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  • Locations: Ottawa, Canada
  • Program Terms: Winter Quarter
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Quarter
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Affiliated Department: International Studies Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: 4. Senior UW Credits: 5
Estimated Program Fee: 3600 UW Program Director: Michelle Koutnik, Nadine Fabbi
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Katherine R Kroeger UW Program Staff Email:,
Program Information:

Location Ottawa, Canada
Academic Term Winter Quarter
January 25 - February 1, 2020 
Estimated Program Fee $4,050*

*Please note: each accepted student will receive a $3,200 scholarship toward the program fee.
Credits 5
Prerequisites Prerequisites as required by the International Studies program in the Jackson School.
Program Directors Dr. Nadine C. Fabbi |
Dr. Michelle Koutnik
Program Manager Katherine Kroger|
Priority Application Deadline October 15, 2019
Extended Deadline October 27, 2019
Information Sessions TBD - Please contact program directors for more information

Program Description

Students will travel to Canada's capital, Ottawa, from January 25th to February 1st, 2020 to engage in on-the-ground research with organizations and specialists in the field. The week will begin with an Indigenous-centered tour of the city, a 10-minute walk from Ontario to Québec on the Alexandra Bridge spanning the Ottawa River, and free time to explore the city. The student learning experience will be enhanced by visits (to be confirmed) to the Inuit Circumpolar Council, Canada (international Inuit association); Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (national Inuit association); an Inuit post-secondary school; the U.S. Embassy and other Arctic-nation embassies; federal departments such as the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, Canada; dinners at the Ashbury House with key representatives from Inuit organizations; and a half-day symposium at Carleton University with scholars in the field, and a visit to the private home of a former Consul General of Canada, Seattle. Students will have free time to explore the Canadian Museum of History, the National Art Gallery, the Parliament Buildings and other sites as well and may catch of glipmse of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau! Weather pending, student will also have the opportunity to engage in a truly Canadian and Arctic experience - skating on the world's longest skating rink, the Rideau Canal, that stretches six miles from downtown Ottawa to Carleton University.




Ottawa, Canada


Students and faculty will stay at the historic Ashbury House Bed and Breakfast (a 5-star service accommodation in one of Ottawa's first neighborhoods, the Glebe) where they will be welcomed by the owners with hot pie! The owners are two former professionals who are trustworthy and reliable, Charmaine and George Neufeld. Charmaine travelled and worked in over 40 countries while she was with the World Bank prior to starting the B&B 18 years ago. George received a PhD for solving a well-known 25-year-old mathematics problem, helped put Canada's robotic arm on the Space Station, and has been in the change leadership business for many years. Charmaine and George will provide the group with a sit down breakfast each morning. Asbury House is located at 303 First Avenue, (613) 234-4757,, website:



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Prerequisites as required by the International Studies program in the Jackson School. The program requires excessive amounts of walking and in temperatures that can be as low as 40 degrees below zero.


5 UW Quarter Credits


JSIS 495E: Task Force: Arctic Sea Ice and International Policy (5 credits) I&S

How do we address climate change policies or the dispute over the Northwest Passage from an Inuit perspective? If we are to develop effective policies on these issues, it is more critical than ever that Inuit knowledge and perspectives are included. The Arctic is warming at nearly twice the global average, and Arctic sea ice extent has significantly decreased. As a result, the Northwest Passage is opening to increased marine traffic, and yet the Inuit have not been part of the policy dialogue on its future. Inuit are a marine people and the world's most northerly people who have made the Arctic their home for millennia. The preservation of ice and the "right to be cold" (the title of the book by Inuit leader, Sheila Watt-Cloutier), is one of the key concerns for Inuit today. According to Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (the national Inuit organization in Canada), "For us, ice is a fundamental source of learning, memories, knowledge and wisdom." In this course we will explore how ice is understood from an Inuit perspective and what this means for climate-change policies that most often employ Western scientific perspectives; and how legal maritime issues apply to a region that Inuit claim is part of Nunavut. We will look at how Inuit named their homeland, Inuit Nunangat, an Inuktut word that includes sea ice and what this means to our understanding of territory; we will read the reports and strategies published by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami arguing that ice is a highway and that the Northwest Passage is a feature of their homeland (vs. a short cut for international trade); we will look at the scholarly work that emerged out of a major International Polar Year project titled, Sea Ice Knowledge and Use; and we will be introduced to how ice is understood in the Inuit language. We will travel to Canada's capital, Ottawa, where we will visit with and learn from Inuit scholars, representatives from Inuit organizations, political leaders, scientists, and artists to better understand how Inuit concepts of ice affect how the world thinks about and responds to the climate change crisis. In the final Task Force report students will be expected to integrate Inuit concepts of ice - as informed by this travel experience - into their policy development and recommendations.









Dr. Nadine C. Fabbi
Managing Director, Canadian Studies Center; Affiliated Instructor, Jackson School of International Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

Dr. Michelle Koutnik
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Space Sciences




Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,050* 

* Please note: each accepted student will receive a $3,200 scholarship toward the program fee.

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Airfare
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Food (Breakfast and some lunches/dinners will be provided - those not covered must be paid out of pocket.)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: January 24, 2020

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.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW Study Abroad administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Below are some ways to find additional support.

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you 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.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


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. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by contacting the consular offices of those countries. You can read more about this topic on the Passports and Visas page of the UW Study Abroad 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 $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once you have submitted a contract. 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 will be 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 business day a withdrawal application is received by UW Study Abroad. 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.
  2. Submit a withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.

Additional Info

Students must have boots and clothing/assessories to accommodate walking several miles a day in temperatures that have reached as low as 40 degrees below zero.