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!
I had the privilege of studying at the University of British Columbia (UBC) for the 2019 – 2020 academic year. In this post, I hope to share with you, the reader, four essential tips I have learned during my time abroad. While it might have been easier to write about commonly-shared topics, I’ve decided to
For the Corbett Exchange Program, as with most exchange programs, COVID-19 brought forth new and unforeseen complications. From the beginning of this program, my primary goal was to focus on the cross-border connections and making a “second home” in Seattle. While our classes may have been cut short, I still feel that I have achieved
Each year, the Center welcomes newly awarded Corbett Exchange Scholars and sends off our departing students with a reception that brings them together with our patrons, Gary and Consuelo Corbett, representatives from the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle, and staff and administrators from the Canadian Studies Center and the Henry M. Jackson School of
This spring quarter, former Corbett Scholar Sierra Red Bow co-developed and co-taught JSIS A 280: Indigenous Encounters alongside Professor Jonathan Warren (international studies). Sierra’s experience as a UW exchange student to UBC in the fall of 2019 influenced her contributions to the course, and she shares more below: “The course I’m currently teaching with professor Jonathan
It is pretty amazing to think back and realize that it has already been almost five years since I was a Corbett Fellow, but I am incredibly proud to see how far the Corbett Exchange has come and I am so happy that students on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border are still getting to
Seattle will forever hold an incredibly special place in my heart. The city and the people were key players in my personal development and ultimately, my career path. Where do I begin? For me, it was a place to grow both academically and personally, while creating more cross-border understanding through talking and meeting different people.
Spending three quarters at the University of Washington in Seattle helped me grow personally and professionally. Rather than having to focus on taking courses required to graduate, the exchange provided an opportunity to explore courses that interested me, especially ones that were not offered at UBC. Exploring different courses and being in a new environment
While my Canadian exchange program was two years ago, I continue to feel its effects on my life. Besides having a deeper understanding of the relationship between Canada and the United States, I also figured out my major by taking specific psychology classes which really inspired me once I was back in Seattle. I found
Hello! My name is Sam Warkentin and I am currently a senior at the University of Washington majoring in Environmental Studies. I had the opportunity last year to study abroad as a Corbett Exchange Scholar at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. While at the University of Victoria, my Environmental Studies courses helped
The Corbett program is a great opportunity that gives people a better understanding of all the cultural differences that there are between Canada and the US. Even though Victoria and Seattle are only about 100 miles apart, some of the differences I have already noticed even after just my first quarter at UW are surprising.