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Study Abroad - General Information

The department of Asian Languages and Literature encourages its undergraduate majors and minors, graduate students, and language students to take advantage of the many study abroad opportunities available in Asia. For most students, study abroad is the ideal way to achieve advanced language competency while experiencing first-hand the cultural context in which Asian languages are used. In addition, study abroad can provide students with a valuable global perspective, enriching their undergraduate or graduate educational experience.

Most students are pleasantly surprised to discover that study abroad is affordable and need not delay graduation. Students attending UW-affiliated study abroad programs remain enrolled at UW while abroad, can make use of UW financial aid, and benefit from a streamlined process of credit transfer after their return.

Stay in contact with the International Programs and Exchanges Office (IP&E) here:

Study Abroad Peer Ambassadors are also available for students to contact if they would like to hear about first-hand experiences and opportunities through the International Programs and Exchanges Office (IP&E). Contact the Ambassadors at:

How to Study Abroad in Four Simple Steps

Step 1: Begin planning early!

Most programs have a summer session, a fall semester session, and an academic year session; a few programs have a spring semester session (equivalent to UW's winter and spring quarters). In most cases, deadlines for application are six to nine months before the program begins. For most programs, you should begin planning early in autumn quarter for study abroad the following summer or autumn. You may also need to consider deadlines for application for funding sources. For example, the popular Monbusho scholarship for study in Japan has a deadline of early August for study beginning the following September. In short, it is never too early to start your planning!

Step 2: Choose a program

You will want to consider a number of factors: location, cost, instructional quality, course selection, lodging situation, cultural programs, and work and travel opportunities. There are many resources available on campus to help you select the program that best suits your interests and needs. Your language instructor is an excellent source of information. The study abroad program has detailed information about programs (including program descriptions, brochures, and student testimonials) and financial aid and fellowship opportunities. You can also set up appointments with advisers to get individualized advice related to the administrative and financial aspects of foreign study. The Study Abroad office is located on the fifth floor of Schmitz Hall. The Study Abroad website allows you to search their database of study abroad programs according to your specific criteria -- it's a great place to start exploring all the exciting foreign study opportunities that are available. Finally, talk to students who have been abroad. A Study Abroad adviser or your language instructor can give you the names of students who have recently returned from study in Asia.

Step 3: Begin the application process

Make sure you read the application materials carefully. Many programs require letters of recommendation or statements of language proficiency. Be sure to request these from your instructors well in advance of the deadlines. In addition, check with the student advisor in the Asian Languages & Literature Department before you leave to find out what advance preparation you should make in order to smooth your credit transfer after you return.

Step 4: Apply for funding

Applications for funding should be made at the same time as, or even before, your applications to programs. If your UW financial aid is not sufficient, you can apply for other sources of funding. UW Study Abroad offers its own scholarship and has additional information on other fellowships, scholarships, and other financial resources.

Additional Information

The following cities are just some of the locations in Asia with UW-affiliated study abroad programs.

The Foundation for International Understanding Through Students is a non-profit community-based organization on campus that promotes understanding between international and American members of the UW community.

Application Timelines and Contact Information

Contact: 206.221.4404 or

Find a Program - Learn more about upcoming study abroad programs and opportunites. 

Application Guidelines - Keep track of application deadlines and decide which program is the best fit for your academic goals.

Research how credits can transfer from your study abroad school back to the UW. This is a great planning tool for all students looking to go abroad or currently abroad. Be sure to check with the Undergraduate Adviser about courses that count towards your degree.

When You Return

Once you arrive back in Seattle you will need to have your study abroad credits evaluated by faculty members in order to have the credits assigned to your major or minor. Credits must be evaluated and assigned UW credit before a student can graduate. Evaluations can take between 1-2 weeks to be completed. Follow the below procedure in order to get your credits evaluated:

Bring to the Department Undergraduate Adviser:

1. The bright orange Study Abroad Credit Evaluation form, with your host university's transcript attached. These are both obtained, by the student, through the IP&E office once they have received your official transcripts from the host university.

2. A copy of your UW unofficial transcript

3. The syllabus, coursework and textbooks for all courses to be evaluated

4. A completed request form for AL&L faculty:

-Chinese Credit Eval Request Form (DOC) (one form will cover all the courses being requested)

-Japanese Credit Eval Request Form (DOC) (complete a separate form for EVERY course you need evaluated)

-Korean Credit Eval Request Form (DOC) (one form will cover all the courses being requested)

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