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  • Locations: Dumaguete City, Philippines; Manila, Philippines
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
  • Budget Sheets: Summer A-Term
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Information:

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Location Dumaguete City, Philippines
Academic Term Summer Quarter (A-Term) 2018
June 18 - July 15, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $5,200
Credits 9 UW credits 
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Elizabeth Golden; Ray Villanueva
Program Manager Ruby Machado |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2018
Extended Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Information Sessions Monday 11/20, Architecture Hall 110 (more dates TBA January)
General The Philippines Bamboo Workshop is a four-week study-abroad program that introduces bamboo construction as a contemporary building craft and as a medium for connecting students studying at the University of Washington in the US and Foundation University in the Philippines.

Program Description

The Philippines Bamboo Workshop will focus on bamboo’s potential–not only as a material for construction–but also as a cultural signifier and economic catalyst for developing countries. Bamboo is often regarded as an old and outdated building material. However, the use of the plant for building is now seeing resurgence in several countries because it offers a strong and sustainable alternative to conventional steel and concrete construction systems. We will study these possibilities through hands-on bamboo workshops with local artisans and design collaborations with architecture students at Foundation University in the Philippines.

The class will convene in Manila where we will spend two days touring significant sites. We will then travel to the program base in Dumaguete City. Workshops and a design charrette will be offered in coordination with Foundation University’s architecture program. Lectures by local architects and excursions to nearby examples of tropical design and bamboo construction will supplement these activities.

Webpage with more information and photos from the program’s 2015 visit and project:




Dumaguete City, Philippines


Manila, Siqujior


Students and faculty will be housed at Florentina Homes ( a full-service resort property in Dumaguete City with extended-stay facilities in shared units. There will be space for four students per unit, sharing a kitchen and living area with two separate sleeping areas. Site was selected for its location, amenities, cost and availability.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Extensive walking will be required for the Manila field trip and during the day trips outside of Dumaguete City. Working with tools and building structures with bamboo will require some physical exertion.


9 UW credits 


ARCH 494: Architectural Studies Abroad (3 Credits)
This course will orient students to the basics of bamboo construction through hands-on workshops guided by bamboo artisans.

ARCH 490: Architectural Studies Abroad - Special Topics (6 Credits)

UW students will work with the students from the Foundation University design-build program to develop proposals for a small public project made from bamboo (TBD–bus stop, market stall...), which they will then construct with the help of local builders.

Learning goals include:
Students will be presented with the challenges of designing and working in an unfamiliar cultural context. The goal of this course is to familiarize students with Filipino culture through social interaction and collaboration.



Elizabeth Golden, Architecture, Program Director

Elizabeth Golden is an architect and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington, where she teaches in the areas of design, materials, and building technology, with an emphasis on sustainable systems. Since joining the UW faculty in 2009, she has organized and participated in a series of design initiatives that combine expertise from the University of Washington, nonprofits, governmental agencies, and other educational institutions. These collaborations have resulted in the realization of the Gohar Khatoon Girls’ School in Afghanistan, and Niamey 2000, a multifamily housing project located in the capital of Niger.

In addition to her work in the field, her research and writing sheds light on building practices that support social engagement, sustainable development, and cultural continuity. Her forthcoming book, Building from Tradition: Local Materials and Methods in Contemporary Architecture (Routledge, 2018), looks at the resurgence of interest in the handmade building and the position of traditional materials within the context of globalization.

Ray Villanueva, Architecture, Co-Director

Ray is an architect, educator, and aspiring builder. He is co-founder of Estudio Damgo, a student-led, community design and build program at Foundation University in Dumaguete City. The program focus is using local materials like bamboo to reintroduce cultural relevance and sustainability in construction. Ray is co-director of the Philippines Bamboo Workshop Study Abroad Program through the University of Washington Department of Architecture, which won the 2017 Association of College Schools of Architecture Design Build Award.

Ray has worked on health clinics, schools and public buildings as a project architect and project manager at Miller Hayashi Architects. Currently, Ray is project manager for Katerra, a technology, design, and construction company transforming the housing industry. Ray earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Maryland in 2005 and completed his Master of Architecture at the University of Washington in 2007.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $5,200

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,500)
  • Food (about $25/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: July 6, 2018

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 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.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  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. Here 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, one recommendation from a professor or TA, 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 orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

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 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 $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. 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 business day a withdrawal form 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 signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.