Increasing numbers of UW Bothell students are studying abroad. Why not be one of them? To get started, you’ll want to think about what you want to get out of the experience, where you want to go, and for how long.
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Why Study Abroad?
Spending a part of your university experience abroad will expand your understanding of the world and help you develop global skills – adaptability, intercultural communication, learning on the fly, etc. – that are in high demand by employers and graduate programs. For many students, studying abroad is a transformational experience.
"Reflecting on these experiences, I have learned that anything is possible. It started off with a dream to study abroad. If I hadn’t applied to that program and had the guts to say goodbye to my home and hop on that one-way plane to Japan, these experiences would have been deemed impossible… Seeing different countries, cultures, meeting people from all walks of life, it has expanded my world but also in some ways, shrank it."
-- Aspasea McKenna, Class of 2013, Junior year abroad in Japan
A number of different study abroad program options are available that vary in location, purpose and duration. All approved programs earn academic credit towards degree completion and are eligible for financial aid and scholarships.
The most important tip in applying for a study abroad experience is to think ahead. Planning at least two quarters ahead of when you want to go abroad will give you the best options in terms of programs and funding opportunities.
Start with these questions:
What do I wish to study? How will credits earned fulfill my graduation requirements?
Where do I want to go? Is language and cultural immersion important to me?
How long can I be away?
How much support would I like in the host country?
How much money am I realistically able to budget for this experience?
Do I meet the foreign language and other requirements?
Once you’ve identified a program, you’ll have an application to fill out, letters of reference to get, academic transcripts to collect and a statement of purpose to write and that’s just before you get into a program.
With good planning, financial aid and external scholarships can help cover the additional costs associated with study abroad.
Study Abroad Advising
There are several resources at UW Bothell and UW Seattle to help you plan a successful study abroad experience. Click on the name below to schedule an appointment.
We look forward to working with you!