Numerous opportunities are available for study abroad in South Asia. Programs are regularly offered by JSIS, Global Health, The Foster School, The iSchool, Engineering, and UW Bothell Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences. In addition to UW instructor led programs, an MBA exchange, intensive language courses, and third party programs are available. Interested students should browse previous offerings to get an idea of courses, deadlines, and costs. Please consult the UW Study Abroad and Study Abroad Finances pages for more information.
Application deadline: Extended to 5/31/2018
Program dates: 1/2/2019 – 3/20/2019
Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Academics: 15 credits. The program offers an active, hands-on learning laboratory and is open to graduate students and undergraduate junior and senior students from any department. Students will work in teams to analyze and propose solutions to grand challenges – things like food security, clean water access, and clean energy use.
UW Bothell IAS India: Gender, Culture, and Human Rights in India
Application deadline: 02/01/2019
Program dates: TBA
Location: Delhi, India
Weaving Stories: Textiles, Fabrics, and Feminism in South India
Application deadline: 10/10/2017
Program dates: 1/3/2018 – 3/9/2018
Locations: Bangalore, Kanchipuram, Madurai, Thanjavur, Mysore
Academics: 15 credits. We will look at the historical and contemporary significance of weaving from political statements made by Gandhi and his followers during the anti-colonial struggle for independence through the rallying cry of urban textile workers organizing for fair wages and safe working conditions. How did colonialism influence weaving? How do gender, sexuality, and class operate in these weaving spaces? What is the role of globalization in shaping this centuries-old craft into an export-driven apparel industry?
Bioengineering Nepal: Technology Development for Global Health
Application deadline: 2/15/2018
Program dates: 8/21/2018 – 9/11/2018
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Academics: 5 credits. In this program you will to explore engineering solutions to global health challenges in Nepal. Working with doctors, health workers, and Nepalese students, you will use the engineering design process to identify and clarify technological needs to improve health care delivery.
iSchool India: Systems Analysis of Infrastructure using Open Data Platform
Application deadline: 3/1/2018
Program dates: 6/22/2018 – 8/18/2018
Locations: Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad
Academics: 6 credits. This program challenges students to engage in problem-based learning to investigate a data-driven challenge related to national transportation networks in an emerging economy with numerous infrastructure problems. Students will leverage several large data sets available on Open Government Data (OGD) Platform India. The case study that students will address is co-written by corporate professionals from Microsoft and ConnX Solutions (subsidiary of Software AG) who have significant presence in-country providing support to Ministry of Railways, a state-owned public utility of the government of India.
Business India: Indian Society and Organizations in the 21st Century
Application deadline: 3/15/2018
Program dates: 8/26/2018 – 9/17/2018
Locations: Delhi, Mumbai, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Dharamsala, Agra
Academics: 5 credits. In this program students will learn about unique features of Indian organizations and society and how they affect each other.
MBA Exchange with Indian Institute of Management (IIM)
Application deadline: January 15th annually
Program dates: Summer, Fall, Winter terms
Location: Bangalore, Karnataka
Academics: Courses within the IIM post graduate program in management. View Courses
View Foster School exchange information
Language Programs in South Asia
The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) runs language programs at 12 centers across India. UW students can apply to summer and academic year programs. AIIS provides limited funding to a few students; alongside AIIS applications students should apply to the Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) and the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to fund language study.
The American Institute of Pakistan Studies and UC Berkeley run the BULPIP Urdu language program on the campus of the Lahore Institute of Management (LUMS) in Lahore Pakistan. Every year 10 students receive fellowships to attend.
Third Party Programs
UW maintains connections with international internship and study abroad institutions that have programs in South Asia. Browse their offerings and consult a study abroad adviser for more information.