UWB Faculty-Led Programs
For a complete list of Spring, Summer and Early Fall programs click here
***Note: All details listed are tentative. Many of the programs listed below are pending final approval.***
Spring Break programs
New Dehli, India: Gender, Culture, and Human rights
During two weeks split between New Delhi and Jaipur, students will have the opportunity to experience two culturally distinct states in India, visit with community organizations, interact with college students and women from urban and rural areas, and read cultural and literary representations of women’s issues. Students will return to the U.S. for the second part of the course, integrating their learning with the UW Bothell curriculum of Global Studies, Media and Communication Studies, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, and Master of Arts in Cultural Studies. The second portion of the class will involve three class meetings and online work during Spring Quarter.
Italy and France: Scientific Explorations of Art and Architecture
This program will explore three topics of mathematics and physical sciences: measurement, light, and the physics of architecture. The course will study the intertwining relationships between these three topics as students make observations, take measurements, and examine the impacts of physics in the real world. Students should expect hands-on and brains-on work as they discover the beauty of physics in art, architecture, and history of France and Italy.
Rome, Italy: Interdisciplinary Studio Art and Italian Culture
This program will give students from all majors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the experience of Rome creatively and adventurously through the lens of visual art and the culture of the city, as well as each student's own unique backgrounds, disciplines, research, and interests.
Leon, Spain: Politics of Soccer and Beyond
A 12 credit summer program based in Leon, Spain. Students will approach soccer as a political and cultural phenomenon examining the ways in which the sport functions as a site for political contestation on regional, national, and international scales. This program will also explore the politics of soccer elsewhere, including human rights violations, corruption surrounding recent and future world cups, and the exploitation of athletes from across the globe.
Early Fall programs
Ecuador, South America: Socio-Environmental Studies in the Ecuadorian Mainland and the Galapagos Islands
This seminar exposes students to relevant and current environmental issues in ecologically sensitive areas of Latin America such as the Amazon region, the Andes, and the Galapagos Islands. The focus of this component of the course will be on the relationships between human development and biodiversity conservation.
Varanasi, India: Philosophical Exploration and Social Action in the Sacred Lands of India
This exploration seminar provides students with a unique opportunity to live, study and interact with Tibetan students and faculty at one of the most prestigious Tibetan Universities in India; study Buddhist and Hindu philosophy and its application to individuals and social change; visit important holy sites; and get actively engaged with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) working along the Ganges River.
Salvador, Brazil: Afro Cultures of Brazil
This program will expose UW students to the richness of Afro-Brazilian cultures by studying and living in Salvador da Bahia, the heartland of Afro-descended peoples of Brazil. Students will also visit the National Park Chapada Diamantina, an important site from the mining era of slavery in the state of Bahia. In addition, students will be able to compare the histories of oppression, systematic racism, and contributions of blacks in Brazil to the experiences of blacks in the United States to gain more complex and developed perspectives on current discussions of race.
Arusha, Tanzania: Critical Perspectives on Ecotourism in Tanzania
This Exploration Seminar is an interdisciplinary program designed to introduce students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds to the social, political, and ecological context of ecotourism and global conservation in Tanzania.
Matsuyama, Japan: Lessons from the Japanese Experience with Nuclear Power
Students will explore lessons learned from the Japanese experience with sustainable energy. This course also incorporates the cultural and social implications of sustainable power in Japan, as well as in the Pacific Northwest.
Andes to Amazon, Peru: Biodiversity, Conservation, and Sustainability in Peru
We will explore the fascinating diversity of this region, while studying the conservation challenges confronting it. Through surveys of the biodiversity, and meetings with indigenous people, land-use managers, conservationists, and other stakeholders, we will analyze sustainable alternatives for the conservation of this world biodiversity hotspot.