Study Abroad

Types of Programs

There are several types of programs and exchanges with varying lengths and objectives that are designed to meet the diverse interests of students. Most UW Bothell student choose one of the following options:

Short-Term Programs

Photo courtesy of Aaron Huston

One- to two-week opportunities that are part of a UW course or a special program.
Example: During Spring Break 2012, Linda Cung and Aaron Huston spent 16 days at Ehime Uni­ver­sity in Mat­suyama, Japan, studying the connections between rural and urban communities and sustainable agricultural practices. The program included students from the US, Japan and Indonesia.

Exploration SeminarsZambia

Three- to four-week trips led by UW faculty during the gap period between Summer Term B and Autumn Quarter.
Example: Each year, Dr. Leslie Ashbaugh spends mid-August to mid-September with a group of UW students in Zambia, examining urban and rural livelihoods in the country and how they are affected by international development aid.

UW Programs

Term-long programs, mostly taught in English, led by UW faculty. Dates correspond with UW term dates.
Example: During Winter 2013, CUSP professor Tasha Buttler is leading a Winter Abroad course in Porte Alegre, Brazil. Students will be introduced to the socio-economic and political history of Brazil and learn Portuguese.

Affiliated Programs

Photo courtesy of Sarah Reeves

Term-long programs, usually on the semester system, organized by other universities, study abroad providers, or foreign language schools.
Example: Community Psychology student Sarah Reeves is spending Spring Semester 2013 in Kathmandu, Nepal, on a program run by SIT Study Abroad, focusing on Tibetan and Himalayan people. In addition to interdisciplinary coursework covering the history, politics and religion of the region, she will be learning Tibetan.

University Exchanges Chelsea in Paris

UW students attend regular classes at one of over 70 partner institutions abroad. Instruction is generally in the host country language. Most partners are on the semester system.
Example: Chelsea Boren, a Global Studies major, spent her junior year in Paris, France, studying at Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).


A great option for students who want to integrate academic credit with employment and development of professional skills.
Example: IE3 offers internships in a variety of non-governmental organizations, educational institutions and private companies.

Browse the Getting Started section of the International Programs and Exchanges website to read more about the various types of study abroad programs available.


Global Initiatives

Study Abroad Advising
Student Success Center, UW1-160


Make an appointment

Natalia Dyba, Director

Student Advisors:
Lundy By
Cecilee Fernandez



Study abroad programs offered at all UW campuses are available to UW Bothell students

Seattle: Office of International Programs and Exchanges

Tacoma: International Programs