University of Washington

Study Abroad

Studying abroad can be one of the most formative experiences in the life of a student. Though students' reasons for studying abroad are varied, most find that the education, language, and life lessons learned while abroad are immensely rewarding, professionally and personally. UW faculty regularly offer study abroad programs in Brazil and Peru.  Most of the study abroad programs that Jackson School students attend are organized through the UW Study Abroad Office. Please note that the list below is not comprehensive, is provided only for your convenience, and does not guarantee that program courses will fulfill degree requirements.

For detailed information consult the Study Abroad office and/or website. To speak to an academic adviser about earning credit toward your major or minor, set up an appointment at JSIS's Student Services Office.

Some funding opportunities for study abroad can be found at: http://jsis.washington.edu/latinam/opportunities/funding.shtml


Select Opportunities

The UW Study Abroad office is located in 459 Schmitz Hall. The Study Abroad office can guide you through selecting and taking part in one of the many study abroad opportunities available.

Featured Program:
Peru, summer 2015: The Arts of Politics: Cultural Politics in Contemporary Peru

  • CHID/HONORS
  • 15 credits
  • Program Directors:  Maria Elena Garcia (CHID/JSIS) and Jose Antonio Lucero (JSIS, LACS Director)

More information will be available later.  Contact directors with any questions.

Exploration Seminars
Various UW departments offer intensive, small group, faculty-led programs during summer sessions and early fall start. View all 2013 programs here.

UW Department-Run Programs
In addition to Exploration Seminars, UW departments run quarter-long study abroad programs. View programs sorted by quarter here.

In summer 2011 CHID and LACS sponsored a summer program to Peru, see photos below:

 

Direct Exchanges

These programs offer UW students the opportunity to study at colleges and universities throughout the world that have partnered with the University of Washington. Students arrange their own travels, housing, and coursework in their chosen location. Click here for more information. Currently, UW has agreements with two Latin American Universities: Catholic University of Argentina in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the University of Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Unaffiliated Study Abroad Programs

These programs use their own faculty and are sponsored by established organizations that take students from different schools to a particular study site. Contact IPE for guidance on UW administrative and credit requirements.

  • Gyana Lesley Abroad Service Semester (GLASS). Earn sixteen credits collaborating with Guyana villagers on ecological and education initiatives in pristine South American savannah and rain forest. The Guyana Lesley Abroad Service Semester (GLASS) provides the opportunity for profound cultural exchange between Lesley students and the Macushi people of the Yupukari region in Guyana. The first study abroad program in the country of Guyana, GLASS is unique in that it supports a local initiative to increase literacy and numeracy among the local indigenous population, while providing rigorous education in environmental studies.
  • Northwestern's Global Engagement Summer Institute (GESI) prepares undergraduate students with the knowledge, tools and experiences to confront shared global problems. Through transformative opportunities in international service learning, students form partnerships with grassroots NGOs and communities in the developing world to advance sustainable, community-driven change in Bolivia and Nicaragua. Deadline: April 1, 2014
  • The Mexico Solidarity Network's study abroad experience offers a dynamic student-centered pedagogical approach combined with direct interaction with some of Mexico’s most important social movements. Our unique integration of theory and practice provides you with important lessons for organizing work back home and an in depth appreciation of the various socio-political struggles in the region.
  • Intensive Quechua Summer Course in Cuzco is co-organized between U. Michigan and the Centro Tinku. Students have the possibility of receiving U. Michigan credit and can choose to home-stay with selected families, all of which have quechua-speaking members. This will give you the opportunity to speak and interact with Quechua speakers in a real-life setting. Additionally, the program plans some travel to fiestas and traditional events where you will be able to test your linguistic skills. This intensive program consists of 3 levels (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced) taught 4 hours a day, five days a week, plus a daily 2-hour workshop every afternoon where you will be able to get language and grammar support.
  • Study Abroad in Guatemala: Programa Internacional de Educación y Acción Social (IDEAS)  The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona invites you to participate in its renowned study abroad program in Guatemala, the International Program for Education and Social Action (IDEAS). We partner with the Association for the Advancement of the Social Sciences in Guatemala, one of Guatemala's leading intellectual centers that emphasizes the connection between research and social action (http://avancso.org.gt/). Classes are held in the El Sitio Cultural Center in Antigua, Guatemala (www.elsitiocultural.org/), a stunningly beautiful World Heritage town (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/65), and students live with Guatemalan families in Antigua.

Independent Research/Internship

Independent Research/Internship is appropriate for students wishing to perform independent work abroad. To do this, you must complete an Independent Research Packet. This requires you to first develop a research proposal and find a UW faculty member who will advise you throughout your research project and who will ultimately grade your final product. Students will make all of their own arrangements regarding housing, host country contacts, etc. All of the administration and paperwork for this type of study abroad is handled by the IPE.

Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Box 353650, 419 Thomson Hall
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 616-0998
lasuw@u.washington.edu
Advising: (206) 543-6001

Dr. Josť Antonio Lucero
Director
jal26@u.washington.edu

Dr. Linda Iltis
Academic Advisor
(206) 543-6001
iltis@u.washington.edu

Joni Marts
Academic Advisor
(206) 543-6001
jmarts@u.washington.edu

Deb Raftus
LACS Librarian
draftus@u.washington.edu

Monica Rojas-Stewart
Assistant Director
(206) 616-0998
rojasm@uw.edu