Experience life as an international student at a highly ranked American university! In the Global Connections program, you’ll study alongside degree-seeking students at the University of Washington. You can improve your English and learn about current global challenges from different perspectives.


3–12 Months



English Level

Intermediate to Advanced

F-1 Visa


What You’ll Do

  • Improve your academic English language skills through reading, writing and classroom participation
  • Earn undergraduate* academic credit taking courses alongside UW students
  • Deepen your knowledge in international studies, including issues relating to politics, economics and the environment
  • Work on assignments that explore creative ways to solve global problems and produce positive change

*Graduate courses (500 and above) aren't available in Global Connections.

Program Features

  • A varied course offering that includes English language instruction and high-quality academic elective courses in subjects such as literature, psychology and history
  • An opportunity to take international studies courses, where you’ll learn about current global challenges from different perspectives
  • A joint offering by the UW Jackson School of International Studies and UW International & English Language Programs

Who Should Apply

This program is for students who have completed a minimum of one year of university-level coursework at an overseas university and want to study at a top American university.

You must have intermediate to advanced English skills to participate. For admissions requirements, see How to Apply.


Student schedules vary based on their program level and course choices. For details, see Courses


The cost information presented below is based on one quarter (3 months) of study in the Global Connections program.



Other Expenses

Application fee (one-time fee; nonrefundable)$50
Express mail fee (one-time fee)$40
International student health insurance plan$468
Room and board (estimated)$5,994
Books and supplies (estimated)$275
Other miscellaneous expenses (estimated)$755
Estimated Total Per Quarter$15,577