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  • Locations: Seattle, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer B-Term
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Information:
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 Location Silverdale, Forks, and Friday Harbor, Washington, USA
Summer B Quarter
July 20 – August 19, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $4,700
 Credits 6 UW credits
 Prerequisites N/A
 Program      Directors Heidi Gough
 Program  Manager Katherine Kroeger |
 Application    Deadline March 15, 2017 - EXTENDED!
 Information  Session(s) Contact Program Director for more information.
  General This course examines the human interactions with the water cycle in the Pacific Northwest as an example of challenges for wet climate water management and engineering, including importance of cultural perspectives.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships


Program Description

The value of water is recognized world-wide. Even in wet regions, such as the Pacific Northwest, it is important to apply sustainable strategies that recognize the inter-connections among water resource, drinking water, and wastewater. It is additionally important to recognize that culture plays a large role in ensuring that decisions match the needs of local communities. This course examines the intersection of the water engineering sectors and local decision-making, with a focus on environmental implications of climate change predictions for temperate rain forest and wet forest regions. The Pacific Northwest will be used as a learning "laboratory". Students will engage with water professionals and decision makers from public utilities, regional engineering firms, tribal nations, and local/regional government. The intersections among these groups and their view of the water sector will be examined at differing scales (state, city and small town) and from multiple cultural perspectives.


Silverdale, Forks, and Friday Harbor, Washington, USA


Silverdale, Port Angeles, Forks, Neah Bay, and Friday Harbor


Students and instructors move together among housing location to maximize the range of water facilities and experiences used for learning. Housing will include UW field station dormitories and hotels. There is potential for a short home stay.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

There are no pre-requisites. Some basic-level science courses are recommended. The course is designed to interest students wanting to learn the influence of culture on science decisions related to wet region water engineering. Multiple sections will be offered including graduate and upper-division technical electives, and "science for non-scientists", for those outside of engineering or science who are interested in expanding their understanding of water.

No prior experience is necessary to succeed in the course. However, students are expected to have a sense of adventure for trying outdoor activities (hiking, rafting, boating, and beach combing), and a tolerance for engineering sites (and smells).


6 Credits


CEE 498/CEE 599/ ENGR 498 (6 credits)

Engineered water systems play a vital societal role through water and wastewater treatment to ensure public health and environmental protection. Climate and cultural attitudes toward water differ drastically around the globe, both of which impact the effectiveness of engineering water systems designs. Interconnections of water resource, drinking water, and wastewater will be examined at the community and local level in the Pacific Northwest, including efforts toward sustainable water management in a wet region that is experiencing shifting weather patterns.. Focus is on engineering and water professionals roles in design choices, operational trouble-shooting, and communication with the public, all within a context of various cultural and societal needs of the local community. In particular, the views on water and sustainability through water engineering of the PNW Tribal Nations will be included. This UW course is taught in parallel with a Study Abroad course that UW hosts from the Jordan University of Science and Technology.

Learning Goals: 

This course will provide students with the contextual science and technology background to apply critical thinking skills to water engineering cycle management at multiple scales and with consideration of multiple cultural perspectives. Learning goals are the same for both the technical (CEE) and non-technical (ENGR) sections, with the differences occurring in whether students are challenged to provide a quantitative or descriptive response to the outcomes. At the end of this course, all students are expected to be able to:

  • Describe practices for integrating water resource-drinking water-wastewater management at multiple scales (i.e. community or watershed size) using first-hand examples from the Pacific Northwest
  • Work in cross-cultural teams to achieve scientific outcomes
  • Explain how water treatment technologies are dependent on water source and management
  • Identify up to 5 predicted (or realized) climate change impacts for water resource-drinking water-wastewater management in the Pacific Northwest that are predicted
  • Discuss cultural traditions and practices that influence perspectives on water resource-drinking water-wastewater management in the Pacific Northwest,
  • Communicate science or engineering ideas in an oral presentation format

Program Directors & Staff

Dr. Heidi Gough, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Program Director 

Program Expenses

Cost: $4,700

Estimated Program Fee of $4,700, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare and food include, UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,200 - $1,600* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 July 7, 2017
Program Fee Balance $4,700 July 7, 2017


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two recommendations from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.