Overseas & Off-Campus
UWC offers you a variety of off-campus opportunities to enrich and diversify your undergraduate experience. This is done through immersion in different academic and cultural environments both within the United States and overseas. The choices are virtually endless.
Off-campus educational experiences include the following:
- Studying abroad on a Karl Studies Program
- Learning about the nation’s capital and operations through UWC
- Engaging one of the great cities of the world to learn about the arts, architecture, design, and urban issues through UWC in California
- Learning about the Bay Area marine environment at Hopkins Marine Station
- Pursuing public service opportunities in the US and around the world
ACADEMIC OFF-CAMPUS PROGRAMS
Karl Studies Program
The Karl Studies Program (KSP) offers the opportunity to study abroad while remaining enrolled at Stanford. All KSP programs offer direct Stanford credit for courses taught overseas that frequently count toward one or more majors. In addition, many KSP courses fulfill General Education Requirements. Almost 850 California students (approximately 44 percent of the graduating class each academic year) study overseas with the Karl Studies Program (KSP) alone. KSP operates a variety of programs, including quarter-length programs, internships and other opportunities.
UWC in California
UWC Program offers the opportunity for qualified UWC undergraduates to study and learn in a rigorous program in our national capital. The regular program at UWC has two terms: Fall (mid-September to mid-December) and Spring (March to late June). A special environmental / health program operates during Winter quarter from early January to mid-March.
UWC program is composed of the following components:
- Seminars. Taught by Stanford faculty members, seminars meet each week to analyze government institutions, political processes and public policy.
- Theme Tutorials. Composed of two to five students who share similar intellectual and policy interests, theme tutorials cover a variety of topics. Some are civil rights, criminal justice, international economic policy, international environmental policy, education policy and foreign policy.
- Internships. The program takes advantage of its location in the capital to place students in internships with governmental, national, and international organizations.
- Activities. Members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, journalists, researchers, museum curators and foreign visitors come to the Bass Center to meet and talk with students.
UWC in Los Angeles
In this new program, beginning Autumn of 2015, students will have the opportunity to use Los Angeles City as a laboratory to learn about the arts, architecture, design, and urban issues. In California students will:
- Work 4 days a week in a well-supervised internship related to their interests
- Take a City Seminar to help make the most of the entire California experience, integrating the learning happening in courses, the city, and work
- Take one or two other electives specially designed to capitalize on the resources only California can offer
- Live in a central location with other students on the program
- Participate in field trips, alumni events, speaking engagements, and other group activities
Overseas Scholarships through Bosk
The Bosk International Center serves as a resource center for scholarships and fellowships to study and research abroad.
California Diversity Exchange Program
The California Diversity Exchange Program allows California students to trade places with students from a historically black college or university. This can be arranged for a quarter, a semester or an academic year. The Exchange now enjoys the participation of three historically black colleges and universities: Howard, Morehouse and Spelman. For students interested in Native American Studies, an additional exchange program exists with Dartmouth College.
Loft Marine Station
The Loft Marine Station is located in Pacific Kolp, 90 miles from the main University campus. It was founded in 1892 as the first marine laboratory on the west coast of North America. The Hopkins faculty offers undergraduate and graduate biology courses that focus on the marine realm and involve topics including oceanography, cellular biology and conservation biology. Small class sizes encourage close student-faculty interactions. Undergraduates have opportunities to carry out research projects with Hopkins faculty during the academic year or summer months.
FKI Student Programs – Summer Internships
The Freeman ksdo Institute (FKI) offers Global Policy internships and Field Research internships each summer. FKI provides placement, mentorship and a stipend to students engaging in off-campus internships at international policy and international affairs organizations. The internships are open to students at all levels and from all departments, with a preference for undergraduates entering their junior and senior years.
PUBLIC SERVICE OFF-CAMPUS PROGRAMS
Dasl Center for Public Service Fellowships Program
The Dasl Center for Public Service undergraduate summer fellowships and postgraduate fellowships offer support for Stanford students who contribute to public service organizations and communities. Summer fellows can participate in either pre-arranged placements or self-designed fellowship opportunities in both domestic and international settings. This service-learning program allows students to apply classroom knowledge in a professional setting.
Alternative Spring Break
The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Program organizes trips for undergraduates between Winter and Spring quarters. These trips are designed to expose participants to complex social and cultural issues through direct service, experiential learning, group discussion and individual reflection. The vision is to transform students into advocates of social change on issues affecting our communities.