Short-term programs abroad

The Global Business Center currently offers three short-term study abroad options for MBA students, Global Consulting Projects, Study Tours, and FASTrek (just launched in 2017). Continue reading to learn more.

Global Consulting ProjectStudy ToursFASTrek

Global Consulting Project

A select group of MBA students will travel to India in December to get a first-hand look at social entrepreneurship and how it works. During their time in the country, MBA’s will help rural people build the kind of businesses that can lift their families and villages out of poverty, a practical global experience that cannot be found in any textbook.

Trip overview

The group will meet for 4-5 mandatory meetings during winter Quarter, two of them on Saturdays, two to three on weekday evenings. Students will fly from Seattle on Friday March 9 and begin work with SEWA Monday morning, March 12 (India is 13.5 hours ahead of Seattle in March, so you will lose a day en route). After nine days of intense project work, the group will have several days of sightseeing. See the itinerary below for more information.

Once back in Seattle, MBAs develop solutions in a required four-credit IBUS 579 class spring Quarter. Recommendations will be presented via teleconference in May 2018, with the client providing feedback.

The Client
The Spring Quarter Class
Degree requirements met
The projects
The application process

Study Tours

Global Business Study Tours are fast-paced academic trips that allow students to experience business and culture first-hand through personal meetings with executives and local business leaders, company visits and cultural excursions. Tours last 8 to 14 days and will take place between March 15-30.

Curious about the kinds of things you’ll take away from a study tour? Check out a presentation (with photos) done by a couple of the students who went to Argentina. Study Tour itinerary updates, potential company visits, travel tips, cultural information will be shared on the Study Tours Facebook page. So stay connected.Questions? Send an email to Select the headings below for more information.

2017-2018 Study Tour destinations
Student application process
Pre-departure sessions
IBUS 570
Study Tour Regulations and Expectations
Join fellow incoming MBA students on the first annual Foster Adventures Summer Trek! In August 2017 a group of incoming Foster MBA students will embark on an adventure in Nepal to begin building relationships with their classmates, discuss ethics and leadership topics, push personal boundaries, and experience a land and a culture people have cultivated for 11,000 years. Your guide and host in Nepal will be a Foster MBA alum.

In Nepal you will have opportunity for cultural exchange with artists, religious leaders, NGOs, and others. You will participate in team and leadership building activities. You will have free time to explore two cities. You will observe and discuss a country trying to rebuild after a massive natural disaster.

No credit will be offered for this trip, though there will be plenty of time for thought and discussion around topics such as the ethics of non-profit work in developing countries and volunteerism.

Pack your bags and join us for an amazing opportunity to FASTrek your Foster MBA!

August 10-23 (dependent on your flight plans)
6 nights in Kathmandu
3 nights in Dhulikhel
$2400 based on double accommodation

Registration will be available in March 2017 for committed incoming students (Day class of 2019, Eve class of 2020).