Global Scholars Program

  • What does it mean to be a global citizen?
  • How do issues that affect your community influence the rest of the world?
  • How can you gain an immersive global experience that is integrated with your education?

The Global Scholars Program brings together UW Bothell students from diverse backgrounds, particularly first-generation college students, to think through global issues and explore diversity, difference, and identity as central to all global engagements.

I have learned so much from not only my professors but my peers. A diverse set of individuals can create such a dialogue that allows you to explore yourself and others on what it means to be a global citizen and understand others better, regardless if they hold a different perspective than you.

Naomi Yohannes
2019, inaugural cohort of Global Scholars
2019, inaugural cohort of Global Scholars

Global Scholars is a year-long, cohort style community that brings together students and professors for genuine and thought provoking dialogue. We engage in critical reflection and exploration and create a space to share ideas, experiences, and opinions about topics everyone thinks about but hardly anyone talks about.

Global Scholars take two classes together – BIS 318 in Spring and BIS 418 in Autumn – and receive individualized support to pursue a global experience – study abroad program, virtual internship and/or domestic opportunity with a global focus – during the summer. Learn more about the program curriculum.

2022 Global Scholars cohort celebration
2022 Global Scholars cohort celebration

Global Scholars gave me a space to share my experiences with a group of peers and learn from theirs, as well…. It was incredible to see how much we could relate to each other’s experiences despite having all gone to vastly differently places, doing vastly different things. Together we discovered just how universal many topics are despite large distances.

Alicia Garduno

Ready to get involved?

Learn more about the application process.

Global Scholars is an initiative of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, and is open to all undergraduates at UW Bothell.

Program Directors

The Global Scholars Directors were recently recognized with the inaugural UW Distinguished Teaching Award for Teams.

Ben Gardner, School of IAS
Ron Krabill, School of IAS
Nhi Tran, School of IAS
Natalia Dyba, Global Initiatives
Jennie Ha, 2022 Global Scholar and 2023 Student Lead


We’re available for virtual and in-person appointments!

Around the World with Global Scholars

Global Scholar students in a group call

Interning Abroad in India… From My Bedroom? w/ Naomi Yohannes

UW Bothell students shared her virtual internship with an non-profit organization and partnership with locals to discuss social justices in India.

Learn more about her virtual internship from the bedroom
Kanu sitting on the stone wall alongside Hiroshima Bay in Japan.

Where the Sakura Blossoms Live: An Experience Never Forgotten from my time in Matsuyama, Ehime – w/ Kanu Vasdev

Global Scholar talked about how this journey introduced him to traditional culture and several fun experiences with locals.

Learn more about his memorable trip to Japan
Study Abroad program group picture in Rome

Writing in Rome – The Balance of Studies and Adventure – w/ Alex Sineev

The trip to Rome refreshed this UW Bothell student’s view of himself and earned valuable self-growth experiences.

Learn more about his self-reflection from Rome