University of Washington

Seattle, Tacoma & Bothell, Washington
United States of America

Language of instruction

English

The University of Washington is a preeminent public university, ranked 25th in the world. Go purple and become a UW Husky!

Located in the heart of the beautiful Pacific Northwest, UW has campuses in Seattle, Tacoma and Bothell. The region is characterised by impressive mountain chains, plentiful parks, and evergreen forests, helping Seattle earn the nickname “Emerald City”.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Winter & Spring Quarters January–March & March–June
Semester 2 Autumn Quarter September–December

All students who apply for exchange in UQ Semester 1 must complete both the winter and spring quarters.

View UW's academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Campuses

The University of Washington has 3 campuses:

  • Seattle campus
  • Tacoma campus
  • Bothell campus

 

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

Undergraduate: 15 credits in UW's autumn quarter is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Undergraduate: 24 credits across UW's winter and spring quarters is equivalent to 8 UQ units (students must take at least 12 of the 24 credits in the winter quarter).

Postgraduate: 10 credits in UW's autumn quarter is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Postgraduate: 24 credits across UW's winter and spring quarters is equivalent to 8 UQ units (students must take at least 12 of the 24 credits in the winter quarter).

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at UW.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search UW's course catalogue by campus if courses do not appear in the database:

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Anthropology
Archaeology
Art history
Classical languages
English
English literature
History and ancient history
International relations
Music
Philosophy
Political science
Sociology
Chinese
French
German
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Linguistics
Russian
Spanish
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Chemistry and biochemistry
Mathematics and statistics
Physics
Postgraduate
Anthropology
Archaeology
Art history
Classical languages
English
English literature
History and ancient history
International relations
Music
Philosophy
Political science
Sociology
Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Linguistics
Russian
Spanish
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Chemistry and biochemistry
Mathematics and statistics
Physics

Course restrictions

All exchange students are admitted to UW through the College of Arts & Sciences regardless of their major in their home university. Courses available outside of the College of Arts & Sciences are not guaranteed. Students should plan to only take courses within the College of Arts & Sciences.

Courses in the following disciplines are extremely competitive. Students should plan to take courses outside of these areas:

  • Communications
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Law, societies and justice 

Professional programs in the following schools are restricted from postgraduate exchange students:

  • Information School
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy

Fee-based programs are not available to exchange students. This includes postgraduate entry to UW's MBA program.

Additional academic information

Course numbering at the University of Washington:

  • 100-199: Undergraduate first year courses
  • 200-299: Undergraduate second year courses
  • 300-399: Undergraduate third year courses
  • 400-499: Undergraduate fourth year & some graduate courses
  • 500-899: Postgraduate courses

UW has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

As an incoming exchange student to the University of Washington, you are free to make your own housing arrangements. UW provides information to help students choose between on- or off-campus housing options.

Cost of living

The University of Washington provides an outline of the estimated cost of attendance for students studying in Seattle, with further information on estimated student budgets. Keep in mind that exchange students do not pay tuition to their host university. 

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

All international students in F-1 or J-1 status are required to purchase the UW International Student Health Insurance Plan (ISHIP). The requirement that you purchase the UW International Student Health Insurance Plan may be waived only if you meet certain eligibility criteria and you have comparable insurance that is valid in the U.S. Please note that the waiver of the UW Student Health Insurance Plan is not guaranteed and is subject to UW's approval.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

UW has visa and immigration information for exchange students.

Contact the US Embassy and Consulates for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.