Global Scholars Program

Logo of UW Bothell Global Scholars Program

  • What does it mean to be a global citizen?
  • How do issues that affect your community influence the rest of the world? 
  • How can you gain an immersive global experience that is integrated with your  education?

The Global Scholars Program brings together UW Bothell students from diverse backgrounds, particularly first-generation college students, to think through global issues and explore issues of diversity, difference, and identity as central to all global engagements.  

Jan-2020-retreat-IMG-3035.JPGStudents selected for the program participate in a year-long experience that encourages critical reflection and exploration in a supportive community of fellow students with shared interests. Global Scholars is a cohort style community that brings together students and professors for genuine and thought provoking dialogue. They do this by creating a space to share ideas, experiences, and opinions about topics everyone thinks about but hardly anyone talks about. Global Scholars take two classes together and receive individualized support to pursue a global experience - study abroad program, virtual internship and/or domestic opportunity with a global focus - during the summer.

“I have learned so much from not only my professors but my peers. A diverse set of individuals can create such a dialogue that allows you to explore yourself and others on what it means to be a global citizen and understand others better, regardless if they hold a different perspective than you.” - Naomi Yohannes

"Global Scholars gave me a space to share my experiences with a group of peers and learn from theirs as well .... It was incredible to see how much we could relate to each other’s experiences despite having all gone to vastly differently places, doing vastly different things. Together we discovered just how universal many topics are despite large distances."    - Alicia Garduno

Transferable-skills-(3).jpgThe Global Scholars curriculum is applicable to real-life circumstances and helps students navigate unspoken topics, features guest speakers, and pushes students to improve various academic skills. The curriculum is also designed to provide and grow transferable skills useful not only for the Global Scholars Program but for future endeavors. Some of these transferable skills include community involvement, connections across majors, resume builder, undergraduate research, leadership skills, writing skills, teamwork, networking, and marketing global experiences. 

 “You will learn critical skills and techniques for applying to study abroad programs and scholarships. Skills and techniques that work phenomenally because they helped me get into a program I would have never been accepted into had it not been for everything I learned from being a part of the Global Scholars Program.”  - Kevin Garcia

Engagement begins during winter quarter with a series of workshops. Class activities during spring and autumn quarters are paired with an immersive study abroad or internship program during the summer. At the end of the year-long program, Global Scholars are recognized for their commitment and achievements as leaders with the ability to ethically engage with different cultural perspectives in the larger global community. Students in the program can leverage their involvement with and status as Global Scholars to become more competitive in getting into a major or pursuing leadership/ employment opportunities.

"The Global Scholars team supported me inside and outside of the class and after my graduation from the cohort: I became the first UWB McNair Scholar, have an on-campus position as Program and Research Assistant, and am applying to postgraduate opportunities. The Global Scholars Program is a unique experience that offers support not found in traditional classroom settings and has been the highlight of my college career. " - Sarah Ramirez 

Headshots of inaugural cohort of UWB Global Scholars


The Global Scholars Program is an initiative of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, and is open to all undergraduates at UW Bothell.


Contact us


Program Directors

Ben Gardner, School of IAS
Eva Navarijo, School of IAS
Ron Krabill, School of IAS
Natalia Dyba, Global Initiatives

Study Abroad Advising

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Around the World with Global Scholars