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University of Washington (Seattle)

Founded in 1861 by a private gift of 10 acres in what is now the heart of downtown Seattle, the University of Washington, also known as UW, Washington or, informally, UDub, is one of the oldest public universities on the West Coast.

The main Seattle campus is situated on the shores of Union and Portage Bays, with views of the Cascade Range to the east and the Olympic Mountains to the west.

UW is deeply committed to upholding the responsibility that comes with that legacy. And being public has always meant being accessible. Anyone can enjoy and be enriched by all the UW has to offer, including world-class libraries, art, music, drama, sports and the highest quality medical care in Washington state. Being public also means being engaged with the local communities, and through knowledge and discovery UW are elevating the quality of lives of others.

UW has 16 colleges and schools and offers 1,800 undergraduate courses each quarter. UW is ranked number one among public universities in the US to receive federal research and training funds, and since 1975 has been in the top five for public and private universities.

Exchange places

The exchange agreement between King's and the University of Washington is expected to allow for up to 3 Full Year Equivalent (FYE) places for each institution. This equates to 3 students going for a full academic year OR 6 students for a single semester OR a mixture of the two.

Eligibility for King's students

Important: Final decision on students' study abroad application to their host institution rests entirely with that host institution. Students must also meet their departments’ academic requirements to obtain final departmental approval to study abroad. It is usually at least a 60% average prior to departure, however this can vary amongst departments. Students should double check with their Study Abroad Tutor if they are unsure of their academic requirements.

King’s students that wish to study abroad at this institution should check the ‘Undergraduate options by department’ page to see if this institution is indeed an option for them.  

Estimated living costs

Please see here for current estimated living costs, but actual expenses may vary depending on student lifestyle. The cost of travel to and from the country is not included in these estimates.

A reminder that King's students on exchange are not required to pay tuition fees to the host university, but you may incur administrative and/or orientation fees at the host. There may also be mandatory insurance costs, and transcripts may incur a fee.

Please also note that, if required, student visas often require applicants to supply evidence of financial support throughout the duration of the study abroad programme. Sometimes this will mean showing financial evidence for a specific amount, so please pay attention to the advice on this from the host institution.


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