International Engagement / Study Abroad

Destinations and Resources

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.

2018 Summer Programs

Summer programs meet Honors experiential learning requirements while yielding 12-15 credits across arts, sciences and humanities in vibrant locations like Amsterdam, Italy, Ecuador, and Zimbabwe.

Shorter 5-credit exploration seminars in Tokyo and Peru are designed to engage you in issues of biodiversity and the construction of national identities.

Click through program links below to learn more and apply online.

Summer A-term

Summer B-term

Exploration Seminars (early fall)

  • Tokyo, Japan – Construction of Japanese Identity: a Comparative Look at National Narratives in Japan and U.S.
  • Cusco, Peru – From Andes to Amazon: Biodiversity, Conservation and Sustainability in Peru

Applications for 2018 Summer Study Abroad are due Jan 31!


Dig into the specifics of individual programs through intimate sessions with participating faculty. All questions welcome!
1/9 (T): 2:20-3:20 p.m.  Italy: MGH 206
1/10 (W): 3:00-4:00 p.m. Ecuador: MGH 206
1/12 (F): 12:00-1:00 p.m. Zimbabwe: MGH 206
1/12 (F): 3:00-4:00 p.m. Zimbabwe: MGH 206
1/17 (W): 1:00-2:00 p.m. Peru: MGH 211
1/18 (Th): 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tokyo: MGH 211
1/18 (Th): 4:30-5:30 p.m. Amsterdam: MGH 211B
1/23 (T): 12:00-1:00 p.m. Tokyo: MGH 211
2/1 (Th): 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tokyo: MGH 211
2/9: 12:00-1:00 p.m. Peru: MGH 211

Learn about the application process, how credits work, funding, experiential learning, setting expectations, and more!
1/9 (T): 5:00 p.m.
1/16 (T): noon

Exchange Programs and Direct Study

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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