Studying Abroad with Honors 

In the Honors Program, studying abroad is more than just visiting another country; it’s engaging in global citizenship. 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.

2019 Summer Programs

2019 Summer Programs

Summer programs meet Honors experiential learning requirements while yielding 10-15 credits across arts, sciences and humanities in vibrant locations like the Netherlands, Japan, Costa Rica and Sweden. Less intensive 5-credit exploration seminars are also running this year in Rome and Peru. 

Applications for 2019 Summer Study Abroad are due Jan 31! Click through program links below to learn more and apply online.

Summer A-term

Netherlands: Dutch Design Innovation: Questions of Equity, Access, and Participation in Digital Civil Society

This program focuses on innovation in the cultural-heritage sector through contemporary examples in the Netherlands, examining how institutions like libraries and museums adapt to societal issues like homelessness by designing  structures, programs, and services to address needs. We’ll combine studies with site visits and cultural immersion for two weeks in the vibrant urban core of Amsterdam and spend the remaining two weeks in Delft, regarded as center of technological research and development in the Netherlands.

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 Japan: Japanese National Identity at the Crossroads: Contested Borders, Shifting Politics

What factors contribute to a country’s national identity? Is it something that is self-constructed, or instead assigned by outside interpretations?  Explore these questions through visits to historical and cultural sites in Japan and Tokyo, including a week-long excursion to Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Miyajima. In addition to faculty lectures, students will have the opportunity to connect with current students at Waseda University.

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Summer B-term

Costa Rica: Land Use Issues in Rainforest Conservation

For the famously-biodiverse lands of Costa Rica, policies of land conservation and sustainability are incredibly important. Students will gain a greater appreciation for the rich natural regions of Costa Rica, through excursions to reserves, national parks and research institutes. Gain first-hand experience with the issues surrounding ecological research, sustainable agriculture, ecotourism development and conservation while working with and learning from Costa Rican people. 

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Sweden: Sweden as a Global Model on the Questions of Rights

Sweden is world-renowned for its progressive stance on human rights. The small nation also wields incredible influence internationally, setting a precedent for and impacting human rights policy globally. This program examines the county’s role as a “norm entrepreneur” in prevalent issues such as LGBTQI rights and gender equality. Students will explore these concepts and more through tours and excursions, accompanied by guest lectures.

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Exploration Seminars

Rome Staging the City: Performance, Power, and Identity from Empire to Mussolini

This program looks at the city of Rome and 2000 years of performance traditions, literature, painting, and architecture. Combining tours of the city’s own treasury of art and architecture with readings about its past, we explore Rome as the center of power and culture across the ages.

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Peru: From The Andes to The Amazon: Biodiversity, Conservation and Sustainability in Peru

Southeastern Peru is recognized as a biodiversity hotspot of international importance. It is also facing huge anthropogenic pressures from population growth and habitat loss, due to oil exploitation, road building, mining, and changes in our climate. This immersive trip allows students to become intimately familiar with tropical ecosystems and the pressures facing them.

Details/Info Sessions

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

Dig into the specifics of individual programs through intimate sessions with participating faculty. All questions welcome!


  • Friday, Nov. 30, 10:30 & 2:30 (2 sessions MGH 211 – Seminar Room)
  • Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, 12:30 & 3:30 (MGH 206)


  • Thursday, Nov. 29, 12:30 p.m. (MGH 211 – Honors Library)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1:30 p.m. (MGH 211 – Honors Library)
  • Thursday, Jan.10, 2:00 p.m. (MGH 211 – Honors Library)


  • Thursday, Nov. 15, 12:30 p.m. (MGH 211 – Honors Seminar)
  • Monday, Dec. 3, 10:30 a.m. (MGH 211 – Honors Seminar)
  • Friday, Jan. 18, 12:30 p.m. (MGH 206)


  • Thursday, Nov. 8, 2:30 p.m. (MGH 211 – Honors Seminar)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 4, 12 p.m. (MGH 211 – Honors Seminar)
  • Thursday, Jan. 17, 12 p.m. (MGH 211 – Honors Seminar)


  • Monday, Dec. 3, 1:00 p.m., Honors 211B (Seminar Room)
  • Monday, Jan. 28 at 1:00 p.m., Honors 211E (Honors Library)

GLFP Waseda Exchange Honors College Maastricht or Utrecht San Andres University, Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Thursday, 11/15, noon in MGH 211E (Honors Library)
  • Monday, 11/26, 1:00-2:00 p.m., MGH 211E (Honors Library)



Learn about the application process, how credits work, funding, experiential learning, setting expectations, and more!


Exchange Programs and Direct Study

Exchange Programs and Direct Study*

*NOTE: Exchange programs and direct study details are in the process of being updated and below info is from 2018. Please check back in late November for 2019 details.

Exchange Program Autumn Deadline Spring Deadline
Outbound deadlines (for UW students)
Maastricht / Utrecht January 15 August 15
Waseda (full year) November 30
San Andrés January 15 November 30
Inbound deadlines (for international students)
San Andrés / Maastricht / Utrecht February 15 August 1
Waseda (full year) February 1

In addition to our summer study abroad programs, the Honors Program has Direct Exchange agreements and direct study programs with the following universities:

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 summer 2018 Gilman International Scholarship application will open in mid-January 2018. Applications are due March 6, 2018 by 11:59pm (Central Time) and the certifying advisor deadline is March 13.

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: