Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
  • Locations: Multiple Cities, Multiple Countries
  • Program Terms: Autumn Quarter, Early Fall, Spring Quarter, Summer A-Term, Summer B-Term, Summer Quarter, Winter Quarter
  • Restrictions: UW applicants only
  • Courses: View UW Course Equivalencies

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer Quarter 2020 02/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: renesm
Program Information:
Location Multiple locations
Academic Term Early Fall / Autumn Quarter / Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter / Summer Quarter
Credits Varies
Eligibility Open to anyone, anytime
Program Manager Mike Renes |
Priority Application Deadline January 31 (S), June 1 (A), October 1 (W), November 1 (Sp)
General Build your own global learning experience - and let us help with the details. GRISP provides a network of opportunities, support with travel logistics, personalized mentorship, and accredited online learning before, during, and after your global experience.
UW Global Research, Internship, & Service Program (GRISP) is a new campus-wide program offered by UW Study Abroad to all undergraduate and graduate students. Targeting students seeking independent internship and service-learning experiences around the world, GRISP provides a vetted network of opportunities and a common pathway for students to reflect on shared thematic questions, connect with each other, and earn academic credit for their demonstrated learning outcomes.

GRISP will run on a year-round basis, with a new cohort launching each quarter. GRISP participants receive online training and support for at least three quarters: one during pre-departure, one during the internship or service experience, and one upon return to UW. Academic credit is available during each quarter, but not required.

Find opportunities within our vetted network - or design your own!

Seeking an independent service or internship opportunity, but not sure where to start?  GRISP is the place for you.  During the pre-departure quarter, browse our vetted network of grassroots social impact organizations in 40+ countries around the world, and apply directly to these autonomous organizations.  GRISP will support you every step of the way - from defining your goals to identifying prospective host organizations to confirming your position.

Already have your eye on an independent service or internship opportunity outside of our network?  GRISP is still the place for you!  We provide logistical support, online training, and an established pathway to accreditation so that you (and your faculty advisor) don't need to reinvent the wheel.


Online Learning and Mentorship to Support your Global Experience!!

Every year, scores of UW students embark on independent global experiences -- but struggle to find a venue to connect with peers around shared thematic questions and challenges. GRISP fills that gap by providing open-access, asynchronous online learning combined with (optional) personalized mentorship from a team of experts.

In your pre-departure quarter, the GRISP curriculum invites you to explore personal questions about your own global goals and aspirations as well as broader theoretical questions about power, positionality, inequality, and the ethical complexities of engaging with difference. The pre-departure curriculum also offers training in social science research methods and innovative approaches to digital storytelling.

During your internship or service experience, GRISP provides you with a framework and digital platform within which to share your reflections, explore a self-designed research question, and create a Portfolio or Capstone Project.

After you return to UW, GRISP provides ongoing opportunities for reflection, dialogue, and peer-to-peer collaboration. The entire GRISP training and mentorship program takes place online so that it can be accessible to the widest possible range of students -- regardless of their schedule or course of study. The GRISP curriculum is intentionally designed to be relevant to an enormous range of experiences: whether you are a pre-med undergraduate interning at a grassroots sanitation NGO in Latin America, a graduate student conducting public policy research in South Asia, or anyone in between, GRISP offers to bring intellectual coherence to your experience without limiting your autonomy.


Prerequisites and Language Requirements

None. Open to everyone.


Varies based on student needs


During each quarter of your GRISP participation, you will be eligible for academic credit via General Studies.  Alternatively, you can also seek credit from your own academic department.  GRISP provides a streamlined way for your departmental advisor to track your progress towards specific learning objectives, and can easily be adapted to meet different programmatic requirements.  For example, an Honors student might use GRISP as a way to create their Honors Portfolio; an Engineering student might use GRISP to pursue an independent study, and an MBA student might use GRISP to complete their practicum requirements.  

You can also participate in GRISP without registering for credit, if that suits you better!
If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.



GRISP does not provide housing. As such, students are responsible for finding their own private housing.


The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 


Program Expenses

While third-party programs might charge you thousands of dollars without guaranteeing any academic credit, the cost of GRISP is $750 with mentorship included, and $500 without mentorship. Scholarships and tuition reductions are available for students in need.

Note that the GRISP program fee does not include:

  • Travel or living expenses while abroad
  • UW tuition expenses 
  • Additional fees to Study Abroad 

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. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

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

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


The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be 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. Note that 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.