Courses

Students in the Global Connections program take a combination of international studies courses, undergraduate electives and Academic English program courses depending on their English proficiency level.

Course Length and Schedule

You can choose to study for three months (one quarter), six months (two quarters) or nine months (three quarters) depending on when you begin your studies:

  • Students who begin their studies in autumn quarter may study for one, two or three quarters
  • Students who begin their studies in winter quarter may study for one or two quarters
  • Students who begin their studies in spring quarter may study for one quarter

During the first quarter, all students will be enrolled in a preparatory advising seminar designed to help you succeed in your classes. The rest of your course schedule is based on course availability and your level of English language proficiency.

If you make satisfactory progress, you'll move into the next level of courses the following quarter. Students already at the highest level will select other courses at that same level.

TOEFL Score 72–91 92 or Higher
IELTS Score 6.0 7.0
Quarter 1
  • Advising seminar (3*)
  • International studies course (5)
  • Academic English Program (5)
  • Academic English Program or UW elective (5) (depending on TOEFL sub-scores)
  • Advising seminar (3*)
  • International studies course (5)
  • UW elective (5)
  • UW elective (5)
Quarter 2
  • International studies course (5)
  • Academic English Program or UW elective (5) (depending on TOEFL sub-scores)
  • UW elective (5)
  • International studies course (5)
  • UW elective (5)
  • UW elective (5)
Quarter 3
  • International studies course (5)
  • UW elective (5)
  • UW elective (5)
  • International studies course (5)
  • UW elective (5)
  • UW elective (5)

Note: Number in parentheses indicates how many credits each course is worth. Numbers with an asterisk (*) indicate the course earns continuing education units (CEUs) rather than credits. Recognition of CEUs varies by institution.

Program Courses

These courses are designed specifically for the Global Connections program to facilitate innovative learning experiences.

Advising Seminar: Strategies for American University Success

This seminar provides students with the knowledge and resources they need to succeed in their university classes.  Students will learn skills to become more resilient and take ownership over their study-abroad experience. Topics include campus and community resources, time and energy management, resilience, academic standards of conduct, cultural and classroom expectations and more. The seminar may have both online and in-class components.  Participation is required for all students in the first quarter of the program. 

International Studies Courses

The following is a list of special international studies courses that have previously been offered by the Jackson School. These courses are open both to Global Connections students and UW students. Course offerings are subject to change, and not all of these courses will be available in a particular quarter.

  • JSIS 278: Diaspora Communities in Seattle & Beyond
  • JSIS 278: Global Trade & Disruptive Technologies
  • JSIS 305: Changing Generations in Japan & East Asia
  • JSIS 478: Energy in East Asia: Regional Issues, Global Implications
  • JSIS 478: Global Cities, Utopia & the Environment
  • JSIS 478: Global Impact of Smart Technologies
  • JSIS 478: Global Sustainability Movements
  • JSIS 478: Institutions, Growth & the Environment
  • JSIS B 307: Digital Storytelling & Global Citizenship
  • JSIS B 352: Sustainability & Global Business
  • JSIS B 361: The Rise of a Global Language
  • JSIS 490: Economic Diplomacy: Government, Foreign Policy & the Global Economy

Academic English Courses

These UW credit courses are designed for any student who speaks English as a second language and who wants to improve their academic English skills. English 102, 103 and 104 are designed to improve students’ academic English skills so that they can understand university texts, assignments and lectures and better participate in class discussions.

English 102: Essentials of College Reading & Writing

In this course, students learn and practice the reading, writing and critical thinking strategies needed for analyzing and responding to academic texts. Students will strengthen their grammar, organization and vocabulary to improve accuracy and fluency in writing.

English 103: Writing From Sources

In this course, students learn and practice the reading, writing and critical thinking strategies they need to develop researched, organized and correctly documented papers using academic sources. Students are introduced to library research skills for finding a variety of sources.

English 104: Essentials of College Communication

This course is an academic listening and speaking course. It aims to improve a student’s ability to participate in university course lectures and class discussions. Students respond to lectures, participate in and lead class discussions, and deliver short oral reports.

Elective Courses

In UW undergraduate credit courses, Global Connections students should expect to be academically challenged by the professors and by their American and international peers. Most courses meet for about five hours each week. Some courses include a quiz section, which allows students to meet with the professor or teaching assistant in smaller groups.

Registration for electives is on a space-available basis, and final enrollments are determined during the first two weeks of the quarter. Student options may be limited by conflicts with other required courses. Global Connections program staff will help students with the registration process.

The following are examples of elective courses that have previously been offered. Course offerings are subject to change, and not all of these courses will be available in a particular quarter.

  • ENGL 213: Modern &  Postmodern Literature
  • GWSS 290: Special Topics in Women Studies
  • HSTAA 230: Race & Power in America
  • HSTEU 113: Europe & the Modern World
  • LING 200: Introduction to Linguistic Thought
  • MKTG 301: Marketing Concepts
  • POL S 202: Introduction to American Politics
  • POL S 427: International Political Economy
  • PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology

Instructors

instructor and student

Academic English courses are taught by experienced instructors from UW International & English Language Programs. Many of them have advanced degrees. UW and international studies electives are taught by instructors from various UW academic departments, including the prestigious UW Jackson School of International Studies.