International Programs is the office that implements and coordinates all UW Tacoma international travel courses and exchange programs. We work with faculty to develop and implement study-abroad courses and provide guidance and assistance to students participating in those programs.

Tracey NorrisTracey Norris, Advisor and Program Specialist

Tracey Norris is the study abroad advisor for UW Tacoma International Programs. Tracey was born South African and spent the early years of her childhood playing in the dust of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and Southwest Africa (now Namibia). She emigrated to the United States in the early '80s and became a naturalized U.S. citizen. Tracey earned a bachelor of arts in English from Texas State University and as part of her college experience, spent a summer studying in Cork, Ireland. Since then she has traveled as often as time and money would allow, visiting Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, England, Australia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Canada. A staunch advocate for international educational opportunities, Tracey's goal is to send as many students, faculty and staff abroad as possible. When she's not plotting to send others far away, Tracey enjoys spending time in the wilds at home and abroad. One of her favorite pastimes is birding...last bird added to her life list? Swallow-tailed Kite in Texas (5.2.2014).

Student wearing authentic Mexican garbHunter D. Henderson, Study Abroad Ambassador

Hunter Henderson is a senior in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Science program and is majoring in Environmental Studies with minors in Restoration Ecology and Hispanic Studies. His goal this year is to encourage all students to apply to a study abroad program. He also plans to host scholarship writing workshops. Over the summer Hunter went abroad to Mexico for five weeks and now has a semi-professional proficiency in the Spanish language. Hunter saw famous historic sites, made friends, and even learned how to cook and dance. In the summer of 2014, Hunter plans to return to Cuernavaca to reunite with friends made on his trip. Hunter would like to work in the field of education, either as a teacher or in the capacity of an advocate for global education. Generally, Hunter is a very light-hearted and gregarious type of guy. Hunter enjoys going to festivals, being in the outdoors, and most of all learning about new and interesting topics and cultures! Hunter believes that every student should invest the time and money to study abroad because it is life changing. [Read more...]

Luan Dang, Study Abroad AmbassadorLuan's picture

Luan Dang is a Study Abroad Ambassador of the UWT International Programs and a sophomore majoring in Environmental Science.  He was born in Vietnam and spent fifteen years of his childhood in a small town called Phan Hiep in the Binh Thuan province. He moved to the U.S. with his family five years ago and fell in love with this country from the first day. As much as he loves the United States, he also loves exploring life in different places. After his Expedition Fellows Program trip from Costa Rica, he realized that there is much more in life for a person to learn. One of the best ways to learn from life is through experiencing life in another country. Also, he thinks study abroad can strengthen a student's knowledge and inspire them to create their own path for the future. From the love of being outdoors and exploring new ideas for sustainability to saving the planet, the Expedition Fellows adventure inspired him to go for an Environmental Science major instead of the Medical field. His message is simple: “Go explore, and create  your own unique memories of college through study abroad!” [Read more...]