The College of Engineering's Office of Academic Affairs offers a host of programs to bring foreign students to the COE and to give our students opportunity to study and work in other countries.
How to Get Started
Study abroad requires a lot of advanced planning for engineering students. Students who are interested in international study should first contact their departmental adviser or an engineering adviser for guidance.
The UW's International Programs & Exchanges (IP&E) office serves as a clearinghouse of campus-wide study-abroad opportunities and is a great source of information on exchange programs. Their UW Exploration Seminars are month-long study-abroad opportunities offered during the summer in a range of academic disciplines. Going through another UW department (such as Spanish, Comparative History of Ideas, or English) can be a wonderful way to gain breadth and fulfill some general education requirements.
UW-Affiliated Exchange Programs
Here is a sampling of engineering-related exchange programs affiliated with the University of Washington.
- Global Engineering Education Exchange
- The Sichuan University program
- Valle Scandinavian Exchange Program
- Technical Japanese Program in Engineering
- Reinhardt Abraham Memorial Foundation Exchange Program
- Computer Science & Engineering's exchange programs
- Technical Communication Departmental Exchange, Twente (The Netherlands). Contact Gian Bruno, academic counselor for Human Centered Design & Engineering (formerly Technical Communication).
Additional Exchange Programs
Consider contacting these additional public and private exchange programs:
- TransAtlantic Science Student Exchange Program (TASSEP)
- RISE Research Internships in Science and Engineering
- NSF International Programs
- The Fulbright Association
- Monbukagakusho (Japanese scholarship program)
International Tuition and Fees
The UW's International Programs & Exchanges (IP&E) office provides resources and information to help move people and ideas across international boundaries.
IP&E offers a small number of tuition waivers, through an annual competition, for use by foreign students studying at the UW. Priority is given to visiting exchange students who will receive their degrees from foreign institutions. Recipients must be enrolled full-time and cannot hold other types of university support, such as teaching or research assistantships, for the quarters their tuition is waived under this program. Waivers cannot be used for Summer Quarter.
UW Tuition Exchange Program
Through the Home Tuition program, UW students pay an amount equal to their regular tuition and fees to the International Programs & Exchange office, plus a $200-per-quarter concurrent enrollment fee. Students then study at the foreign host institution “for free.” The funds paid by the outgoing UW student are used to cover the costs of the incoming international exchange student.
Students are expected to pay for transportation, room, board, health insurance and incidentals. Estimates for these non-tuition expenses, depending on the region and cost of living, range from $1,000 - 2,500 each month. By comparison, the UW estimates that the “traditional” undergraduate pays $1,100 - $1,600 each month in non-tuition expenses while studying here in Seattle.
International Institutions that Reciprocate with the UW
The Office of Academic Affairs manages exchange agreements for the College of Engineering with these universities and institutions.
The UW College of Engineering's View on New International Partnerships
The College of Engineering promotes secure, healthy, diverse, sustainable, and prosperous communities by balancing excellence in education, research, and outreach. International partnerships are one way to achieve our goals, helping maximize the societal impact of our programs. Each program should:
- Provide UW students with outstanding multicultural experiences.
- Improve our access to world-class students from across the globe.
- Leverage research from UW and international partners to promote scholarship at the cutting edge of engineering and technology. All collaborations should be established organically within faculty groups rather than mandated in a top-down manner.
- Extend UW educational innovations, including our online courses, overseas.
- Engage international and domestic industry and government organizations as partners to maximize the opportunities for translational research and technology commercialization.
- Gain access to resources needed to move the UW's strategic agenda forward while ensuring the partnership is sustainable for the long-term.
International partnerships with the greatest potential for long-term success will balance all of these potential benefits.
News from Australia '12
Fifteen UW students spent summer quarter 2012 studying robotics in Australia. Many of the students are the first in their families to attend university and for most it's not only the first time out of the country, but also out of the state of Washington.
Full article | UW Study Abroad | Slideshow from 2012 trip
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