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By Tamara Leonard, Outreach Coordinator, International Studies Center, Jackson School of International Studies
Have you ever wanted to travel outside the US and earn academic credit? Did you think a study abroad program would be too long or too expensive? Well, think again. Each year the UW offers a variety of international programs to suit students’ needs, interests, and bank accounts. One such program is the UW Exploration Seminars. The Exploration Seminars offers students the opportunity to study abroad for just two to four weeks in a variety of international locations before the autumn quarter even begins.
Offered every summer as part of the Early Fall Start Program, the UW Exploration Seminars take place outside the United States and allow students to apply their academic training to issues and problems outside the classroom. While lasting only two to four weeks, the program allows participating students to earn five academic credits towards graduation. As part of the upcoming 2005 program, students will have the option of studying in the Philippines, the Galapagos Islands, Cyprus, Ecuador, South Africa, and Italy. Students will have hands-on experience with human rights issues, environmental issues, cosmology, American-Arab relations, economics, and film. This short selection of topics and locales isn’t comprehensive. Students who would like more information about these programs should log on to the program website at: www.artsci.washington.edu/exploration.
A description of last year’s program will give a good sense of what to expect in future programs. In August 2004, Program Directors Tamara Leonard and Norman Wacker led an exploration seminar entitled: “Communities in Transition: Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.” Students visited six cities including Dubrovnik and Zagreb in Croatia, and Sarajevo, Mostar, Doboj, and Banja Luka in Bosnia-Herzegovina. They met with local non-governmental organization (NGO) leaders, NATO personnel, officials from the Office of the High Representative, attorneys, journalists, scholars, and U.S. embassy staff to learn first hand about the dissolution of Yugoslavia, the challenges involved in building new nations in Croatia and Bosnia, and the tragic consequences of war. Issues of refugee return, legal reform, land management, free elections, unemployment, and ethnic identity became personal and real as students met with individuals from all ethnic groups. Students traveled throughout the region, staying in dormitories, hotels, and with local families. Staying with students from a local university, attending joint classes, and visiting local historic sites together added to the students’ appreciation of another culture and way of life.
The exploration seminars are an excellent example of cross-disciplinary education at UW. Last year’s seminar involved faculty and staff from the Jackson School, UW Bothell, International Programs and Exchanges, the English department, and CHID (Comparative History of Ideas department). The students themselves were a diverse group whose majors ranged from international studies, political science, and business to biology, nuclear chemistry, and philosophy. While most of the UW students are from the U.S., one was a foreign student from Taiwan. When various departments, schools and units become involved in foreign study programs, everyone benefits.
Exploration seminars will run again in Summer 2005. We encourage you to join students and faculty in the former Yugoslavia or participate in one of the many new seminars offered. Each student pays between $1400-$3600, depending on program location, duration, and other costs. Airfare is not included in this price. Before you decide the program is too expensive, know that if you have applied for and have been awarded a financial aid package for the coming academic year, you may file a revision request with the Financial Aid Office showing the increased costs resulting from enrollment in an Exploration Seminar course. The form is available from the Financial Aid Office, 105 Schmitz Hall, or can be downloaded from the web (“Requesting Changes to Your Award”). When the Financial Aid Office receives your form, it will determine if it is possible to add additional money to your financial aid package.
Financial aid and scholarships are also available to eligible students on international study-abroad programs through the Office of International Programs and Exchanges (IPE). Contact the IPE Office directly for more information, or visit its website, IPE web site. Students have also found funding through mobility grants, the Marc Lindenberg Center, local Rotary clubs, and other sources. For more information, log on to www.artsci.washington.edu/exploration.