Summer Tech Programs 2024
- Two-week summer courses for any current University of Washington graduate student
- Complements degree programs in engineering, business, design, and beyond
- Includes visits with innovative technology companies around the world
- Developed in partnership with top international universities and tech companies
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Gain Insights on Advanced Technologies
Dive deep into today’s cutting-edge technologies – learning from leading academic and industry experts in countries or regions that are globally recognized as centers of excellence in those fields.
Go Beyond Traditional Study Abroad
Developed in partnership with leading universities and tech companies, each Global Technology Experience offers site visits to tech companies and discussions with industry experts. Some programs also feature hands-on, project- and team-based learning.
Enjoy a World-Class Learning Experience
Every Global Technology Experience is supported in-country by a dedicated faculty and staff team from UW’s Global Innovation Exchange who work closely with our international partners, ensuring a world-class learning experience.
Acquire an Interdisciplinary Perspective
Global Technology Experiences are purposefully designed to approach each technology topic from an interdisciplinary perspective, allowing students from diverse backgrounds to learn from one another as they deepen their understanding of tech trends and ideas in the host region.
XR Design in Finland
Learn XR design at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Finland.
August 12-23, 2024
Semiconductors in Taiwan
Gain essential insights into the Business, Engineering, and Design of Semiconductors in Taiwan.
June 17-28, 2024
Human-Robot Interaction in Japan
Learn how robots are changing society in a Human-Robot Interaction workshop in Japan.
August 18-August 31, 2024
Innovation, Technology, and Biomaterials in Denmark
Study design approaches in Copenhagen in partnership with the Royal Danish Academy.
August 18-August 31, 2024
Take an inside look at 2023 Global Technology Experiences in Tokyo and Helsinki.
Global Tech Experience Basics
Is this a Study Abroad program?
Global Tech Experiences are a new type of Study Abroad program, in the format of a specialized, customized course and experience where you can learn trends and foundational skills in a specific emerging technology area, and experience how another city or country is developing that technology.
How do I register?
Registration has two parts - registering for the program, and then registering for the class. Program registration will be available on our website, and each GTE has a special course that will allow you to earn UW graduate credit. The course will be available for registration once we provide the add code after Summer Registration begins.
How much does it cost?
The course fees may vary by program, but an average GTE course will cost $4,730. Please check the specific program you are interested in for a detailed breakdown.
The course fees will also cover several other expenses as well, in additional to instructional costs. For example, most courses will include housing for the duration of the program, and some may also include some meals and local transportation costs.
Is this experience only open to UW Graduate Students?
At this time, Global Tech Experiences are only available for University of Washington Graduate Students, and Graduate Alumni.
Undergraduate students are not able to register for these courses.
Do I need prerequisite coursework to participate in a Global Tech Experience?
Global Tech Experiences are designed to appeal to Graduate Students from any program or department, so no background knowledge or prerequisite coursework is required.
Each program is interdisciplinary in focus, combining Engineering/Technology with Business and Design so that anyone can gain an understanding of the 'big picture' of an emerging technology.
Is Financial Aid available?
At this time, the program may not qualify for Federal Financial Aid and loans.
In the spirit of encouraging equity of opportunity, we will be offering full or partial scholarships for some programs to promote diversity and inclusion - details will be available soon!
What is a 'Center of Excellence' and how are locations chosen?
We define a 'Center of Excellence' as a region in the world that tends to have an industry focus on a particular type of emerging technology, like Silicon Valley is to software companies, or Japan is known for expertise in robotics.
We choose course locations based on places that have rapid growth or exploration in an emerging technology area so that students can learn from the latest trends in technology development.
Course Structure Information
How many hours a day will the program be?
Each program is designed as a fairly intensive educational experience, and will typically have at least 6 hours a day each weekday of planned activities, which may include seminars, local company visits, or project work.
We try to limit the amount of work required outside of classes to a reasonable amount.
Weekends are free to enjoy yourself in exploring a new location!
Will the classes only be students from UW?
Depending on the program, students from the university partner, or other universities may be participating in the program alongside UW students.
Are classes taught by UW instructors?
Depending on the program, both UW and partner university faculty may be teaching the courses. UW Faculty and Staff will be supporting each class in-person.
What are the final deliverables or learning expectations?
Most programs are designed to be as hands-on and interactive as possible, and many courses have a small team-based project that will be completed as part of the final deliverables, utilizing the skills of everyone the team.