Study Abroad

Previous UW Bothell Faculty-Led Programs

Summer 2018

When in Rome: Interdisciplinary Studio Art and Italian Culture
Led by Barbara Noah, IAS |12 credits

Students from all majors have 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. 

Guatemala: Health Services Delivery in Resource-Poor Settings
Led by Mabel Ezeonwu, NHS|12 credits

This hybrid service-learning course is designed to expose students interested in nursing and health to the policy contexts in which health care is delivered in resource-poor settings, in rural villages in the Rio Dulce region of Guatemala. The course utilizes the community as the pedagogical platform and challenges students to view global health care issues holistically in order to understand how in-country health policies are influenced by local and global determinants or factors

Spain and France: Americans in Europe
Led by Alice Pedersen and Jed Murr, IAS|12 credits

Following in the footsteps of artists, revolutionaries, exiles, and travelers before us, this program will take students from Madrid to León to Paris in an exploration of transnational cultural exchange, migration, and belonging. Our focus on the politics of travel and study abroad, the Spanish Civil War, and Black cultural production in Paris will allow us to situate ourselves as embodied travelers, thinkers, and cultural producers alongside the writers and artists we study.

Dance, Ritual and Embodiment practices in Oaxaca, as a Social Technology for Healing, Culture and Holistic Sustainability 
Led by Diana Garcia-Snyder, IAS| 12 credits

A vibrant four-week journey of dance, yoga, Spanish and environmental awareness at Mexico's cultural mecca, and one of the world's heritage city according to UNESCO. Encounter many forms of traditional dance in the streets, parks and zócalos as part of the Calenda or parades which are main activities of La Guelaguetza, famous indigenous gathering and folk festical of its kind in Mexico.

Early Fall 

Salvador, Brazil: Afro Cultures of Brazil 
Led by Tasha Buttler, IAS, and Eduardo Silva, UWS Portuguese Studies 

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.

Andes to Amazon, Peru: Biodiversity, Conservation, and Sustainability in Peru
Led by Ursula Valdez and Jennifer Atkinson, IAS

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.

Norway: Sexual Politics, Culture, & Justice in Norway
Led by Kari Lerum, IAS and Emily Fuller, IAS

Contemporary Scandinavian countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland) are frequently lauded as the happiest, healthiest, and most gender equitable places in the world. This course will hone its attention on one of these nations: Norway. In particular, we will study the ways that sexual politics, feminist thought, and movements for social justice shape contemporary Norwegian institutions, culture, and daily life. Course readings, lectures, exercises, and field trips will be centered around the following questions:
- How does Norwegian state feminism and gender policy impact the lives of people across a range of gender and sexual identities? How does it interact with the cultural and religious practices of new immigrants and cultures?
- How and why is sexuality education in Norway so different from the US, and what implications does this have for sexual health? (e.g. Comprehensive and readily accessible to children of all ages vs. limited and focused on abstinence and disease)
- What is the role of Norwegian media in reflecting and shaping narratives about sexuality, gender, race, and citizenship?
- How do Norwegian human rights legacies (resistance to Nazi Germany; home of the Nobel Peace Prize) inform responses to contemporary White Nationalist tensions across Europe and the U.S.?

Mexico: Media Art in Mexico City 
Led by Micha Cardenas, IAS, and Amaranth Borsuk, IAS

In this course, led by media artists and UW Bothell professors micha cárdenas and Amaranth Borsuk, students will study and create media art in Mexico City. Projects may include formats such as electronic literature in Virtual Reality, poetry in Augmented Reality, digital performance on social media, or video performance online, among others. Hosted by the program Arte, Ciencia y Tecnologías (ACT, Arts, Science and Technologies) a collaboration between the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Ministry of Culture, students will take part in seminars, workshops, and museum visits at the intersection of art, science, and technology. They will meet local artists, collaborate with UNAM students, and make work that allows them to build their own new media arts practice and see where it takes them.

Honors Japan: Construction of Japanese Identity- A Comparative Look at National Narrative in Japan and U.S.
Led by David S. Goldstein, IAS and Christopher Lowy, UWS Asian Languages and Literature 

Students will study in Tokyo, Japan and will have access to Waseda University’s network. Students will learn about Japanese history, culture, and arts as a foundation to the program focus on identity construction and citizenship policy in Japan and the U.S.

There will be visits to monuments and memorials such as the controversial Yasukuni War Memorial and the Edo-Tokyo Museum. The program will also investigate the changing identity of Japan (what remains and what is shifting) through the eyes of Japanese youth. Site visits include Harajuku and Shinjuku districts and there will be an excursion via express train to the nearby shrines and temples of Nikko and Kamakura (and possibly Hakone). Kyoto and Hiroshima are also destinations

Sustainable Energy in Japan 
Led by Steve Collins, STEM, and Hiroshi Miyamoto 

This 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.

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

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