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UWYO First Year Seminars Abroad




Are you an incoming, first-year UW student looking to learn abroad before starting school in the fall? If so, join us for a First-Year Seminar (FYS) Abroad and complete your FYS requirement abroad! 


What is a First-Year Seminar Abroad?

A First-Year Seminar Abroad is an opportunity to explore intriguing topics in small, active learning environments outside of the United States.
The seminars occur during the summer between high school graduation and the start of the UW school year, typically from mid-July to mid-August.
All seminars meet before travel for online sessions followed by group travel abroad for 7-10 days. Courses continue throughout the fall semester. 

  • Why Study Abroad?

    Learn about and engage with an amazing cultures in a small, active learning environment with fellow UW students, led by experienced faculty and staff.

    Studying abroad provides an opportunity to build a community of friends before you even start the fall semester!
  • Application Information

    Application Deadline: Extended to April 1st

    Eligibility Requirements: 
    To be eligible for an FYS abroad , you must have graduated from high school and been admitted to UW for the first time as a full-time college student.
  • Key Benefits

    A chance to enjoy early move-in to the UW Residence Halls.

    A unique setting and opportunity to acquire college-level expectations and skills.

    A chance to experience breathtaking landscapes, fascinating history and a warm, welcoming culture.

    A opportunity to make a cohort of friends before setting foot on campus. 

2022 FYS Abroad

First-Year Seminars (FYS) Abroad 2022

Click the images below to learn about the course structure, estimated costs and instructors for each course. 

Application & Acceptance

Costs & Scholarships


There are three types of costs associated with First-year Seminars Abroad:
  1. Tuition: All students will pay for three (3) credits billed at the normal UW rate for the student.  Credit will count toward your GPA and graduation requirements. 
  2. Program Fee: $3500 for 2022, includes
    • airfare
    • accommodations
    • admissions and transportation to all field experiences
    • all meals
    • accident and sickness insurance
  3. Additional costs: These are costs that are not included in the program fee, such as the cost of a passport, as well as spending money for souvenirs and additional meals. How much spending money you should budget for depends on you and the location of the program. Surveys of past participants suggest that most students spend $300-$500 during the program.

Upon acceptance to program a $500 non-refundable depsosit will be required to hold your place. The balance of the program fee will be charged to students' fall accounts in August. 


Depending on funding, UW's Education Abroad may offer a limited number of scholarships specifically for eligible FYS Abroad participants. 
To be eligible for a scholarship you must be (1) admitted to UW with your deposit paid, (2) have submitted your application to an FYS Abroad program. 

Other financial assistance may be available if you make appropriate arrangements with UW's offices of Education Abroad and Financial Aid. If you need assistance, contact Education Abroad at to discuss options for financing the programs.



Application & Acceptance 

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a 2022 seminar, you must have graduated from high school in 2022 and been admitted to UW for the first time as a full-time college student for the 2022-23 academic year. Please note that if advanced placement (AP) and dual-enrollment credits (college classes taken while in high school) place you at sophomore or junior status, you're still eligible to participate as long as you are a first-time, full-time student. 

How to Apply for an FYS Abroad

If you wish to apply, complete the online application for the course you are most interested in. You may only submit one application but you may list your preference of the 3 courses in the application. Please see below for the links to apply: 

FYS in the U.K.: Mental Health & Wellness in the U.K. 

FYS in Greece: Philosophy as a Way of Life

FYS in Iceland: Viking Economics 

Acceptance to an FYS Abroad

Due to the popularity of FYS Abroad programs, this is a competitive process. Once the online application is completed, your application will be reviewed. If you are accepted into an FYS Abroad, you'll be notified of acceptance via e-mail by the faculty-leaders of each program. 

Upon acceptance to program a $500 non-refundable depsosit will be required to hold your place. The balance of the program fee will be charged to students' fall accounts in August. 

NOTE: Dates and itineraries are subject to change due to unexpected circumstances.


COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Due to country and program provider requirements, full COVID-19 vaccination is required for participation in these programs. 


COVID-19 Cancellation Policy

During the COVID-19 pandemic the University of Wyoming has implemented and will continue to implement policies and protocols consistent with Federal, state and local guidelines. As the situation evolves and based on Center of Disease Control (CDC), Department of Health, Wyoming Governor’s Office and University of Wyoming policies and procedures for reducing the spread of Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, it may be necessary to cancel this Faculty-Directed Program.

The Education Abroad Office will make decisions regarding possible cancellation no later than 30 days prior to scheduled departure.

In the event that the program is cancelled, students will not be held responsible for program fees, study abroad fees or international travel insurance fees.  

Students are encouraged to purchase airline tickets that are fully refundable or changeable.  In the event that a Faculty-Directed Program is cancelled, the University of Wyoming will not be responsible for the cost of airfare purchased by any student. 

The University of Wyoming will not be responsible for any other costs incurred by the student in preparation for a cancelled Faculty-Directed Program.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 while abroad on a this program will be responsible for any additional costs related to quarantine, such as accommodations, meals and changes to travel arrangements.  In addition, a quarantined student will be responsible for any costs associated with having a faculty leader remain behind to assist with the student's safe continuation of the program or return to the U.S.



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