University of Washington

Study Abroad Programs

Students with an interest in other study abroad opportunities in Africa will find this section as a recourse for the various opportunities offered through the University of Washington and other organizations. For more information on the UW Office of International Programs and Exchanges, visit their website. Study Abroad information is categorized in the following way on our website. Please click on the information you want to go to that particular section:


General Information

The University of Washington offers a number of opportunities for students to study, attend classes, and undertake research in various parts of Africa. Most programs require junior standing or above, completion of at least one African studies course, and a minimum GPA of 3.0. Some are direct exchange programs in which the student pays his/her usual UW tuition, while others specify a program fee.

Attending school in the country of study broadens student knowledge but, more importantly, it sharpens his or her understanding of the complexities of both local and global problems. Being there encourages an appreciation of the beauty and value of cultural traditions, while simultaneously providing opportunities for input from Western perspectives.

Foreign Study may be pursued as an early fall start during the summer, for one quarter/semester or a full academic year and coursework is credited as appropriate. Coursework completed in Africa will generally count towards the Minor.

There are several options for study abroad including UW Departmental programs, UW affiliated or direct exchanges or other study abroad programs that are not affiliated with the University of Washington. This page gives an overview of the different programs available for study in Africa. For more information, please visit the Office of International Programs and Exchanges website.

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University of Washington Departmental Programs:

University of Washington Departmental Programs are study abroad opportunities that are organized by University of Washington departments. The following programs have been approved for UW credit:

Exploration Seminar to Zambia:

Professor Leslie Asbaugh of UW-Bothell leads a group of UW students on a trip to Zambia, titled "Urban and Rural Livelihoods and the Story of Economic Development" Click HERE for more information on the 2010 program.

CHID Exploration Seminars:

Exploration Seminars allow students to get out of the classroom and into the world by offering an “early fall start” between the summer and fall quarters. Previous years have found seminars in Africa or related to Africa, such as:

For more information about the CHID exploration seminars, please visit the Exploration Seminar Website.

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University of Washington Affiliated Programs & Direct Exchanges:

Affiliated programs and direct exchanges are study abroad opportunities that are organized by UW-member consortia or outside providers and universities.  These programs (SIT and CIEE) have been evaluated by the University of Washington and have been approved in advance for UW credit. For more details on African study options, plus funding opportunities for international study, go to the website of the Office of International Programs and Exchanges

Current Direct Exchanges:

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Programs:

CIEE creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study and teach abroad. Among many activities, CIEE administers 95 study abroad programs in over 33 host countries including Ghana, Senegal and South Africa.

School for International Training (SIT) Programs:

The School for International Training (SIT) aims to prepare students to be interculturally effective leaders, professionals, and citizens. In so doing, SIT fosters a worldwide network of individuals and organizations committed to responsible engagement in a changing world. SIT has programs in over 56 countries around the world, including 13 African countries:

Scholarships ranging from $1,500-$5,000 are available for SIT Programs. Contact the Office of International Programs and Exchanges for more information. The IPE scholarship application is available here. More information about SIT scholarships can be found on their website.

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Global IE3 Internships:

IE3 Global Internships was created by the Oregon University System to provide university students with an improved understanding of global issues and equip them with professional experience and international competence. Since the beginning of the program in 1995, over 1000 interns have participated in the program. For more information, visit the Global IE3 Internship website.

Students earn academic credit on their home campuses while abroad on their internship. IE3 Global Internships arranges placement and provides pre-departure orientation, international health insurance, learning tools, monitoring and support. A program fee is charged in lieu of tuition. The program fee includes academic credit (up to 12 quarter credit hours the first term). Most forms of financial aid can be applied toward the costs of an internship. For current internship openings, visit the Global IE3 Current Openings List.

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Additional Study Abroad Opportunities:

There are numerous study abroad options unaffiliated with the University of Washington. If you wish to investigate non-UW options, excellent sources for information include:

Please Note: In order to concurrently enroll in the UW while participating in one of these options, you will be required to follow the instructions outlined in the "Unaffiliated Foreign Study Opportunities" packet.

Links to Other Study Abroad Opportunities:

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African Studies Program
University of Washington
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Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195

Ben Gardner / Chair
Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell

Monica Rojas-Stewart
Assistant Director
206.616.0998 office
206.685.0668 fax

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