UW Engaged Learning Abroad: Research, Service and Immersive Internships
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||Junior standing or above by time of departure; min. 3.0 GPA
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||UW engaged learning abroad is an experiential learning partnership with Omprakash and is designed for students interested in hands-on volunteer experience in an internatioanl setting. Areas of interest include health, economic development, the environment and women's empowerment..
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Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
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This is a new and exciting program that builds a platform for students interested in some of the most intensive collaborative community building work available through UW Study Abroad. It is a partnership between UW Study Abroad and Omprakash
, a Seattle non-profit that creates transformative educational experiences by connecting grassroots social impact organizations around the world with an audience of volunteers, donors, and classrooms that can learn from and support their work.
What is Om Prakash?
We are about learning through dialogue and human relationships
. We seek to nurture an educational community that facilitates honest communication and continuous critical exchange between diverse social actors around the world.
We are about providing affordable opportunities
for individuals to build meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships with grassroots social impact organizations around the world. Our database links over 100 pre-vetted 'Partner' organizations from over 30 countries with potential volunteers and funders, all free of charge. We also offer grants to qualified applicants to defray the costs of travel and living expenses.
We are about building trust between volunteers, donors, and organizations.
We screen all of our Partners through a rigorous application process, and volunteer testimonials help us monitor quality throughout our network. We facilitate honest communication When Partners receive donations through our network, we require them to maintain transparency via our unique expense reporting tool which helps donors stay informed about their impact.
We are about supporting everyone in our network.
We provide a free donation platform that enables Partner organizations to fundraise and expand their outreach. We provide personalized counseling for volunteers to help them choose a Partner, find a position or design a project, and make it happen. In addition, we maintain a large database of user-generated content that includes resources for teachers, students, travelers, non-profit organizations, and more.
We are about educating volunteers, interns, and citizens.
Students are required to complete at least a 5 credit academic project, sponsored by a UW faculty member. The requirements for earning these independent research or internship credits will be determined by the supervising professor. Ideally, the final research product is informed by the work that you are doing at your eventual site, but could include other topics of interest.
During the process of application, you will complete a a credit pre-approval form and submit it to UW Study Abroad.
Part of the credits that you receive may include the mandatory preparatory course,
Other factors included in the Om Prakash model
creates unique and academically accredited digital classrooms to maximize pre-departure and post-return learning.
a team of mentors are matched with participants and work with them in classrooms. They act as resources for participants before, during, and after field positions.
During field positions, participants work to document local perspectives and approaches to enacting social change. This documentation will evolve into a Captsone Project and is published on the Omprakash site.
At its core, Omprakash is a network of 150+ autonomous organization in dozens of countries, all eager to work with interns.
The program includes content designed to support learning before, during, and after time spent abroad. The approach is multi-disciplinary and uses video, textual, and audio content to weave together insightes from across the social sciences. You should espect to spend 1-2 hours per week completing the assigned work. Much of the work will occur online, so a reliable internet connection is mandatory. Weekly assignments can be completed independently, but each participant will also be a member of a peer group and will share weekly reflections in a group forum. Omprakash Mentors guide forum discussions and provide participants with weekly feeback.
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Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships
One of the goals of the UW Engaged Learning Abroad Program is to make it one of the most affordable programs available through UW study abroad.
here's a breakdown of costs
- The required preparatory program costs $750,
- The $400 study abroad fee
- Airfare will range between $800 - $2000 depending on the site you choose for your internship
Once you get closer to knowing the location of your site, for the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form
For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances
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.
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:
- Revision Request Form
- 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 email@example.com.
Visit the Finances section
of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.
To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.
See Applications and Recommendation
s for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.
for information about program withdrawal policies.