Editor’s Note: “Huskies Abroad” is a bi-weekly column exploring UW’s extensive study abroad programs with recommendations on select programs and destinations.
Let’s be honest, the UW study abroad the page is overwhelming. You open “List All” and suddenly you have a hundred programs at your disposal. If you’re like me and only have a vague idea of where you want to go abroad, it might be worth diversifying your travel list. There’s never a guarantee that you’ll land the program or destination of your dreams, so I’ve put together some recommendations to help you in your search for the perfect temporary home.
Keep in mind that we are still in a pandemic and these recommendations may not be readily available in the coming months. If you’re reading this in the distant future when COVID-19 is no longer an issue, you may have better luck. For now, let me introduce you to some notable study abroad programs in the most populous continents: Asia.
China is the most populous country in the world with the longest continuous written history of any civilization. Studying abroad in China would mean rigorous but fruitful Chinese lessons. It could help you in the hustle and bustle of different metropolitan cities in China, where you would have the chance to take UW-aligned courses with partner universities.
Are you a Foster student who wants to study business in the cultural heart of the world’s fastest growing economies? Look no further than the Beijing program with the Foster School Undergraduate Exchange with Peking University (PKU), one of the most prestigious research institutes in China. In this program you will learn under PKU Guanghua School of Management, a well-respected business school that will help you understand Chinese economics and business management.
Not a Foster student? Don’t worry, me neither. You Can Still Take a Prestigious Study Abroad Program in Beijing with UW Tsinghua University Exchange. Tsinghua University is China’s most prestigious school with reputable professors in almost every academic discipline who are sure to help you with any course you decide to take. If you also want to research overseas, Tsinghua is another great option for you.
Instead of Mandarin, do you rather want to learn Cantonese? Hong Kong, the Special Administrative District of China, is a great destination to learn both. If you are in faculty of Law or the Foster School of Business, you have the privilege of studying at the University of Hong Kong, the oldest post-secondary institution in the region; you will be able to take language courses and have a list of course offers specially designed for international students.
Hong Kong offers a rich heritage and a diversity of years of being a port city that facilitated trade between East and West. It’s a great travel destination for historical and cultural immersion as well as first-hand experience with Hong Kong’s socio-economic position in the grand scheme of Chinese politics. If you are not in any of the aforementioned UW schools, you can explore the city through the Chinese University of Hong Kong Exchange rather; it is the second oldest institution in Hong Kong and is a bit more flexible in course choices with several courses taught in English, Cantonese or Mandarin.
Known for its wonderful celebrations and festivals, India offers a fun learning experience for students seeking knowledge in one of the most diverse countries in the world. Many locals speak English, but each region still has its own languages, traditions and religions. If you like to walk, the programs below specifically state that much of their activity will take place outside – great opportunities to use some of your trainers.
Engineering majors have the amazing opportunity to study in Bangalore with student accommodation at United Theological College through the Engineering India: Grand Challenge Impact Lab (GCIL) program. Students will have the chance to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site Hampi, an ancient village known for its beautiful architecture.
If you are interested in social justice and artistic expression, the CHID India: Art and Activism in South India program could be for you. This program will allow you to discover and participate in Indian dance, music and art. You’ll meet locals and activists from Bangalore and learn about the ongoing effects of colonization and tourism. It is definitely a program that will make you examine your own reasons for studying abroad and the impact you leave on the countries you travel to.
Japan is one of the most popular tourist destinations due to its technological advancements and well-preserved historical sites. With one of the best public transportation systems in the world and plenty of vending machine options, you’re sure to find something completely new in Japan.
UW offers a host of exchange options with several prestigious Japanese universities, such as the University of Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Waseda University, and Keio University. Since there are so many things to choose from, I found a short program that stood out.
If you want to spend your early fall in the most populous city in the world as well as the second most populous city in Japan, the Asian urbanism, (in)visible cities program could be your cup of tea. Participants travel to and from Tokyo and Osaka to examine “urban life and everyday landscapes” of the cities, according to the program description. Although the course works best for landscape architecture majors, there are no prerequisites to explore this program.
A land of beautiful river scenery and motorbikes, Vietnam is an incredible destination to engage with a vibrant community. Vietnam is home to various animals, spices and people. Traveling to Vietnam will enlighten you about the disastrous impact of the United States on the land and the people, but will also show you the resilience and power of the Vietnamese people.
the CHID Viet Nam: Building for peace in the aftermath of war is a great way to engage with the Vietnamese community. If you are not afraid of a little manual work, this program will allow you to work with inhabitants of regions heavily affected by the war. Quang Tri Province. You will gain insight into contemporary issues in Vietnamese society by speaking directly to survivors and citizens of the province who are still suffering the effects of the American invasion.
These recommendations are based on affordability and accessibility. Studying abroad will always be expensive, but some options are cheaper than others. (You’ll even find that studying abroad might be cheaper than what you pay for tuition as an international student like me.) I also considered program requirements, length of each program and visa requirement. If none of what I’ve recommended matches your interests, the UW Study Abroad research list can help you filter out all of your preferences.
Contact columnist Kimberly Quiocho at [email protected] Twitter: @kimberlyquiocho
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