Other Ways to Study Abroad

Students majoring in LSJ can certainly study abroad at other locations than those specifically run by LSJ faculty.  The central office for study abroad at UW is the International Programs and Exchanges Office, which supports students at all levels of searching for, applying for, and paying for study abroad.  It is vital to plan a study abroad well in advance of the quarter of study in order to have all the appropriate paperwork completed, and in order to meet application deadlines.

Students who are preparing for a study abroad that they feel should count for credit in LSJ can meet with the departmental adviser to discuss plans.  In some cases, the evaluation of study abroad credits is officially determined only after a student returns from their trip. Please read the How to Earn LSJ Credit for Study Abroad handout prior to meeting with the LSJ Adviser. This handout includes a list of study abroad programs with courses that count towards LSJ requirements.

A special note about law classes taken abroad.

Just because a class has “law” in its title or because it is topically about law doesn’t mean it will be able to be evaluated as an LSJ class when a student returns.  The study of law as a professional program (law school) in the US is a post-bachelors field of study.  But in much of the rest of the world, the equivalent professional study is done at the bachelors degree level.  This creates a difficulty in evaluating credits when students return.  Classes meant to train students as lawyers that are taken abroad by UW undergraduates are not equivalent to law school classes at UW because they are undergraduate courses taken by undergraduates.  These courses are also dissimilar to LSJ because LSJ is not a professional training program and the classes from abroad do not have the law & society approach of classes taken in the major at UW.  Undergraduates studying abroad run the risk of their study abroad classes not being transferable to UW credits if they are “law school” classes.