Thank you for your interest in developing study abroad opportunities for our students. Please contact Cindy Schaarschmidt, Director, Student Fellowships & Study Abroad, to discuss your ideas. Proposals for summer 2022 and academic year 2022-2023 programs are due October 1, 2021.
Study Abroad Info Sessions for Faculty
If you are interested in proposing a study abroad program, please come to one of our faculty information sessions to learn more about our priorities for study abroad, the proposal process, and how to create a budget for your program. Winter quarter dates: TBA
Study Abroad Priorities
As the UW Tacoma Office of Global Affairs, we prioritize global learning programs that:
Acknowledge the long-lasting legacy of colonialism and racism as well as current geopolitical contexts.
Are relevant to and honor the lived experiences, knowledge traditions, and assets of UW Tacoma students and of marginalized and indiginous communities in the US and abroad.
Are accessible to students of all abilities.
Are academically rigorous.
By participating in global learning programs we hope that students will:
Engage meaningfully, ethically, and respectfully with local communities in the host country.
Deepen their understanding of cultural diversity and develop global self-awareness.
Critically reflect on their cultural origins, practices, and habits of thought.
Be able to reflect on learning both in and out of the classroom.
We are also looking for program proposals in all fields of study that:
Include study of the host country’s language (where applicable).
Combine on-campus coursework with a study abroad program (so-called hybrid programs).
Include faculty-guided and independent research, scholarly, or creative work;
Are developed in partnerships with two-year or four-year colleges and universities in the region.
Please note that a complete program proposal includes:
Completed Faculty-led Program Proposal - please request at email@example.com
Syllabus for each course,
Program spending plan (budget) - please request at firstname.lastname@example.org
Signed letter of agreement for each program instructor
Signed letter of approval from the academic department (home unit) of each program instructor
Faculty-led program policies
When planning a UW Tacoma faculty-led study abroad program, consider the timing, duration, and staffing of your program. The information below is a summary of the key requirements and policies for the program planning stage.
For your program to be financial aid-eligible for students, the dates of instruction must conform to the dates of the UW academic calendar.
Programs must begin and end within +/- 7 days of the quarter in which the program is offered. If you are planning to propose a hybrid study abroad program that includes on-campus coursework, please check with OGA about possible dates.
The “start date” is the day students arrive in program housing.
The “end date” is the day students check out of their program housing (and not the last day/night in program housing).
Additional considerations for short-term programs:
Summer A and B term programs must have at least 28 days of summer instruction, including time abroad and in UW classrooms.
Exploration Seminars are offered during early fall (the period between the end of the summer quarter and the beginning of the autumn quarter). They must include at least 21 days of early fall instruction, including time abroad and in UW classrooms.
Rome Center programs
Program dates (UW Rome Center)
UW Rome Center programs must start and end on a weekday and cannot start on Italian or major American holidays.
Programs must end on a weekday that is not a Monday and that is not an Italian holiday.
Program Directors must arrive at least one day before and stay one day after program dates and be present on the days students arrive and depart.
Program Director housing (UW Rome Center)
Program director housing cost covered by the program is based on accommodation of single faculty member ($114-$155/night); any extra costs incurred due to special housing needs will be billed personally.
Apartment costs – both in the UWRC and off-site – are based on single/double occupancy; additional guests may incur an extra charge.
Under Italian law, all apartment occupants must be declared to the local police. If you will have overnight guests, the UWRC must be notified in advance.
Faculty and student lodging are arranged by Rome Center staff and through approved local providers only. This is to ensure landlords’ compliance with Italian legal requirements. Program directors should not arrange their own housing.
All programs must have two responsible leaders, both of whom must be UW (Tacoma) employees (temporary or permanent).
The program director is the primary lead and contact for the program and must be UW (Tacoma), faculty. Faculty must be responsible for creating the syllabus, meeting student learning objectives, and evaluating/grading students.
The second leader can be UW (Tacoma) faculty or staff with either a permanent or temporary UW appointment.
Where there are two UW faculty leaders, roles should be clearly defined as either co-directors or primary and secondary leads.
If the program has more than 30 students participating, the expectation is that three UW (Tacoma) employees accompany the program.
All UW program leaders must have an active UW appointment for the duration of the program.
Faculty with 9-month appointments who want to lead a summer or Early Fall program should work with their home department to gain an active appointment for the full program dates.
We strive to provide affordable study abroad programs to ensure access for as many UW Tacoma students as possible. Please keep in mind resident tuition rates while you develop a budget for your program. We ask that you stay as close to the corresponding tuition rate for the number of credits as possible. Upon request, we can also provide an overview of program costs dating back to 2017.
The following guidelines apply to program leader salaries that are charged to the program budget administered by UW Tacoma Office of Global Affairs.
If program leader salaries are paid by an academic unit or department on campus (and do not appear on the program budget), program leaders should work with their home unit to determine salaries.
All salaries should be approved by the program leader’s home department/college.
Salary will be paid within the pay periods that correspond to the program term.
Autumn, Winter, Spring (10 weeks)
Summer Quarter (8 weeks)
Short-term (Sum A, Sum B, Early Fall
up to 3 months of salary
up to 2.5 months of salary
up to 1.5 months of summer salary
up to 2.5 months of salary
up to 2 months of salary
up to 1 month of salary
*Where salary is included in the program budget, the appropriate Benefits Load should be included corresponding to the appointment.
In many cases, sponsoring departments to support programs by allowing the program director to remain on salary during the term abroad. This can cut down immensely on instructional costs, which are borne by students.
UW Tacoma Office of Global Affairs will work with your department administrator to set up payroll.
All salaries incorporated into the program budget must include a line item for the correct Benefits Load for your UW appointment. This line item is already included in the budget template.
As long as these expenses can be sustained by the program budget, program leaders are eligible for the following forms of compensation in addition to salary:
You must book the lowest economy, round trip airfare from Seattle–Tacoma International Airport to the program site for the approximate program dates.
The program can pay for reasonable in-country accommodations, comparable in comfort and quality to student housing.
It should be relatively close to student housing, or easily accessible by public transportation.
Program leaders can include up to 7 days of additional housing to the program budget for pre/post program work if the budget allows.
In-country travel expenses
In-country travel expenses and program-related activities (e.g. field trips and excursions) may be included in the program budget.
Program leaders can include up to 7 days of additional per diem to the program budget for pre/post program work if the budget allows.l
The per diem is paid out of student program fees, so we expect program leaders to be as frugal as possible with dining choices.
In the event of low enrollment, your program manager may first look to reduce per diem expenses before cutting elements of the program that are key to student learning.
Program director pre-departure workshops
Attendance at pre-departure workshops is required.
These workshops explain the UW-wide and UW Tacoma specific resources and support available to you while overseas, and include information about pre-departure orientations for students, managing the program budget and finances, program assessment, review and reflection tools, managing group dynamics, and handling emergency situations.
Student participation and housing
Students are expected to participate in every course, activity, and field trip outlined in the program syllabus and articulated by the program directors. They must stay in the student housing arranged by the program. Exceptions related to housing:
Students with special housing needs due to physical differences or abilities.
Students who wish to bring a spouse and/or children with them. If a student brings a child with them, the student must arrange for childcare during program activities.
Students who wish to petition to opt-out of the designated program housing should request this in writing to the program director and UW Tacoma Office of Global Affairs at the time of acceptance into the study abroad program. The request must be approved by both the program director and UW Tacoma Office of Global Affairs. Requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Students from other universities will need to enroll at UW Tacoma as non-matriculated (non-degree seeking) students in order to be eligible to apply to and receive credit for a UW Tacoma study abroad program. The application fee when applying as a non-matriculated student is waived for study abroad programs. Please contact the Office of Global Affairs for further details. Non-matriculated students who have not yet earned a high school diploma or equivalent cannot study abroad on our programs.
Depending on the length, timing, and format of the program, there are multiple options for the number of credits a program can offer.
The sponsoring academic department and college should ultimately determine and approve final allotments for the number of credits.
Duration and credit models currently available for UW study abroad programs:
Full Summer Term
Summer A or B
Autumn, Winter, or Spring
Summer A/Summer B
e.g. Spring Break
Length (can include on-campus instruction)
10 - 12 weeks
8 - 9 weeks
Min. 28 days
Min. 21 days
10 - 12 days (must be abroad)
6 - 12
1 - 6
Program deadlines and cancellations
All UW study abroad programs offered in the same term have so-called priority deadlines (please see table below). If a program does not meet its enrollment goals by the priority deadline, we can extend the deadline no more than two times. To ensure sufficient time for students to make a decision about study abroad participation and to complete all necessary pre-departure requirements, the last deadline has to be at minimum 1.5 months before pre-departure requirements are due.
Please note that if you are working with a study abroad provider or in-country vendor that has earlier deadlines, we may need to adjust our timelines accordingly.
The decision to cancel a program due to low enrollment will be made in consultation with UW Tacoma Office of Global Affairs, the program director, and the academic unit.
Study Abroad Priority Deadlines
Latest possible application deadlines
Date by which program needs to be confirmed
Pre-departure requirements due (for students)
Following the same schedule used for classes taught on campus, grades are due to UW Tacoma Office of Global Affairs by the first Monday after the end of the quarter in which the program was offered.
Please plan your courses and assignments so that you are able to report grades by the deadline.
Late grade submission may affect student eligibility for financial aid or graduation.
Grades for all summer programs (sum A, sum B, and summer quarter-long programs) are due at the end of the summer quarter.
Grades for Exploration Seminars (early fall) are due at the end of the autumn quarter.
Faculty-led programs are self-sustaining and must generate enough revenue to cover the projected expenses.
If the program does not meet minimum enrollment as defined by the program budget, the program may be canceled due to financial insolvency.
The decision to cancel a program due to low enrollment will be made in consultation with UW Tacoma Office of Global Affairs, the program director, and the sponsoring department.
Balance and deficit policy
All programs are required to maintain a Program Reserve equal to 4% of the budgeted program expenses. This reserve is built into the program budget sheet provided by OGA.
30% of any program balance will be incorporated into the budget and program fee calculation the next time the same program is offered. Programs that do not run again after five consecutive fiscal years forfeit any associated balance to OGA.
70% of any program balance will be re-directed at the discretion of the Executive Director of Global Affairs to promote new program development, provide student scholarships, or to contribute to a Global Emergency Fund. New and returning study abroad program directors will be able to apply for grants to develop new study abroad programs or to improve existing offerings.
If a student qualifies for an emergency withdrawal and (partial) relief from their financial obligations to the program, the non-recoverable costs will first be charged to the program budget. If those charges result in a program deficit, the Office of Global Affairs will be responsible for covering the portion of the deficit attributable to the emergency withdrawal.
In all other cases, programs ending with a deficit of $5,000 or less are required to incorporate the deficit into the budget and program fee calculation when that program is next offered. If a program with a deficit is not offered again within two years, the host academic unit will work with UW Tacoma Office of Global Affairs on a plan to repay the program’s deficit, in agreement with the Chair/Dean.
Programs with a deficit of more than $5,000 may be suspended until there is a clear and effective plan in place to eliminate the deficit. This plan must be agreed upon by the Chair/Dean of the host academic unit and the UW Tacoma Office of Global Affairs. If a program with a deficit is not offered again within two years, the host academic unit will work with UW Tacoma Office of Global Affairs on a plan to repay the program’s deficit, in agreement with the Chair/Dean.
Deficits may also be paid down by other revenue sources per a dean/director/chair’s request.
In order to manage on-site expenses, program directors must be eligible to receive a field advance and should be in good financial standing with the UW.
As a custodian of UW funds, program directors will be responsible for accounting for those funds according to UW policies and procedures.
Program directors may be held responsible for unapproved or inappropriate expenses or use of funds.
Field advance custodians who do not account for funds in a timely manner may not be eligible for future field advances.
If program directors are accompanied by spouses and/or children, they cannot participate in the official program activities, and none of the program budgets can be used to pay for family members’ expenses.
Student evaluations and re-entry programming
The UW Tacoma Office of Global Affairs will administer standardized student evaluations upon completion of your study abroad program. We also strongly encourage faculty program directors to work with OGA on re-entry programming for students; this will help students integrate their study abroad experience with learning on campus.
Managing applications online
Logging into the site:
You will receive an email when you have been granted access to the UW Study Abroad application system.
Click on “Applicants” in the black bar at the top of the page, then click on “Advanced Search”
Click on “Application Parameters,” “Program Parameters,” and “Applicant Parameters.” Then click Next at the bottom of the page.
Choose the correct quarter in the “Applicant Cycles” section. For this search, I’ve chosen “summer quarter 2018”
Choose “check all” in the “Application Status” section
Choose your program in the “Programs & Locations” section. In the example I’ve chosen the UWT Vietnam: Identity and Place in Writing program.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click “search”
Your page will look like the one below with the list of students. Before looking at the student info, go down to the “Save Search Query” section, and save the search as whatever you want. Then, once you go back to your homepage, this search will be saved on your homepage. It will automatically update if more students apply.
Reviewing Completed Applications:
Study Abroad Program Directors may review applications, but should not change a student’s status or accept them to their program. Each student must go through a conduct check, which the Office of Global Affairs initiates, and students may not be accepted until after this process is completed. We do not accept students on a rolling basis and students will not be accepted to study abroad programs until after the application deadline.
Click on your saved application query on your homepage.
Click on the “Progress Audit” tab, then click on “Pre Decision.”
Check off all the boxes in the Progress Audition Options, except for “Scholarship awarded for this program” and “Reviews.”
You will be taken to the Progress Audit page, which will show you which items students have completed.
In order for students to be accepted to study abroad, they must have completed all the items that need to be checked off, as well as a recommendation. These boxes will be automatically checked off as students complete each requirement. If the recommendation is completed it will read 1/1 (or sometimes 2/1 if a student has received two recommendations). The circled example is the only completed application in this section.
The Office of Global Affairs highly recommends that study abroad program directors interview students to make sure they are the right fit for their program. The interview rubric can be used to help program directors conduct interviews and make application decisions. It is recommended that program directors schedule interviews a few days after the priority application deadline.
Program directors must make admissions decisions within 12 calendar days of the application deadline. This is important both for confirming the program will run and for aligning the application process with our scholarship process.
After the application deadline, program directors will receive an email from the Office of Global Affairs asking them which students they want to accept. The email will contain an attached spreadsheet listing all the students who have completed applications. These are the only students that program directors should be reviewing. Program directors are asked to complete the "acceptance decision" column in the spreadsheet and then email it back to the Office of Global Affairs. OGA will then send an official acceptance email to those students who have been accepted. Program directors cannot change a students' status to "accepted" nor should they email the student about their acceptance decision before the Office of Global Affairs has done so.
Interviews with Study Abroad Applicants
In addition to reviewing application materials online, UW Tacoma's Office of Global Affairs strongly encourages program directors to conduct interviews with all eligible applicants in order to more fully assess readiness for study abroad and fit with their program.
Set up a Doodle calendar for applicants to sign up for interview times (allowing for group or individual interviews).
Send the below email to applicants as they apply, i.e. before the priority application deadline. Please schedule interview time slots for the week after the application closes. Please feel free to edit the email as you see fit.
Interviews need to be completed and admissions decisions need to be made within twelve days of the priority deadline.
Suggested Email to Students
As the faculty program directors, we are so very pleased that you have completed your online application materials for the [program title] study abroad program to [location] for [quarter/year]. As a final step in the application process, you are required to attend a meeting with the program directors at which you will be asked to provide us with typed and printed responses and discuss the following questions:
Why did you choose this particular study abroad program and what do you expect to gain from the experience?
What experiences, if any, do you have to engage with cultures other than your own?
What assets do you feel you have that will contribute to your own and others’ learning on this program?
What worries you about traveling abroad and how might you deal with those concerns?
Describe a time when you experienced a conflict with another person. How did you deal with the situation?
Please take a moment to go to this Doodle Poll (ENTER LINK HERE) and sign up for an interview slot. Please note that these will be group interviews, so multiple students can sign up for the same day/time.
If you are a student on the UW Seattle or UW Bothell campus, please email us so that we can set up a time to conduct a phone or Skype interview.
Suggested Study Abroad Interview Evaluation Rubric