The Office of Global Affairs works collaboratively to foster cultural humility and build globally-interconnected communities by promoting global learning opportunities on and off-campus, building international partnerships, and supporting international students, scholars, and research at the University of Washington Tacoma.
Established in 2016, the Office of Global Affairs at UW Tacoma works with campus, community, and international partners to internationalize our campus through innovative initiatives and programming. Students, faculty, and staff rely on the Office of Global Affairs in a variety of ways, including in applying for competitive fellowships and awards, study abroad programming, international student and scholar services, and on-campus global learning.
Donations to the funds described below are opportunities to support our students, faculty, and staff, whether by directly funding student scholarships or funding OGA initiatives and programs.
Please consider making a donation or pledge to one or more of our funds today!
Dr. Jeff Cohen
Office of Global Affairs
University of Washington Tacoma
Student Travel Fund
The Office of Global Affairs’ Student Travel Fund supports UW Tacoma students through study abroad scholarships and funds dedicated to supporting student international travel. As a proven high impact practice, studying abroad leads to timely graduation, increased academic success, and greater levels of post-graduate employability. By donating to the Student Travel Fund, you are supporting transformative experiences for UW Tacoma students. Read and hear about the academic and personal impact of study abroad in our students' testimonials.
The Office of Global Affairs provides support for international students studying at UW Tacoma. As you will see in the stories included on this page, international students help create a vibrant and engaging learning environment and are highly successful inside and outside of the classroom. The International Program Fund provides direct support to international students through scholarships and indirect support through the funding of OGA initiatives aimed at creating meaningful and impactful experiences for international students while they study at UW Tacoma.
The Global Affairs Fund is used to support the continued expansion of international education and global learning opportunities at UW Tacoma. These funds are used at the discretion of the Executive Director to support the ongoing operations of the Office of Global Affairs, including the development of international partnerships and implementation of innovative programming and initiatives, such as our Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Fellows program which provides opportunities for global learning without the need to travel.
Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) connects faculty and their classes in two or more countries. Students from both countries collaborate on assignments, class projects, or presentations and acquire valuable intercultural communications skills in the process. This initiative provides opportunities for global learning and international engagement for students who may be limited in their ability to travel abroad while studying at UW Tacoma. Participation in COIL at UW Tacoma promotes academic success and employability in an increasingly globally-connected job market. Donations to the Global Affairs Fund can be used to support this innovative pedagogy by providing stipends to faculty who participate in our Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Fellows program.
Carlos Delgado (Spain, 2017)
"Sometimes it is necessary to get out of your comfort zone in order to live. By studying abroad, I have never felt more alive in every sense of the word."
Sayana Saithu: The Poetry of the Presentation
Sayana Saithu, a graduate student in UW Tacoma's Institute of Technology, has won the first round of the Present Around the World contest. Next stop, Orlando.
Kirsten, a Biomedical Sciences and Psychology major, spent four weeks in Taraji, Bolivia with the CFHI: Global Health Experiential Learning Program. Her study abroad experience was Kirsten’s first time out of the country, and during her experience she overcame language and cultural barriers that helped to change the trajectory of her future career. Kirsten was also named the 2020-2021 Chancellor Medalist for her extraordinary achievement as a student at UW Tacoma.
Karen, a student who is also a parent that majored in Arts, Media, and Culture, spent her second to last quarter studying abroad on the Creativity and Place: Seeing and Re-seeing Rome and Italy program. Initially, Karen was reluctant to study abroad because she would have to quit her job and leave her family for 10 weeks. Upon arriving in Italy, she realized the whole city of Rome was her classroom and took advantage of every opportunity to learn.
Kazuaki, an exchange student from Singapore, spent four weeks in Guangzhou, China and Hong Kong, on the China: Past and Present program. In Kazuaki’s study abroad blog, he reflects on what it was like to be an exchange student studying abroad with his UWT colleagues and how his study abroad program gave him a different perspective on his life in Tacoma.
Jessy, Psychology, Global Engagement and Sociology major, participated in the Brazil: Movements and Intersections program. In her blog, Jessy reveals some ways she thinks US policy and language around homelessness are different from Brazil.