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Undergraduate Programs

CHID Peru: The Politics of Blackness and Indigeneity in Peru
This interdisciplinary program examines diversity in a non-US setting by asking how identity and history are constructed, negotiated, and renegotiated in Peru through artistic production and expressive culture, and how art engages the politics of historical memory and imaginations of Blackness and Indigeneity.
Foster School of Business Pontificia Universidad Catolica Exchange Program
During semester-long exchange programs, students take 18-24 UW credits during fall or spring semester. Most students take a combination of business core, business electives, and non-business courses while abroad. A typical student will take 1 core class, 2-3 business electives, and 1-2 non-business electives. Generally all coursework is taught in Spanish.
Spanish Studies Winter Quarter Program in Quito Ecuador
During Winter 2017, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies will take a group of highly motivated 203, 301 and 302-level students to the city of Quito, Ecuador to live with local families and study local culture and Spanish for a quarter.
From Andes to Amazon - Biodiversity, Conservation, and Sustainability
This program examines conservation and sustainability issues in a biodiversity hotspot of global importance: southeastern Peru. The first week of the program takes place in the relatively arid highlands surrounding Cusco where we examine current and past human land-use practices and their impact on biodiversity. Week 2 and 3 takes us to Manu National Park and Biosphere Reserve where we lodge at biological field stations, both in mountain forests and remote lowland forests. We immerse ourselves in ecological exploration of pristine forest ecosystems and park buffer zones. Basic taxonomy of plant and animal groups will be discussed, as well as techniques for conducting biodiversity surveys. We continue our ecological studies, but also looking at the impacts of v
Honors Ecuador: Sumak Kawsay: Well-Being, "Race", and Gender in Ecuador
Open to both honors students as well as students across campus, the program will be centered around the concept of sumak kawsay, an indigenous perspective of well-being, or 'living well' rather than 'living better' . This course will explore the historical and social context of the buen vivir, with a focus on sustainable culture (specifically Indigenous and Afro-descendant artistic practices and community building -- from traditional to hip hop ). In Quito, students will explore representations of transformative Indigenous and Afro-descendant cultural identities and practices in Ecuador at large and on social media, while examining the intersectional impacts of gender and queer organizing. The course will explore if and how arts and culture support the devel
CHID Mexico City: LGBTQ Communities and Change in Mexico City
Through an interdisciplinary curriculum comprised of literature, history, ethnography, and creative nonfiction, as well as site visits to local community organizations, students will develop a shared vocabulary around issues of power, privilege, identity, LGBTQ issues, travel, and global relations. Our three weeks in Mexico City will introduce students to local LGBTQ activists, organizations, and change-makers. We will learn from our community partners about how a country's history shapes its LGBTQ communities.
UW Honors Direct Exchange at the Universidad de San Andres
Any eligible UW undergraduate can apply to a direct exchange with the Universidad de San Andres in Buenos Aires, Argentina. UW students will take regular courses across the curriculum (taught in Spanish) with Argentinean students. The university serves as a gateway to the rich and vibrant cultural life of Buenos Aires, the 'Paris of South America.' Through museum visits and other activities, the program integrates the spirit of the city and unique academic experiences. The university arranges for students to live with Argentinean families in a secure, supportive environment.
Architecture Mexico: Mexico City
The program's focus will address urban and architectural issues in Mexico City. Students will live and work in downtown Mexico City. Studio workspace will be within Luis Barragan's studio located within the Museo Casa Barragan. The program of study will address the geography, history, urban design, housing, and architecture of Mexico. The program will be comprised of a six-credit Architectural Design Studio, complimented by a five credit course entitled Representation, History, and Professional Practice in Mexico City; and a four credit course entitled Architectural Studies Abroad: Urban Fieldwork.
Urban Design & Planning/CHID: Food Sovereignty and Migration in Oaxaca, Mexico
This is a four week class focusing on culture, food justice/food sovereignty, and migration issues in Mexico generally and the Oaxaca region particularly. Along the way we'll travel from Mexico City to the Pacific Coast, and into the Sierra Norte mountains near Oaaxaca de Juarez.

Graduate Programs

CIEE Study Abroad
CIEE offers paid teaching positions for university graduates looking to share their language and culture while immersing themselves in new communities around the world.
Salud Global Peru
The Global Health Peru Program is a program offered by Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia which educates, guides, and trains future researchers, teachers and leaders through innovation, collaboration and leadership.
Kuskaya
Kuskaya is an interdisciplinary Training Program for Innovation in Global Health, managed by the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia and the UW funded by the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Manos Unidas
Manos Unidas is a Peruvian Non-Profit Organization founded in 2008 to maximize the abilities and potential of individuals with developmental disabilities. Volunteers can help in the classroom, or with their garden project.

Clubs at the UW

Adelante! Mentorship Program
Adelante! is a mentorship program for the University of Washington aimed at the retention of Chicano/Latina/o students.
Architecture Mexico: Mexico City
The programís focus will address urban and architectural issues in Mexico City. Students will live and work in downtown Mexico City. Studio workspace will be within Luis Barraganís studio located within the Museo Casa Barragan. The program of study will address the geography, history, urban design, housing, and architecture of Mexico. The program will be comprised of a six-credit Architectural Design Studio, complimented by a five credit course entitled Representation, History, and Professional Practice in Mexico City; and a four credit course entitled Architectural Studies Abroad: Urban Fieldwork.
Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting, UW Student Chapter
ALPFA is the largest Latino association for business professionals and students with chapters nationwide and over 18,000 members. ALPFA is dedicated to enhancing opportunities for Latinos and building leadership and career skills.
Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine
CCM is a Pre-Health organization striving to increase the number of under-represented minorities in Healthcare and committed to improving the health outcomes of under-served minority populations in our community through education and activism.
Engineers Without Borders
Engineers without Borders-UWS (EWB-UWS) is an interdisciplinary student organization at the University of Washington that was initiated by a small but dedicated group of concerned students and faculty in early 2005. Since that time the group membership and activity has increased dramatically. From 2006 until 2010, the chapter worked extensively in the Acasio region of Bolivia to improve communities' roofs and stoves. Since then, the chapter has begun work in the community of La Vega de Volcan in Guatemala on fish hatchery and community center projects. In 2013, the chapter opened two additional opportunities for its membership through the cookstoves and UW Farm projects.
Global WACh
The mission of Global WACh is to improve global health by cultivating excellence in research, education, and leadership focused on the lifecycle of women, adolescents, and children.
Latino Medical Student Association
The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) is a network of students, alumni, and health professionals whose mission is to promote the development of Latino students through educational, volunteer, professional, and networking opportunities.
Latino Student Union
The Latino Student Union at the University of Washington is a student led organization that empowers the Latino community through education, philanthropy, service, and multicultural awareness.
Latino/a Faculty Staff Association
The University of Washington Latino/a Faculty and Staff Association (LFSA) is an advocacy, leadership development and social network that addresses Latino/a issues in higher education, including the educational concerns and advancement of the UW Latino/a community.
Program on Global Mental Health
The members of the Program on Glboal Mental Health, from multiple disciplines across the University of Washington, seek to close the gap between those with mental illness who receive care and those who do not, through research, training, and service.
Pronto International
PRONTO International aims to optimize care during birth. PRONTO develops and implements innovative training strategies that act as a catalyst for health care providers to make individual, team, and systems changes.
Puente Piedra Project
The Puente Piedra Project aims to improve the health of the students and surrounding community, measure the impact of structural improvements upon health, educate subsequent generations of children regarding sustainable water, sanitation and energy, and serve as a reference center for both students and community groups.
Unfinished Sentences: History, Memory and Justice in El Salvador
Unfinished Sentences is an initiative of the University of Washington Center for Human Rights to encourage public participation in support of human rights in El Salvador.

Local Organizations

Agros
Agros partners with rural families in Central America and Mexico who are living in poverty. Their goal is to help families develop the skills to work themselves out of generational poverty.
Amazon Partnerships
Amazon Partnerships provides stories, data, resources, and fresh perspectives to support communities' power to define their future and to contribute to the growing dialog about reforming international aid.
Amigos
Amigos de las Américas inspires and builds young leaders through collaborative community development and immersion in cross-cultural experiences.
Architects Without Borders-Seattle
Architects Without Borders-Seattle provides ecologically sensitive and culturally appropriate design assistance to communities in need locally and abroad.
Awamaki
Awamaki is a women's weaving collective that operates in the mountains of Peru.
Bainbridge-Ometepe Sister Islands
The Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Islands Association builds bridges of friendship between Bainbridge Island in Washington State and Ometepe island in Nicaragua.
Burn Design Lab
Burn Design Lab is a cutting edge improved cookstove research institution located on Vashon Island, Washington.
Community Health International Medical Projects for Sustainability
Our mission is to cultivate sustainable public health interventions in partnership with underserved communities in developing countries through collaborative education.
Consejo
Consejo provides culturally competent mental health services and substance abuse treatment to under-served, low-income Latino individuals and families throughout Washington.
Global Partnerships
Founded in 1994, Global Partnerships (GP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit impact investor whose mission is to expand opportunity for people living in poverty. GP pioneers and invests in sustainable solutions that help impoverished people earn a living and improve their lives.
Global Visionaries
Global Visionaries is a youth-led organization that challenges and transforms young people into socially and environmentally conscious global leaders through leadership training and volunteer work in Guatemala.
Infectious Disease Research Institute
IDRI understands that it is not just what we know about disease, but what we do to change its course that will have the greatest impact. Their unique product-based approach to fighting infectious diseases has already yielded novel diagnostics, vaccines, and treatment strategies that are protecting and saving lives.
Latino Community Fund
The Latino Community Fund's approach is to capitalize on the Latino community's best resource, it's people, in order to identify, share and advocate for successful culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate organizations, programs and practices.
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education.
NPH USA
NPH USA, formerly Friends of the Orphans, transforms the lives of orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children with homes, healthcare and educational programs, making a positive impact in Latin America and the Caribbean. They accept both local and international volunteers, and sometimes have internships available.
One Equal Heart Foundation
One Equal Heart Foundation supports locally-led programs in Chiapas, México, that partner with Tseltal Maya indigenous communities to create healthy families, healthy communities, and a healthy planet.
Para Los Niños
Para Los Niños is committed to its mission of fostering academic success for every Latino student through parent and community involvement.
Salud Juntos
Salud Juntos was born out of the needs of the clinic of La Guacamaya, which was constructed in the wake of Hurricane Mitch in 1998. In 1999, a non-profit from the state of Washington began building houses and delivering aid to the community of La Guacamaya.
Sea Mar
Sea Mar Community Health Center is a community-based organization committed to providing quality, comprehensive health, human and housing services to diverse communities, specializing in service to Latinos.
Seattle CISPES
Founded in 1980 as part of the national CISPES network, Seattle CISPES is a grassroots organization working for social justice and human rights in El Salvador and the United States.
The Cross Cultural Health Care Program
The Cross Cultural Health Care Program (CCHCP) is a nonprofit training and consulting organization founded in 1992 whose mission is to serve as a bridge between communities and health care institutions to advance access to quality health care that is culturally and linguistically appropriate.
United People PERU
United People is a development non-profit organization committed to improving the living conditions of the most disadvantaged communities in Peru.
WA Global Health Alliance
WGHA is dedicated to facilitating collaboration to create activities and partnerships in global health that wouldn't otherwise exist. WGHA creates public-private partnership opportunities and promotes global health understanding.
Witness for Peace
Witness for Peace is a politically independent, nationwide grassroots organization whose mission is to support peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing U.S. policies and corporate practices that contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Additional Resources

UW Office of Global Affairs
UW Global Travelers-Health, Safety, and Security
UW Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity
Global Opportunties: study abroad scholarships for undergraduate students
UW Study Abroad
Faculty Leading UW Study Abroad Programs
UW Global Operation Support
International Projects Admin Guide
UW Foster Global Business Center
Undergraduate International Programs & Resources
Foundation for International Understanding Through Students
Connect international students with the PWN and UW community

Post-Doctorate Programs

Kuskaya
Kuskaya is an interdisciplinary Training Program for Innovation in Global Health, managed by the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia and the UW funded by the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Global Health Fellows
The Global Health Fellowship Program is an 11-month clinical research training program for post-doctorate trainees and doctoral students in the health professions, sponsored by the NIH's Fogarty International Center.
Manos Unidas
Manos Unidas is a Peruvian Non-Profit Organization founded in 2008 to maximize the abilities and potential of individuals with developmental disabilities. Volunteers can help in the classroom, or with their garden project.