Study Abroad

Previous UW Bothell Faculty-Led Programs

Early Fall 2017

Ecuador: Socio-Environmental Studies in the Ecuadorian Mainland and the Galapagos Islands
Led by Santiago Lopez and Vilma Illanes, IAS

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
Led by Greg Tuke and Kara Adams, EDUC
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. 

Arusha, Tanzania: Critical Perspectives on Ecotourism in Tanzania
Led by Ben Gardner and Kate Osmond, IAS
Image Courtesy of David Berkowitz (
Tanzania.jpgThis interdisciplinary program will introduce students to the social, political, and ecological context of ecotourism and  global conservation in Tanzania. Participants will approach ecotourism as a political, economic and cultural activity, examining the ways in which tourism functions as a site for political contestation on local, regional, national and international scales. The course focuses on the history of conservation, land use and environmental governance. 

South Korea: Information, Technology, and Society in Modern Korea
Led by Jeffrey Kim, STEM, and Matthew Saxton, UWS iSchool

Students will explore how culture and technology affects the use and sharing of information in modern networked environments, including topics in urban informatics, data-driven storytelling, info-graphics, and information behavior.

Matsuyama, Japan: Renewable Energy in Japan and US
Led by TBD, STEM
Japan.jpgThis early fall course explores the challenges and opportunities of deploying new energy technologies that are economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable.  The geographic focus is Japan, and specifically the island of Shikoku, though comparison will also be made to the US and Pacific Northwest.

Summer 2017

Leon, Spain: Politics of Soccer and Beyond
Led by Ron Krabill, IAS | 12 credits
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.

Summer 2016

CHID Sardinia: Island Migrations, Health, and Social Justice

sardinia.jpgWe will ask how migration, displacement, and marginalization impact dimensions of health and resilience among immigrant and Romani communities, (commonly and pejoratively known as Gypsies). We will collaborate with Italian and Romani scholars, artists, NGOs, and families living in Alghero to critically explore these topics.

“Dance as Social Technology”: Dance, Healing and Community in Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico


Location : Oaxaca, Mexico 

Academic Credits:  12 Credits

Program Description: Explore dance by daily embodied practices, participation in community dance settings,  an academic seminar introducing several key theoretical frameworks for considering dance as an expression of identity, cultural resilience and political resistance; healing from trauma personal and historical; and a means of cultivating joy and wellbeing in public spaces.

Lessons from the Japanese Experience with Nuclear Power


Program Dates: August 31 – September 4, 2015 at UW Bothell; September 9 – September 24, 2015 at Ehime University

Location: UW Bothell and Ehime University, Matsuyama, Japan
Faculty Director: Dr. Matt DePies, STEM
Program Coordinator: Chris Schaeffer, STEM
Program Fee: $1,650, which covers local transportation, housing, most meals, and cultural activities in Japan, administrative support, and 5 Autumn Quarter credits.
Fee does not include: airfare (~$1,400), travel insurance ($40), some meals in Japan, personal expenses at UW Bothell and while abroad
Academic Credits: 5 Autumn Quarter 2015 credits of BST 498
Overview: Students will explore lessons learned from the Japanese experience with nuclear power. This course also incorporates the cultural and social implications of nuclear power in Japan, as well as in the Pacific Northwest. While in Japan, students will engage with peers from Japan, France, Germany, Turkey, Indonesia and Vietnam.
This Application deadline has passed.

Summer 2015

Social Justice in Higher Education in the US and South Africa: Reconciliation via Digital Storytelling

Program Dates: June 17 – July 22, 2015 (Summer Term A)
Location: UW Bothell and University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Program Directors: Terryl Ross, Director of Diversity, Natalia Dyba, Director of Global Initiatives

South-Africa.jpgOverview: Through this hybrid study abroad program students will explore points of convergence and divergence in the processes of reconciliation, racial healing, and restorative justice in higher education in the United States and South Africa. Two weeks of classes at UW Bothell will be followed by two weeks at the University of the Free State, attending the Global Leadership Summit. Students will create digital stories and develop an action plan to address reconciliation at UW Bothell.
Estimated Program Fee: $1,400, which covers: housing, two meals per day, local transportation, and cultural activities in South Africa; administrative support; and 12 Summer Quarter credits.
Additional Costs: Airfare (~$2,500), travel insurance ($40), some meals in South Africa, passport, personal expenses at UW Bothell and while abroad
Academic Credits: up to 12 Summer Quarter credits
The application deadline has passed.

Chungnam National University Summer Session
Program Dates: June 17 – July 14, 2015 (Summer Term A)
Location: Daejeon, South Korea
Overview: Join international students from all over the world for a 4-week program at Chungnam National University to learn Korean language, take an elective course in English, and experience Korean culture through field trips and experiential learning activities.
Credits: Up to 10 Summer Quarter credits, Korean Language and an elective
Estimated Program Fee: $300 administrative fee upon acceptance. Cost of tuition, academic credits, local cultural activities, and on-campus housing at CNU is generously offset by a scholarship from CNU.
Additional Costs: Airfare, travel insurance ($60), meals, passport/ visa, personal expenses
The application deadline has passed.

Fall 2015

University of Bergamo Business Exchange Bergamo, Italy

Bergamo.jpgProgram dates: Fall Quarter
Location: University of Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy
Program Director: Beth Alipio, School of Business (
Program Fee: Tuition and fees for a full-time quarter will be paid at the standard UW Bothell tuition rate.
Eligibility: Program is open to UW Bothell Business majors who have completed the core and will be senior status by Fall 2015.
Program Description: Students will take courses in the first quarter of the second year of the University of Bergamo’s Masters of Business program.Students will take four courses including Marketing Research, Knowledge Management, Organizational Theory, and Leadership.
This application is now closed.


Brazil - Brazilian Rhythms: Music, Literature, and Political Economics
Program Type: UW Faculty-led Program (Winter Quarter)
Year Offered: 2013
Program Directors: Tasha Buttler, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, Chris Rothschild, UW Seattle Information School
Overview: The program has two main focuses: 1) Recent economic development of Brazil, with an emphasis on the role of both large international monetary institutions as well as regional monetary fund and lending organizations such as BancoSul, and 2) The role of literature and music in Brazilian culture and how they are influenced by politics and socio-economic development.

Brazil - MBA Global Study Tour
Program Type: Short-term Program (Spring Break)
Year Offered: 2013
Program Director: Steve Holland, Business
Overview: MBA students focused on the key issues, opportunities and challenges that business and other institutions in Brazil face as their global profile and impact grows. Students met and talked with several international and local companies located in Brazil, including the unique opportunity to examine the impacts of the growing hospitality and tourism industry as Brazil prepares to host the World Cup soccer tournament in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016.

Ethiopia - Through the Eyes of the Ethiopians: Journey beyond Culture
Program Type: Exploration Seminar (Early Fall)
Year Offered: 2012
Program Directors: Panagiotis Hatziandreas, Yamrot Melaku, and Stephanie Bickler, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Overview: The seminar introduces students to the socio-economic, political, historic, and religious factors that contribute to the Ethiopian cultural identity.

Germany, Switzerland, France - Urban Communication: Language, Image & Space

Program Type: Exploration Seminar (Early Fall)
Years Offered: 2012, 2013
Program Director: Crispin Thurlow, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Overview: Participants embark on a scholarly and cultural journey whose main focus is the way human communication (e.g. language/s, visual images, social interactions) is organized in contemporary urban settings. The course also considers the way different modes of communication are used to represent and construct these urban spaces.

Ghana - MBA Global Study Tour
Program Type: Short-term Program (Spring Break)
Year Offered: 2011
Program Director: Pete Nye, Business
Overview: The two-week study tour, initiated by two UWB LMBA students, explored global business connections in three sectors of the Ghanian economy: trade, telecommunications and microfinance through site visits and meetings with community members.

India - Special Topics in Education: Living and Working in an International Community
Hello-World-india.jpgProgram Type: Short-term Program (Winter Quarter)
Years Offered: 2011, 2012
Program Director: Jean Eisele, Education
Overview: This four week program took students to Auroville in South India, where they increased their understanding of internationally acclaimed practices in alternative energy, schooling, and governance. Those who traveled to India shared their experiences with students at UW Bothell who were unable to travel. Participants earned 10 credits at the graduate level in Education (B EDUC 591) for winter quarter.

Italy-Rome Academic Enrichment Program

  • Funded, two-week study abroad opportunity at UW’s Rome Center during Spring Break 2015 for underrepresented undergraduates, organized through the UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity. Two UW Bothell students will be selected to participate.
  • Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA, completed at least 90 credits (45 at the UW) by the end of Summer Quarter 2014, be receiving financial aid and be able to travel to Rome during Spring Break 2015. Preference will be given to students who are active leaders on campus and have had limited travel experience.
  • Cost (eligible to be covered by Financial Aid): $500 program fee, $300-$600 for expenses while in Rome not covered by the program. Airfare and all remaining expenses will be covered by UW Bothell.

Japan - From Hiroshima to Fukushima: Nuclear Energy & Japan's Search for Energy Security (2012); Lessons from the Japanese Experience with Nuclear Power (2013)
Program Type: Short-term Program (Early Fall)
Years Offered: 2012, 2013
Program Directors: Steve Collins, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and Krista Garg, International Student Services (2012); Matt DePies, STEM, and Aspasea McKenna, Division of Enrollment Management (2013)
Overview: The course explores the path to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 and the subsequent development of nuclear power in Japan and around the world. The program combines a week of classwork at UW Bothell with two weeks in residence at Ehime University in Matsuyama, Japan, where students  participate in seminars, visit local cultural and historic sites, and engage Japanese students and citizens on questions concerning nuclear power, energy policy, and their social and cultural implications.

Mexico - Social Justice, Labor and the Mexican Economy
Program Type: Exploration Seminar (Early Fall)
Years Offered: 2010, 2011
Program Director: Dan Jacoby and Lisa Olason, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Overview: This course assesses the causes and consequences of the 2006 uprising that began with teacher demonstrations in the center of Oaxaca city, and quickly turned into a mass movement. Students become familiar with issues of Mexican development, economics, trade, and labor.

Thailand, Cambodia - Globalization in Southeast Asia