Program Highlights

Acquire an overview of the field of international relations, including its historical development and major theories
Explore the roles of various stakeholders in the international system, including states, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and transnational corporations
Examine pressing global challenges, such as human rights abuses, environmental issues, global health crises, and refugee crises while discussing the roles of responsibilities those addressing the challenges
Gain a foundational understanding of the concepts and practices of diplomacy, negotiation, governance, and policy

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July 21, 2024 August 2, 2024


University of Washington
Seattle, WA


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  • "I felt so welcomed by my peers and staff at this program, and I am so excited for a real college experience!"

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Course Overview

Foreign affairs will equip students with a broad perspective on international relations and global challenges. Students will be introduced to a range of career paths, be encouraged to engage more actively in discussions, and learn strong research and comprehension skills. U of W is a great place to take this course as Seattle contributes to the foreign affairs agenda of the US due to its economic and cultural ties and its participation in global initiatives.

Meet your instructor

Gael Tarleton

Foreign Affairs

Gael Tarleton is an international policy and national security expert with four decades of experience working in the public and private sectors to tackle public policy challenges at home and abroad.

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Course Structure

There are nine 3-hour class sessions over the two-week course. During week one, students have class from 9am-12pm, Monday - Friday. During week two, students have class from 9am-12pm Monday through Thursday. Wednesday afternoons are dedicated to additional academic time (excursions, speakers).

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