Join Global Scholars

Participation in the Global Scholars Program is open to undergraduates from diverse backgrounds.

The Global Scholars Program seeks to enhance the resources and support available to diverse students at the University of Washington Bothell. Students from diverse backgrounds have valuable perspectives, impressive aspirations, and meaningful reasons to pursue global education. Applicants to the Global Scholars Program will have a wide range of diversity in their backgrounds which includes socioeconomic status, as well as race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, and disability.

Students from any class standing are invited to apply. The majority of our Scholars are first in their families to be pursuing a 4-year-degree, receiving Pell Grants and use financial aid to help fund the cost of their study abroad or global internship program (virtual or in-person). Program Directors work with every Scholar to help them identify funding resources and apply for scholarships.

UW Bothell students can apply to Global Scholars each autumn quarter. Students who apply after the priority deadline will be considered for membership if all cohort spaces have not been filled. The Global Scholars Program expects to accept 12 - 20 students each year.

Applicants to the Global Scholars Program must be eligible for credit enrollment at UW Bothell during the Spring and Autumn quarters.

Selected students will be required to participate in a 3-credit course during the Spring Quarter, and a 5-credit course in the Autumn Quarter after returning from their global learning experience.

Students with questions about their eligibility to participate in Global Scholars should contact our team at

Ready to apply?

The online application asks you to share information about you and your background, and respond to two essays prompts:

  • Explain your interest in this program. In what ways do you expect that Global Scholars will align with your interests and aspirations? (750 word limit)
  • What are your motivations for engaging with a diverse community of peers? In your response, describe a past experience in which you faced a challenge while collaborating with others. How did you overcome this challenge? (250 word limit)

Applications for the 2022 cohort are no longer being accepted. The next recruitment phase will begin in Summer 2022 for the 2023 cohort of Global Scholars.


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