Studying abroad with Honors is more than just visiting another country; it’s engaging in global citizenship through interdisciplinary immersion. International engagement operates on a continuum with possibilities that range from fully-structured programs with other UW students to direct exchanges with partner universities and from open-ended independent research to work with internationally-focused organizations based in the Seattle area.

Study-abroad programs meet Honors experiential learning requirements while fulfilling general education and degree credits across arts, sciences and humanities in vibrant locations across many continents. Honors prefix courses fulfill the “W” additional writing requirements, and many of these programs also fulfill “DIV” diversity requirements. Note: Honors students must complete an Honors experiential Learning application in order to obtain experiential learning credits.

CANCELLED: 2020 Spring Program

Music Leon: The Music of Spain and its Diaspora (Honors and Music)
Dates: March 28 – June 10, 2020 | 16 credits

The musical traditions of Spain are one of the principal roots of music in the Americas, where they merged with African and indigenous traditions to produce new forms, including son, merengue, salsa, tango, cumbia, tango, corrido, marinera and countless other genres. This program offers students the opportunity to learn about the musics of the Americas and Spain as they have developed in relationship to one another, focusing both on shared histories that connect them, and also on the local histories and innovations that distinguish them. Students in Music 445 will learn about Spanish and Latin American music from an ethnomusicological perspective, studying music not only as an art form but also as a practice that is related to larger cultural and historical processes. In Honors 240 they will focus on the impact of Latino musicians on the popular music of the United States. The program will include a visit to the musical instrument museum of master musician and educator Paco Diez near Valladolid, guest lectures by several Spanish ethnomusicologists, and Spanish language study at a beginning, intermediate or advanced level, depending on each student’s experience. Leon is a cosmopolitan city of about 137,000, located in the Northwestern part of Spain.


Check back in November, 2020! We hope to run many of these programs in summer 2021 as well as more options during late summer, stay tuned!

CANCELLED: 2020 Summer Programs

As noted above, UW has made the difficult choice to cancel 2020 study abroad programs due to public health concerns.

Summer programs are typically approved and open for consideration in early-to-mid November. All UW students are notified when new programs are ready to consider. In the meantime, this list reflects the type of programs we typically run, and many of the course instructors have confirmed their intention to run their program in 2021, conditions permitting.

Summer A-term

Netherlands (iSchool & Honors) Dutch Designs: Innovation in Library, Museum, and Information Services in the Netherlands
Dates, approx: June 21 – July 18, 2021 | 6 credits graduate/10 credits undergraduate (summer only – no spring seminar)

Meet professionals from Dutch academic, research, and cultural organizations, while exploring Amsterdam, Delft, Rotterdam, and other points of interest in the Netherlands. How do libraries, museums, and information services engage with diverse populations in everyday operations and in attempts at innovative programs? Guided visits through world-famous (and totally esoteric) museums, libraries and historical sites blend with playful outings, readings and class discussions. You’ll delve into the evolution of cultural heritage institutions abroad and in the U.S., with special focus on how this sector addresses contemporary social problems.

Open to undergraduate students from any major and all iSchool students, including those in the MLIS and MSIM programs, as well as museology masters program students. No prerequisites and there will be a mandatory single-day orientation session vs. for-credit prep seminar. English speakers will have no trouble navigating this program nor host country.

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Sweden/Iceland: A literary lens into Nordic justice, identity and culture — from the Vikings through today (Honors, Scandinavian Studies)
Dates, approx: June 22 – July 22, 2021 | 15 credits (12 summer, 3 spring)

Explore justice, gender and identity in Iceland and Sweden while learning a few basics of Nordic languages. Explore the cultural history of Iceland through medieval saga literature, then delve into contemporary Swedish culture and society through readings from crime fiction and popular Nordic Noir. You’ll continually reflect on questions about power structures, access to justice, cultural identity, and intersections of gender, class, race, and religion. Enjoy site visits in Reykjavik, Stockholm, and Uppsala, plus excursions to nearby towns and a variety of guest lectures.

There are no prerequisites for this program and English speakers will have no trouble navigating our host countries.

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Italy: from Crisis to “Crisis”— Disaster, Migration, Politics and Art (Honors/Jackson School/Environmental Health)
Dates, approx: June 22 – July 18, 2021 | 15 credits (12 summer, 3 spring)

Explore how Italian society has experienced, constructed, and coped with crises both real and imagined from ancient times to the present. Drawing on history, political science, public health, security studies, economics, sociology, anthropology, literature, and art history, we’ll tackle the social challenges presented by two very different phenomena: natural disasters and migration. As you immerse yourself in the complexities of contemporary Italy this summer, you’ll live in the UW Rome Center’s 15th-century Palazzo Pio in the heart of Rome and enjoy excursions to Pompeii, L’Aquila, and Sicily.

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DATES AND TIMES IN EARLY-MID JANUARY 2021, to be shared via Honors announcements November/December. 

Exchange Programs and Direct Study

In addition to our summer study abroad programs, the Honors Program encourages students to consider Direct Exchange programs run through UW’s central study abroad office. Many programs qualify for Honors credit and we facilitated our own partnerships with the following universities. You can learn more about all of UW’s Direct study opportunities HERE.

Current Honors-facilitated Direct Exchange

Tokyo, Japan (Waseda University Global Leadership Fellows Program)

In the Global Leadership Fellows Program (full academic year required), students will participate in English based courses from one of five schools: Commerce, International Liberal Studies, Political Science and Economics, Science and Engineering, and Social Sciences. In addition, students will participate in a US-Japan Zemi, or collaborative seminar. Within seminar groups, students from various disciplines will conduct joint research. Students will also take part in Global Leadership Fellows Forums, where all Fellows in the program will meet each week for guest lectures and discussion. Outside of this core curriculum, Fellows may also participate in Global Leadership Studies, Language Studies, and Volunteer Activities. Students wishing to take courses in the School of Science and Engineering at Waseda must have Junior status at the University of Washington. Students will also take Japanese language courses and in order to be considered as a viable applicant to this program must be current engaged in Japanese language learning or plan to take preparation classes prior to arriving in Japan.  

Application deadline Nov. 30, 2020 for the August 2021-July 2022 academic year.

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San Andrés Universidad, Buenos Aires, Argentina Direct Study

If you are proficient in Spanish (minimum of two years college level Spanish or native speaker, or fluent in the language), you may apply for the direct study to San Andrés University in Argentina. To learn more click here!

Direct Exchanges to the Netherlands

Honors partners with the UW Study Abroad office to offer direct exchanges in the Netherlands.  To learn more about these exchanges click here for Utrecht and here for Maastricht!

Other Useful Resources and Opportunities

Study Abroad Ad Hoc Honors

Students may receive Honors core credit for work completed on a non-Honors study abroad program by creating and completing an additional ad hoc Honors project designed to supplement the regular study abroad experience. It is assumed that any Honors student who exercises this option is interested in pursuing the subject to a greater depth and with more intensity and is prepared to undertake the extra work. More About Ad Hoc Honors Credit

Independent International Study

In addition to the study abroad courses, students may also embark on an international study project of their own choosing for Honors credit. This option is for motivated students prepared to show initiative and invest a great deal of time and energy. Students must have a faculty adviser to do independent study. Be sure to consult with an Honors adviser before pursuing this option! More About Honors Independent International Study

The Bonderman Travel Fellowship

Bonderman Fellowships enable students to undertake independent international travel to explore, be open to the unexpected, and come to know the world in new ways. Available to UW graduate students (including those in the Law and Business Schools and other graduate and professional programs) and undergraduate students in the University Honors Program (Interdisciplinary, Departmental or College Honors) and in UW Tacoma’s Global Honors Program, this fellowship gives students the opportunity to travel independently for at least eight months, to at least six countries, in at least two regions of the world. These are no credit fellowships and fellows are not allowed to study or do research. More About the Bonderman Travel Fellowship

Travel Logs

Whether you’re a student, faculty member, or potential international partner, please take a moment to check out the experiences of past Honors students on our Blogs and Profiles pages.

UW Study Abroad

The UW Study Abroad website hosts a wealth of information for students interested in studying abroad, including:

Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity (EXPD)

EXPD is home to the UW Global Opportunities Scholarships, which are scholarships for students studying abroad. Application dates change on a quarterly basis, so be sure to check their website for the latest deadlines.

The Gilman Scholarship Program

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. More About the Gilman Scholarship

Other UW Resources

Try these other departments for even more study abroad information and opportunities: