UW Seattle Study Abroad

Through the UW Seattle campus International Programs and Exchanges (IPE) office, UW Tacoma students can take advantage of hundreds of study abroad options. Explore various types of study abroad program options below, including Exploration Seminars, university exchanges, Affiliated Programs and internships, to find one that's right for you and then get started.

Exploration seminars

Exploration Seminars are short-term study abroad programs (3-4 weeks) led by UW faculty that take place during the gap period between the end of the summer quarter and beginning of autumn quarter. These 5-credit programs focus on specific themes pertinent to the program location. Most Exploration Seminars do not require foreign language background. Featured programs include:

International Studies Ireland & The Hague - Challenges of International Justice

This program provides students with a firsthand study of the major international tribunals. In past years, students were able to observe proceedings in eight different international criminal trials, and watched confirmation hearings of Kenyan officials accused of crimes against humanity. At all venues, students observe any trials scheduled, and hear from tribunal lawyers and court professionals. The program theme is Challenges of International Justice. One of the advantages of the program is to allow students to review their own career goals and help decide their next steps in pursing those goals. Students were able to inquire about job and internship opportunities in human rights and international courts, and obtain e-mail addresses for further networking and communication. This program has been very popular with students who have a special interest in human rights, and those considering law school.

We watched the cross-examination of a witness, a Bosnian woman who'd lost her son and husband during the war...it really got to the heart of what these trials are all about: bringing war criminals to justice.

- Elizabeth Barrett, B.A. Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Class of 2012

Comparative History of Ideas Programs (CHID)

By introducing students to the interrelation of ideas and society, Comparative History of Ideas demonstrates the need to consider intellectual problems from many perspectives. Students are encouraged to think for themselves, and think critically about the world and the categories we use to understand it.

Featured program: Between the East and West - Discovering Central Europe

This program examines the dynamic historical, cultural and political life of Central Europe as a whole. Academically rigorous seminar-style courses, international field trips (to Budapest, Krakow, Berlin and Vienna), and attendance at cultural events allow students to explore key issues such as the tragedy of the Holocaust, the nature and impact of the communist system, the hopes and tensions of the European Union, and how coming to terms with the past is reflected in the cultural and art scene we witness today.

Affiliated programs

Affiliated Programs are UW approved study abroad options administered by other universities, study abroad program providers such as CIEE and SIT, or foreign language schools. Depending on the program, instruction may be in English, the language of the host country, or a combination of the two.  Some Affiliated Programs focus on specific topics while others offer a wide range of course options in various subjects to meet student needs.  Affiliated programs vary in length from one quarter, to one semester, to an entire year.  Participants receive regular UW credit for coursework completed.

Featured program: Study at the Arcadia Center in Barcelona

The core of this program is the course Catalan Labyrinth: An Introduction to Catalan Studies. This course will provide a Catalan language introduction to ensure that students can navigate confidently throughout this recently nominated Capital of the Mediterranean Union, while introducing them to the compelling culture, history, economy, and politics of Catalonia. Participants will engage in lectures, seminars, and field studies that highlight the dynamic nature of the region and its people.

I would go back to Barcelona in a heartbeat! I met so many amazing people who, like me, love living life to the fullest. Barcelona came alive for all of us in different ways, it is a truly amazing city. My college career would not be complete without a study abroad experience.

- Aaron Wright, B.A. Business Administration, Class of 2012

*University exchanges

UW has more than 70 student exchanges with universities around the world that are available to undergraduate and graduate students in most fields of study from all three campuses. Exchange participants pay an exchange fee equal to UW tuition and attend regular classes at the partner university for a semester or an academic year. Instruction is generally in the language of the host country but a significant number of partner universities also offer courses in English. [*Note: There is a difference between UW Seattle's university exchanges and departmental exchanges. Departmental exchanges generally focus on a specific academic discipline and restrict participation to students in that discipline. This means UW Tacoma students may not be able to participate in exchange programs listed as Departmental Exchanges. UW Tacoma students are eligible to participate in the university exchanges.]

IE3 global internships

IE3 internships are geared toward students who would like to integrate academic credit with on-the-job experience and gain professional and cultural skills abroad.  Internships are available in a variety of non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, and private organizations around the world.  Host organizations provide supervision and logistical support for students in the host country.  Many internships require foreign language proficiency, though numerous English language internships are available.