UW Educational Outreach: A Legacy of Lifelong Learning
For more than a century, the mission of UW Educational Outreach has been to provide broad access to the UW and to expand UW educational programs by serving the needs of diverse, global communities of learners. UW Educational Outreach continues that tradition by fostering partnerships across the university, throughout the region and around the globe to develop innovative, transformative programs that cater to the needs of nontraditional students of all kinds.
Today, UW Educational Outreach administers a wide range of fee-based, self-sustaining programs, making the incredible resources of the university available to nearly 50,000 students each year. Programs include credit and noncredit courses; summer, evening, weekend and online learning options; programs for international students; learning opportunities for youth; certificates, degrees and courses for busy professionals – and more.
Explore the full list of programs administered by UW Educational Outreach, and discover how you can keep learning at the UW.
Working Professionals Boost Their Careers & Pursue Personal Interests
UW Professional & Continuing Education
Whether someone is looking to change careers, advance in their current one or pursue a personal interest, UW Professional & Continuing Education can help. UWPCE offers 130 certificates, 60 degrees and hundreds of courses all designed with the needs of busy adults in mind.
Students From Around the Globe Study English in Beautiful Seattle
International & English Language Programs
The UW has one of the largest, most established international and English language programs in the country. International students and professionals come from around the world to improve their English skills, prepare for further study in the United States and learn about American culture, business and other subjects.
Kids & Adults Make the Most of Their Summer
Summer Quarter is open to everyone, making it a great time to explore all that the UW has to offer. Nearly 2,000 credit courses are available to choose from during the quarter, including options available only during the summer. Class sizes are also smaller and the term is condensed – with courses lasting nine weeks or just four and a half.
Each year approximately 1,400 young Huskies visit the UW Seattle campus to enjoy day camps and short courses made just for them. Elementary, middle and high school students explore a variety of subjects in the humanities and visual and performing arts, as well as STEM-focused offerings such as robotics, computer programming and engineering design.
Students Get a Jumpstart on College
Early Fall Start
This month-long intensive summer program prepares incoming college freshman for the rigors of university life with courses that emphasize interdisciplinary study, focused inquiry and academic writing. Participants earn five credits after successfully completing their chosen course.
UW in the High School
Through this nationally recognized program, high school students complete UW courses – and earn UW credit – in their own classrooms with their own teachers. Currently, 4,200 students from more than 100 partner high schools across Washington state participate annually.
Lifelong Learners Join the UW Community
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UW
This affordable learning enrichment program invites adults over 50 to come together to pursue intellectual interests as part of the UW community. Members choose from a range of noncredit courses, workshops and special events led by current and retired UW faculty and other local experts.
With Non-Degree Enrollment, anyone can take UW courses and earn college credit without applying for admission to the university or enrolling in a degree program. Students study alongside degree students, earn UW credit and enjoy select student services. Enrollment is on a space-available basis, and prior written approval from the department is needed.