For the first time since 2020, the UW Office of Global Affairs hosted the return of the Study Abroad Fair. This typically annual event invites UW academic departments to represent and promote their programs and exchanges, and is very popular for students who are exploring their options to study abroad.
The Department of Economics sponsors six bilateral exchange programs with renowned partner institutions across the globe – Aix-Marseille University in Marseille, France; Free University of Bozen-Bolzano in Bozen-Bolzano, Italy; Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Japan; Ludwig-Maximililans University in Munich, Germany; Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand; and Tilburg University in Tilburg in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
Faculty Director for Department of Economics Exchanges, Michelle Turnovsky, attended the event, and managed the Department of Economics booth along with a few visiting exchange students from our partner institutions. These students – who are currently studying at the UW for one or two quarters – served as a great source of information about their own universities.
Many students, both pre-majors and Economics majors, stopped by to meet with Michelle and the visiting exchange students. The Department of Economics exchange programs are primarily designed for Economics-declared majors, as most of the exchanges were built around cooperations and research connections by our own Department of Economics faculty. Economics Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science students typically have a wide range of coursework to choose from, and the courses are often equivalents for their major’s requirements. With the longtime cooperations of our partner institutions, students often do not have to worry about delaying their plans to graduate, and can often complete much of their departmental and general education requirements while abroad.
The 2024 Study Abroad Fair was a very successful event, hopefully inspiring students to take advantage of the great opportunity of studying abroad. We look forward to participating again next year!
For more information about these programs, please visit the Economics Study Abroad website, or contact us for details.
[This story submitted as a collaboration by Michelle Turnovsky and Patrick Pineda.]