Study Abroad & International Exchange Programs

Amazing scenery in Bolzano!
Amazing scenery in Bolzano!

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Information for outbound exchange students

Available exchange programs and their UW course equivalents

Some important details

  • Primarily open to Economics majors. Students in other majors can apply, but will be considered on a space-available basis.
  • Completion of ECON 300 and ECON 301 prior to departure is required. Extensive MATH coursework is also recommended. Proficiency in German required for program at LMU. Proficiency in French required for program at UM-Marseille.
  • As these exchanges are with economics programs at peer institutions, most coursework will be taken in the exchange university’s equivalent of the UW Department of Economics.
  • Peer institutions operate on a semester-system. (In most cases, 1 semester credit abroad can be approved as 1.5 quarter credits at UW. If on ECTS system, then 1 ECTS credit = 0.75 UW quarter credits, approximately.)
  • Most students, for a one semester exchange, come back to UW with about 20-25 quarter-credits, after the conversion made by the UW Office of International Programs & Exchanges (IPE).
  • UW students will pay UW tuition while studying abroad. Additional costs include IPE fees, airfare, visas, and health costs.
  • IPE requirements for Department Exchanges can be found on the UW Study Abroad page.

Information Sessions

Information Sessions will occur at the end of Autumn Quarter and the start of Winter Quarter. You are welcome to attend an Information Session to meet with the exchange coordinators, obtain important details regarding the program, and meet alumni of the program. For dates/times of the Information Sessions, contact, or check our blog.

Winter Quarter Information Sessions:

If you cannot attend, please see the following:

How to apply

  • Application deadline: LAST FRIDAY IN JANUARY to be considered for the following academic year.
  • The application will be available near the end of Autumn Quarter (December) at the Economics Advising Office in 305 Savery Hall or at the link above.
  • Students may apply for more than one semester and may be considered for more than one program.
  • Link to Study Abroad Application (PDF)

Application Checklist

  • Completed application form
  • A copy of your unofficial transcript (MyUW printer-friendly version preferred)
  • Responses to application questions

Two students study abroad

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I go?

Since the five participating schools are on a semester-system (about 15 weeks), it is likely that you will have to plan ahead, as the UW is on a quarter-system (about 10 weeks). Below is a rough estimate of the calendars. Depending on which semester, you may be missing one or two UW quarters.

  • Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand

    • Autumn Semester (Early August to mid-December)
    • Spring Semester (Mid-January to mid-May)
  • Tilburg University in Tilburg in Tilburg, The Netherlands
    • Autumn Semester (Late August to late December)
    • Spring Semester (Late January to mid-July)
  • Free University of Bozen Bolzano in Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
    • 1st Semester (Late-September to late-February)
    • 2nd Semester (Late February to mid-July)
  • Ludwig-Maximililans University in Munich, Germany
    • Winter Semester (Mid-October to late February)
    • Spring Semester (Mid-January to mid-May)
  • Aix-Marseille University in Marseille, France
    • Autumn Semester (Early September to early January)
    • Spring Semester (Mid-January to early May)

Can I go for more than one semester?

It’s possible, but the number of semesters/spaces available will depend on a balance kept between the number of inbound students and the number of outbound students.

I need some firsthand information and perspectives? Can I meet someone who has participated in the past?

Advisers aren’t allowed to share student information openly without permission. However, if you like to arrange a meeting with a alum of one of the exchanges, please email, and Patrick can possibly share your information with the alum (with your permission, of course). This is often a good way to find out other aspects of the exchange experience, that advisers aren’t able to answer firsthand.

Also, you can check out some of the blogs from students who have recently studied abroad with the Department of Economics!

What kinds of classes can I take?

There are many unique courses that can be taken while abroad. There are also very similar courses. The selection of courses available will be limited to those that exchange institution plans to offer during the time of your exchange. Click the links of the schools above to get an idea of the types of classes that may be available, and see how they transfer to UW.

Depending on the institution, you may also be able to take courses other than economics courses, if desired. For more details, make an appointment with Patrick at

Are there scholarships available? Can I use financial aid to cover the costs?

Unfortunately, there are no scholarships available from the Department of Economics for studying abroad. However, there are several that you may apply for through UW Global Opportunities.

Since these are exchanges through the UW Office of International Programs & Exchanges, most scholarships and/or financial aid you may already be receiving can be applied to the costs of these opportunities. You can always verify this with the UW Office of Student Financial Aid.


For more information, please contact Patrick Pineda at for an appointment.

Students at Thammasat University, Thailand

Information for inbound exchange students

Who can participate?

The Department of Economics currently welcomes exchange students from five universities across the globe!

  • Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Tilburg University in Tilburg in Tilburg, The Netherlands
  • Free University of Bozen-Bolzano in Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
  • Ludwig-Maximililans University in Munich, Germany
  • Aix-Marseille University (formerly Université de la Méditerranée, Aix-Marseille II) in Marseille, France

Eligible students are nominated by their home universities. Available spaces are highly dependent on the exchange balance between the UW and the partner institution. For more information, please inquire with your Exchange Coordinator at your university regarding any application requirements or deadlines for the nomination process. It is recommended to prepare for your exchange at least six months in advance.

Important details regarding the International Exchange Program with the UW Department of Economics can be found here: Study Abroad Fact Sheet

UW Office of International Programs & Exchanges: Departmental Undergraduate Exchanges


I am nominated by my university, and I’m excited to study at the UW! What should I do next?

Click here for further instructions & information: Welcome Nominated Students

Any questions, please email coordinator Patrick Pineda at

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Information for Department of Economics students who plan to take courses from an unaffiliated program

If you plan to take any economics course(s) outside of the UW, please be sure to have the courses “pre-approved” by the Department of Economics to ensure course equivalency upon your return.

Please remember that ECON students must complete ECON 300, ECON 301, and ECON 382 at the UW.

ECON 4XX-level coursework may be completed through an unaffiliated exchange program. However, a limit of 10 credits of ECON 4XX-level coursework may be counted toward ECON major requirements. Any additional pre-approved courses/credits will be granted ECON 299 equivalency, which does not count toward ECON major requirements.

You may request a pre-approval by sending an email to with:

  • Your name
  • Your student number
  • The course(s) you plan to take
  • The university you plan to attend
  • Attachment and/or link to the course syllabus

If only a hard/paper copy of a syllabus can be located, feel free to submit this syllabus for approval at the ECON Front Desk in 305 Savery Hall. Be sure to note your name and student number upon submission.

This information will be presented to the Undergraduate Committee, and an adviser will reply to your email with the approved course equivalencies, generally in about one week.