Exploration Seminars are short-term study abroad programs (3-4 weeks) led by UW faculty that take place during the gap period between the end of the UW summer quarter and beginning of autumn quarter. Similar to UW Programs, Exploration Seminars focus on specific themes pertinent to the program location. Most Exploration Seminars do not require foreign language background. Students earn five credits for the seminar.

Exploration Seminars are well-suited for students who want coursework in specific areas of study,  a short study abroad experience that does not conflict with the UW academic calendar, desire some on-site support, and have limited or no foreign language background.