University of Washington

University of Alberta 

From 2006-2009, the University of Alberta sponsored an International Summer Institute enabling four UW students to spend the summer in Edmonton. 

Summer 2008
Lucas Olson, International Studies
to University of Alberta
Summer 2007 
Simone Guevara, Canadian Studies
to University of Alberta
Summer 2007
Lucas Olson, International Studies
to University of Alberta
Summer 2006
George Cook, Canadian Studies
to University of Alberta
Summer 2006
Simone Guevara, Canadian Studies
to University of Alberta
Summer 2006
Heidi Nelson, Social Work
to University of Alberta


A Semester in University of Ottawa
by Adam Tanga

Adam Tanga, a major in Polical Science at the UW, was one of the two UW students selected as a Killam Fellow for the 2009-2010 academic year. Adam poses in front of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa.

 In 2009-10 two UW students were awarded Killam Fellowships – Rozanna Fang, Senior, French (minor Public Health and Community Medicine); and Adam Tanga, Junior, Political Science (minor French) who spent Fall Quarter at McGill University and University of Ottawa respectively. 

The Killam Program orientation in Ottawa, in September, was among my most memorable experiences in Canada as a Killam Fellow. I was able to see so much of the capital while getting to know the other Killam fellows and Fulbright Scholars from all across Canada and the United States. I was truly amazed at the diverse knowledge and experience everyone had which was clearly evident during the seminar portion of the orientation. My heightened awareness of the importance of the relationship between the United States and Canada and the various issues concerning both countries has certainly impacted my professional academic career in a positive way. The discussions complemented my studies at the University of Ottawa where I am taking a Canadian politics course. It was an honor and a once-in-a-lifetime experience to visit the U.S. Ambassador’s residence and speak one-on-one with Foreign Service officers. As a result, I am inspired to work toward a career in the same field. To top off an incredible weekend, I played hockey for the first time. I’m really excited for next year’s seminar when we meet again in Washington, DC.

In 2008 the Canadian Studies Center and the Killam Foundation, Ottawa, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance study abroad opportunities for UW students. The agreement enables two to four undergraduates to study at a Canadian partner institution for a semester or academic year. The Fellowships are worth up to $10,000 annually.

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Getting to Know French Canada: A Northwestern American’s Perspective
by Elizabeth St. Clair

Elizabeth St. Clair enjoys a Québec winter while studying at Université Laval on a Canada-America Society Scholarship.

Each year the Canada-America Society offers academic scholarships to undergraduates from Oregon, Idaho and Washington. Elizabeth St. Clair, a UW honors student, was chosen as a recipient to study in Québec.

I had the opportunity to study at Université Laval in Québec, thanks to a generous scholarship from the Canada-America Society. As a Political Science and French double major, I was able to combine my two passions and approach my studies from a new perspective.

Living and studying on-campus at Laval, I enjoyed beautiful and historic Québec City, an area celebrating the 400th anniversary of its founding. My class schedule included four political science courses conducted in French. Though challenging, my time spent furthering my language skills and gaining political perspectives beyond the realm of the US was priceless. Unlike many, I had taken courses on US politics and institutions and had familiarity with the subject matter. But my classes introduced me to events and the role of government in Canada, including differences between Canadian and American federalism.

I spent a wonderful winter waist-deep in snow, making friends with Canadians and international students and becoming intimately acquainted with Laval's Bonenfant Library. Studying in Canada - anywhere in Canada - is my recommendation to anyone. Meet Canadians; learn about Canadian culture, heritage, and institutions so that you can recognize Canada's unique nature. The more you learn the more you can appreciate life.

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Canadian Studies Center
University of Washington
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Seattle, WA 98195-3650
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