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By backing a range of programs for all education levels and generations, Continuum College brings together the best of a UW education. and our goals are yours: sustainable programs and successful students.
Professional & Continuing Education
Professional and Continuing Education for busy adults, with flexible part-time options in the evenings, on weekends and online.
- Degree programs for working professionals
- Certificate programs
- Select courses and other programs
Students from around the world or right here in Seattle can get a world-class University of Washington education, online.
Free Online Courses from UW
The UW currently provides online courses through popular MOOC providers such as Coursera, edX and the Canvas Network. Many of these courses are based on classes taught in UW certificate and degree programs, both online and in person.
I hear consistently from Osher students about how much these courses mean to them. I love my traditional UW students, but most of them don't clasp your hand and look you in the eye and say, "You know, this really changed my life."
— David Domke, Professor and Department Chair, Department of Communication, UW
International & English Language Programs
International learners can choose from a wide variety of programs at undergraduate, graduate and professional levels to help improve English language skills, prepare for further study in the United States and learn about American culture, business and other subjects.
Summer Quarter at the University of Washington offers an opportunity for anyone to take a course at one of the world’s top universities. Nearly 2,000 courses in more than 100 fields of study, from anthropology to zoology.
UW in the High School
High school students can complete University of Washington courses — and earn UW credit — in their own classrooms with their own teachers.
Non-Degree Enrollment allows anyone to take regular UW courses and earn credit. Students study alongside degree students with UW professors, earn UW credit and are eligible for some (though not all) student services.
Professionals organizing academic and association events can team up with Conference Management for worry-free planning and expert management of conferences, workshops and meetings — on the UW campus and in locations throughout the Puget Sound region.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UW
Adults age 50 and over can enroll in programs, courses and events to explore intellectual and cultural topics of interest in a lively learning environment.
Early Fall Start
Incoming University of Washington freshmen students can earn academic credit and make a smooth transition to university life one month before autumn quarter begins.
Summer Youth Programs
Integrating the vast resources of the University of Washington, the Summer Youth Programs deliver an academically rich curricula in a fun, safe learning environment.