Study Abroad Opportunities for iSchool Students
Since 2008, the iSchool has partnered with the UW’s Study Abroad Office to offer Exploration Seminars short-term study abroad programs (3-4 weeks) led by UW faculty that take place during the gap period between the end of the UW summer quarter and beginning of the autumn quarter. The iSchool has sent 156 students on these study abroad programs, and in 2013 alone, 33 students went to the following locations: Ghana, Tahiti, Denmark, and South Korea. (Read about the 2013 seminar to South Korea.)
Study Abroad Credits and Benefits
Students can earn an average of 4-5 credits towards their degree when they participate in a study abroad program. Some programs are designed to align with a core LIS course offering which allows for core course waivers (i.e., LIS 560 in Denmark). Study abroad opportunities position students as future leaders in the global information society by exposing them to cross-cultural settings and international perspectives.
How to Apply
By late December/early January each year, the programs for the upcoming summer are announced. Application deadlines range from January to February. Current students must apply for a spot in a program. Required application materials vary per program and may include a personal statement, answers to supplemental questions, and/or letters of recommendation. Accepted students will be notified by late March. Program costs vary and often cover tuition, room and board, some travel, and/or some meals. Financial aid may help cover program costs. Contact your academic adviser to find out how an Exploration Seminar may fit in with your degree plans.
Visit the UW Study Abroad website or click on the links below to learn more about the 2017 sessions:
- iSchool England: Wizards, Whangdoodles & Whizzpoppers: Children's Literature in the U.K. Aug. 20 - Sept. 12, 2017, in London, Cambridge and Newcastle, England.
- iSchool Ghana - Experience Research: Communication Technologies and Development in Southern Ghana. Aug. 24 - Sept. 22, 2017, Accra, Ghana.
- iSchool Netherlands - Dutch Designs: Innovation in Library, Museum, and Information Services in the Netherlands. Aug. 20 - Sept. 6, 2017, Amsterdam and Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
- iSchool South Korea: Information, Technology and Society in Modern Korea (Exploration Seminar). Aug. 13 - Sept. 9, 2017, Seoul and Busan, South Korea.
- iSchool Tahiti: Place, Identity, and Traditional Knowledge. June 18 - July 15, 2017, Papeete, French Polynesia
Bob & 14 Students Partner with Peking University in 2014
Watching students in this summer’s first China Study Abroad program break through cultural and linguistic divides and grow confident in a world foreign to them was deeply gratifying for iSchool senior lecturer Bob Boiko, director of the new program. “One of the reasons I was interested in doing this was to expose my students to a truly intercultural experience,” says Boiko, an avid global traveler who left his home in New York at age 17 and “never looked back.”
The China Study Abroad program he helped shape is a joint venture between the UW iSchool and the Peking University’s Department of Information Management summer institute. Peking University, known colloquially as Beida, is considered the “Harvard of China,” says Boiko. “It’s not A school but THE school in China. And even at Beida, they look up to the UW iSchool.” Read the full story.
Trent, Nancy & 17 Students Take on Denmark in 2013
In 2013, iSchool Faculty Trent Hill and Nancy Gershenfeld received a grant from the Scan|Design Foundation by Inger and Jens Bruun to fund the iSchool Denmark Exploration Seminar (iDES). The 4-week program was held in collaboration with the Royal School of Library and Information Science (RSLIS) at the University of Copenhagen. Participating students included 17 from three programs at the iSchool and 10 international students from RSLIS, Humboldt University in Berlin and Wuhan University in China.
The iDES was based on iSchool courses and consists of classroom meetings, field trips in Copenhagen, and longer excursions to library and cultural sites outside of Copenhagen. Students were encouraged to explore related library, instructional, and cultural opportunities during their unstructured time.