GWSS Professor Michelle is hosting an information session about the Ecuador Study Abroad Summer 2018 Program called Sumak Kawsay: Well-Being, "Race," and Gender in Ecuador. 

GWSS Professor Michelle is hosting an information session about the Ecuador Study Abroad Summer 2018 Program called Sumak Kawsay: Well-Being, "Race," and Gender in Ecuador. 


We will meet on Wed, Jan 10: 3:00-4:00 p.m., Mary Gates Hall Room 206. Please help spread the word and bring a friend if you'd like.  


Michelle greatly encourages undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in GWSS courses to consider this program to learn more about gender, race, and ancestral communities in a transnational context. You can receive GWSS class credit. 

Michelle is a co-instructor with Jaime Cardenas for this inspiring and fun English language Study Abroad course in Quito, Ecuador, Summer 2018. We've created many exciting opportunities for you to connect with ancestral, Afro-Ecuadorian communities, and feminista hip hop communities, and to explore the connection between ideas of well-being and the music, sights, sounds, tastes and natural beauty of Ecuador. We will learn how gender, sexuality, and race are deeply embedded in questions of health and well-being, or Sumak Kawsay, in the Quiche language and cosmovision of the Andes.  Sumak Kawsay is the understanding that well-being is achieved through harmonious relations with others and la pachamama/mother earth. 

Any student from any major can apply.  It is not restricted to students to students in the Honors program, even though the Honor Program facilitates the program. Click here for more info

Wondering if you can afford to do study abroad? We are excited to let you know that UW Study Abroad is offering need-based scholarships for the first time. Your completed application is automatically considered for these need-based funds!  Need to be determined by FAFSA filing.  In addition, you can apply to other scholarships.  We've included information about those scholarships and financial aid at the end of this message below. 

P.S.  This class is taught in English, no Spanish is needed!  However, I've included a short video about our 2017 Quito Summer Program made by our host institution and featuring UW GWSS students.  Some of the video is in Spanish, but you don't need to understand Spanish to understand the video.  It gives you an overview of some the activities you'll be participating in.  Click here:


Study Abroad Scholarships at UW

The UW offers several scholarships to support students interested in studying abroad whether through a faculty led program or an exchange program. 

Visit the The Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity’s Global Opportunities website to learn about scholarship opportunities.

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

The summer 2018 Gilman International Scholarship application will open in mid-January 2018. Applications are due March 6, 2018 by 11:59pm (Central Time) and the certifying advisor deadline is March 14.

There are several outside resources for study abroad scholarships. Visit the UW’s Study Abroad Scholarship page for more information on scholarship support as well as information about GET funds and how you may apply the GET to your study abroad costs.

Using Financial Aid for Study Abroad

You may find more information about using your existing financial aid for study abroad on the Study Abroad Office’s Financial Aid webpage.  In general, all financial aid awarded may be used to support study abroad. Exceptions to this include tuition waivers, work-study awards, or scholarships that are specific about using the award for tuition (although there may be flexibility with some scholarships, please check with the financial aid office). Tuition waivers and work-study are never allowed for study abroad.

Revision of Need

You may also turn in a “Revision of Need” form with the Financial Aid Office if you have a FAFSA on file.  Once you are accepted to a study abroad program, visit the Study Abroad Office to obtain a budget for your study abroad program then complete the Revision Request and turn in both the budget and the revision request to the Office of Student Financial Aid in Schmitz Hall. 

Visit the Financial Aid Study Abroad Funding Website for more information about applying for Summer quarter financial aid and for information about Exploration Seminar financial aid timeline (different than A or B term financial aid disbursement timeline).

You may also contact Honors Program Director Julie Villegas ( if you would like to discuss additional resources and strategies.

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