru, Summer A Term 2015 (jointly with CHID)
"The Arts of Politics: Cultural Agency and Social Movements in Contemporary Peru"

Leon, Spain, Early Fall 2015 (jointly with the School of Law and College of Environment)
"Wild Places and Forest Lands: International Environmental Law and Land Management"
Information Sessions:   December 3 and January 8 at 12:30 in MGH 211E
application coming soon!

Romania & Georgia, Early Fall 2015
“Conflicting Currents: Romania and Georgia in a Turbulent Black Sea”
Information Sessions: TBA; application coming soon!

Direct Exchanges (Netherlands, Argentina, Germany and Japan)
Information Sessions:
Dec.4, 1:00-2:00, Honors Library, MGH 211E
For more information about Honors International visit:

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships to study language abroad

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are available for undergrad & grad students in all fields planning to study languages abroad during 2015-16 and who are interested in government work.

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. For a complete list of countries, click here.

Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. For a complete list of languages, click here.

Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined.  NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. To view the Program Basics for the Boren Scholarship, click here.

Undergraduate applicants must apply through UW to be considered for the Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Program. UW Seattle's deadline for undergraduate applicants is January 8, 2015 for study abroad programs during the 2015-16 academic year. Interested students are welcomed to contact me: Robin Chang,, Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards.

UW Bothell undergraduate and graduate students interested in these opportunities can contact Natalia Dyba ( for campus deadlines and application support. UW Tacoma undergraduate and graduate students can contact Cindy Schaarschmidt ( for campus deadlines and application support.

The Boren program also offers Graduate Fellowships for graduate students, details are at There is no Boren campus application process at the graduate level; the national deadline for the Boren Graduate Fellowship is January 27, 2015. Marilyn Gray ( in the Graduate School Office of Fellowships & Awards is the point of contact for graduate students interested in this program.

The Bonderman Travel Fellowship application is now available for the 2015 cycle. This extraordinary opportunity for travel, discovery, and challenge is made possible by the generous donation of Mr. David Bonderman. It offers University of Washington graduate/professional and undergraduate students (from the Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell campuses) an opportunity to engage in independent exploration and travel abroad. The criteria for application eligibility is outlined below. 
David Bonderman - the donor - wishes to give students an opportunity to experience learning and growth in new and unexpected ways. Bonderman Fellows will undertake international travel on their own for eight months, to six or more countries in two or more major regions of the world. Through solo travel the Fellows will focus on exploration and discovery, learning about the world and themselves in it.
Up to seven graduate and seven undergraduate Bonderman Fellowships will be awarded in Spring 2015. Each Fellowship carries a $20,000 award to be used only for extended solo international travel. Fellows may not conduct research, pursue an academic project, or participate in a formal program or organization.
All applicants must be enrolled and in good standing at the UW during the quarter the application is due and must hold US citizenship or permanent resident status. Additionally:
GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS: All students in graduate or professional degree programs are eligible to apply.
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: All undergraduate students with senior credit standing and a degree application on file, AND who also meet ONE of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • at least a 3.7 cumulative UW GPA by the start of Winter 2015; OR
  • participation and good standing in the University Honors Program (Interdisciplinary, Departmental or College Honors) or in UW Tacoma’s Global Honors Program, by the start of Winter 2015. Undergraduates in one of these honors programs DO NOT need to have 3.7 UW GPA or higher to apply, but simply must be in good standing in their respective programs, whatever that might mean.

To learn more about this opportunity, please attend one of the information sessions listed on the website.
Applications must be submitted by 12:00 pm (noon) January 12, 2015.
More information about the fellowship, information sessions, and the application can be found at:

UW International Programs and Exchanges

Are you interested in studying abroad for a semester or a year on a UW exchange program? We are currently accepting applications for programs beginning in winter and spring 2015. Exchange program participants earn UW credit for their coursework overseas and are able to use UW financial aid and scholarships towards program costs.

If you would like to escape the dreary Seattle winter, why not apply for a program in Australia or New Zealand (it’s summer there!)? We have six partner universities in Australia and two in New Zealand. In addition to coursework in humanities and social sciences, these programs are also well suited to STEM majors.

Popular programs in Asia include the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), National Taiwan University, Yonsei University and Seoul National University in Korea, and numerous partner schools in Japan (including Kyoto University, Osaka University, Keio University, Aoyama Gakuin University and Tokyo Institute of Technology). Courses in English are offered at all of these universities.

Of course, exchange programs exist all over the world, from South Africa to Poland and everywhere in between. Whatever the case, we think that you’ll find an exchange to be one of the most challenging, rewarding, and transformative experiences in study abroad. 

If you have questions, please contact us by e-mail or stop by 459 Schmitz Hall. We have drop-in advising from 10am-4pm daily. To explore programs or start an application, visit

Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) available to undergraduate, graduate and professional students 

FLAS fellowships award tuition and a living stipend as follows: 
  Academic Year Graduate:                  $18,000 tuition, $15,000 living stipend 
   Academic Year Undergraduate:         $10,000 tuition, $5,000 living stipend
   Summer Graduate/Undergraduate:        $5,000 tuition, $2,500 living stipend
The FLAS Fellowship is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.  FLAS Fellowships support study of the following languages and their world regions:
 -Arabic –Bangla -Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian –Bulgarian –Burmese -Canadian First Nations –Chinese –Czech –Danish -Estonian -Filipino/Tagalog –Finnish –French –German –Hebrew –Hindi -Indonesian/Malay –Italian –Japanese –Kazakh –Khmer –Korean –Latvian –Lithuanian –Norwegian –Persian –Polish –Portuguese –Russian –Slovenian –Spanish –Swahili –Swedish –Tajik –Thai –Turkish –Uighur –Urdu –Uzbek –Vietnamese

Applications due January 30, 2015.  Questions: email

For more information, visit

Astronomy/ Art History Rome: Science, Religion, and Art in Rome over Two Millenia

This Program has no prerequisites and is designed for students with a wide range of backgrounds: humanities, social sciences, or the sciences. The Program's courses qualify for each of the following graduation requirements: Writing (5 to 12 credit-hrs), Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (7), and Natural World (8). Ad hoc Honors credit may be arranged with the Honors program. Students who wish to enroll in more than 15 credits may also arrange for independent study (499) credits through their home departments.
  For millennia, peoples occupying the Italian peninsula have looked to the sky and to religious belief to gain a better understanding of the world around them. This Program, with the exciting possibilities afforded by two instructors from the worlds of science and art, treats the intertwined histories of religion and science (with an emphasis on astronomy and cosmology), using art and architecture to demonstrate developments from ancient Rome through Medieval and Renaissance Italy to the 18th century. Special attention will be paid to the relationship of astrology and astronomy, as well as to the case of Galileo and the Church in the early 17th century. Another theme will be that of light, both as it is used in the context of art, and as used in understanding the heavens. Finally, we will examine many aspects of time: as used in historical analysis, as depicted in art, as used in astrology, as measured by sundials, and as measured in modern science.
Students will visit locations several times weekly throughout Rome, including many not open to the general public. The Program ends with a week-long field trip to Bologna and Florence to visit other architectural and artistic masterpieces, sites important for the history of science, and major museums. Historical, religious, and astronomical concepts will come alive via monuments, churches, paintings, and sculptures. Astronomical observations and analyses of the night sky (especially Jupiter's moons), the Sun's and Moon's motions over the quarter, and a visit to the Vatican Observatory outside of Rome will also be included. A focus of the course will be the Pantheon of ancient Rome and Michelangelo's Santa Maria degli Angeli church, both of which are aesthetic masterpieces and have strong astronomical connections.
Guided by UW's Rome Center, students can look forward to their independence while spending a quarter in Rome, one of the most beautiful, exciting, and important cities in the world. They should anticipate that the many field trips in Rome and elsewhere will open their eyes to many new worlds. Students can look forward to observing the heavenly bodies and how they move across the sky, and how our changing understanding of those motions has been one of the great themes of Western history. They should relish taking advantage of the interplay between their two instructors, who have backgrounds in science (astronomy, physics, astrobiology), history of science, history of art, and history of religion. The maximum number of students will be fifteen, allowing for a fruitful, seminar-like atmosphere.

Contact Prof. Woody Sullivan at

Check the full description at:

Meet with an IPE study abroad advisor

Once you have narrowed your options to several programs or locations, visit IPE and meet with a study abroad advisor to discuss your selections and ask questions. Study abroad advisors are available to meet on a drop-in basis Monday-Friday, from 10am-4pm, during autumn, winter and spring quarters and from 10am-2pm during summer quarter.   Program evaluations written by former UW study abroad participants are also available for your review in UW Study Abroad

You can also meet with a study abroad advisor for "International Quick Questions" in the Center for Undergraduate Advising, Diversity, and Student Success located in 141 Mary Gates Hall each Wednesday from 1:30-3:20pm.  

 EIP is sponsored by The Office of Minority Affairs.

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173G Mary Gates Hall - Box 352803
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