Academic Programs

Study Abroad

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.

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Outgoing Programs

InterAction Nepal | Design, Development, Global Health | Spring 2020

InterAction Nepal is an immersive, interdisciplinary study abroad program that challenges participants to delve into contemporary issues surrounding urban development in the Kathmandu Valley and respond to them at a local scale through community-based human-centered design, project implementation, and assessment. Find more information here and attend an info session at 12 PM on Friday, February 8 in Gould Hall 102.

Grand Challenges Impact Lab | India | Winter 2020

Interested in a study abroad program that offers hands-on, project-based learning about Grand Challenges and social innovation that will also build your resume? Grand Challenges Impact Lab (GCIL), a UW study abroad program in Bangalore, India, is recruiting students for their Winter 2020 program! Read about past team projects and watch video summaries here:

India Spring Break | Gender, Culture & Human Rights in India | UW Bothell, Winter & Spring 2020

UW Bothell Global Initiatives and the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to explore issues of gender, culture and human rights in India. The 5-credit program begins with Winter Quarter classes on the Bothell campus followed by 2 weeks of site visits in New Delhi and Mumbai. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are filled. Learn more & apply here. 

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 Studies (LUMS) in Lahore Pakistan. Every year, up to 10 students receive fully-funded fellowships for the 4-month program.

Past Programs

Road to Mustang | Nepal | Fall 2019

Interested in the intersection of tourism and development in the Himalayas? Check out the Nepal Himalaya exploration seminar. Accepting applications now! In this 22-day exploration seminar, participants will examine how the sometimes competing forces of tourism and development are shaping contemporary Nepal. Together, they will trek through part of the Kali Gandaki Valley in the shadows of the famous Annapurna Mountains, visit ancient pilgrimage sites, explore the back alleys of Kathmandu, and use ethnographic methods to learn more about Nepal.

Business India: Indian Society and Organizations in the 21st Century | Fall 2019

This course helps students gain a deep understanding of how business and society influence each other in the Indian context. Students explore these issues in diverse settings, dividing time among four different geographical regions and visiting organizations and leaders from both commercial and civil-society sectors. This course creates opportunities for students to explore organizations and markets that are truly unique to India. Priority application is February 15th. Find more information here.

Bioengineering Nepal: Technology Development for Global Health | Fall 2019

Students in this course explore the needs of medical workers in Nepal. Through shadowing of clinicians, students will define technological needs to improve health care delivery. In addition to coursework, students will have an opportunity to explore Nepal. This 3-week program, developed in conjunction with Kathmandu University and Dhulikhel Hospital, provides UW students an opportunity to explore the engineering solutions to problems in global health. Find more information here.

Grand Challenges Impact Lab

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.

Weaving Stories: Textiles, Fabrics, and Feminism in South India

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?
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Bioengineering Nepal: Technology Development for Global Health

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.
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iSchool India: Systems Analysis of Infrastructure using Open Data Platform

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.
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Business India: Indian Society and Organizations in the 21st Century

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.
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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
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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.

IE3 Global Internship Programs

SIT India and Nepal Programs

CIEE Study Abroad Programs in India