The Honors Program works closely with the UW’s Study Abroad Office and the Office of Global Affairs to provide students with the most up to date information regarding future international education opportunities during these unpredictable times.  Please review the Study Abroad FAQs for updates and confirmation of summer 2022 programs. The Honors Program is cautiously optimistic that we will be able to go forward with our 2022 Summer and Early Fall Start programming.  Please continue to check back for updates.

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. All students are welcome and encouraged to participate in Honors study abroad! We support our undocumented students by working closely with the UW Study Abroad Office and Leadership Without Borders to provide step by step guidance. Learn more about resources for DACA students to engage in study abroad opportunities here.

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.

And remember, we are here to help! Don’t assume you can’t afford to study outside of the U.S. On each program site below you will find financial resources to help you get started on your global adventures!


Summer & Early Fall Start/Exploration Seminar Programs


Summer A — 2022

Italy: from Crisis to “Crisis”—Urbanization, Migration, Politics, and Art (Honors/Jackson School/Environmental Health)

Dates: June 20 – July 17, 2022| 12 credits

This program will 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 and visit important historical and cultural sites, you’ll live in the vibrant heart of the city at the UW Rome Center’s 15th-century Palazzo Pio.

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Dutch Designs: Innovation in Library, Museum and Information Services in the Netherlands (iSchool and Honors)
Dates: June 19-July 16, 2022 / 10 credits (6 credits for graduate students)

This program is in collaboration with faculty and professionals from several Dutch academic, research, and cultural organizations, including DANS (Data Archiving and Network Services), the Dutch national eHumanities platform, the office of the Chief Science Officer of the City of Amsterdam,  and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Based in Amsterdam, the political and cultural capital of the Netherlands, the program will provide students the opportunity to consider the intersection between diversity, innovation, and management in a culture that has many affinities with American society but is different enough to provide a critical perspective on the opportunities and challenges facing libraries and museums here.

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Summer B — 2022

Sweden: Justice in the Nordic Regions (Honors, Scandinavian Studies)

Dates: July 27 – August 23, 2022 | 12 credits

Explore concepts of justice in medieval Scandinavia and modern Sweden; as well as an introduction to Nordic languages. Delve into contemporary Swedish culture and society through readings from crime fiction and popular Nordic Noir.  This program provides opportunities for rich and unique experiential learning such as site visits, field trips, and guest lectures from the region.  You’ll continually reflect on questions about power structures, access to justice, cultural identity, and intersections of gender, class, race, and religion.

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

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Early Fall Start Programs 2022

Denmark (Honors, English, iSchool)
August 22 – September 10, 2022 / 5 credits
Note: interdisciplinary core credits apply to autumn quarter

Honors Denmark: Colonialism, Culture, and Why Public Art Matters 

This program is based in Copenhagen and addresses the interplay of public art and activism, as well as their role in making visible histories and identities in Denmark, past and present.  Students will gain a grounding in Danish history, cultures, and cultural heritage institutions and explore how public art installations such as I AM QUEEN MARY (now virtual) have consciously brought together artists, cultural heritage institutions, government, and communities to engage in the complex process of social justice activism through public art. An interdisciplinary investigation of the emerging role of cultural-heritage institutions will involve students developing their own research projects and becoming active learners in the community. We will work with partners at the University of Copenhagen, as well as community partners and artists in the city of Copenhagen. 

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Spain (Honors, GWSS, Social Work)
August 20 – September 11, 2022 / 5 credits
Note: interdisciplinary core credits apply to autumn quarter

Honors Spain: The Sounds of Social Justice 

This program will explore histories of resistance and resilience as well as contemporary social justice movements in Spain and the Spanish language diaspora through the lens of music. The program will be held at UW León, which is located in northwest Spain and has a population of 128,000. Set on the famed Camino de Santiago, a spiritual pilgrimage route hiked by thousands from all over the world each year, Leon has sat at the crossroads of history for 2000 years. UW Center, León sits in a 15th century tower of El Palacio de Conde Luna within El Gotico, the spectacular Medieval core of the city.

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Direct Exchanges 

Global Leadership Fellows Program, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan-FULL YEAR EXCHANGE

University of Washington Honors Program students are invited to apply for this interdisciplinary leadership program which runs autumn 2022-early summer 2023 in Tokyo, Japan.

Students will receive UW credit (Honors or other credits per pre-approval). Dorm housing is provided by Waseda. Accepted students will cover tuition (equivalent to UW tuition), airfare, food, and personal expenses.

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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: