Currently, the CSE department offers three direct exchange agreements:
All three year-long programs give students the opportunity to take computer science & engineering courses at outstanding international universities with the high likelihood that the classes will transfer back as direct major equivalents.
Apply for CSE Departmental Exchanges
The CSE study abroad application opens on February 1st for the coming academic year. We hold an information session on the KTH, ETH, & Saarland exchange programs for interested students in late January / early February.
The departmental application to select students typically consists of a brief statement of interest and a review of academic record and background by facutly and advisors. To be eligible for nomination, students must be consistently meeting departmental satisfactory progress policies. ETH, KTH, and Saarland all offer a rigorous curriculum equivalent to UW CSE 400-level and above. For this reason, applicants should plan to have all of their core 300-levels completed prior to going on the exchange. Competitive applicants will have earned a CSE GPA of 3.3 or higher, however those with 3.5 or higher are often the most prepared.
Applicants will be notified via email by March 1st, and if selected must commit to the exchange by March 15th. Once nominated by UW CSE, students must also complete a formal application to the host institution. Deadlines vary.
Other UW Exchange Programs
Beyond CSE's direct exchanges to Sweden, Switzerland, and Germany, the UW offer hundreds of study abroad programs around the world. These are excellent avenues for fulfilling general educational requirements and experiencing different cultures. UW's International Programs and Exchanges office coordinates these programs. Month-long Exploration Seminars are particularly excellent for students with limited time to spare.
The College of Engineering also offers affiliated exchange programs. You can learn more about these exchange programs on the College of Engineering International Studies webpage.
Incoming Exchange Students
UW CSE Direct Exchange
Students nominated by their home university for direct exchange with UW CSE should follow this comprehensive checklist. This information is intended only for students coming to the UW through UW CSE's partnership with KTH, ETH, or Saarland University.
Other UW Exchange Programs
While the department strongly supports international exchange programs, space in undergraduate CSE courses is extremely limited due to the high demand for our major. We strongly encourage students interested in pursuing computer science studies to look into one-for-one exchanges, like the KTH or ETH programs, since they are space-neutral for our courses. If you are a student participating in another exchange program, please work closely with UW International Programs & Exchanges and with CSE advisors before planning your UW studies to determine what options are available.