Drone image of the Seamans alongside Nikumaroro.

Many of our undergraduates participate in Study Abroad or Exchange Programs as part of their degree program. We work with our students to help them identify the option that makes sense for them, from a single summer UW course to a full quarter/semester exchange. More information on study abroad programs through the UW can be found on the UW Study Abroad website.


There are several different types of study abroad, including:

  • Exploration Seminars – UW courses abroad that meet over a shorter period between Summer quarter and Autumn quarter
  • International Programs with set courses and curriculum
  • University Exchange – study at international colleges and universities
  • National Student Exchange – study at other U.S. colleges and universities

Before You Go

Once you have decided to study abroad, we recommend you do the following:

  • Plan far ahead (at least a year, if possible) — this allows time to meet with advisers, prepare applications, and adjust degree plans. Most students go abroad in their junior year.
  • Meet with a Study Abroad adviser, attend an informational meeting, attend the annual Study Abroad Fair – these are all useful in helping students to decide on a study abroad program and learn about application procedures.
  • Meet with the SAFS adviser to plan courses — the typical Study Abroad program spans 1-2 UW quarters so it is best to complete as much of the core science, math, and FISH courses as possible prior to going. Depending on the Study Abroad program, it may be possible to apply some of the coursework to degree requirements. The SAFS adviser can help to evaluate coursework and go over procedures for petitioning. For more on applying study abroad credits to SAFS degree requirements, review SAFS Study Abroad Credit Guidelines.

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