The environment is global and your education should reflect it. Students gain new perspectives, knowledge and global experience upon traveling and studying abroad. The College of the Environment and the University of Washington provide outstanding opportunities to learn abroad in courses and programs related to the environment.


1Dr JenkinsInternational programs and exchanges

The UW’s Study Abroad office administers all study abroad, exchange and exploration seminar programs. UW also offers a variety of scholarships to help fund study abroad experiences.

Environmental Exploration Seminars

Do you want to travel abroad and earn academic credit while applying your education to issues outside the classroom? Is a full quarter abroad too much for your schedule or your budget? Exploration Seminars are short-term, intensive study abroad programs (3-4 weeks) led by UW faculty that take place between the end of summer quarter and beginning of autumn quarter. Similar to UW Study Abroad Programs, Exploration Seminars focus on specific themes pertinent to the program location and provide the opportunity to experience a different culture while building relationships with faculty, and in some cases, discovering a new research interest.

Exploration Seminars are well-suited for students who want coursework in specific areas of study and a short study abroad experience that does not conflict with the UW academic calendar. Most Exploration Seminars do not require foreign language background. Students earn 6-12 credits for the seminar.

Past Exploration Seminars that focus on the environment:

  • Program on the Environment Peru: From Andes to Amazon: Biodiversity, Conservation and Sustainability
  • Environmental and Forest Sciences Costa Rica: Natural History of Costa Rica
  • Honors Spain — Wild Places and Forest Lands in Spain: International Environmental Law and Land Management
  • Oceanography Micronesia: Coastal Ecosystems of Micronesia in a Changing Climate

Deadlines for faculty

The IPE website lists the deadlines and resources for faculty proposals for Exploration Seminars.