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  • Locations: Papeete, French Polynesia
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
  • Budget Sheets: Summer A-Term
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Program Information:

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Location Papeete, French Polynesia
Academic Term Summer A-Term 2018
June 9 - July 19, 2018 (Travel Dates: June 9 - June 19, 2018)
Estimated Program Fee $5,200
Credits 6 UW credits
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Holly Barker; Ink Aleaga; Liberty Bracken
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline January 31, 2018
Information Sessions TBD. Contact Program Director for more information.
General The academic focus of the program is Pacific Islander cultures, and its connection to community, family, and self.

Program Description

Students will learn qualitative research methods that will allow them to analyze and compare Pacific Islander cultures in two locations – French Polynesia, where students can consider the ways that colonialism influences culture, and Seattle, a venue for students to consider how issues of migration impact culture and identity. In addition to research methods that will prepare students for more advanced academic opportunities, the program emphasizes service-learning. Participants will volunteer with community organizations emphasizing the dual importance of education and skills acquisition to help prepare them for future career paths. Some topics of inquiry for the program include: community-based participatory research, education, colonialism, politics, religion, family, and sport. The program emphasizes service-learning in French Polynesia as well as the development of diverse types of knowledge. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with the host culture in a way that situates the students as volunteers and collaborators rather than tourists. To emphasize ethical approaches to student education, participants will contribute to the community that will assist with the education and growth of the UW students.



Papeete, French Polynesia


The students’ primary housing was selected by the recommendation of other UW programs who have been using this vendor. ICA have been partnering with these vendors for three Study Abroad programs. Vendors can be paid in advance or after the program is completed.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

We want to give preference to students who have been underrepresented in study abroad, particularly low-income students and students of color. We want to give preference to students who did not grow up with opportunities to travel -- students who can best leverage their scholarship to take advantage of an educational opportunity they might not otherwise have. Also, we want to emphasize the importance of respect and leadership, both in the classroom and in the community. Finally, an interest in Oceania is important. Physical Components :Yes, there will be outdoor activities such as hiking and paddling, cultivating local foods


6 UW Credits


ANTH 369: Anthropology Special Topics (6 Credits)

There are two major themes of academic exploration: colonialism and community. By traveling to a location in Oceania that is colonized, they will examine the multiple ways that colonialism shapes every aspect of life and culture. Another area of exploration is community. Recognizing the ability of sports to create unity, and bolster communities, students will use sports as a way to connect with Pacific Islander communities in both locations.

Learning goals include:
What role does sports play in the identity and culture of youth in Tahiti and Seattle? Guest speakers, activities, and volunteer work will give opportunities to contribute and learn from communities, as will service-learning in Seattle upon students return.

To connect to coursework at UW, students will further develop qualitative research methods they have studied and practiced in prerequisite courses. In particular, they will collect and analyze data using methods of field note journals, discourse analysis, photoanalysis, participant-observation, and interviews.

In addition to research methods that will prepare students for more advanced academic opportunities, such as graduate school or undergraduate honors, the program emphasizes service-learning. The emphasis on service-learning in French Polynesia will also give opportunity to interact on a personal level with the host culture as you become volunteers and collaborators rather than tourists.



Holly Barker, Anthropology, Full Time Lecturer

Ink Aleaga, Intercollegiate Athletics, Associate Director

Liberty Bracken, Intercollegiate Athletics, Associate Director



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $5,200

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel including airfare 
Not included in the program fee:
  • Food (about $20/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.