Our Corbett Scholars share a lot of the experiences that many students do while abroad – but they also have unique and exciting ones that are all their own.
The Corbett British Columbia-Washington International Exchange Program is special because it asks participants to consider the Canada-U.S. relationship in everything they do. During their year abroad, they will encounter some of the nuances that define this close political and cultural relationship. They will learn about the specific features of the Pacific Northwest ecosystem, study the differences between Canadian and American policies on healthcare, education, climate and more, and will see in action the shared values and cultural touchstones that are unique to our region.
As they do these things, we have asked them to share with us. Keep up with their experiences by watching this news space!
As many fellow scholars, friends, and residents of the Pacific Northwest have recognized, there is a lot that Vancouver and Seattle have in common, from the evergreen coastal landscape, half-rain-half-sunny weather, nonstop construction, to our shared language of English, our large immigrant populations, our liberal political tendencies. However, among all that we share, there remain
For the first time ever, alumni from the Corbett Exchange Program gathered to build connections and share experiences and advice with each other. Seventeen alumni and students came together in person and over Zoom. Past and present Corbett Scholars discussed the impact of the exchange program on their lives. Several shared that the program changed
For the second year, the Corbett Exchange Program hosted a virtual cohort, composed of six UW students, three UBC students, and three UVic students. The 2021 program provided a strong model for success, and our students had an exceptional two quarters of workshops, discussions, video tours, and cross-border learning. Over the course of four months,
Andrea Scallon, a 2022 Corbett Virtual Exchange Scholar and fourth-year student in International Studies and Global Health, was recognized as one of the Husky 100 — a group of students from the three UW campuses who embody the Husky experience and demonstrate making the most of their time at UW. Through the Corbett Virtual Exchange
I always considered Canada our friendly neighbor to the north, but prior to this program, I did not think much further than that. I knew we had close economic and political ties, and that we have defensive commitments to one another, but it goes so much deeper than that. This program has given me the
Although our class of Corbett Exchange students haven’t been able to physically travel across the border to experience life and school in our neighbour countries, we have still been able to share. Share knowledge, share views, share laughs, and importantly we’ve been able to see just how much we share in commonalities and responsibilities looking
The start of 2022 has not been quiet. We are all connected to one another now more than ever. Individuals and groups are taking advantage of our connectivity to manipulate economies, stand up to powerful foes, and to share valuable information for progress. We may be seeing a beginning of a new way of money
Border communities have always fascinated me. It’s absurd yet entirely normal that people lead vastly different lives depending on which side of an arbitrary line they find themselves on. There are dozens of communities straddled along the U.S.-Canada border and I even had the chance to visit one last summer (Cornwall, ON). As a geography
This year has been a tumultuous one for everyone, and personally has been one of the hardest of my life. In the spring of 2021, I was accepted into the Corbett Program and planned to spend my entire next year of school at the University of Washington. I was excited to move to a different
My first memories are of my family’s old house on Bainbridge Island, taking the ferry to or from Seattle. We moved when I was still little, and I spent my elementary and middle school years in Indiana and Tennessee. Even though I’d spent most of my life east of the Mississippi, I held onto the