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

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Mengmeng Liu
Study Abroad Ambassador

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Guillermo Sandoval
Study Abroad Ambassador


     Julia Smith
     Interim Administrator

Julia is the Urban Studies Program administrator and the interim administrator for International Programs. She has been at UW Tacoma since 1997 and helped Dr. Brian Coffey launch international programs in the early 2000’s. In the years since, she has seen the variety of opportunities expand for students to travel abroad. Julia’s goal is to help faculty and students plan for future study travel experiences. She has been nominated for the UW Distinguished Staff Award in 2008, 2011, and 2016 and won the UW Tacoma Distinguished Service Award in 2003. She is a native of Colorado – born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Colorado State University in 1995. In her free time, Julia loves to fly fish, hike, mountain bike, and snowshoe. With so many outdoor options, there’s hardly a weekend that goes by without some type of outdoor adventure! However, she’s no stranger to relaxing at home with friends, family, and two dogs Hilda and Clyde.