Global IT Foundations



Information technology skills are vital to many jobs today. Whether you are an international IT professional looking to expand your technical abilities, or an international student interested in learning more about IT concepts and skills, the Global IT Foundations Program at the University of Washington will help you achieve your goals.

This nine-month certificate program is divided into three quarters of study, giving you the opportunity to learn from experts and gain valuable experience you can apply in your current or future career. The program is designed to provide students with a foundation in a wide-variety of IT topics. No prior IT experience is required to enroll in the program.

In the Global IT Foundations Program you will:

  • Study in the heart of Seattle, a city known for its entrepreneurship and thriving tech industry
  • Take three core courses and one elective course each quarter
  • Begin your studies in spring quarter (March) or autumn quarter (September)

After successfully completing the program, you will receive a UW Global IT Foundations Program Certificate. You may also be eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training, which gives you the opportunity to gain up to one year of real-world business experience. Learn more about Optional Practical Training (OPT) in the Employment section of our Immigration Advising page.

Who Should Apply

The Global IT Foundations Program is designed for international students seeking to expand their knowledge and expertise in a wide variety of IT topics. You should have an advanced level of English proficiency to participate. No previous IT experience is required to take this program. For more details on language requirements, see the How to Apply page.

The Global IT Foundations Program meets the requirements for an F-1 student visa.

Program Features

  • Courses taught by experienced UW faculty and instructors and leading experts in the field
  • Choice of courses (program electives)
  • Opportunity to apply for up to one year of real-world IT experience with Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Quick Facts

Location: UW downtown Seattle (map)
Length: 3 quarters (9 months)
Hours/Week: 18
Upcoming Sessions: Autumn 2018:–Spring 2019
Starts Sep 27, 2018
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Costs: See Details