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Summer A Term, 2013 (June 22-July 24)

 In a nation better known for its romantic and folkloric traditions, what constitutes popular culture? Our study site in León, Spain will allow us to look beyond the stereotypical notions of a nation of bullfighters, flamenco, and romanticized gypsies to deconstruct some of the clichés that have historically determined foreign perceptions of Spain. Topics to be considered include: Historical memory and television, pop music of the Movida era, fútbol and nationalism, representations of the immigrant, molecular gastronomy and the new Spanish cuisine, and past and present marketing campaigns for tourism to Spain.

The program will have two tracks. Each track will be 6 credits total:

Track 1: SPAN 393 (Culture)- 3 credits

SPAN 393 (Language)- 3 credits

Track 2: SPAN 462 (Culture)- 5 credits

SPAN 499 (Independent Project)- 1 credit

SPAN 393 /SPAN 462 will be offered together, with the 300-level students studying alongside the 400-level students for the first hour of class.  The 300-level students will then have an intensive language class, while the 400-level students stay in the culture class for an additional hour to dig deeper into issues involving modern Spanish culture and society.  The 400-level students will also have an independent research project (SPAN 499, 1 credit), in which they will further investigate a topic of interest to them related to Spanish culture and society.  They will present this project to the group and to the local community in León at the end of the program.

Deadline for application: FEBRUARY 15.

 Students may find the application at:

Contact Prof. Leigh Mercer ( with questions.




Ia Orana Globetrotters of the University of Washington!

We are pleased to invite you to apply for our 5th year of Studying Abroad in Tahiti:

Our research and experiences will focus around the use of historical, geographic, and la culture Ma’ohi lens to explore these issues and to engage students in conversations about identity and place, cultural diffusion, and notions of community.

One of the unique benefits of our trip is that students residence, while in Tahiti you will have the Pacific ocean as your backyard!

Here’s a video project from the trip:

Video project

On January 17th from noon to 1:30 pm OMA&D will be hosting a workshop around OMA&D Study Abroad trips and the FISCAL RESPONSIBILTIES that accompany such a commitment.

WHO – Interested students wanting to study abroad

WHAT – Workshop to assist in decision making around responsibilities of study abroad


WHEN – 01-17-13 @ noon to 1:30 pm PST

WHY – Studying abroad is by far the greatest educational experience I have ever been part of and would like all students to have these opportunities.  However, COMMITTING and AGREEING to a contract has you accepting fiscal responsibility that our office is attempting to help clarify for students interested in studying abroad to all destinations!

 OMA&D Study Abroad destinations this year:

Tahiti term A – Australia term A – Barbados term A – Ghana term B

There are also two other trips going to Tahiti this summer, Anthropology w/ Mimi Khan term A & iSchool w/Chris Rothschild in term B.  Both trips are with quality instructors and great people, and hope you will consider one of their trips if one of the OMA&D doesn’t work for you.

The UW Study Abroad Office is hosting a Student Exchange Night on Thursday, November 29 from 7-8 p.m. in Alder Hall Commons in an effort to promote our worldwide student exchanges.

  • Meet visiting international exchange students & UW alums of exchange programs
  • Learn about the nearly 100 university and departmental exchange opportunities that exist for UW undergraduate and graduate students
  • Study at one of our partner universities for a semester or a year: opportunities in Europe, Asia, Americas, Africa, Oceania, and Middle East

Enrollment opportunities exist for student in places like Bogazici University (Istanbul), Sciences Po (Paris), National University of Singapore, University of Auckland, Al-Akhawayn University (Ifrane, Morocco) and at nearly 100 other universities.

Consider attending to learn about these semester or year-long immersion opportunities. UW student alums and our visiting international exchange students will be available to talk with prospective students about what it is like to study and live in these destinations.

For more info and to RSVP visit

Scan|Design @ the University of Washington is pleased to announce the opening of their 2013-14 Fellowship application cycle. Scholarships in the amounts of $2500 – $9000 are available to support undergraduate and graduate student participation in one of the UW’s Danish exchange study-abroad programs or summer travel study.

Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2013.

To apply and learn more about this opportunity, please refer to their website, contact them via email at or attend an informational session hosted at the UW Study Abroad Office (IPE) located on the corner of NE Campus Parkway and 15th Ave NE in 459 Schmitz Hall on the University of Washington campus.

The informational sessions will be held at noon on the following dates:

  • Friday, November 2, 2012 (noon)
  • Friday, November 16, 2012 (noon)
  • Friday, January 15, 2013 (noon)

Scan Design hopes to offer fellowships to students from a wide range of UW department and programs so please consider applying.

This Spring, the English Department will be offering two study abroad programs in London and in Rome. All majors are encouraged to apply. If you would like to meet the program faculty and learn more about these programs, please come to the upcoming information sessions:

The information session for the Spring Literary London program will be Thursday, October 25th from 3:30-4:30pm in Thompson Hall, room 134.
(application deadline: Nov 9)

The information session for the Spring Writers in Rome program will be Thursday, November 1st from 4:00-5:00 pm in Savery Hall, room 130.
(application deadline: Nov 16)

If you are unable to make one of these sessions, you are welcome to meet with English Department Study Abroad Coordinator, Bridget Norquist, or the program faculty.

We hope to see you there.

1) The Critical Language Scholarship Program: this summer program provides fully-funded eight to ten week group-based intensive language instruction and extensive cultural enrichment experiences held overseas in:

  • Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu: Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
  • Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
  • Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels.

Eligibility details and language prerequisites are explained at Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Applications are now available online, and the national deadline is November 15, 2012.

2) The Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides up to $20,000 for US undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to US 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. Most languages are supported, except those of Western Europe. 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. Receipt of this scholarship does incur a government service requirement, which for many students provides a valuable foot in the federal employment door.

  • Undergraduate applicants must apply through UW to be considered for the Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Program.
  • UW’s campus deadline for undergraduate applicants is January 10, 2013 for study abroad programs during the 2013-14 academic year.

The UW Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards is providing information sessions for undergraduate students interested in these opportunities to help orient them to the programs and application processes:

Critical Language Scholarship information sessions for undergraduates:

  • Oct. 9, 12:30pm, MGH 173R
  • Oct. 18, 3:30pm, MGH 171

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship information sessions:

  • Oct. 18, 4:30pm, MGH 171
  • Nov. 14, 3:30pm, MGH 173R
  • Dec. 4, 3:30pm, MGH 173R

The Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) is once again sponsoring the Rome Academic Enrichment Program. This will be the 20th year we are able to send students to participate in the Rome class. The five credit Winter Quarter course will include ten days in Rome during the break between Winter and Spring Quarters.


OMA&D participants are invited to nominate themselves and, depending on the applicant pool, the committee will select twelve students for the trip.

To be eligible, applicants must have the following characteristics:

  • Earned at least 90 college credits by the end of Summer Quarter, at least 45 of them at the UW.
  • They must have a cumulative UW GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Students need to be financial aid eligible. (We will require documentation from students to verify this criterion).
  • Candidates must be active in one or more of OMA&D’s family of programs: EOP, TRIO SSS, the IC, ECC, HSCMSP, LSAMP, EIP/McNair, Champions Student Ambassadors or any other OMA&D affiliated program.
  • This year we will be very strict in our screening of students who have had other travel abroad opportunities. Therefore, students who have already participated in the Rome program or other study abroad programs are not eligible for the 2013 trip.

Please send your self-nomination, with a mailing address and student number, to Nataly Jo Brockwell ( via e-mail, fax, or regular mail no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

Nominees will be emailed applications and invited to become candidates. At that time you will need to request a letter of recommendation at that time from an OMA&D staff member or a faculty member who is familiar with your academic work. A committee of non-OMA&D UW faculty and staff will select the students for the trip.

We hope you take time to consider this opportunity to enrich your educational experience at the UW through this unique travel abroad experience.

Global Opportunities will offer several info sessions and events this autumn quarter for students interested in study abroad programs and scholarships. Check out the information session dates and times below.

Keep up to date with their office by visiting the website and by liking them on Facebook at

Global Opportunities autumn quarter schedule:

  • GO! and Fritz Scholarships Info Sessions

For Pell Grant or Husky Promise-eligible students AND declared social science and humanities majors studying abroad in winter or spring 2013 – deadline November 8th
• 10/9 from 3 – 4pm in MGH171
• 11/2 from 12 – 1pm in MGH171

  • DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Info Sessions

Many opportunities in Germany – summer research internships for STEM majors (no German language skills required), language study, journalism internships, and more! – most deadlines in January DAAD Website
• 11/14 from 4 – 5pm in MGH171
• 11/15 from 2:30 – 3:30pm in MGH171

  • Study Abroad Meet & Greet

GO! and Fritz Scholars just back from their studies abroad will be around to talk with other students about their experiences and answer questions. All are welcome – delicious international snacks will be served and Wo’ Pop will be playing!
• 10/24 from 5 – 6pm in MGH171